Shortly following the announcement that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid supports up to 2TB SDXC Micro SD cards, ADATA chimed in to highlight their new ultra-performance Micro SDXC solution that hits blazing fast 260MB/sec write speeds.
ADATA's latest premium 256GB SDXC card uses 3D MLC NAND from SK Hynix to hit high capacities and dramatically improve speeds, reliability, and all-around efficiency, hitting blazing fast micro SDXC speeds of up to 275 MB/sec reads and 260 MB/sec write speeds. In fact, this particular SDXC card utilizes the UHS-II bus and boasts Class 10, U3 and V90 ratings from the SD Association indicating its a high-end storage device--it can support 2K 120FPS, 4K 120FPS and 8K 120FPS video recordings.
While most Switch gamers may not need this insane caliber of performance, ADATA's Micro SDXC cards are the beginning of a HDD-less future, and stand as a testament to what the very near future holds for flash-based memory. As Anandtech notes, "ADATA is the second independent supplier of NAND flash-based devices to introduce a microSDXC card with 256 GB capacity after Patriot."
CES 2017 - Plextor's new high-end memory fleet consists of some interesting solutions that will be armed with 3D NAND flash memory to ensure reliability, fast speeds across all protocols, and improved capacities.
Among Plextor's new SSDs, the M8Se Series is the most eye-catching. The M8Se SSD Series now has a blazing fast contender that taps the NVMe PCIe Gen 3x 4 M.2 protocol to deliver amazing transfers of up to 2.45GB/sec reads and 1GB/sec writes, with IOPS up to 210,000 read and 175,000 writes. The M8Se Series leverages Toshiba's 15nm Super High Performance TLC NAND flash memory to expand capacities up to 1TB, with a 1.5 million MTBF rating and an onboard Marvell 88ss1093 memory controller for optimum reliability. This series comes in both HHHL and M.2 form factors.
Plextor also showcased a rather interesting external SSD called the EX1 Series. The EX1's shock-resistant case is incredibly lightweight and ultra-slim for optimum portability, and leverages high-end flash memory across USB Type-C to deliver 550MB/sec reads and 500MB/sec write speeds. The EX1 Series comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities and has a wide array of uses from expanding PC memory, console memory, and even supports OTG capability with Android devices. The EX1 has a 5-year warranty and a MTBF rating of 1.5 million hours.
CES 2017 - Mushkin's 2017 storage lineup is pretty beefy, featuring a myriad of SSDs and flash memory to suit the needs of all consumers, from enterprise-grade PCIe M.2 solutions to SATA III drives with 3D flash memory.
Mushkin's new storage fleet includes its first-ever M.2 PCIe 3 SSD lineup, the Helix Series. The Helix SSDs feature up to 2TB of 3D MLC flash memory that leverages the M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 protocol to hit blazing fast 2.5GB/sec read speeds and 1.1GB/sec write speeds. The Helix line features a reliable 1 million MTBF rating, and is built on a Silicon Motions SM2260 SSD processor.
The fleet also includes some familiar hardware that's been upgraded with high-end 3D NAND stacked flash memory for expanded capacities and performance. Mushkin's REACTOR and TRIACTOR SSDs now have stacked 3D MLC and 3D TLC flash memory, respectively, and have been rebranded as the REACTOR ARMOR3D and TRIACTOR 3D. Both of these SSDs use the SATA III 6Gbs protocol to deliver 565MB/sec reads and 525MB/sec writes, with the TRIACTOR hitting 520MB/sec writes.
CES 2017 - SSDs are getting smaller and smaller, and as they do, they become more and more potent. Toshiba's latest BG Series M.2 NVMe SSD lineup is a prime example of this trend, and the company took to the show floor at Las Vegas to display its tiny-yet-mighty storage drives.
Toshiba's latest BG Series M.2 SSDs are shorter than most M.2 drives on the market, measuring just 16mm by 20mm. Despite their size, the drives still harness the power of Toshiba's high-end BiCS Flash memory, which sees TLC NAND flash memory cells stacked vertically in 48 layers to enable capacities up to 512GB in size and take full advantage of NVMe and PCIe 3.0 x2 protocols.
Toshiba's BG Series comes in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacities, but don't expect to be able to buy these chips: they'll only be available to select OEMs for specific products like mobile tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks.
CES 2017 - Enterprise storage giant EDGE Memory has unveiled a rather sizable lineup of high-end storage, encompassing new SSDs in all form factors including M.2, M.2 PCIe, and SATA racking all the way up to blazing-fast 3D TLC NAND memory.
EDGE Memory's storage fleet is pretty sizable, so I've included a number of product spec sheets that you can find below. The most impressive of the lot is the company's NextGen M.2 PCIe SSD, which features up to 2TB of Tier-1 3D MLC flash memory on the M.2 protocol using PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.2 to hit insane 2.5GB/sec read and 1.1GB/sec write speeds.
EDGE also has some formidable drives based on the SATA protocol that use 3D VNAND flash memory. These include the eMerge 3D SSD, which sports the same grade 3D MLC flash memory as the NextGen M.2 set in a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s profile. This model features 90,000 IOPs and up to 565MB/sec read and 525MB/sec write speeds.
CES 2017 - The new SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash drive now features SSD performance in a portable aluminum body.
The 256 GB USB 3.1 drive is designed to operate like a pocket SSD, but smaller since it's a USB stick. SanDisk, a division of Western Digital, is reporting that the SanDisk USB 3.1 Extreme Pro flash drive is capable of speeds of up to 420 MB/s and writes of up to 380 MB/s which is starting to approach the limits of USB 3.1 gen 1 speeds (5 Gbps).
While we aren't quite at 5 Gbps yet, this drive is already 3.3 Gbps which is still quite fast.
CES 2017 - Western Digital announced the SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card that meets the new application performance class set by the SD association.
The 256 GB microSDXC card meets the SD association's SD 5.1 specification A1 class of performance. This 256 GB microSDXC card is also UHS-1 class performance with premium transfer speeds of up to 95 MB/s.
Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital, said in an official statement:
The microSD card has been an integral part of the digital revolution by providing more options for high-performance, high-capacity storage for smartphones. SanDisk cards are at the center of more than two billion consumer devices, and now with this A1 card, we're proud to play a significant role in continuing to advance the trusted format.
CES 2017 - Western Digital today announced its new line of PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe SSDs, the WD Black series.
The WD Black SSDs are built on the PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 2280 socket and use the NVMe spec to hit high-end transfers of up to 8Gb/s and keep the actual storage footprint at a minimum. WD Black SSDs come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, and feature enhanced reliability with a Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) rating of 1.75M hours.
As far as performance, the 512GB WD Black SSD trumps the lower model with 2,050 MB/sec read and 800 MB/sec write speeds, whereas the 256GB flavor features 2,050 MB/sec reads and 700 MB/sec write speeds. The series' 4KB random read speeds are rated at 170K IOPS, with the 4KB random writes hit 130 IOPS (256GB) and 134K (512GB).
CES 2017 - At the CES 2017 show floor in Las Vegas, TweakTown's storage editor Jon Coulter found a nice surprise: Phison's new enterprise class Element AIC SSD can hit an insane 2 million IOPS in a steady state.
According to Jon, 2 million IOPS (Input-Ouput Operations Per Second) is the best we've ever seen. The Element AIC SSD can rock up to 8TB of NVMe high-performance flash memory with blistering fast speeds of 7GB/s.
It'll be interesting to hear more about Phison's SSDs in the future, and be sure to keep a look out for more exciting coverage from this year's Consumer Electronics Show on TweakTown's homepage.
Super Mario Run may not have impressed investors, but Apple iOS users everywhere have snapped up the free-to-try mobile game, which led to an astounding 40 million total downloads.
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has amassed 40 million downloads in four days of availability on Apple iOS, smashing milestones like the no. 1 free game on iOS in 140 countries and ranking in the top 10 out of 100 most profitable App Store games.
Interestingly enough, Super Mario Run's launch was met with disdain from shareholders and investors, who saw Nintendo's mobile business strategy as a potential roadblock to revenue earnings. This caused Nintendo shares to slide by 5%, representing billions of potential market loss. Super Mario Run is free to download, but only the first 3 levels are free, with the rest of the game being locked behind a $10 paygate. What's more is that Super Mario Run is online-only and requires a persistent cellular or Wi-Fi internet connection to play, and eats up about 75MB per hour of play.