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Samsung has launched its new PM830 series of solid state drives today which are the first SATA-III 6Gb/s drives from the company.
They are 2.5-inch sized drives and use 20nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory with a toggle DDR interface and AES 256-bit encryption.
Samsung promises read and write rates of up to 500MB/sec and 350MB/sec respectively. Capacities on offer in the series are 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.
Samsung's new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly.
Sample production on the PM830 series SSDs began in May and volume production was initiated earlier this month.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 3TB HP SimpleSave External USB 3.0 / 2.0 Hard Drive for $129.99 with FREE Shipping!.
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OCZ has today branched out its Z-Drive family of PCI Express based SSDs with its next-generation series in the Z-Drive R4, giving astonishing performance figures with up to 2,800MB/sec speeds on tap.
Making use of the Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA), the Z-Drive R4 uses either four or eight SandForce controllers as well as a proprietory SuperScale Storage controller from OCZ. The models using four SandForce chips are half height, while the SandForcex8 powered drives are full height cards.
The Z-Drive R4 series use the PCI-E x8 interface and have TRIM/SCSI Unmap support, 128-bit & 256-bit AES encryption, using MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips. OCZ quotes IOPS of up to a whopping 500,000 in ideal conditions, with random 4k write performance topping out at around 410,000 IOPS.
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Buffalo has expanded its LinkStation family of NAS devices this week with a new 2TB dual-drive unit. Using 2.5-inch sized drives (2x1TB) running in RAID 0 out of the box, measurements are kept down to just 40 x 82 x 135 mm.
The LS-WSX2.0TL/R1 has a Gigabit ethernet port as well as USB 2.0 connectivity for adding additional storage. It can be set up as a DLNA server, an iTunes server as well as being able to take care of bittorent downloads and auto data backup functions.
Silverstone has outed a new accessory for storage devices today which is essentially a stripped down type of external storage enclosure, part aluminum part plastic, that makes for easy switching between HDDs on your desktop.
The SD01 external hard drive pad, as SilverStone call it, can take both 2.5 and 3.5" sized drives using either the SATA or SAS 3/6Gbps interface. Dimensions of the pad come in at 195 (L) x 121.5 (W) x 31.5 (H) mm with a weight of just 180g.
Despite the fact that the SSD market is clearly ruling these days when it comes to wanting the ultimate in storage performance, WD still sees fit that there's room for a couple updated models in its once dominant VelociRapter series of mechanical disk drives.
There are updated versions of both the 150GB and 300GB models coming that use the SATA 6.0Gbps interface and like previous iterations, will be a 2.5" base drive housed in a 3.5-inch mounting/heatsink frame.
The new drives, dubbed the WD1500HLHX and WD3000HLHX will continue to run at 10,000RPM with 32MB of cache onboard, 3ms latency and read rates of up to 126MB/sec. WD backs them by a 5 year warranty and they have an MTBF of 1.4 million hours.
So far they have been spotted up for preorder in Europe at 109 Euro for the 150GB model and 132.41 Euro for the 300GB.
So, I just got off the phone with the folks at Kingston who had some very interesting news to share about their first HyperX SSD.
They recently took delivery of the latest SandForce firmware and after some tinkering around on their drive they managed to boost performance even further over the originally claimed numbers. The drives are already packed up and ready to ship this week and they will come with the old firmware that provides the SSD with a 525MB/s read and 480MB/s write.
The new firmware which will be on the Kingston website soon for download improves things even more and gives the HyperX SSD a read speed of 555MB/s and a write speed of 510MB/s. This makes it a smidgen faster than the best 2.5-inch SATA III drive from OCZ and others who have drives that operate at 550MB/s.
Our storage guru Chris has a drive on the way and of course he will update to the latest firmware for his testing. Once he does, he could well be testing the fastest 2.5-inch SATA III SDD on the planet.
UPDATE - Okay, so there was some confusion yesterday. It turns out all drives will operate at the new speeds of 555 / 510, it just might be the case that some retail boxes may have the older speeds printed.
Patriot has today announced the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive that is meant to combine portability and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for maximum performance at an affordable price. The Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive sports a stylish cap-less design that hides the USB 3.0 connector when it's not in use, all that is required is to push the drive like a pen which then reveals the connector.
Patriot Memory's Flash Product Manager, William Lai talks about the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive:
We reached the perfect balance of performance and portability with the Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive. The cap-less design lets users carry the drive with them while never having to worry about losing the cap. The USB 3.0 interface enables maximum performance when connected via USB 3.0 as well as backwards compatibility via USB 2.0.
The Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive packs a 2-channel memory controller capable of delivering read/write speeds of 60MB/sec and 25MB/sec on the 32GB flavor, whilst the 8GB and 16GB variants will achieve 50MB/sec and 20MB/sec for read/write speeds respectively. The availability of the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drives should be later this month and are backed by a 2-year warranty.