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CES 2012 - This morning we ventured out to the Las Vegas Country Club where the folks over at ioSafe held one of their now famous CES demo-lition events. In previous years they've done things like take media to a shooting arrange to blast the hell out of their drives and have done other things like run over the drive with massive earth movers and such.
This year Robb Moore and his team at ioSafe decided to do something new and setup a "Cage of Death" with a near enough to one million volt Tesla coil operated by Telsa expert Doctor Megavolt. Media were put into a nearby cage at a fairly safe distance from the proceeding bolts of lightning and inside the main cage the brand new ioSafe Thunderbolt drive was put to the test to see how it could with standard an extreme amount of electricity coming right at the device.
After the demo CEO Robb Moore of ioSafe reconnected the drive back to the system and it ended up working just fine. There were a few other little "magic tricks" during the show but we cannot reveal that at this stage since other media are still going to be attending the event tomorrow. The main message was that ioSafe is very serious about protecting your data and will go to big lengths to make that happen...
CES 2012 - Earlier on today we met up with the crew from Seagate at CES where we got introduced to its new range of GoFlex for Mac external hard disk drives.
In the video above you can see a comparison of performance against FireWire 800 and new Thunderbolt interface on a Macbook Pro. The numbers as you would expect are rather amazing. We are talking around 80MB/s read speeds over FireWire 800 and a massive 190MB/s on the Thunderbolt connector.
These units are going on sale in late February for $189 USD and the portable version will go on sale later this month for $99 USD.
CES 2012 - One of the most interesting stories to come from CES 2012 has to do with Mushkin. Mushkin is an old timer, been around this market for a long time. Remember who made the first PC-150 SDRAM? Yeah, now you get it. Well Mushkin has some new backing and they bring the two things needed to return a company to greatness, money and engineers.
So how many engineers you might be wondering, let's just say enough to pull off a PCIe card with built in RAID on 2, 4 or 8 SSDs on board. All of the power requirements are handled by the main PCB and the SSDs are on daughter cards. The controller is different on all three cards but at this time they are Marvell based. Mushkin is looking at some of the new upcoming LSI controllers so nothing is set in stone at this time. Either way they go, look for this to compete on the high end enthusiast market and steer into some entry level enterprise systems.
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CES 2012 - We managed to sneak into the OCZ suite here in Las Vegas before anyone else and we got a look at their range of new enterprise storage solutions and the one that stood out for me was the demo of two Z-Drive R4 RM1616 PCI-E 2.0 drives running together in RAID 0 to produce some really mind-blowing performance numbers.
The Z-Drive R4 RM1616 is not a desktop part and easily out of reach for pretty much all consumers, if you have the big bucks, this is the ultimate storage though. The drives come with no less than 16 SandForce 2500 series controllers and up to 16TB of storage capacity. In the video of the demo you can see above, OCZ had two RM1616 drives setup in one system running together in RAID 0 mode.
This outrageousness is able to produce almost 13GB/s (yes - we are talking 13,000MB/s) and close enough to 100,000 IOPS with random 128k reads. And with random 4k reads IOPS hit a crazy 1.4 million IOPS and that is being limited by an Intel X79 system. With a faster computer, OCZ reckons the solution can hit up to 2 million IOPS in the 4k read range.
CES 2012 - We had a little treat today while visiting GIGABITE. Colin Brix stopped by with a hand full of new motherboards right from the R&D labs. We can't say too much about them but you can start to see how these will eventually become XXX-UD3, XXX-UD5 and so on.
Being the storage editor here at TweakTown I started looking closer at the storage options on these next generation motherboards. SATA III all over the place, check! Intel motherboards today are limited to just two SATA III ports but that will be a thing of the past really soon. What is even more impressive though is that most of these boards include either an mSATA or mini PCIe slot for HDD cache capabilities. We still need to determine if these boards are using mSATA or mini PCIe but will be digging for the information this evening. With OCZ showing their new Kilimanjaro, a joint OCZ and Marvell controller that uses mini PCIe 3.0 we have to wonder if mSATA is going to be replaced for Intel SRT with mini PCIe 3.0.
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CES 2012 - It took me a couple of days to get the spelling right but now I'm ready to talk Kilimanjaro. OCZ was ready to talk Kilimanjaro today as well so.
Usually when we start talking about PCIe to flash controllers (as opposed to SATA to flash) we are talking about Fusion-io. Well there is a new game in town and this game is being played on the PCIe 3.0 field. The Kilimanjaro controllers I've seen so far were branded with both OCZ and Marvell names.
In the shot above we see the enterprise Z-Drive R5 which uses an 8x PCIe 3.0 slot, can push up to 3GB/s and churn around 1.8 million IOPS as long as your processor or processors can handle the load. OCZ it talking about capacities up to 12TB. There should be a few different models based on capacity and flash type, either MLC, eMLC or SLC. No word on pricing but I think Honda Civic range should sound about right.
Of a little more interest to our readers though is the smaller version that uses PCIe 3.0 to NAND in what looks a lot like mSATA form factor. We are seeing this socket all over the place today but we can't tell you too much about it, watch for some videos later today from motherboard manufactures on TweakTown.
CES 2012 - CES 2012 is already heating up even though the show floor doesn't open till tomorrow. OCZ already displayed some products at Storage Visions 2012 but today we can talk about consumer products.
OCZ is quite excited about their Indilinx purchase and it looks like Everest II is getting really close. At their suite today we crashed in a little early to take a peek at an actual sample up and running. Let's go ahead and point out this was an early sample and we don't need to remind you that performance generally increases as firmware progresses.
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In today's world of high-speed data transfers, cameras and their memory cards have been relatively left behind. But, Sony have stopped that with the Sony XQD memory card, based on the PCI-Express specification, the XQD format is aimed at improving digital image capture speed and performance.
It is capable of capturing up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. Sporting write speeds of 125MB/sec, and theoretical maximum write speeds of 5Gb/s, or roughly 600MB/sec. You can see how this is exciting for photographers. Director of consumer media for Sony Electronics, Viviano Cantu, says:
Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images. Memory card technology has done a great job of keeping pace, but these new cards give an entirely new meaning to speed and performance.
CES 2012 - Even in lusty Las Vegas there are few things sexier than an ioDrive. Today we spotted a duo we haven't seen in the flesh before. These ladies wear a little more cloths than the first generation ioDrive we reviewed a couple of years ago.
Here we have the ioDrive II sans the drool that we had to wipe off before the photo was taken. We're going to have to get back in contact with the masters of IO and see how she dances on our PCIe pole at home.
Next up to take the stage, the lovely ioCache 600GB. You have to watch out for this one, her IO appetite is more than what you can provide.
CES 2012 - Thunderbolt is getting big this year even though it's mainly a MAC thing right now. OCZ isn't going to stand by and watch the pretenders take up the whole market early so they are jumping on board the Thunderbolt train early.
This device is a little thicker than the Enyo we loved last year. No word on performance just yet but I'm sure we're already in line to try one out when they become available and we're up to the challenge. The Enyo was and still is one of the fastest USB 3.0 products on the market and the Thunderbolt version could outperform it by a large margin now that technology has progressed.