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Seagate has achieved quite the storage milestone, bu hitting a storage density of 1 terabit per square inch, roughly 55-percent more than today's 620 gigabits per square inch. Seagate have compared this to our Milky Way galaxy, comparing the number of stars, which astronomers estimate we have between 200 and 400 billion. Seagate say that their 1 terabits per square inch, has more bits per square inch than our entire Milky Way galaxy!
Currently, 620 gigabits per square inch provides us with current 3TB capacity in 3.5-inch disks, 2.5-inch disks max out at 750GB. This new technology from Seagate should double this to 6TB and 2TB for 3.5- and 2.5-inch drives, respectively. Seagate say this technology will arrive "later this decade", and will drive hard disk drive sizes right up to 60TB over the following 10 years. Seagate hit the milestone by using heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), which they hail as the next-generation successor to 2006's perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR).
PMR should hit a peak of approximately 1Tb per square inch in the next few years, which should be the starting density of the new HAMR-based drives. Seagate explain in their press releases:
The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch -- 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.
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Marvell have just announced their third-generation SSD which has gone into mass deployment, the Marvel 88SS9187 SATA controller is powered by high-performance embedded processor technology and sports a 6Gbps SATA III interface.
Marvell have said that a number of high-profile SSD manufacturers are set to deploy Marvell's 88SS9187 controller immediately, with more partners to jump on board over time. Marvell's latest and greatest technology offers an open, world-class architecture that supports industry-standard, high-speed NAND flash interface with up to 200MB/sec per channel.
The new Marvell 88SS9187 controller also offers something new, a ground-breaking correction capability thanks to its high-performance ECC engine with Adaptive Read and Write Scheme and on-chip RAID functionality to allow use of the latest generation of NAND flash devices in the fast-growing SSD markets.
Thecus sent us over a video they made unboxing the new N2200EVO and N4100EVO NAS devices which have only just been released onto the market recently.
The Thecus rep on the video above tells us that "EVO" stands for evolution and is what these devices stand for with plenty of new features. The N4100EVO supports up to four 3TB drives providing a brilliant 12TB of storage to store all of your
po... sensitive data, videos and so on. Soon Thecus will begin supporting new 4TB drives hence providing a maximum capacity of 16TB, which is surely going to last even the most extreme downloader quite some time.
The N2200EVO is a cut-down version compared to the bigger N4100EVO NAS and it supports two hard drives with up to 6TB of storage capacity. Thecus claim that the N2200EVO is completely silent, which is something pretty major for a NAS device, as most tend to make quite an audible amount of noise.
We should have both these new NAS devices in for review soon where Chris Ramseyer will put them through their paces in a full TweakTown review.
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CeBIT 2012: OCZ have just unveiled the successor to the Vertex 3 SSD, dubbed Vertex 4. Vertex 4 is a fourth-generation SSD which sports the Everest 2 controller, as well as synchronous MLC flash memory that should sport speeds of up to 550MB/sec read, and 500MB/sec write, with 90,000 IOPS (4k random write).
OCZ, if you remember, exited the memory market in early-2011, where they cited weakness in the global DRAM industry, but noticed rapid growth in the solid-state drive market. OCZ then scooped up South Korea-based Indilinx, who they worked on the original Vertex SSD.
OCZ's Vertex 4 drive is the second drive to sport technology from the acquisition and the first to use the Everest 2 platform. OCZ did launch the Octane SSD in October of last year, which featured the original Everest controller, and was the first SSD to ramp up to 1TB in a 2.5-inch form factor. No release date is set on the Vertex 4, but we should see it hitting shelves in the coming months, and we should also see it in capacities up to 2TB.
OCZ have just added two more drives to their Agility 3 range of SSDs, with new capacities: 180GB and 360GB. The SandForce SF-2281 controller is here to help, by supporting up to eight channels, but it can also run in 6-channel mode, which is how you get the 180 and 360GB capacities.
SandForce-powered drives use roughly 7-percent of the storage space for over-provisioning by default, plus possibly RAISE as well, depending on the SSD itself. These SSDs sport 192GiB and 384GiB of actual NAND on the drive. 2.5-inch drives usually sport 16GB NAND packages but in order to run in 6-channel mode you only use 12 packages (i.e. two NAND packages per channel).
This means, for the 180GB mode, it would have twelve 16GiB NAND packages with two 8GiB dies per package. The 360GB model just doubles the dies per NAND package, so we're left with twelve 32GiB packages, with four dies each.
Our latest poll had almost 2,300 people who answered, Which company made the best SSDs in 2011?
Again we see another poll with close results. This time OCZ took out first place as most voted best SSD manufacturer in 2011.
Followed closely in second place was Crucial / Micron and in third place was Intel and in a close fourth place Corsair.
ADATA are making quite the claim with their new SSD, the ADATA XPG SX900. The XPG SX900 sports SandForce's 2281 controller, which lets the storage space expand to 512GB, a 7-percent increase over most of the other SSDs on the market that sport SandForce controllers.
ADATA's XPG SX900 is capable of 550MB/sec read, 530MB/sec writes, with a maximum random 4k write speed as high as 85,000 IOPS. Capacities will be found in 64, 128, 256 and 512GB. The new SSD from ADATA also supports TRIM, so there's no need to worry there.
On top of this, ADATA offer all purchasers of ADATA SSDs a free download of Acronis True Image HD software which allows the quick transfer of your old files to the new SSD, which significantly refuses the time-consuming process of reinstalling your operating system and various software.
HDDs are getting smaller in size, with some drives hitting a very nice 7mm thick. This is attributed to the runaway-train that is going to be the Ultrabooks, and vendors are wanting to get on that train before it leaves the platform. This is where Hitachi have stepped in, announcing their new series of 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives.
They come in the form of the new Travelstar Z7K500 series, where Hitachi are offering 7,200RPM 500GB drives with a super-slim 7mm profile. The new model sports the SATA 6Gbps interface, 32MB of cache, and Hitachi are claiming up to 33-percent more performance than other 2.5-inch drives.
The new Travelstar Z7K500 drives draws just 1.8W of power during read/write operations, and just 0.8W when in low-power idle mode. Hitachi have also gone one step further offering models with self-encryption and an enhanced-availability SKU for use in data center environments. Hitachi will debut the Travelstar Z7K500 series in 250, 320, and 500GB drives. We should expect volume shipments to start in March.