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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.
This morning at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York, Intel announced the new Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series. The new drives are ideal for cloud computing and data center applications, especially read intensive applications like Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization.
Intel says that "The DC S3500 Series will enable quicker Web page loads and improved response times as a result of dramatically improved data access times and reduced latency. IT managers and cloud developers will see lower total cost of ownership as a result of reduced power consumption, more consistent performance and smaller space requirements."
"Intel SSDs have enabled our chip designers to gain up to 27 percent performance throughput in our massive design distributed computing environment," said Kim Stevenson, chief information officer at Intel. "In fact, we are increasing our deployment of Intel SSDs in our data centers from 10,000 units to 40,000 by the end of this year to enable our global design team to help bring products to market faster."
Western Digital's Red hard drives are finally getting a competitor in the form of Seagate's appropriately named NAS HDD lineup of hard drives. Just like the WD Red drives, Seagate's NAS lineup is geared toward 1 to 5 bay NAS units.
Seagate NAS drives run what Seagate is calling NASWorks, which supports customizing error recovery controls, power management, and vibration tolerance otherwise known as TLER. TLER ensures that drives do not get dropped from the NAS which sends the array into a rebuilding phase. The company is also claiming that the drives are optimized for sequential and random performance.
Additionally Seagate has a lead over Western Digital in the capacity wars. While Western Digital's Red drives top out at 3TB, Seagate's NAS line is available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models. Prices are set at $126, $168, and $229, for the 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB NAS hard drives.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Western Digital had a lot of momentum going into Computex but at the show they went for the checked flag. First up in a few posts coming from the company is the new 7mm, dualplatter 1TB, 2.5" HDD.
Getting to 7mm is a feat in itself but stuffing two platters in 7mm took some engineering talent. We sat down with Western Digital so they could explain some of the engineering that went into making the world's highest capacity 7mm HDD.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Once you go black....you never go back to blue? Western Digital's performance line for consumers is the Black Series. With flash increasing performance the company decided it was time to add a little flash magic to their proven mechanical products.
The result is Western Digital's first SSHD. SSHD, the industry term for hybrid drive is part SSD and part spinner. In this case, the marriage of a special SanDisk iSSD that is between 8GB and 24GB depending on the OEM customer, and a 5mm slim Western Digital hard drive.
We finished testing Western Digital's 5mm Blue drive right before walking out of the door for Computex.
Look for a review of that product first and a follow up from Tyler on the UltraSlim Black SSHD.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We know it's coming and coming sometime soon but that isn't good enough when OCZ Technology teases it at CES and Computex in 2013.
With two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers and up to 1TB of NAND flash, we know you want it too. If the PCIe version of Vector includes SCSI unmap, a form of TRIM, then we'll do back flips followed by cartwheels. Wouldn't that be a sight to see?
As far as I know, this is the first back side picture of the card. All together there are 32 NAND flash chips, four DRAM buffers and two Barefoot 3 controllers. Bridging the two controllers to the PCIe 4 lane is an OCZ VCA II. This is a full height card for desktop use. When they finally come out I want six for RAID 5 in a prosumer SAN.