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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday, our own Paul Alcorn got to sit down with Joel Hagberg, the VP of Marketing at Toshiba. Hagberg started the conversation by cluing us in on the Storage Products Association, a new committee that was formed by Toshiba, HGST, Seagate and Western Digital.
He went on to discuss SSHD drives and how they benefit the consumer storage market. He mentions that the hybrid designs feature advance algorithms that pick and choose what data is loaded on the NAND and what will be streamed from the hard disk.
He wrapped up the interview buy discussing the NGFF form factor that has now been officially named M.2.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Shortly after giving his keynote speech, Marvell's VP of SSD Business, Iri Trashanski, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about how the SSD market is doing, and how fast it has expanded in the last decade. Smerdon went into detail about how Marvell supplies many of the controller chips used in the consumer market SSDs.
He said that they build a superior single controller chip that is designed so well, it is able to be offered in three separate product lines. He says that the "magic" happens in the firmware in which companies such as SanDisk, Plextor and Micron write for their controller chip.
He went on to mention that all of Marvell's upcoming next-gen products will be built on a 28nm process, which will benefit performance, power consumption and form factor.
UPDATE - We are very sorry to Gary Smerdon and Iri Trashanski. The person interviewed is actually Iri Trashanski.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Intel's Alan Frost and James Meyers sat down with our own Paul Alcorn to discuss Intel's S3700 SSD. Alan points out that the S3700 along with the S3500 are the ideal solutions for the enterprise looking for consistent IOPS due to its Intel built controller.
They also talk about SSDs in the data center and say that Intel works hard at showing those clients the value in choosing SSDs over HDDS. Paul mentioned that with the increase in density that comes with SSDs, offers the data center a cooling, capacity, and power advantage.
Meyers also keyed us in on NVME and how it is a game changer in the enterprise storage market.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday HGST Director of Product Marketing for Mobile, Lenny Sharpe, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about storage within the mobile space. Sharpe talked about how the Ultrabook market reinvigorated the laptop storage conversation.
Paul also asked Lenny about the advantage of the dual drive approach in which an OEM uses an SSD for caching, while the HDD is used for mass storage.
Paul pointed out that there is more bang for your buck with the dual drive system because the capacities are not limited like in the SSDH solution.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - LSI's Kent Smith stopped by the TweakTown booth at this week's Flash Memory Summit to discuss a new piece of technology that will be part of the company's third-generation SandForce product.
Named SHIELD Advanced Error Correction, the technology is made up of Hard Decision LDPC and Soft Decision LDPC to form a more advanced error correction solution.
Smith went on to discuss LSI's decision to stay away from DRAM caching in its products, and how this decision affects such smaller packages as M.2. Smith finished up the interview by elaborating on LSI's ongoing initiative to provide lower power consuming controller chips.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Last week when Samsung announced the world's first 3-D V-NAND based SSD storage, the entire tech world took notice.
During this week's Flash Memory Summit, our own storage guru Paul Alcorn had a chance to sit down and discuss this new breakthrough technology with Samsung's Steve Weinger when he stopped by the booth to say hello.
Weinger said that Samsung was extremely excited about the new 3D V-NAND technology, and that the 20-percent increase in performance and 40-percent increase in power efficiency is backed up by a major increase in reliability. The new 3D V-NAND technology is rated up to 35,000 PE cycles where typical MLC drives today are only rated for around 3,000 PE cycles.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, Micron's Scott Shadley stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about the latest and greatest products from Micron. He talks about how Micron can offer more value in their product because they control the entire product creation process from the NAND creation all the way to the controller software.
He went on to say that Micron's goal is to make the product fit the customer's needs and not force the customer to work around the product like other manufacturers.
Shadley also took a moment to show off the company's new flagship P420m PCIe SSD module and talked up the fact that the entire product is Micron IP. TweakTown is currently testing the Micron P420m PCIe SSD, so stay tuned for a full review.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, MyDigitalSSD announced its newest offering, the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2, a mSATA III 6GB/s SSD that features a free FNet HybriDisk Caching software code. Features include a brand-new PHISON S9 controller, Toshiba 19nm Toggle MLC NAND Flash, and a free license code for FNet HybriDisk Caching software.
MyDigitalSSD says that it delivers where others cannot. The all new Super Cache 2 SSD is the world's fastest low density Cache Drive and/or Boot Drive and delivers up to a 50X boost in performance over a standalone HDD for less a cheap dinner for 2. Get a 24GB for $39.99, 32GB for $42.99, 64GB for $62.99, or 128GB for $99.99.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Mechanical data storage may be getting somewhat overlooked these days in favor of the faster, more energy-efficient SSDs that are flooding the consumer and enterprise markets, but as one would expect, the major hard drive manufacturers have taken notice. Announced this week at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital have all teamed up to form the Storage Products Association (SPA).
"HDDs are a crucial technology for storing the ever expanding data that humans and our machines are generating," said Tom Coughlin, president of storage industry analyst firm Coughlin Associates. "Hard disk drives combined with flash memory can provide users the speed they need while providing affordable mass storage. With continued development of advanced storage technology and storage architectures these amazing storage devices will provide a home for the world's accessible data and serve every type of content users for many years to come."
The Association says that the SPA will serve as a new voice for the storage industry, which will help promote the importance of the mechanical hard disk drive and technology that is now over 60 years old. The Association says that one of the most pressing needs at the moment is to inform customers about how hard drive technology and solid state technology can be combined to efficiently scale up mass storage for the consumer and enterprise markets.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - During a walk-through of the exhibit halls at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, TweakTown's own Chris Ramseyer spotted Seagate's new M.2 NGFF-based SSD. While that is cool within itself, it appears that the new M.2 is based on LSI's SandForce Controller and not Seagate's in-house solution.
Not much else is known about the Seagate M.2 yet, but we will be doing some digging and report back with all the info as it becomes available. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of the latest breaking news and product unveiling from the 2013 Flash Memory Summit.