Samsung announced the new 1.5TB EcoGreen F2EG hard drive today. The 1.5TB drive uses only three 500GB platters which reduces power both on startup and continuous operation.
Samsung's EcoGreen F2EG drive, which is suitable for both external hard disks and desktop PC, incorporates 500 GB/1 TB/1.5 TB capacity, 16 MB/32 MB buffer memory, and 3.0 gigabytes per second (Gbps) Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface. The F2EG hard drive, employing advanced PMR technology, achieves greater aerial density and improves transfer performance as well.
The F2EG family of drives is currently being shipped to major OEM businesses and the 1.5 TB HDD is available at $149.00 MSRP.
The full press release is available here.
As hard disk capacity increases from an increased number of disks, so does power consumption. However, Samsung's F2EG drive offers low power consumption by using EcoTriangle, a low-power, low-heat, low-noise operation technology. With its advanced design and fewer components, the F2EG drive is 40% lower in power consumption in idle mode and 45% lower in reading/writing mode than competitive drives. Samsung's Eco-Triangle technology offers more energy efficient and high performance hard drive options to manufacturers of home media PC, external HDD, set-top box, and personal NAS.
Asus is planning to tinker under the hood of its Lamborghini Laptop.
The new supped up notebook will have the name VX5 and should feature a 1TB SSD along with a Core 2 Quad, 4GB of RAM and GT130M discrete GPU touting 1GB of GDDR3.
These will fit nicely with a 16-inch "Full HD" (I expect they mean 1080p), a Blu-ray drive, and leather cover panel rests.
Read a little more here at Fudzilla.
More information here
Dubbed the Asus Lamborghini VX5 laptop it has a cover vaguely similar to the Lamborghini Reventón sport car's aluminum-alloy fuselage. Under the bonnet is an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, and 4GB of RAM and a TwinTurbo mode that users can utilize to accelerate CPU and GPU performance via a speed key.
It comes with a 16-inch "Full HD" screen along with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 130M graphics chip with 1GB of GDDR 3 video RAM. So far it is not clear when it will hit the shops, or how much all this will cost you.
We suggest applying for your mortgage or selling your children for scientific experiments now. (Seen Jeremy Clarkson lately? sub.ed.).
OCZ is demoing the Z-Drive at CeBIT this year. The 1TB drive puts four 256GB MCL SSD's in a RAID-0 array and uses a PCIe X8 connection.
The drive has a total of 256MB of cache. The ASUS P6T motherboard they have it in is showing off 712MB/s for read operations and 500MB/s for write operations, all with nearly a zero access time. Once it hits the shelves you can except to drop about $1500 on the unit.
Scientists at the Universit of California, Berkeley, and University of Massachusetts Amherst have figured out a technique to fit 250 DVD's of data onto a surface the size of a quarter, says Sciene Daily.
The technology to do this has been around for a little while. Self-assembling nanoscale elements have been around for a decade, but until recently scientists have been unable to make it work on a large scale.
The problem was that the molecular structure of this technology would break down as the size of the area increased, until now. They think they've solved the problem by laying the copolymers on to a piece of sapphire crystal, cut at an angle, then heating it up to reorganize its surface structure. This provides a pattern of sawtooth ridges that hold the nanoscale elements in place even as the size of the surface increases.
With the new technique, the researchers were able to get defect-free arrays of the nanoscale elemennts that would translate into 125GB per square inch. This is over 15 times higher than anything they have achieved before. This could lead to huge breakthroughs in both tradition hard drives as well as optical storage.
To overcome this size constraint, Russell and Xu conceived of the elegantly simple solution of layering the film of block copolymers onto the surface of a commercially available sapphire crystal. When the crystal is cut at an angle - a common procedure known as a miscut - and heated to 1,300 to 1,500 degrees Centigrade (2,372 to 2,732 degrees Fahrenheit) for 24 hours, its surface reorganizes into a highly ordered pattern of sawtooth ridges that can then be used to guide the self-assembly of the block polymers.
"We can generate nearly perfect arrays over macroscopic surfaces where the density is over 15 times higher than anything achieved before," said Russell. "With that order of density, one could get a high-definition picture on a screen the size of a JumboTron."
"It's one thing to get dozens of soldiers to stand in perfect formation in an area the size of a classroom, each person equidistant from the other, but quite another to get tens of trillions of individuals to do so on the field in a football stadium," Xu added. "Using this crystal surface as a guide is like giving the soldiers a marker so they know where to stand.
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It looks like the new P55 and P57 will not ship with SATA 3 support.
Despite the fact that AMD is planning one with SATA 3 support for Q1 2010, Intel will not make that feature available on tits next two chipsets.
SATA 3 can support up to 6Gbps (750MBps) while the older SATA 2 only supports up to 3Gbps (375MBps).
Intel is sure to have SATA 3 support soon but it looks like AMD will beat them to the punch.
Read more here at Fudzilla.
it turns out that its new 5th generation mainstream chipsets won't feature support for SATA 6Gb/s. Both P55, that comes in Q3 2009, and P57 that comes in Q1 2010 and has better support for 32nm CPU with IGP Clarksdale, won't support SATA 3.
This comes as quite a surprise, as AMD prepares its SB820 Southbridge that should have SATA 3 support and this Southbridge should launch in early 2010. Since both P55 and P57 are single chip chipsets Intel will have to release a new chipset to get SATA 3 support.
We reported yesterday that PcPerspecitve is stating that micro fragmentation caused by write combining and Wear Level algorithms used in the X25M were causing performance loss with certain usage patterns.
Well Intel has responded by casting doubt on the methodology used in the PCPerspective report.
According to an article at CNet, Intel thinks that they tests used do not show average consumer usage and could be very misleading in their results.
A statement by Intel said: "In general, when a PC's drive (SSD or HDD) is full, there will be some reduction in system performance, however the performance reduction reported by PC Perspective is higher than we generally expect, which is why we are looking into the methodology."
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Read more here at CNet.
A review, however, entitled "Long-term performance analysis of Intel Mainstream SSDs" on technology Web site PC Perspectives claimed, among other things, that the Intel X25-M solid-state drive may degrade in performance as a result of "internal fragmentation" and that "a 'used' X25-M will always perform worse than a 'new' one" and, in some cases, drives "would drop to significantly below manufacturer specs."
The reviewers claimed that they made an effort to reproduce real-world scenarios. "Dozens of different scenarios were played out on our drives. XP / Vista installs, repeated application / game installs, batch copying of files...were all liberally applied to the X25-M." The review concluded that "all three of our SSDs suffered a drop in performance regardless of the type of workload applied to them."
There is bad news in SSDville, it seems that Intel X25 SSD may get slower after prolonged use.
According to an article over at PCPerspective, it would appear that combined writes in conjunction with wear leveling are causing an almost irreversible type of fragmentation that the drive controllers and most OSes are unable to account for.
Wear Leveling is a measure to prevent flash cells from reaching end of life out of order. To accomplish this (in over simplified terms) almost all SSDs use an algorithm to continually rotate the places data is written too. The use of a lookup table allows the OS to ask for the data from the expected place. (E.g. the OS asks for something from sector0 but it might not be at the beginning of the actual drive.)
The problem lies in the fact that Intel is trying to make the most of the flash cells. SSDs are capable of writing much smaller data pages (around 4k) but have to erase complete blocks (512k). As such Intel uses a process called Write Amplification to combine small files into one to fill up individual cells. This makes the write and rewrite times significantly faster than they would be if you had to erase a 512k block for a 10k file.
The problem with all of this is that the actual files and fragments are separated from the OS by the lookup table the OS is completely unable to defragment the actual drive. Meaning that over time your SSD will become more and more fragmented and there is no way for your OS to correct it.
But all hope is not lost; PCPer did try some of Intel's suggestions for correcting this. With the most successful being HDDerase3.3. Unfortunately this process involves imaging your software off and back onto the drive. PCPerspective also have a few suggestions on how to help avoid this in the first place. I wonder if it is really worth the effort even with the massive performance gain.
Read more here at PCPerspective.
While Intel reportedly has something in the works, there is currently no 'easy' way to defragment the sub-block level fragmentation that occurs as a result of write combining. In addition, we found that running the Windows defragmenter on the X25-M would rapidly Swiss Cheese the crap out of it, defeating the purpose entirely. All is not lost, however, as the ATA spec is being updated to include special commands such as "TRIM", "DISCARD", and "UNMAP" (a SCSI command). The new protocol lingo will let the Operating System tell the SSD when areas are no longer in use, such as when files are deleted. This will speed up the process of writing data to flash blocks no longer containing valid data, as the wear leveling routine doesn't have to play musical chairs with data that is no longer relevant.
Windows 7 will support some variation of these commands, and firmware flashable drives like the X25-M should have the ability to be brought up to speed as well. This will not completely solve the problem - It falls short on some RAID configurations (i.e. RAID 5), since all data must remain 'valid' for parity calculations to work properly in the case of a drive failure. Data recovery also becomes more complicated, since deleted files could be overwritten by the wear leveling routine even if the OS did not specifically write over the addresses where those files were originally stored.
Western Digital has disclosed information on their latest addition to the external storage market.
The My Book World Edition 1TB and 2TB drives come equipped with Western Digital's Caviar Green Power HDD's and provide both Gigabit Ethernet and USB2.0 connectivity. You can also connect any USB storage device to the new My Book to turn it into network storage or add to the existing capacity of what the My Book has to offer. They also feature media server capability with DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certification to stream content to the XBox 360, Playstation 3, wireless digital picture frames and connected audio receivers. MSRP for the 1TB is $229.99 USD and the 2TB will set you back $449.99 USD.
PC Perspective managed to get their hands on an engineering sample of the upcomming OCZ Summit SSD. The 250 GB drive features a new Samsung controller, 64MB of cache, and MLC Flash. Make sure you check out the full preview for the results.
The cache on the OCZ Summit drive is really what will help it stand out from previous solid state offerings. While having cache on board with standard hard drives has been the norm for many years, it was long thought that the speed of flash memory negated the need to have dedicate memory on drives for performance reasons. After all of our experience with JMicron controller and the very slow writes they were famous for, we have learned that cache is still a technology SSDs can take advantage of.
SlashGear is reporting that OCZ has released a new line of their Vertex SSD's that will use the Indilink 90nm controller.
The news comes after the bad press that has recently flogged the Jmicron JMF602 series controllers that are causing drive lagging, pausing, and stuttering. The new Indilink controller when paired with SLC Flash will read and write at 230MB/s and 170MB/s respectively, and 200MB/s and 160MB/s respectively when paird with MLC Flash.
Drives will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB varieties and will cost between $129 and $869. The two smaller drives will come with 32MB cache, but the larger two will boast a 64MB cache.
If you're looking for a faster way to transfer data from notebook (2.5-inch) SSDs to a desktop machine over using those cheapie USB-to-SATA converter cables, or perhaps you simply want a cleaner more professional way to use 2.5-inch SSDs for permanent desktop use, A-DATA has come up with the XPG SSD Enclosure which takes up a 3.5" drive/floppy bay and can house up to two 2.5-inch SSDs (not sure about RAID capabilities). It connects directly to an available SATA-II port internally, offering the best possible performance.
Capacities supported are anywhere from 32GB up to 384GB and a locking mechanism prevents unwanted hands removing the drives when you're not around.
Further information on the XPG 3.5" SSD Enclosure can be found within the press release here.
Intel is dropping prices on its SSD line. This is good news, but to many even the reduced prices are going to be out of their range.
The notebook based X25-M 80GB drive will drop to $390 from $595 while the X25-E (aimed at enterprise usage) will drop from $695 to $415.
Intel will cut prices on the X2-E 160GB and 64GB models as well but there has not been any official word on how much the prices will drop.
In case you missed it, yesterday Seagate announced a whole new lineup of enterprise hard drives which it calls the "Constellation" series. Available in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch sizes, the main push forward with these is significantly better power consumption thanks to the use of Seagate's PowerChoice technology which is said to be at least 50% more efficient than previous-gen enterprise level HDDs.
The drives all run an RPM of 7200RPM and come in both SATA 3.0Gbps and SAS 6.0Gbps versions. As for capacities, the 2.5-inch models will range from 160 to 500GB while the 3.5-inch Constellation ES models will begin at 500GB and take Seagate to new heights at 2TB. These drives will be released to market sometime during Q3 this year.
For further information, you can locate the full press release here.
"The need for greater storage capacity will continue to expand in multiple directions and dimensions, but there will be an increasing scrutiny of all storage system purchases, with an eye to decreasing power consumption, footprint, and cost per GB in unprecedented ways," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "Performance will not be ignored, but a flexible balance of capacity, cost per GB, power and speed will become more crucial in fulfilling end-user storage demands at varied price points."
Transcend are hitting up the SSD market today with a new top-most capacity entry into its existing lineup, 192GB. This 2.5-inch SATA II SSD certainly looks the goods with its transfer rates of 150MB/sec (read) and 90MB/sec (write) and includes ECC (Error Code Correction) and built-in wear leveling technologies to guarentee ultra-long lifespan.
Transcend's complete SSD lineup now comprises drives ranging from as small as 8GB through to the 192GB model you see here today and all are backed by a two-year warranty.
An actual MSRP of this particular drive hasn't yet been disclosed but it's getting up there in the way of SSD storage capacity so it's safe to assume it'll cost a pretty penny. You can read a bit more about it within the press release here.
Featuring a powerful new controller, Transcend's MLC-equipped 192GB SSD far outpaces standard 2.5" hard drives, delivering exceptional sustained read/write speeds of up to 150MB / 90MB per second to guarantee fast throughput regardless of file size. With these high-speed transfer rates and virtually non-existent (0.2ms) latency, an SSD-equipped computer boots-up faster, games run more smoothly, and overall system responsiveness is improved. Moreover, this SSD's industry-standard SATA II interface and 2.5" form factor allow easy and straightforward user installation in most notebook computers and mainstream PCs just like regular hard drives.
Diskeeper Corporation has recently released an add-on to its popular on-the-fly defragmentation software "Diskeeper 2009".
HyperFast is a specifically designed application designed to optimize the performance of SSDs on Windows operating systems. They key benefits are said to be faster performance, longer lifespan and avoidance of operating system / SSD design incompatibilities.
But how does it do all of this? Using InvisiTasking processing technology, which works transparently in the background (no scheduling!), HyperFast creates and maintains optimized free space, increasing the controller's ability to write sequentially and thereby enormously increasing the peak speed and life of the SSD, according to the company.
Enticing consumers to buy the software, Diskeeper ran some simple tests on an 8GB SSD and saw huge improvements. To demonstrate this fact, benchmark tests were performed (Figure 1) on an 8GB SSD in a simulated real world scenario to depict a customer's environment over 6 months. With HyperFast SSD optimization enabled, performance gains were automatically realized with 5.9x faster reads, 19.5x faster writes, 3.9X faster random reads and 9.0X faster random writes (higher numbers indicate higher performance).
You can read more over here. I'm going to attempt to get a copy and run some tests and see how it goes.
In similar fashion to our monster RAID 0 SSD article we recently published which pushed out some incredible results using four Patriot Warp 2 drives, Tech Report has also gotten hold of an extreme SSD setup and share out the results, but these guys go with four X25-E Extreme SSDs from Intel, considered to be the fastest solid state drives available.
Pairing them with Adaptec's RAID 5405 PCI Express controller card, they test the array out in a multitude of benchmarks along with some timed boot ups and native file copy tests.
As expected, the results are truly awe inspiring. But as with our RAID 0 Warp SSD article, a setup like this is just a distant dream for most of us due to the immense costs.
It seems the list of affected Seagate hard disk drives with bad firmware's might be growing.
NimrodAUS from our forums was kind enough to forward us along an email from Seagate Tech Support discussing the issue at hand and providing a link to the latest firmware updates.
Thank you for contacting Seagate Support.
A firmware issue has been identified that affects a small number of Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive models which may result in data becoming inaccessible after a power-off/on operation. The affected products are Barracuda 7200.11, Barracuda ES.2 SATA, and DiamondMax 22.
Based on the low risk as determined by an analysis of actual field return data, Seagate believes that the affected drives can be used as is.
However, as part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, Seagate is offering a free firmware upgrade.
Please follow this link
(http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931) to enter the Knowledge Base article(s) detailing the steps to update your drive.
In the unlikely event your drive is affected and you cannot access your data, the data still resides on the drive and there is no data loss associated with this issue. If your drive is no longer accessible, contact us directly for further assistance at http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/.
Visit this page for the step by step instructions to get your Seagate drive back in a healthy condition. There is also a handy Drive Detect program here which easily displays Seagate drives in your system and which firmware they use.
Spire has just released details on its second revision of Spectrum HDD backup device which makes it a breeze to transfer data to and from naked 2.5" and 3.5" hard disks via USB 2.0.
Both IDE and SATA drives are supported on the same unit with HDD capacities of up to 1TB. It's also quite compact with dimensions of (L) x 47 (W) x 16 (H) mm and a weight of just 50 grams.
Spire, manufacturer of pc components and world famous for its quality and affordable thermal products today officially announced the Spectrum II. This upgraded version is a great little back-up tool to transfer and back up your valuable data from any IDE/SATA Hard Drive at speeds of up to 480mbps. At home, in the office or on the go, simply plug and play and secure your data by utilizing the one touch backup (OTB:optional) on the Spire Spectrum II.
The SSD market is certainly ramping up. What started as expensive small drives, are moving quickly into ultra expensive large drives.
Intel is looking to launch another expensive offering in the form of a 320GB 34nm 32Gbit low density MLC NAND flash SSD. The storage space and speed are both very good. The problem with the new SSDs is price.
Read more at vr-zone
In Q4 this year, the company plans to release a 320GB SSD in Extreme and Mainstream variants, which will most likely come in both 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch form factors. Moreover, the new drives will make use of 34nm 32Gbit low density MLC NAND flash, which is being developed by IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).
tgdaily has exciting news for us all regarding Gdrive; Google's next big move on its agenda which is set to be launched this year.
The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Google's second best-known product after their google.com search engine. That said, it's no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years - yes, that's how long the rumors have persisted.
Gdrive is basically online storage where Google servers have enough capacity to hold the entire contents of your hard drive. It will likely also come with enough brains to do cool tricks now with bigger things down the road - like booting your computer from online drive to load the Google operating system.
tgdaily's insight to GDrive and how it's shaping up includes all of the service's features, privacy implications and a wrap-up on just how well they think it will take off. And by the sounds of it, they're not kidding when they say it will likely change the way many of us use the internet, forever.