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CES 2013 - Western Digital have unveiled something quite interesting at CES this year, where they've shown off some new hybrid solid state technology known as SSHD. The new tech features the speed of a decent SSD, but the capacity that a mechanical HDD would feature.
WD says that the solid state storage will continue to be much more expensive than traditional drives for the foreseeable future. This makes WD change gears and work on hybrid drives in the meantime, until we get to a point where pricing drops to more "competitive" levels in regards to flash storage. The demo that took place at CES saw the drive loading a bunch of applications to measure just how long it takes to load.
The Tech Report reported that it took 81 seconds to complete the task using a standard drive, and just 51 seconds on a normal SSD. On WD's hybrid SSHD, it took only 55 seconds - less than 10% longer than a normal SSD, but much faster than a traditional mechanical-based HDD. WD says that the incoming writes from the host system aren't stored on the NAND, with the caching system being controlled by the firmware and host-based software drivers.
CES 2013 - Micron and Crucial are ready to unleash terabyte class SSDs using advanced 20nm MLC flash. The Tera Era begins with the new M500 SSD that ships in February and for a price much lower than we expected. Early estimates lead us to believe the new Crucial M500 960GB model will tip up at Newegg and other online e-tailers for just under 600 Dollars.
There are a number of specifications released in the official press release (see below) but we're just going to skim over a few here. The capacity sizes are 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and the big bad wolf model that we will all drool over, 960GB. The M500 brings over provisioning to the Crucial SSD product line, a technique that decreases user capacity in exchange for increases performance stability and product life.
The new drives will also sport hardware-based encryption, data protection against unexpected power loss as well as an adaptive thermal monitoring system. They'll arrive in 2.5-inch form factor as well as M.2 form factors for normal PCs and notebooks as well as next-generation ultra-thin devices.
CES 2013 - Mushkin have slapped storage fans in the face with their latest announcement, a 960GB model in their Chronos range of SSDs.
This drive sports two 480GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode. If the drives inside of the new 960GB are indeed the same components found in the other Chronos models, then we should expect two SF-2281-based SSDs featuring asynchronous NAND.
The new 960GB Chronos drive from Mushkin should arrive on the SATA 6Gbps standard and still arrives in the 2.5-inch form factor. The reason we're seeing two 480GB SSDs slapped together is because 128Gb NAND dies are still a while away before we see widespread availability. Once there's enough stock, we should see many more 1TB-or-so SSDs, hopefully.
CES 2013 - Chris and Paul just got done with their visit to the Kingston suite at CES where they got to see some really cool stuff going on.
The most exciting was a system that Kingston prepared for the show that was running no less than 24 Kingston E100 400GB SSD's. The PC was configured with an Intel Xeon E5-2650 CPU, 128GB of Kingston memory and three LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i RAID controllers. Just forget the price of such a computer for a moment...
All of that madness was able to achieve a massive 1.8 million IOPS. Need to copy some files? How about read speed performance of 7000MB/s (yes, seven thousand megabytes per second!) and write speed performance of 4400MB/s.
CES 2013 - Mushkin have just stepped up to the enterprise class SSD game with the launch of their new ProSpec range of SSDs. The ProSpec SSDs sport a random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS with a sustained data transfer rate of 560MB/sec.
The new ProSpec drives will arrive in capacities of between 100GB and 400GB. The new drives sport commercial MLC flash which pump up to 10x the write endurance levels while delivering no performance drop over the life of the drive, which makes it a great candidate for any enterprise environment. Mushkin's new ProSpec drives also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware- and firmware-based features that prepare the drive in case of an unexpected drop or loss in power.
Full specs on the new Mushkin ProSpec SSDs:
- SandForce SF-2582 SSD processor
- Enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) equipped
- SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
- 128-bit AES hardware encryption
- TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
- S.M.A.R.T. support
- Garbage Collection
- Wear leveling
- User-upgradeable firmware
- RoHS, FCC, CE
- 3-year limited warranty
CES 2013 - ASUS was showing off a new SSD PCI-e card that they are planning on bringing out in Q2 of this year. The details are slim and ASUS isn't talking. ASUS wouldn't give any details about the controller, NAND, or really anything else, including the interface. They did say that it was in development for around 10 months.
CES 2013 - We just hit the OCZ booth at CES here in Las Vegas where we got an exclusive look at the new Vector PCI-E prosumer / workstation SSD.
You all should know of the consumer SATA-III Vector SSD, but now OCZ has upped the ante and introduced a PCI-E version for workstations and those with lots of money. It uses a PCI-E Gen.2 x4 interface with two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers, which enables it to deliver up to 1000MB/s of read performance and a very solid 140,000 IOPS. It will also come with a five year warranty and comes in sizes of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. We don't have details on pricing at this stage, but we'll just say, start saving.
Chris and Paul were able to run some early numbers on the Vector PCI-E as you can see in the photo below. Under ATTO we see read speeds of 1020MB/s and write speeds are not too far behind at around 960MB/s.
CES 2013 - Corsair is one of those companies that doesn't like to box themselves into a corner, and today has been a perfect example of this. The company have announced their Voyager Air product, which is the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive and wireless hub.
Voyager Air comes with up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Voyager Air will allow so many segments of the market from office-type users, to home theater enthusiasts to experience a consolidated collection of their wares, be it music, movies or documents. Voyager Air is capable of working and being accessed from either Windows or Mac, and better yet - with the free Corsair app, streaming to Android and Apple products.
CES 2013 - Corsair have unveiled the Flash Voyager GT Turbo flash drive line of products, which are the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives. Corsair will release the new zippy flash drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.
The new drivers will offer more affordable, yet super-quick drives with speeds that were only previously capable using a much more expensive USB 3.0 to SATA bridge-based drive. The new Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives find themselves snug in a brushed metal housing with a easy-to-use capless design.
We're talking about up to 260MB/sec read speeds and up to 235MB/sec write on these new drives - some 1.7 times faster than other competing native USB 3.0 flash drives. Pricing on the new drives will be $49.99, $89.99 and $179.99 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB drives respectively.
CES 2013 - Kingston has debuted what they are calling the world's fastest and largest flash drive, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. It is currently shipping in a 512GB model, with a 1TB model just over the horizon later this quarter. Read and write speeds come in at 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.
"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."