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Mosaid Technologies have sampled the industry's first NAND flash MCP (multi-chip package) with a 16-die NAND stack operating on a single high-performance chip. Impressive, eh? Jin-Ki Kim, vice president of research and development at Mosaid:
The 16-die stack 512Gb HLNAND MCP demonstrates the superior scalability of HLNAND's ring architecture compared to the parallel bus architecture used in industry standard NAND Flash products. HLNAND's ring architecture allows a virtually unlimited number of NAND die to be connected on a single channel without performance degradation.
Mosaid's 512Gb HLNAND (HyperLink NAND) MCP combines a stack of 16 industry standard 32Gb NAND flash die with two HLNAND interface devices to hit 333MB/sec output over a single byte-wide HLNAND interface channel at 1.8V with no power termination resistors needed. Conventional NAND flash MCP designs cannot stack more than four NAND dies without being hit with performance degradation, and then also require two or more channels to deliver what Mosaid can do with one.
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Intel's upcoming mainstream consumer SSD line, the SSD 330 series, could have some great pricing according to a LaptopReviews report. Some online retailers have begun teasing with some listings of the new SSD series from Intel, where it will sport a SATA 6Gbps interface, and offer performance that actually takes advantage of the high-speed third-generation SATA spec.
The 120GB version of the SSD 330 was priced at US$149 on MacMall.com, but has since been removed. This gives Intel a huge selling point if the price is going to hit this point. The new SSD 330 series from Intel will be made available in 60, 120 and 180GB capacities. The 120 and 180GB drives will sport sequential transfer rates of 500MB/sec (read), and 450MB/sec (write). The 60GB drive offers 500MB/sec and 400MB/sec for read/write, respectively.
The new drives use IMFlash Technologies-made 25nm MLC NAND flash and offer the standard feature-set that includes TRIM, NCQ, 256-bit AES data encryption, and limited SMART attributes.
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Google has been leading the way with cloud-based productivity apps such as Google Docs and and the rest of the Google Apps suite. The one thing Google hasn't provided though, is a competitor to Dropbox and other online cloud storage services. This seems like one of the areas Google could excel in, especially with how many servers the search giant has.
Rumors have been floating around regarding Google Drive for years. They first emerged in 2006, and have come and gone since. Sources are now saying that the official announcement is due in the first week of April. Sources say that the free service will offer 1GB of online storage with charges for more. In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB free and you can get more through referrals and promotions.
It reportedly will come with a desktop client and a web interface similar to Google Docs. Additionally, the sources are saying that Google has built an API around the service which could theoretically be used in conjunction with Android Apps. This comes at a time when mobile phones are doing more than ever, storing video, music, and pictures. Being able to offload them to online storage would reduce the need for high capacity phones.
Following on the heels on its SSD 520 release, Intel is rumored to be getting ready to unveil a couple more drives in May. Rumor has it that the company will introduce a new 300 Series model (codenamed Maple Crest) for the mainstream consumer market and a 720 Series (codenamed Ramsdale) for enterprise applications.
The rumor lacks some detail, such as what storage size it will be available in, what controller it will use, or what interface it will use. Its predecessor uses SATA 3Gbps and is available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB, and 600GB sizes, so I would imagine that would be a safe guess that it will at least meet these, if not exceed.
Beyond the rumored May relase, Intel is set to transition to 20nm NAND flash in Q3 and will most likely release a brand new 500 Series solid-state drive codenamed King Crest. Q4 should bring updates to the 700 Series with larger sizes and higher performance. It'll be interesting how the other SSD manufacturers counter these releases.
With SSDs seeming to become the norm with Ultrabooks and the like, it makes sense that more and more people will need a portable hard drive that has vast amounts of storage. Previously, you would only a thumb drive to move small files from one computer to another, but since SSDs are expensive for any sort of storage, our needs have become increasingly large to the point where thumb drives can't keep up. Let me introduce you to the Western Digital's next-generation My Passport.
Before this launch, 2TB drives relied on the larger 3.5-inch drive. These larger drives require more power than a 2.5-inch drive and often couldn't be powered solely over a USB port. To achieve this, the size of the device is up slightly to a total thickness of 21mm versus the 19mm of the 1TB and 750GB models, and the 15 mm of the 500GB model. No performance numbers have been quoted regarding the new drives, but it features USB 3.0 and the case comes in a range of colors as long as you don't want the 2TB model, which seems to be limited to black. It comes with a suggested retail price of $250 for the 2TB model. The 500GB-1TB flavors will ring up between $130 and $200, according to WD.
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