Thought the 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage was never enough? Well, Seagate might have just announced something that will surprise you - the Seagate Ultra Mobile. This is the industry's first purpose-built 500GB storage solution for Android-based devices.
This means that consumers can take around countless hours of music or video, or tens of thousands of images everywhere they go. Seagate has used a Dynamic Data Driver that "intelligently manages the data between the devices' on-board flash and the HDD to provide comparable power and performance of flash-only solutions."
Seagate has also used zero-gravity sensors (ZGS) that will protect the device if it's dropped, as well as improved shock and tolerance for gyroscopic motion supports even when the device is being moved around quickly when you're playing games. This all comes in at just 3.3 oz, which is about the weight of a light bulb. It's built on the 2.5-inch standard, and is just 5mm thick. Power consumption is ultra-low at just 0.14W in standby or idle.
Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Plextor showed off its new M6 SSD prototype alongside its new M.2 form-factor SSDs. The M6 is the highly anticipated successor to Plextor's M5 series and is said to be aimed at the consumer market with several versions aimed at different portions of the market.
Plextor says that the new drive will feature the latest generation A19 Toggle NAND Flash from Toshiba, which the company says is the smallest and fastest performing MLC on the market today. Additionally, the M6 is just 5mm thick, making it one of the thinnest SSDs available in the consumer market.
Plextor says that its new M.2 line of SSDs follow the latest specifications set by Intel for its Ultrabook standard. "Using a PCIe interface, the Plextor M.2 will overcome the performance bottlenecks of SATA. The new M.2 series has not got a finalized name yet, but the samples shown had lengths of 60 mm and 80 mm. The M.2 series, like all other SSD solutions by Plextor, shall be paired to a controller from Marvell and NAND flash from Toshiba," the company said in a release.
Super Talent Technology has just unveiled a new line of NGFF SSDs based on the M.2 form-factor. Super Talent says that the new NGFF SSDs are the perfect solution for high-speed non-volatile storage for the next generation of high-performance laptops. VP of Engineering, Shimon, said, "Our NGFF SSDs are sure to keep mobile device applications running at peak performance."
The NGFF DX1 is a SATA III-based M.2 SSD that supports speeds up to 480MB/s read and 400MB/s write speeds and is available in capacities from 32GB up to 256GB. The NGFF ST1 series is also an M.2 form-factor SSD and is capable of read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively. Unfortunately, no pricing or availability information was giving at the time of this publication.
Today, Corsair announced the launch of ten new USB 3.0 flash drives over the range of three different product lines. All of the new flash drives are USB 3.0 compatible and are capable of reaching speeds up to 285 MB/s during read cycles and up to 180MB/s during write cycles. Additionally, all of the drives are fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and are compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux with no driver installation necessary.
Up first is the new Flash Voyager GS series, which is intended to brand the company's flagship USB 3.0 flash drives. Each Voyager GS is housed in a scratch-resistant brushed metal enclosure and can be attached to a key ring. The Voyager GS Series is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
Up next is the all new Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 series, which is designed to have a minimal size of just 1.25 inches long in an effort to help reduce the space they occupy in your pocket. Each Voyager Mini USB 3.0 comes equipped with a detachable key ring loop and features a brushed metal housing that is designed to resist wear and tear while protecting your data. The Flash Voyager Mini USB 3.0 is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.
Finally, Corsair announced the all new Flash Voyager LS series, which features a premium retracting design that is said to protect the USB connectors while eliminating the need for a protective cover. Corsair says that the new Voyager LS Flash Drives are small enough to attach to a keyring and feature an attractive brushed metal design that resists scratching and fingerprints while keeping your data safe. The Flash Voyager LS is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. All 10 of the drives listed feature Corsair's unmatched five-year warranty and can be found at major electronics retailers everywhere.
We heard about Intel allowing 'overclocking' on its SSDs, but now we have a little more proof. The chipmaker was showing off some SSD overclocking to PAX attendees, but Legit Reviews thinks that Intel will release a 'K' series SKU of SSDs that would be overclockable.
This would fall in line with Intel's current K series of processors, such as the Core i7-4770K, which can be overclocked. If Intel do indeed unleash a K series of SSDs, the chipmaker would unlock the 'dials' on the SSD which would give users the ability to increase clock speeds on the controller frequency as well as the NAND flash memory bus frequency.
Intel has already added overclocking features to their Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, or XTU. The drive Intel were using at PAX was a prototype SSD made for overclocking, so we're not talking about anything official right now. So, let's get into what it can do, at the moment, and what people saw at PAX.
Today, Thecus announced that it has updated its popular mobile NAS utility app T-OnTheGo for both iOS and Android platforms. Version 3.0 of the T-OnTheGo app features a completely redesigned interface and now supports iOS6 and Android 4.2. Mobile users can now manage files, upload photos and videos, view images in thumbnail format, stream videos, and add existing WebDAV servers directly to their Thecus NAS.
"Users want their data to go wherever they do, and they want to remain in control of it no matter how far away they actually are. That's where T-OnTheGo comes in. We wanted to help make users' data and remote management of their NAS systems completely mobile. It's like having the NAS in your pocket, except without the awkward staring," said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus.
The mobile app also allows users to manage their Thecus NAS from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet connection available to their mobile phone and to their NAS. T-OnTheGo also allows users to connect local disks, WebDAV servers, and several cloud-based storage services directly to their Thecus system. The new updated T-OnTheGo app is available for Android and iOS at the sources listed below.
Prepare yourselves for another dimension of NAND flash storage, with Samsung Electronics, Toshiba and Micron Technology all recently talking about their 3D NAND flash memory developments.
The three vendors' 3D NAND flash chips are expected to reach early stage production during 2014-2015, where we'll see a commercial release in the years to follow, according to market sources. The success of 3D NAND will of course come down to market adoption of new end products featuring the flash memory, which will dictate when it's ready to take center stage for commercial-scale production.
South Korean-based giant Samsung is said to be ahead of the pack in terms of the development of 3D NAND flash memory, with Samsung claiming it has begun mass production of 3D NAND flash for consumer electronics and enterprise applications such as embedded NAND storage and SSDs this month. The South Korean giant has a new 12-inch fab in Xian, northwestern China, which will also take care of the 3D NAND production.
VMWorld 2013 - Today, Mellanox and LSI announced the results of a collaborative solution they designed to enable greater virtual desktop density per server based on VMware's Horizon View technology. This new low-latency solution is built using a Mellanox 40GbE NICs and the LSI Nytro MegaRAID application acceleration card.
The two devices once paired up create a unique solution that integrates onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and hard drive rate management. This gives the customer a new lower cost alternative to traditional storage solutions. Mellanox and LSI say that this solution enables the virtual desktop infrastructure workload to support up to 1500 desktops across 10 vSphere servers with a hardware cost of less than $25,000.
"Providing acceptable response times to virtual desktop users while maximizing the number of desktop sessions per server can be challenging," said Manish Muthal, vice president of product management and strategy, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI Corporation. "The low-latency LSI Nytro MegaRAID card, combined with Mellanox's 40GbE NICs, delivers an intelligent and cost-effective VDI solution compared to all-flash solutions that can cost upwards of $100K."
VMWorld 2013 - Today, Mellanox Technologies teamed up with Micron to announce a collaborative solution that enables higher storage performance and efficiency for virtualized environments running VMware's ESXi 5.1. Consisting of Mellanox's ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs with iSCSI over RDMA (iSER) and Micron's 1.4TB P420m PCIe SSD cards, this new solution takes advantage of the iSER protocol and allows Micron's flash storage to deliver superior performance.
Mellanox and Micron say that this combo, when ran on a single ESXi 5.1 host, can deliver an aggregate bandwidth of 11GB/s or 527,000 IOPS using only two interconnect cards in a 3U box. The companies evaluated the solution on a Supermicro 6037R-TXRF that supports 10 PCIe Gen3 x8 slots with two Mellanox 40GbE RDMA NICs and 8 Micron 1.4TB P420m PCI SSDs.
"Selecting the right interconnect technologies is vital when selecting Flash-based storage in a virtualized infrastructure. The performance benefits of Flash can easily get trapped behind slow interconnects," said Jared Hulbert, SW Research Manager at Micron. "Mellanox's 40GbE with the iSER protocol gives virtualized applications access to higher bandwidth and excellent 4KB random throughput that only Flash can provide."
"The combined solution of Mellanox's 40GbE NICs with iSER and Micron's P420m PCIe SSD enables higher performance and accelerates storage applications running in virtualized environments," said Yaron Haviv, vice president data center solutions at Mellanox Technologies. "In addition, by consolidating compute and storage traffic over a single-wire infrastructure reduces data center complexity and cost."
This news is quite interesting, especially for someone like myself who has been overclocking PCs since one of my first had a Turbo button on it, and my fondest memories of overclocking was from Intel's Celeron 300A processors.
But, now overclocking is very mainstream, and very easy. Motherboards, GPUs, memory, smartphones and oh-so-much more can be overclocked. Where is the next big overclocking world record going to come from? If Intel has its way, SSDs! Intel is poised to tease new ways to squeeze more performance from your SSDs at its upcoming Intel Developer Forum next month.
But, would it be 'overclocking' at all? I don't think we will, and I think a little reading between the lines needs to be done. But, could Intel soon unleash something that would allow you to squeeze another 5-10% out of your SSD? Even 5-10% on an SSD that is already bench pressing 500MB/sec+ is going to net you some pretty damn good improvements.
Today SanDisk announced that it has completed its acquisition of SMART Storage Systems, a key player in the enterprise solid state drive market. In a press release SanDisk says that SMART Storage Systems will be combined with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions.
The combined unit will be headed up by John Scaramuzzo, who has been the president of SMART Storage Systems and has worked in the industry for more than 25 years at companies such as Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Scaramuzzo will take on the role of senior vice president and will report directly to Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO of SanDisk.
"I am delighted to welcome the employees of SMART Storage Systems to SanDisk and to build upon our momentum in the enterprise storage market," said Mehrotra. "This acquisition enables SanDisk to address a large market opportunity in enterprise SATA products, and complements our strong enterprise SAS product portfolio. With this combination, SanDisk will have enterprise SSDs qualified with six of the top seven storage OEMs worldwide."
Today, QNAP Security announced the launch of its latest Linux-based VioStor NVR product. The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series is a two-bay tower form-factor NVR that is available in four, eight, and 12 channels and is designed with small to medium business and small office/home offices in mind.
The VioStor NVR VS-2100 Pro+ series features dual-core Intel 2.6GHz processors and 4GB of DDR3 memory to ensure high-performance and stable recording while providing smooth playback from multiple megapixel IP cameras. The series is able to accommodate up to 8TB of high-quality videos encoded in H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, and MxPEG. Full HD 1080p at 180fps video playback is supported thanks to onboard video hardware.
"The global security market presents high demand for HD resolution applications, and QNAP VioStor products are well-positioned for this need," said Amily Fang, product manager of QNAP Security. "The VS-2100 Pro+ series are affordable surveillance solutions for small-scale surveillance deployment scenario such as childcare, elder care, home, parking lot, retail stores, and so on."
Today, Corsair announced their newest addition in their SSD lineup. The new Force LS series of SSDs are powered by the Phison SATA 6Gbps controller, which makes this the first SSD series from Corsair to not be based on an LSI SandForce SF-2200 controller.
Corsair says that the Force LS series provides solid performance at a great value while maintaining reliable and efficient solid state storage for any PC or notebook with a 2.5-inch drive bay. Available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB, each of the new SSDs maintain a 7mm thick footprint, which makes it an ideal solution for a replacement drive in a desktop PC or notebook.
The company says that the drives are able to attain read speeds of 555MB/s. Write speeds are a little lower at 535MB/s. Additionally, the drives are backwards compatible with SATA 1 and SATA 2 for maximum compatibility.
Corsair notes that the Force LS series supports TRIM, garbage collection, SMART functionality, and feature built-in advanced dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms. The 60GB model retails at an MSRP of $69.99 and the 120GB retailing for $109.99. The 240GB SSD will set customers back $199.99.
Today, Thecus announced the release of two new ground-breaking home and small business NAS devices. The two bay N2560 and four bay N560 both feature Intel Atom CE5335 SoC processors that are clocked at 1.6GHz and increased RAM over previous models.
Thecus says that they have improved functionality as well as productivity through the inclusion of the T-OnTheGo remote access feature and the unveiling of its NAS Application Center on the company's website. "To make the world first even better, we looked first at what made our breakthrough possible: the SoC heart of the NAS. With the performance advances taken care of by Intel's latest Atom and 2 GB of RAM in both models, we turned to the user experience," said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus.
This morning, MyDigitalSSD announced a massive discount on some of their popular mSATA SSD products via Amazon. Our own Chris Ramseyer has talked about SSD prices rising due to NAND flash shortages, so when hot deals come around, we want to share them with you.
Customers are able to pick up a MyDigitalSSD BP4 50MM mSATA SSD in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacites starting at just $34.99, with the most expensive drive at just $159.99, a discount of $20 off the regular price! So head over to link #1 to claim your discounted SSD from MyDigitalSSD today, and hurry as the deal is only good as long as supplies last.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, Pure Storage's Matt Kixmoeller stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk SSD storage with our own Paul Alcorn. Matt is the company's VP of storage, and talks about how Pure Storage is an all flash array company whose goal is to enable an all-flash data center.
Kixmoeller went into detail on how the company uses consumer-grade MLC flash which enables them to keep the all-flash array lower in cost than in most cases, the traditional HDD-based array. This also allows Pure Storage to pack an incredible amount of storage into a space 90-percent smaller than traditional arrays.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday John Scaramuzzo from SMART Storage Systems took a few minutes out of his day to stop by the TweakTown booth to clue us in on ULLtra DIMM SSD technology. He said that the cool thing about memory based storage is the removal of latency from the HBAs.
He elaborated on the benefits of moving the flash storage from the PCIe bus to the DIMM bus and said that the performance scales linearly each time you add another ULLtra DIMM SSD into the system.
He said that every time you add a new DIMM SSD, the performance increases in a highly predictable manner.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - HGST's Director of Marketing Ulrich Hansen stopped by the TweakTown booth this week to talk about solid state storage and their new recent acquisition of VeloBit, a company that develops SSD caching software.
Ulrich said that this addition to the HGST enterprise has allowed them to begin offering a software layer to their SAS SSDs that allows them to offer a more comprehensive solution to their customers.
He went on to say that this new offering would greatly benefit those customers who are developing SSD and HDD integrated solutions within their network. He finished up the interview by talking about their second-generation of SSD products that were introduced back in April of this year.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - This week Swapna Yasarapu sat down with Paul Alcorn to discuss the SSD market and sTec's newest SSDs at FMS 2013. For those of you who have never heard of sTec, they have traditionally been a major supplier of solid state storage to many OEMs around the world. Recently HSGT has announced its plans to acquire sTec, which is mentioned in the video.
Yasarapu began the interview by talking about how sTec has been working over the last year and a half to expand their presence throughout their channels as well as end users. Paul shows off sTec's new SAS solution, which he says is the smallest SAS SSD he has ever seen.
This new SSD greatly improves the density one is able to fit in smaller form factor servers. A 1.8-inch form factor alongside a thickness of just 5mm makes this truly the next generation of SAS SSD solutions.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Early yesterday, Plextor stopped by our booth to discuss their new enterprise SSD solutions. The Plextor representative said that one of the new enterprise SSDs will be a lower endurance model which will feature consumer grade MLC, which often provides a smaller number of dry writes per module.
A new higher endurance model will also be available that will use a higher grade MLC to provide a much larger number of dry writes per module. He also announced Plextor's entry into the SAS market, one of the fastest growing segments of the enterprise storage market.
Finally they wrapped things up by talking about Plextor's foray into the M.2 form factor. The rep said that Plextor is working on both PCIe and SATA M.2 solutions.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, we had the chance to stop by Seagate's booth at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit being held in Santa Clara, California where Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez took a few minutes to detail the company's 600 Series SSDs.
Gutierrez began by elaborating on the 600 series main applications. He said that they first is relative to the replacement of storage media in laptops and notebooks, while the second main application for the 600 series is the use in Data Center where power backup is not a major issue.
Paul mentions that the 600 Pro SSD is extremely power efficient and that it features varying levels of over provisioning and will stand up to heavy levels of write modes.