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Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Chris Geiser, Senor Product Manager at Samsung sat down with TweakTown today to talk about the next iteration of V-NAND technology, 3-bit per cell V-NAND. Also known as TLC NAND, 3-bit per cell is a method used to increase the density of NAND flash memory by allowing the flash cell to use 8 charge states. V-NAND, also commonly referred to as 3D NAND, orders cells vertically rather than horizontally. Samsung's new 32nm 32-layer V-NAND should reduce the cost of V-NAND significantly while also ushering in higher capacity sizes.
Before the FMS 2014 show floors even open we're hearing a lot about 2TB capacity sizes coming before the end of the year. 3-bit per cell V-NAND could potentially get us there.
Chris Geiser also spoke with us about future interface technology such as NVMe.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Silicon Motion today announced a new 4-channel controller designed to leverage the value of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash in a consumer SSD product. The new SM2256 uses new NANDXtend technology to increase TLC flash's endurance from 1K P/E cycles to 3K P/E cycles.
The SM2256 is a high-performance SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller ideally suited for client SSDs targeting HDD
replacement, ultrabooks and tablets. The SM2256 is a complete merchant ASIC/firmware solution supporting
1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and extensible to 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers.
Leveraging Silicon Motion's proprietary NANDXtend error-correcting code (ECC) technology, the SM2256
provides a comprehensive data protection and enhances the endurance and retention of TLC NAND, delivering
more than three times better durability for TLC SSD.
The press release sheds more lights on the new controller recently previewed in a world exclusive here at TweakTown just days ago.
Key highlights for PS3110 solution include:
· Up to 2 Terabytes support
· 1Ynm and 1Znm SLC, MLC, and TLC support
· Ultra high performance
- Sequential Read: up to 550MB/s
- Sequential Write: up to 530MB/s
- 4K Random Read: up to 100,000 IOPS
- 4K Random Write: up to 90,000 IOPS
· Support both commercial and industrial grade requirements
· AES-256, TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant (A10 derivative)
· S.M.A.R.T support with Phison SSD ToolBox
· End-to-end data path protection
· SmartECC RAID data protection
· P-fail protection with SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technology
· Advanced read disturb management with SmartRefresh technology
· Advanced global wear-leveling
Connected Data, the company behind the Drobo line of storage products, has announced a new product in the Drobo family: Drobo Mini with SSDs. Drobo Mini is capable of taking four SSDs, and is the one of best solutions on the market for portable SSDs for a wide variety of storage enthusiasts, including filmmakers and photographers.
The Drobo Mini hooks up to your PC through Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, and can take four 2.5-inch SSDs with an mSATA accelerator as an option. Coming in at less than three pounds, it's one of the lightest storage options on the market today. Better yet, it protects your data even in the case of multiple SSD failures. In this case, the Drobo Mini automatically repairs itself, returning to its protected state while providing the user with full access to their data, without the performance of the device being affected.
The new Drobo Mini with SSD is available right now in three capacities: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB with a starting price of $1199.
IDrive, a cloud backup and storage provider, has just announced the release of its new IDrive QNAP backup app. What this allows, is users to backup their QNAP NAS devices to IDrive, all with a simple-to-use app.
The IDrive QNAP app provides the option of an offsite disaster recovery option, as well as offering businesses a cheap and reliable way of backing up data stored across QNAP NAS devices. CEO of IDrive, Raghu Kulkarni said: "For businesses today, it is essential to ensure the privacy and protection of critical company data. We developed the QNAP backup app to assist with these business needs and provide a simple, fast, and cost-effective method for safeguarding data and ensuring business continuity, even in the face of a data disaster".
These are the key features of the new IDrive QNAP backup app:
- Interactive backup and restore for data present in QNAP NAS devices.
- Option for scheduling automatic backups and restores, as per convenience.
- Email notifications on completion of scheduled backup operations.
- Availability of elaborate log reports detailing account activities.
- Files are protected during transfer and storage using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key.
- Create multiple backup sets and restore sets for customized backup and restore.
- Customization of backup location.
- Real time quota calculation and log status updates for scheduled and manual jobs.
We thought these 8TB HDDs would be coming next year, but Seagate has started shipping out the first samples of its 8TB HDDs to its customers. The company hasn't provided any details on the innards of these new gigantic storage devices to its customers just yet.
Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate has said: "We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers and cloud service providers and the initial customer feedback has been very positive". We don't know which method Seagate has used to construct the 8TB HDD, but we should see these hit the retail market sometime before the end of the year, or the beginning of 2015.
It looks like Panasonic is now a player in the SSD market, without much fanfare to be honest. The company looks to be re-branding OCZ drives, using OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot M10 controller.
The Panasonic-branded, OCZ-made drives were spotted in the famous Akihabara shopping district, with the new Panasonic Premium range of SSDs. These new SSDs come in retail packaging, including software and adapters to get them installed into desktop PCs. Panasonic is making its Premium SSDs available in three sizes: 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.
The new drives are based on OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot M10 controller, and should be using Toshiba's second-generation 19nm MLC NAND flash. These new drives are based on the SATA 6Gbps interface, with the performance side of things looking to match what OCZ has with its Vertex 460 SSDs.
HGST has just unveiled its latest Ultrastar C10K1800, something the company is pegging as the world's highest capacity, highest performing 10K RPM HDD. The new drive is a 2.5-inch 1.8TB drive, that cranks along at 10,000 RPM.
The drive uses HGST's media cache architecture, which uses a portion of the platter as drive cache. This allows a massive 2.5X increase in random write performance, and a 23% improvement in sequential performance over previous generations of 2.5-inch 10K RPM HDDs. According to the company, this new Ultrastar C10K1800 is also more power efficient, with up to a 7% improvement in active and idle power savings.
HGST's new Ultrastar C10K1800 ships with the fast 12Gbps SAS interface, but even with 10K RPM under its belt, it won't make great use of that like an SSD or four will. It has a maximum sustained transfer rate of 247MB/sec on its 12Gbps bus.
2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung is moments away from opening the doors to the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit conference. Paul and I just snapped some photos. We don't have a lot of time to go into the full details now, look for more detailed coverage later this evening. For now, let's run some photos!
Google has rolled out a new cloud storage service that is designed specifically to cater to the business users out there called Drive for Work. This subscription service costs $10 per month per user. The big feature of the Drive for Work service is that for the $10 per month you get unlimited storage.
Individual files can be stored under this plan up to 5TB in size each. Drive for Work comes on the heels of the announcement that Google Drive has 190 million active users on the personal and work plans combined.
Google also notes that files uploaded to drive are encrypted in transit between devices and Google data centers. Google has also refreshed the Drive apps for iOS and Android devices to improve performance and clean up the interface.