Western Digital has just announced that it has expanded its internal and external storage solutions, now offering huge 16TB external storage solutions for professionals on-the-go, or those who need serious amounts of backup at home or work.
WD will be launching a slew of new HDDs throughout the first half of 2016, which will include their My Cloud personal storage devices, My Book external HDDs, as well as the internal WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple HDDs. All of these drives will offer "purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal helium-technology with the new 8TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed". VP of Product Marketing for WD, Brendan Collins, explains: "We are committed to integrating high-performance, high-capacity and high-quality drives into all of our solutions. No matter what market or application, we have a solution - whether it's for small businesses, channel partners, enterprises or end-users. Our goal is to deliver the best and most competitive solutions on the market".
Sporting a read and write performance of 560MB/s and 460MB/s respectively on a SATA III 6Gb/s interface, Transcend has recently announced its new MTS800 M.2 SSDs in a press release.
Available in sizes ranging from 32GB right up to 1TB, this new MTS800 product range follows the Transcend MTS400 and MT600 products that are both capped at only 512GB. Included within the MTS800 are features like Intel's Smart Response Technology, Error Correction Code and device sleep mode.
Packed with a three-year limited warranty, Transcend has not yet announced a release time or pricing.
The HK4 series from Toshiba has been solely aimed at improving storage in the enterprise market, offering a new read-intensive HK4R Series of SSDs that pack up to 1.92TB in capacity and the HK4E value drives that will be released up to 1.6TB.
With the option to be packed with Trusted Computing Group enterprise encryption and Toshiba's Quadruple Swing-By Code error-correction technology, these drives are built to last in a data-intensive environment. As solid state drives reach more popularity as storage for server solutions, Toshiba America's vice president of SSD, Jeremy Werner, says that these new models are "designed to meet the needs of our customers who are looking for a SATA SSD with low operating power, excellent quality of service, high capacity and with encryption."
While the features and storage capacities sound great, there has unfortunately been no mention of release pricing just yet. With the release date set for April 2016, we will have to wait and see how badly these will hurt the wallet.
MWC 2016 - SanDisk has just unveiled their latest microSD UHS-II card, with SanDisk's new Extreme PRO microSD card capable of read speeds of 275MB/sec.
The new UHS-II capable microSD card is considerably faster than its predecessor, which could only transfer data at 90MB/sec. The write speeds on the new microSD card hit around 100MB/sec, and don't let its size deceive you - as this new microSD card is capable of 275MB/sec, while the full-sized Extreme PRO SD cards tap out at 280MB/sec.
SanDisk is pushing their new Extreme Pro microSD UHS-II card is shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof and even X-ray-proof. These new class 10 cards only arrive in two capacities: 64GB and 128GB. SanDisk is aiming these new cards at the professionals, with the 64GB version priced at $179.99 and the 128GB priced at $299.99.
Seagate has just unveiled their latest 2TB mechanical HDD, but what makes this one stand out from the slew of 2TB, 4TB, 6TB and even 8TB HDDs on the market? Well, it's only 7mm thick.
The company has pushed out its new 2TB slim HDD that will find a home inside of notebooks, where 3.5-inch HDDs are just too thick. Seagate explains: "Utilizing 1TB per disk, the Seagate Mobile HDD delivers the highest capacity possible in a small 7mm form factor. Compatible with most of today's mobile computers, the drive's standard SATA 6Gb/s interface provides for easy integration into existing laptop designs and portable computer upgrades. With up to 2TB of space, the Mobile HDD enables affordable high capacity storage, while supporting over 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 124 hours of high definition video. The drive is available in both 1TB and 2TB capacities".
Seagate adds that its new 2TB HDD is 25% lighter than its predecessor, and its 7mm form factor won't have issues in both desktops and laptops. The worrying part of this is that the company didn't release any performance numbers, so we don't know the read/write speeds at the moment.
Toshiba has unveiled its new SG5 series of consumer SSDs, which includes the company's first-ever 1TB M.2 form factor SSD.
Toshiba's new consumer-ready SG5 series is built with the company's TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash memory, and features up to 1,024 GB capacities with a 6.0 Gbit/s SATA interface. The consumer-based series comes in a flexible array of sizes, including 128GB, 256GB and 512GB flavors in M.2 and traditional 2.5-inch sizes. To ensure efficiency, the SG5 line is loaded with Toshiba's proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error correction technology.
The M.2 drives come in two designs--the 1TB two-sided variant, and the one-sided option with the remaining capacities. Toshiba lists the SG5 series has sequential read speeds up to 545 MB/s, and write speeds up to 388 MB/s, and a mean time to failure (MTTF) rating of 1,500,000 hours. No pricing or availability details were listed, but check below for a full spec sheet.
University of Southampton scientists have developed a new digital data storage technique that allows one to store up to 360 TB of data for up to 13.8 billion years.
The technology is especially exciting for archive organizations, museums, libraries, and the like, all of which value highly the extreme long-term preservation of data. Already the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton's Opticks, Magna Carta, and King James Bible have been saved; the Declaration was recently presented to UNESCO by the ORC at the International Year of Light (IYL) closing ceremony in Mexico.
Micron's introduction of their 3D NAND technology yesterday marks what could be a massive jump in capacity for enterprise and even consumer SSD's. We could, with Intel's partnership and stake in the technology, see upwards of 10TB SSD's for far less than we currently pay for the size.
The magic to this leap in capacity, and even potentially prune the price per GB, is in the packaging. It's far from a perfected process, but once manufacturing has picked up and fabs are properly modified to support the manufacturing process, the costs associated will reduce appropriately. But that stacking can reduce costs even more because of the manufacturing efficiency associated with it. The benefits may not be immediately apparent, though that simplified process of making the whole package will eventually trickle down to us, the consumer. And we'll eventually benefit greatly from it.
Furthermore, the verticality, as evidence by Samsung's method, can result in an increase in density that could allow for even USB thumb drives with multi-terabyte capacities. Again, that move to consolidate the entire package uses less room than even the V-NAND structure employed by Samsung. Micron even claims that their solution has a massive three times the density as their competitors solution. If that's true, then it won't be too terribly long before 10TB or even 20TB SSD's become affordable, and normal, for consumers.
Vertical NAND is all the rage, something that was initially released commercially by Samsung but is in development by the other manufacturers as well. Micron is unveiling their first generation of 3D NAND into the wild, ready to improve density, reliability and performance.
Samples of their own vertically aligned NAND were shown at CES this year, though they were playing a little coy with the details until things were actually finalized. And now those specifications are. Micron's first generation of 3D NAND will come in two flavors, a 256Gb MLC die and a 384Gb TLC die, and those are ready for manufacture it would seem, ready to be integrated into products coming out in the near future.
Interestingly, Micron has made some very significant advancements in how they package their NAND. In the past, the CMOS logic was packaged alongside of the actual memory die itself, but they've been able to place nearly 75% of the CMOS itself underneath the NAND array, similar to how HBM has localized the entire stack vertically. That innovation makes it more cost effective to manufacture.
Let's face it: current-gen console gaming isn't hard drive friendly. Since a single 50GB game takes up 10% of an Xbox One's stock 500GB hard drive, gamers often have to delete and swap out titles in their library to keep up. But ADATA aims to avoid the frustration with its new line of spacious Xbox hard drives.
ADATA's new HD650X and HD710M external hard drives are specifically designed to give Xbox consoles a much-needed boost in storage capacity. Both models sport USB 3.0 connectivity for speedy transfers and come in 2TB flavors for optimum storage, offering up to four times the capacity of stock HDD's. The drives support easy plug and play setup, and are compatible with Xbox Ones, Xbox 360s and Windows 10 PCs.
The HD650X external HDD sports a lively lime-green style that matches the Xbox theme, and ships with a 3 year warranty despite it being quite durable against HDD-destroying elements like water, dust and electric shock.