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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Early yesterday, Plextor stopped by our booth to discuss their new enterprise SSD solutions. The Plextor representative said that one of the new enterprise SSDs will be a lower endurance model which will feature consumer grade MLC, which often provides a smaller number of dry writes per module.
A new higher endurance model will also be available that will use a higher grade MLC to provide a much larger number of dry writes per module. He also announced Plextor's entry into the SAS market, one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise storage market.
Finally they wrapped things up by talking about Plextor's foray into the M.2 form factor. The rep said that Plextor is working on both PCIe and SATA M.2 solutions.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, we had the chance to stop by Seagate's booth at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit being held in Santa Clara, California where Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez took a few minutes to detail the company's 600 Series SSDs.
Gutierrez began by elaborating on the 600 series main applications. He said that they first is relative to the replacement of storage media in laptops and notebooks, while the second main application for the 600 series is the use in Data Center where power backup is not a major issue.
Paul mentions that the 600 Pro SSD is extremely power efficient and that it features varying levels of over provisioning and will stand up to heavy levels of write modes.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, our own Paul Alcorn had the opportunity to sit down with Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez, and talk about NGFF, which has officially been named M.2. Gutierrez says that Seagate is very excited about M.2 and the company is looking at expanding it into both SATA and PCIE in the future.
He went on to say that the company is seeing a lot of traction on LAMD and that the company has made a strategic investment in eASIC on their hybrid drives.
Gutierrez said that things are going very well for SSHD and that now that there are other manufacturers offering hybrid drives, the industry is beginning to really adopt the technology.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Seagate's David Burkes took some time yesterday to show off a demo of how SSDs and SSHD can remove the normal HDD bottleneck from notebooks. He went on to detail how the addition of NAND into the storage media greatly improves the performance one can expect from their laptop.
For those who do not know, SSHD technology is where SSD technology meets HDD technology and the two merge to create what is called a hybrid drive.
The HDD's cache is augmented by a small piece of NAND, which greatly increases performance in file intensive applications.
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.