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Do you remember when expansion cards were used for what is now a basic motherboard feature? I do and the nostalgia is strong with all of the current expansion cards now hitting the market.
Meet the SilverStone ECM20, a "Dual M.2 to PCI-E x4 and SATA 6G adapter card," announced recently in a press release. Supporting up to two M.2 SSD's simultaneously, this device converts one M.2 port into a PCI-E x4 interface and a second M.2 port into a SATA interface.
Currently on the market for $17.87 (15.5 Euro), this card includes in optional low-profile expansion slot and required no drivers to function.
What we already know about Optane and 3D XPoint: We know that Optane is Intel's brand name for storage using 3D XPoint, and we know that XPoint consists of layers (known as stacks). Each stack has wires that run perpendicular to each other (they are silver/gray in the image).
Between each set of perpendicular wires are a selector (yellow) and a cell (green). By providing varying amounts of voltage to the selector it can write or read to the cell. The benefit here is that the cells don't use transistors, and theoretically (depending on the size of the cell) you could squeeze much more of this into a given space than you could with the traditional transistor.
Cells can be written and read to at the same speed since you can find any point in space with only three points of reference. Now 3D X-Point fills a spot in the current memory market, right in between DRAM and NAND based SSDs. Its latency is 10x slower than DRAM but 1000x faster than NAND. It has similar density compared to NAND SSDs, which means its 10x denser than DRAM. All the speeds and density aside, 3D XPoint also offers non-volatility, which means it can store data even when it is powered off.
WD announced its WD Black line of performance hard drives has received a new model with support up to 6TB of storage capacity.
The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive features 128MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 GB/s interface, and an integrated dual-core processor. The drive also is 29 percent faster than the WD Black 4TB version.
The WD Black 6TB is available now with a $294 MSRP.
Thecus Technology has launched the 7-bay N7770-10G and 8-bay N8880U-10G NAS units, aimed at helping businesses increase their storage abilities.
The 10G NAS features Intel Core i3 (3.3 GHz), 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM, and a 10G PCIe card - offering SATA drives with NAS stacking. Each unit has 6 USB 2.0 ports, and USB 2 x 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, with support for 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDDs or SSDs.
Both the N7770-10G and N888U-10G run the Thecus OS5 software, a Web-based OS making advanced data management easier. More than 700 apps focused on data backup, content management, multimedia, and other critical business features are available in the Thecus App Center.
At IDF 2015 Intel has revealed Optane Technology, a new hardware brand built around its new XPoint high-performance 3D flash memory.
Intel's new XPoint-powered Optane hardware is planned for a release in 2016, marketed across an array of form factors including standard SSD's and will even be compatible with Xeon systems via DIMM. Intel affirms that the high-density Optane tech isn't just a conventional storage solution and can be used to help power and optimize datacenter servers and Xeon workstations that require low-latency and high-bandwidth performance.
Last month Intel shed light on the next-generation Xpoint (pronounced Crosspoint) 3D memory with an number of impressive specs; since its 10X more dense than traditional SSD's, Xpoint boasts speeds up to 1,000 faster than traditional NAND storage and offers a whopping 10TB+ in SSD storage capacities (Samsung has already hit 16TB SSD's with its own 3D memory solution).
At the Flash Memory Summit, Samsung unveiled a massive 16TB SSD that is the "world's largest storage drive", an incredible feat by the South Korean giant.
Samsung's new 16TB HDD doesn't have a price, nor do we know about read/write speeds or IOPS. But we can expect that it will pack Samsung's next-gen 48-layer, 3-bit V-NAND technology. Samsung said that it could "easily double the capacity of Samsung's existing SSD line-ups, and provide an ideal solution for multi-terabyte SSDs".
There's no ETA on Samsung's new 16TB SSD, but we shouldn't expect it anytime soon. We still have to wait for 1TB and 2TB SSDs to become more affordable in the consumer market before we leap frog past 4TB, 8TB and 12TB. But, this is super-exciting news nonetheless.
Toshiba is one of the largest presences here at FMS 2015. Today, we got a chance to check out their newest gear.
First up are Toshiba's client-side SATA SSDs. Toshiba's HG6 Series SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications ranging from Ultrabook's, to low endurance data center deployments. These SATA-based SSDs employ cost effective and durable A19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC flash and Toshiba's proprietary QSBC ECC technology.
Next up we have Toshiba's XG3 Series client side high-performance PCIe NVMe SSDs for PCs and read intensive data center applications. The XG3 series is available in an M.2 Gen 3 x4 and the first of its kind SATA Express form factor. The drives will be available in capacities of up to 1024GB. Also announced is Toshiba's BG1 Series SSD on a chip. This tiny SSD is designed for ultra-thin mobile PCs and tablets. The drive is available as a single BGA package or an M.2-2230 removable module. The BG1 series is available in capacities up to 256GB.
Yesterday Samsung announced new products featuring their third generation 256Gb 48-layer 3bit 3D V-NAND technology. Today the exhibit floor opened up and we got a chance to view Samsung's latest and greatest first-hand.
Most prominently displayed was the world's first 3-Bit SAS SSD, the PM1633a. Not only is this drive the world's first 3-Bit SAS Enterprise SSD, it is the world's highest capacity drive (HDDs included). The floating drive display is one of the coolest we've ever seen.
Next up are a few SATA-based products we are all familiar with, the 850 Pro and EVO SATA SSDs. There has been no announced refresh to the 850 Pro; it will remain powered by 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND as far as we know. The world's best-selling consumer SSD, the 850EVO, will be getting a refresh and will be the first SSD available with Samsung's third generation 3bit 48-layer 3D V-NAND.
Thecus has just announced its expanding its rackmount NAS lineup by introducing the N8900PRO, which packs an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable by up to 32GB), and an AES-NI hardware encryption engine.
Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus, explains: "For businesses in need of a powerful, all-purpose NAS server, the N8900PRO provides a robust hardware platform to handle the rigorous day-to-day operations in the workplace. With the 8-bay, N8900PRO, users are able to deploy a high capacity, cost effective storage solution with ensured data protection and security".
The new N8900PRO from Thecus has eight bays that can take either SAS or SATA drives, 10GbE support for ultra-fast network transfers, and oodles of features that will have business users happy for years. There's also VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, and much more included. Better yet, the N8900PRO takes use of Thecus' Daisy Chaining technology and iCSCI Thin Provisioning, which allows users to hit an insane 576TB of storage. Multiple file systems are supported, including ext3, ext4, Btrfs, and XFS.
Samsung has just announced three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs based on its incredibly exciting 3D V-NAND technology. These new products will be solely aimed at the enterprise and data center markets.
Kicking off with its latest SAS-based SSD, the new PM1633 is "designed to meet all requirements of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface based systems". The PM1633 is based on the 2.5-inch form factor and the 12Gbps SAS standard, and will arrive in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB versions. Samsung's PM1633 is capable of random read and write speeds of up to 160,000 and 18,000 IOPS, respectively. When it comes to sequential read and writes, we can expect 1.1GB/sec and 1GB/sec, respectively.
Moving onto the new half-height, half-length (HHHL) card-type, NVMe-based SSD - the new PM1725 - offers huge speeds, and massive capacities of 3.2TB and 6.4TB. The PM1725 is capable of random read speeds of up to 1 million IOPS, while writes hit 120,000. It can read at a huge 5.5GB/sec while it writes at 1.8GB/sec, with Samsung teasing that it can enable "users to save a 5GB video in less than three seconds".