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Samsung's new 128GB PRO Plus microSD cards write at 95MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2015 11:32 am

If you're in the market for a super-fast, super-huge microSD card, Samsung has just announced its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD card - priced at $199.99. T




The price might seem high, but for $199.99 you're getting a 128GB microSD card that has huge read speeds of 95MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec. This is a huge increase over Samsung's existing 128GB EVO Plus microSD card offerings, which maxed out at read speeds of 80MB/sec and write speeds of only 20MB/sec. This means the new 128GB PRO Plus is 4x faster at writing, which makes a huge difference for fast-snapping cameras.


Samsung says that its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD cards are waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), temperature proof, X-ray proof, and magnetic proof.

Microsoft giving back 15GB free OneDrive storage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2015 1:34 am

Microsoft changed its OneDrive plans recently, reducing its free 15GB cloud storage offer to 5GB, prompting more than 70,000 users to express their displeasure on the OneDrive feedback website.




Now, Microsoft is reverting its decision. Curiously, you'll have to opt-in here in order to get the extra space back. Note you still get the 15GB camera roll bonus for a total of 30GB.

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30% of all notebooks to contain SSDs in 2016, reports hint

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 8, 2015 7:33 pm

There's nothing worse than your small, light and portable laptop taking forever to boot up or complete simple tasks - I mean, that's why tablets were invented, or so some people say.




In comes the magical invention of the solid state drive, helping ancient PCs and blisteringly fast gaming machines boot up quickly much faster than a hard disk drive could ever manage. In a report seen on Storage Newsletter, some claim that 30% of all laptops in 2016 could come packed with an SSD within.


With the number being more exact at 25-28% overall, reports claim that this increase is partly due to the 10% price drop in SSDs, while common sense also says that it is partly to do with consumer demand. With this in mind, Storage Newsletter also said that "Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," which could signify a rise in SSDs during 2016 or not, depending on how you understand the wording.

Western Digital shipping world's first 10TB hard drive

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 8:28 pm

Renowned hard drive maker Western Digital is now shipping the world's first 10 terabyte (TB) hard drive in the HGST Ultrastar He10.




The He10 is a helium drive that features perpendicular magnetic recording and is said to provide the lowest power consumption per TB on the market (56% fewer watts/TB than competing helium HDDs). Additionally, it includes a five-year warranty and claims a 2.5 million mean-time-between-failures rating. I might be inclined to be skeptical of this figure, but WD's reputation precedes it, and my own WD drive has been going strong for more years than I can remember.

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Reports claim Samsung owned a third of all NAND flash revenue in Q3

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 9:34 am

There's no denying that Samsung isn't a big player in the NAND flash game, with a report now confirming exactly how much dominance that this company asserted over the market in recent times.




DRAMeXchange and Storage Newsletter reported that not only did NAND flash pricing decline in the third quarter of 2015, but the global flash revenue raised 2.4% as a result. This gain in revenue was seemingly soaked up mainly by Samsung, with this piece further confirming that the technology giant controlled 31.5% of all NAND revenue during this time period.


With second place going to Toshiba at 20.5% and SanDisk lagging behind at 15.4%, it becomes apparent that Samsung are well ahead of its competition. This percentage difference gap is smaller than quarter 2 though, with Samsung posting a 32.6% market share compared to 19.1% for Toshiba and 13.4% for SanDisk. It's also interesting to note that Micron has recently slipped out of third place from Q2 - Q3, dropping a 1.4% share.

Samsung announces new OEM 750 Series SSDs with corporate warranty

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 4:31 am

Designed to help your company office systems perform at full speed, Samsung has announced its new 750 Series of OEM SSDs, releasing them with special corporate warranty structures.




2.5-inch in size and offering a SATA 6Gb/s interface, these models have been released in only 120GB and 250GB sizing options. Offering speeds of up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write, these new products boast 97,000 IOPS 4K random access in the 250GB model and 95,000 IOPS random access in the 120GB.


As for the special corporate warranties, cover for five or six years is on offer for some partners.

Seagate boasts new storage archtecture capable of 1Tbps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 3:29 am

Seagate Technology has teamed up with Newisys to create "the industry's fastest flash storage design," as published in a recent press release. This advancement in technology allows for a new Newisys NSS-2601 storage server to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s.




This number is achieved by pairing the NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules containing Seagate SAS 1200.2 SSDs within, ensuring these blisteringly fast speeds are achieved by a single 42U rack. In addition, the press release notes that Newisys 2U servers packed with 60 Seagate SSDs is able to post an impressive bandwith of 49GB/s.


Aimed at the industrial crowd, this advancement is a large "breakthrough in storage system performance," says Seagate VP Brett Pemble. Partnered with Newisys, this new technology is designed to assist metadata caches and prediction servers for industries such as finance, oil and gas, weather and more, due to needing this high bandwidth option in order to processes microsecond alterations.

Aluminium MacBook USB Type-C dock smashes Kickstarter goals

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2015 6:31 pm

If you're looking for some USB Type-C charging, extra USB ports or even a MiniDisplay option, it seems that the BranchBox might be just for you. Connecting you the MacBook through its sole port, this Kickstarter campaign is already sitting at $35,500 pledged with 29 days to go.




Asking originally $25,000 in total, the BranchBox will set users back $119 at a normal retail price point, aiming to help Apple fans make full use of their portable device. While the cheapest options are gone, you may still be able to pledge support at $99 or $109 before allocation runs out.


With early special units set to ship on January 22nd 2016, you can expect to see the full product released in early February. There's no saying when Apple will release its own similar OEM product to match this design, I would daresay it's not too far off.

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HyperX gets Savage with its flash drive, totes console compatibility

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 1:28 pm

Backing up it's recently announced 128GB HyperX Savage DDR4 kit comes a slightly tamer addition to the crew, 64GB - 256GB flash drives.




Complete with "USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Standard," also known as USB 3.0, HyperX's EMEA Flash Business Manager, Valentina Vitolo, pointed out in a press release that this model will be more than suitable for consoles, utilizing the large storage options to install games that often fill up internal hard drives.


Complete with a five-year warranty, these new drives offer a 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write speed on all models bar the slower 64GB edition which sits at a write speed capacity of 180MB/s.

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Toshiba launches embedded NAND flash memory product line

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:07 pm

Toshiba has today soft launched its SLC NAND flash memory line for embedded applications (including flat screen TVs, printers, wearable devices, and robots).




The company says the new family is intended to satiate the more demanding features that have been introduced to embedded devices in recent times, and it will do so thanks to "high density, high reliability and low bit cost when compared to NOR flash memory."


Key features include 24nm process technology, SPI compatibility, and 6-pin control, among others. Specs can be found below.

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