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2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - We're a day behind due to the time it takes to upload video from the hotel, but things are sorted now. Samsung put on a great show yesterday for the roughly 100 or so journalists that attended.
The big news for those making the trek to Seoul was the new 840 EVO, the replacement to the baseline 840. Samsung also announced a handful of enterprise products as well later in the day.
In the video we have a quick walk though of the Samsung SSD wall. Several products appear, some old, some new, but all are very exciting.
Throughout the day we'll post more videos from the event and in a few days break down the new Samsung 840 EVO and in a separate article discussing the new Magician 4.1 update that offers owners of existing 840 products a significant performance boost thanks to Samsung's purchase of NVELO.
A firmware update coming around the September timeframe adds true AES 256-bit hardware encryption to Samsung's 840, 840 EVO and 840 PRO SSD products.
Two flavors of encryption are covered, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal and Microsoft's eDRIVE, part of Windows 8 BitLocker.
Class 0 SED is an important feature for businesses and end users who would prefer to only have the NSA steal their data. While we've had access to encryption for several years, hardware based encryption lessens the overhead and reduces the amount of resources needed from surrounding components.
A notebook is lost or stolen every few seconds in the world and the cost goes far beyond the price of the components physically lost. I would go as far as to say it should be mandatory for all businesses to use some form of encryption for all of their employee's notebooks.
We haven't told you all of the reasons yet to be excited about the new Samsung 840 EVO, that'll come in a few days when the embargo for performance lifts. We do have a few tidbits to share with you today though from the SSD Global Summit.
This image shows pricing and the capacity sizes for the new 840 EVO product family. There are three kit options, Basic (bare drive), Laptop Kit and finally a Desktop Kit. There are five capacity sizes, 120GB to 1TB, all of the standard sizes plus a 750GB model tossed in for good measure. The MSRPs are for the US market.
The model everyone wants to talk about is the big 1TB model, costing just under $650. The model most of us will buy though is the 250GB or 500GB at $189.99 and $369.99, respectively. The prices range between the different kit options and not all capacity sizes ship in a kit. We're not sure how Samsung came up with the kit sizes, but for most of us, a bare drive will do just fine.
Under the theme of 'SSDs for everyone', today Samsung held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in South Korea to celebrate the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. This is a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SSD that comes in capacities up to 1TB.
"After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year's launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry's highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments."
The new a 840 EVO series features the industry's most compact 10nm class 128GB high-performance NAND flash memory. Samsung began mass-producing these memory modules in April and they feature the company's proprietary multi-core MEX controller. This allows the 840 EVO to achieve "unrivaled value for performance with improve sequential read and write speeds."
SD cards have been fast up until now, but Toshiba are really pushing the boundaries of most users expectations with their new Exceria Pro line of SD cards. Toshiba's Exceria Pro SD cards are capable of pushing out write speeds of up to 240MB/sec.
The Exceria Pro has a maximum read speed of 260MB/sec and 240MB/sec writes, with the SD cards arriving in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. The original Exceria series of SD cards from Toshiba contain the same read speeds of 260MB/sec but have a slower write speed of 'just' 120MB/sec. The Exceria series of cards are available in 32GB and 64GB, though.
Toshiba's new SD cards are built for professional photographers, who are in need of some serious read/write speeds for those megapixel hungry cameras.
We've been on m.2, or NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) watch since Computex earlier this month and we've finally found a notebook/ultrabook with an NGFF option. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 is the first of its kind, at least the first we've actually found.
The options list is very limited at this time. You either order their $50 24GB NGFF SSD for cache or you don't. The description is pretty light as well. We've already ran a few tests on ADATA NGFF drives, one with a JMicron controller and another with an LSI SandForce controller.
It's not much but it's a start. Next week a package arrives with new tools for measuring performance of NGFF products and at that time we'll have everything we need to write a proper review of the new ADATA NGFF SSD's.
BIWIN has just announced a new business class SSD that is aimed at the digital signage market. The new Half Slim H6201is being billed as the perfect SSD for public and outdoor environments because it is scalable, efficient, and provides a low maintenance cost.
BIWIN says that the "SATA II Half-slim SSD H6201's MTBF of 2,000,000 hours is more than doubled comparing with mechanical hard drives, leading to lower maintenance costs. H6201 is extremely fast with the ability to handle high I/O data throughput such as multiple data streams suitable for graphics and video in a very small package."
The H6201 comes in several levels of density, including 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, which allows for all signage storage needs. The new Half Slim SSD is an ideal solution for deployments where heat, cold, dust, humidity, and even shock and vibration are common.
It looks like Intel finished 25nm flash production, and as a result, several popular products are getting the axe.
Affected products include the 313 Series, 520 Series, 525 Series and the enterprise 710 Series.
The Intel 710 was replaced by the new DC S3x00 Series, but the news leaves a big gap in Intel's consumer SSD lineup. The Intel 335 Series (2.5" Form Factor with 20nm flash) currently ships in 180GB and 240GB, no 480GB part is currently available.
The Intel 525 Series and 313 Series are mSATA products, 313 Series for cache and 525 Series for OS/storage. Intel's new NUC form factor needs an mSATA SSD, so we expect Intel to announce new mSATA products based on 20nm flash soon.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Over the next year you'll start to hear a few new terms in our SSD and full system reviews. One of the new buzzwords is called DEVSLP and its pronounced dev sleep. This is the process reduces the power to the SSD. The sleep part refers to the sleep state, now deeper than ever before with some portions of the SSD turned off entirely.
We've always had different forms of sleep states, but the deeper the sleep the longer it takes to wake up. What makes LSI's solution so amazing is that full recovery takes just a quarter of a second. Just as amazing though is just how low the drive gets in low power mode.
E3 2013 - Plexstor's booth is featuring a pretty cool demo in which they show us how much faster their new SSD line is verses a traditional 1TB hard drive. The demo pits two systems against each other to see who can perform a set of task and then reboot the fastest. Of course the SSD wins the race, but by how much? You will have to watch the video to find out!
TweakTown is your leading coverage provider of the E3 Expo, and have already posted tons of content which you can find here. Additionally, we covered all of the major press conferences from Yesterday's "E3 Day 0" press event in live blog form. Stay tuned to TweakTown.com for the entire up to the minute coverage of the E3 expo.