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Intel have provided some details on their new SSD 530 Series of drives, which include some M.2 form factor models. There will be four M.2 form factor models, coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and finally, 360GB. The 80GB drive will be capable of up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 480MB/sec writes. We'll have 24,000 IOPS for random 4K reads, and up to 80,000 IOPS for writes.
When it comes to the 120GB, 180GB, and 360GB drives, Intel kicks it up a notch by offering up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 490MB/sec writes. As for random 4KB read/writes, we can expect 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for the 120GB and 180GB drives, and we see a big drop to 37,000 IOPS for random 4KB writes on the 360GB model.
There will be plenty of other models, with four mSATA-based models coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and 360GB and six models in the usual 2.5-inch flavor. We should expect the 2.5-inch form factor to see 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and the biggie: 480GB. All six of these drives are capable of 540MB/sec and 490MB/sec for sequential read/writes and 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for random 4KB read/writes, respectively.
Today, SanDisk released a new storage device that is able to wirelessly connect to your mobile devices to share files. Dubbed the Connect, the device is able to connect with up to eight devices wirelessly, with up to 4 devices being able to add and remove files from the drive simultaneously. SanDisk says that one need not worry about security as users are able to add password protection to the files.
The connection is made through a new mobile app developed by SanDisk that is compatible with iOS, Android, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. SanDisk says that the device can stream video to up to three devices at the same time making this somewhat of a portable media server. The new device is able to stream up to four hours on a single charge and boasts a wireless range of 150 feet. A 16GB version will retail for $49.99 while a 32GB model will run you about $60.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Last year Samsung acquired NVELO, the maker of SSD caching software called Dataplex. At the time we didn't understand the move aside from NVELO's first product, but now things are clearing up.
NVELO's new software called Rapid will ship inside Samsung's Magician 4.2 update and work with 840 EVO and 840 Pro - possibly 840, but we're still confirming.
The Rapid angle received a lot of attention at the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit and it's one of the most exciting announcements from the show. Since the software works with both new and existing products, owners of early 840 family products will also find benefits from the new software layer.
We're looking forward to testing the 840, 840 PRO and 840 EVO again with and without the new software advancements.
2013 Samsung Global SSD Summit - I would pound my chest if 36% of all English SSD reviews were read at TweakTown. At 57% of the all Italian reviews, well I might have a global SSD review conference. Samsung has those exact numbers when it comes to SSD sales.
The video doesn't break ground on technical details, but gives us a good understanding of where Samsung is at in relation to other SSD manufacturers.
Seeing the stepping stones starting with early Samsung SSDs is a nice history lesson.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Our hands are tied until the 25th on a full review, but Samsung stated that everything in the show is fair game. We had some latency trying to get all of the videos loaded, but we're ready to show you a bit more 840 EVO news.
I promise to bring the tri-pod next time. We're still learning the video market. We'll have to keep other media from chatting in the videos too, it's coming together though.
Now that you have a majority of the EVO facts, I'm sure you're just as excited as we are.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung always likes to talk about the large amount of Samsung components in their SSD products. Off to the side at the show we found a dissected 840. Surprisingly, there aren't too many components needed to build an 840, but I wouldn't want to solder everything together by hand!
Samsung manufactures all of the core components, PCB, DRAM, NAND and more than likely several of the small surface mount components as well.
This is the first time we've seen a SSD apart out in this manner. While not exactly news worthy, it is interesting to see for the first time.
TweakTown has lead the coverage of NGFF (m.2) products with a preview from Computex using ADATA products, finding retail products currently shipping with m.2 SSDs and now a quick look at performance from a Samsung m.2 drive in a retail ultrabook.
Although still rare in the channel, m.2 form factor SSDs are set to take off like a rocket later in this year. The form factor comes in two flavors, SATA based and PCIe based, the second being the quite exciting since it breaks through some of the SATA III performance limitations. In the video above, we see a CDM performance run with a Samsung based SATA III SSD and a new PCIe based m.2 drive.
Looking closely at the performance on screen we were surprised to see the SATA III drive score higher performance in the 4K read and write test. This tells us Samsung still have some optimization work left to do.
PCIe based m.2 drives should have lower latency when we see the final products since the data doesn't have to pass through the PCH chipset. We're keeping a close eye on this new technology that promises to increase storage performance from a single device by up to 4x over the next year.
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.