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Good news for once regarding the flooding in Thailand and HDD manufacturers! Western Digital have reportedly restored production at at least one of their HDD manufacturing plants in Thailand one week ahead of schedule.
WD have also just increased their revenue outlook for the current quarter because of this, where they now expect $1.8 billion in revenue instead of the $1.05 to $1.25 billion previously estimated. Western Digital CEO John Coyne has said:
Much work remains to be done, but we couldn't be more pleased with the effort and results thus far, including tremendous support from our supply partners and customers. The passion, perseverance, ingenuity and execution exhibited by the Western Digital team has been extraordinary and enabled us to make substantial progress in partially restoring our operations in Thailand.
STEC have just unveiled a new SSD at the Server Design Summit today, dubbed ZeusIOPS XE. ZeusIOPS XE is the industry's highest endurance enterprise-class MLC flash-based SSD which is an extension to their flagship ZeusIOPS SSD family and enables at least 30 full capacity writes per day, every day, for five years.
Impressive, isn't it? STEC's CellCare technology is the behind-the-scenes driver that when applied to MLC flash, extends the performance, endurance and reliability of the ZeusIOPS EX drives.
The drive can fully write roughly 33 Petabytres of data over the working life of a 600GB drive, which is how it works out to 30 times per day over five years. Where STEC's CellCare technology comes in is with its unique ability to measure and manage the wear of the drive using adaptive flash management algorithms and advanced signal processing techniques.
Kingston say that the adoption of Solid State Drives will be big in 2012, all thanks to lower NAND flash prices. Nathan Su, flash memory sales director of Kingston APAC spoke to DigiTimes, saying that the average pricing for 1GB of NAND flash memory should fall to $1 US shortly.
Once this happens, we should see a drop in SSD prices and more systems receiving them as default. The other thing helping this is the mechanical hard drive prices that have skyrocketed since the floods in Thailand. Currently, SSDs are considered a niche product because of their high pricing.
Su has said that Kingston have enhanced their SSD lineup to target the 'entry-level' and 'medium range to high-end segments'. Kingston have also been moving their business focus to NAND flash products as DRAM memory becomes a smaller market that has very little profit margins. This is why we saw OCZ exit the memory market quite a while ago now.
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In what might sound like a porno name, RunCore have announced a new solid-state drive today, the military-grade InVincible V SSD. RunCore have wanted to keep the reliability and stability of a high-end drive, without sacrificing the break-neck speeds of SSDs.
Enter, RunCore InVincible V which has passed a series of screening tests in full accordance with MIL requirements such as temperature, vibration, shock, salt spray - compliant with MIL-810F and GJB150, can still offer superior performance in extreme environments. The drive only features a SATA II interface, and offers up to 240MB/sec read and 220MB/sec write, with 4k random writes up to 5,000 IOPS.
It's available in 512GB in MLC and 256GB in SLC. It also features a Mission Impossible-style self-erase technology which once triggered, can quickly and thoroughly erase data to prevent information leaks.
For those of you running SSDs in RAID0, you have to lose TRIM. But, not for long. Intel is finally bringing TRIM support to their SSDs when running in RAID0. Right now, the only way for TRIM to function on an SSD is to have it operate in ACHI mode.
If it's not run in ACHI mode, and you enable RAID0 with another SSD, it loses the ability of NAND cleaning benefits which could decrease speeds over time, or as the drive fills up. Intel has stated that current RST versions don't yet support TRIM, but come RST 11.5, they will.
It was noticed in a release statement for Intel's RST 11.5 Alpha release, with the following line:
With all of the X79 news coming out on the 14th you may have missed the Revisiting the Legend: OCZ Vertex LE article that was posted. Our friends at MyDigitalDiscount.com uncovered a batch of drives in a warehouse and are blowing them out.
TweakTown has teamed up with My Digital Discount to offer a coupon code to get the legend for right around $1 per GB on the 240GB model. The coupon code, TT30off240LE is still in effect but only a few drives remain.
The Vertex LE is one of the fastest SATA II drives ever released and was ahead of it's time. It featured 3Xnm flash with 15K P/E cycles, a rarity these days in a world filled with 25nm flash rated at just 5K P/E cycles. After the coupon you can't find a better deal and the 285MB/s read, 270MB/s write speed is pretty nice too:)
The WarpDrive has been a really good product for LSI and datacenter owners. The product has been so successful the successor has already been announced and production is ramping up quickly for a Q4 or early Q1 launch. That information has been public for the last month or so, released at IDF.
LSI is already working on an even newer product, one that they don't really want to talk too much about. So without an official name I'm going to designate this one WarpCache.
The LSI MegaRAID controllers have two distinct add-ons. We've covered them both in the past, FastPath, an IOPS accelerator and CacheCade, an HDD cache system fed by solid state drives. By placing an SSD or an array of SSDs in front of the HDDs to hold hot data the data can be read at the pace of SSDs. This also reduces wear on the traditional platter based drives.
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LSI's first WarpDrive product featured 300GB of extreme SLC flash attached to several SandForce SF-1500 controllers. This product is designed for data center use and allows 42U racks of servers with traditional HDDs to be shrunk down to half rack sizes. The saving in power reduction alone is quite significant but once you factor in the reduction in overall footprint things really get interesting.
Announced just a few weeks ago at IDF, the second generation WarpDrive is just about ready to hit the market. WarpDrive 2 can now be scaled up to 1.6TB, a massive increase from the 300GB first edition. We're told that production is now ramping up and to expect some big announcements soon.
Newegg are currently running a special on OCZ SSD drives, all you need is the coupon code "BLKNOVSSD". The specials are pretty good and include both the Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives from OCZ. The specials include all three drive sizes, 60, 120 and 240GB.
Vertex 3 in 60, 120 and 240GB have original prices of $109, $190 and $475, respectively. With the 15-percent off and mail-in rebate, this brings the pricing down to $73, $142 and $374 for the 60, 120, and 240GB drives, respectively. For the Agility 3 drives, we see the same discount apply, 60, 120, 240GB drives with original prices of $107, $171 and $360, respectively, taken down to $71, $125, and $276, respectively, after the 15-percent off and mail-in rebate.
These are some seriously nice prices for the SSD drives from OCZ and would make quite the Christmas present if Mrs TweakTown reader is watching. Get one and stuff it into your partners' stocking for some Christmas morning SSD surprise!