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It wasn't even a week ago that HGST, a division of Western Digital, announced they were working on a new, super-fast storage drive in the form of a 12Gbps-capable SAS SSD. But, don't think for one minute that rival Seagate weren't waiting for the bell to ring on their oven, where they too were baking their own 12Gbps-capable SSD.
Seagate are preparing to show off their 12Gbps SSD at the SCSI Trade Association technology showcase later this week, where they've teased the name of the new product: Pulsar.2. The Pulsar.2 will sport the same SAS 12Gbps interface, with Seagate aiming the drive toward the server and storage solution market.
There isn't much more information on the drive, but Seagate are making noise about the fact that using SAS 12Gbps drives versus PCI Express-based SSDs allows for better scalability and serviceability. Seagate have also said that the SAS 12Gbps standard should be finalized by the end of 2012, but no products are expected to hit the market until next year, and most likely 2H of 2013. These products are server-grade, and won't hit consumer markets until then. Still nice to dream, though.
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Been waiting for that magical 1TB number for your SSD purchase? Well, you won't have to wait long, or you could grab one now if you're based in Japan! A 1TB KingMax-branded SSD has been spotted on Japanese retailer shelves.
The SSD in particular? It's the KM01TBSMI25 from KingMax. This SSD is the usual 2.5-inch form factor coming in at 7mm thick. It's controller and NAND flash memory are unknown at the moment. We do know it supports TRIM, sports the SATA 3Gbps interface (instead of the SATA 6Gbps interface).
Spec-wise, it's not too bad: it's able to pump out 20,000 IOPS in random read/write, sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/sec and 200MB/sec, respectively. This drive comes with a three-year warranty and currently has a price of Yen119800 (US$1500).
Thought the 6Gb/s limit was fast enough? Well, nope. Most SSDs can hit 500MB/sec without a problem, so a jump was needed. Enter Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) which is now a Western Digital company, where they've proudly announced the storage industry's first technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS SSD.
Yes, 12Gb/s is what I said. SAS SSDs and hard disk drives have a strong bond with SCSI, and continue to be the building blocks of choice for enterprise and cloud-based storage. 12Gb/s SAS takes this one step further by being a broadly supported industry standard that is capable of delivering twice the throughput compared to today's 6Gb/s SAS solutions, all whilst maintaining established, known enterprise protocols and attributes.
One of the features, and limitations, of today's SAS drives is a second interface port that provides additional bandwidth to the drive. With 12Gb/s on each of these ports, a drive could send and receive data at 12Gb/s which would give a total available interface bandwidth of an insane 4.8GB/s per drive. With this speed, you can just imagine what enterprise and cloud datacenters could do, reducing latency, and more.
We should see more info on these drives over time, and I'm sure our storage editor Chris will get his paws on one ASAP. I think he blew a fuse when he received this info.
A couple of days ago SanDisk released a new firmware for the Extreme SSD. As you may remember this drive gave us quite a bit of trouble during our testing, so much so that we haven't stopped testing the drive even after two months.
On SanDisk's website it is easy to find references to the new SSD Toolkit, but finding the actual update tool download is a different story. After combing the site for about an hour this morning we managed to locate the Toolkit's hidden location buried deep within the SanDisk vault. Hey guys, maybe a post in your SSD forum, a press releases or even a friendly email the next time you fix a major issue with a product?
Anyhow, for those who would like to update the only SandForce based SSD using 24nm Toggle Mode flash on the market today, here is your link.
After your drive is updated, this should once again be the fastest 240GB consumer SSD on the planet. If SanDisk was able to fix their TRIM issue, your drive will retain that high level of performance.
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If you haven't heard, ADATA makes a line of NBA-licensed flash drives which look like NBA teams' jerseys. Today brings the announcement that they have added another player to the lineup. This new flash drive which features New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin is available today in the USA at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, NBAstore.com, Newegg.com and Walmart.com.
This newest edition to the to the lineup increases the capacity to 8GB and retains the same attribute of being waterproof up to one meter. The device is designed to be rugged and withstand the bumps and bangs that come with an athletic and mobile lifestyle. If you want another way to support your favorite team or player, ADATA has your back.
Today is a good day for storage geeks. Intel released their new 330 series solid state drives and Western Digital has released this monster of a drive. This new addition to the VelociRaptor line of hard drives brings a 1TB drive into the 10,000 RPM range. This is the single largest drive that operates at 10,000 RPM.
"WD is committed to providing customers with the best performing and most reliable SATA hard drives and our WD VelociRaptor family of drives underscores that promise," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage. "With ever-increasing demand for greater capacity, the new 1 TB WD VelociRaptor drive delivers the ultimate combination of speed and storage for the power user."
The new line of Intel sold-state drives dubbed the 330 series are built for consumers on a budget. Intel states that it blends performance, quality, and value. The new line is produced in 60 gigabytes (GB), 120GB and 180GB versions, which according to Intel are the most popular sizes for solid-state drives.
The highlights are as follows:
- New Intel SSD 330 Series offers boosted system performance for the budget-conscious PC enthusiast.
- An ideal PC upgrade, Intel SSD 330 Series is a SATA 6Gb/s-based SSD that blends performance, Intel quality and value.
- Available in the most popular capacities, 60-, 120- and 180GB, Intel's newest SSD starts at a suggested channel price of $89.
"An SSD is still the single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC, and the Intel SSD 330 Series gives users the latest Intel SSD technology at a price to meet their budget," said James Slattery, product line manager for client SSDs, Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Backed by Intel's rigorous testing process, the Intel SSD 330 Series offers our users the speed they need at a great price, backed by world-class manufacturing, reliability and tech support."
According to the press release, they are available beginning today at worldwide retailers and online e-tailers, for a suggested channel price of $89 for a 60GB drive, $149 for a 120GB drive and $234 for a 180GB drive. It is also backed by a 3-year limited warranty.
WD have just unveiled a new, 7mm tall 2.5-inch HDD that will slide straight into your already-thin Ultrabook, and other skinny devices. WDs new super-slim drives are capable of taking a shock of 400Gs, which is impressive as itself, but we're also impressed by the new single-platter WD Scorpio Blue drives being made available in both 500GB and 320GB capacities.
The drives still slot into the standard 9.5mm slots, making them perfect for virtually all small machines. Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for WD client storage products says:
Consumers want thin and light personal computers, but the limited storage capacity of SSD-based notebooks forces them to pick and choose what files to bring from their library. With the release of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm mobile hard drives, WD is able to offer capacity, reliability and data-protection features combined with excellent power management all in a slim form factor perfect for thin and light notebooks.
The new 7mm 2.5-inch drives also set an industry record for the lowest power consumption. WD puts this down to "Advanced power management features and algorithms optimize the way the drive seeks data, which significantly improves power consumption".