Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, our own Paul Alcorn had the opportunity to sit down with Seagate's Rafael Gutierrez, and talk about NGFF, which has officially been named M.2. Gutierrez says that Seagate is very excited about M.2 and the company is looking at expanding it into both SATA and PCIE in the future.
He went on to say that the company is seeing a lot of traction on LAMD and that the company has made a strategic investment in eASIC on their hybrid drives.
Gutierrez said that things are going very well for SSHD and that now that there are other manufacturers offering hybrid drives, the industry is beginning to really adopt the technology.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Seagate's David Burkes took some time yesterday to show off a demo of how SSDs and SSHD can remove the normal HDD bottleneck from notebooks. He went on to detail how the addition of NAND into the storage media greatly improves the performance one can expect from their laptop.
For those who do not know, SSHD technology is where SSD technology meets HDD technology and the two merge to create what is called a hybrid drive.
The HDD's cache is augmented by a small piece of NAND, which greatly increases performance in file intensive applications.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday, our own Paul Alcorn got to sit down with Joel Hagberg, the VP of Marketing at Toshiba. Hagberg started the conversation by cluing us in on the Storage Products Association, a new committee that was formed by Toshiba, HGST, Seagate and Western Digital.
He went on to discuss SSHD drives and how they benefit the consumer storage market. He mentions that the hybrid designs feature advance algorithms that pick and choose what data is loaded on the NAND and what will be streamed from the hard disk.
He wrapped up the interview buy discussing the NGFF form factor that has now been officially named M.2.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Shortly after giving his keynote speech, Marvell's VP of SSD Business, Iri Trashanski, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about how the SSD market is doing, and how fast it has expanded in the last decade. Smerdon went into detail about how Marvell supplies many of the controller chips used in the consumer market SSDs.
He said that they build a superior single controller chip that is designed so well, it is able to be offered in three separate product lines. He says that the "magic" happens in the firmware in which companies such as SanDisk, Plextor and Micron write for their controller chip.
He went on to mention that all of Marvell's upcoming next-gen products will be built on a 28nm process, which will benefit performance, power consumption and form factor.
UPDATE - We are very sorry to Gary Smerdon and Iri Trashanski. The person interviewed is actually Iri Trashanski.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Intel's Alan Frost and James Meyers sat down with our own Paul Alcorn to discuss Intel's S3700 SSD. Alan points out that the S3700 along with the S3500 are the ideal solutions for the enterprise looking for consistent IOPS due to its Intel built controller.
They also talk about SSDs in the data center and say that Intel works hard at showing those clients the value in choosing SSDs over HDDS. Paul mentioned that with the increase in density that comes with SSDs, offers the data center a cooling, capacity, and power advantage.
Meyers also keyed us in on NVME and how it is a game changer in the enterprise storage market.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday HGST Director of Product Marketing for Mobile, Lenny Sharpe, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about storage within the mobile space. Sharpe talked about how the Ultrabook market reinvigorated the laptop storage conversation.
Paul also asked Lenny about the advantage of the dual drive approach in which an OEM uses an SSD for caching, while the HDD is used for mass storage.
Paul pointed out that there is more bang for your buck with the dual drive system because the capacities are not limited like in the SSDH solution.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - LSI's Kent Smith stopped by the TweakTown booth at this week's Flash Memory Summit to discuss a new piece of technology that will be part of the company's third-generation SandForce product.
Named SHIELD Advanced Error Correction, the technology is made up of Hard Decision LDPC and Soft Decision LDPC to form a more advanced error correction solution.
Smith went on to discuss LSI's decision to stay away from DRAM caching in its products, and how this decision affects such smaller packages as M.2. Smith finished up the interview by elaborating on LSI's ongoing initiative to provide lower power consuming controller chips.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Last week when Samsung announced the world's first 3-D V-NAND based SSD storage, the entire tech world took notice.
During this week's Flash Memory Summit, our own storage guru Paul Alcorn had a chance to sit down and discuss this new breakthrough technology with Samsung's Steve Weinger when he stopped by the booth to say hello.
Weinger said that Samsung was extremely excited about the new 3D V-NAND technology, and that the 20-percent increase in performance and 40-percent increase in power efficiency is backed up by a major increase in reliability. The new 3D V-NAND technology is rated up to 35,000 PE cycles where typical MLC drives today are only rated for around 3,000 PE cycles.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Earlier this week, Micron's Scott Shadley stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about the latest and greatest products from Micron. He talks about how Micron can offer more value in their product because they control the entire product creation process from the NAND creation all the way to the controller software.
He went on to say that Micron's goal is to make the product fit the customer's needs and not force the customer to work around the product like other manufacturers.
Shadley also took a moment to show off the company's new flagship P420m PCIe SSD module and talked up the fact that the entire product is Micron IP. TweakTown is currently testing the Micron P420m PCIe SSD, so stay tuned for a full review.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, MyDigitalSSD announced its newest offering, the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2, a mSATA III 6GB/s SSD that features a free FNet HybriDisk Caching software code. Features include a brand-new PHISON S9 controller, Toshiba 19nm Toggle MLC NAND Flash, and a free license code for FNet HybriDisk Caching software.
MyDigitalSSD says that it delivers where others cannot. The all new Super Cache 2 SSD is the world's fastest low density Cache Drive and/or Boot Drive and delivers up to a 50X boost in performance over a standalone HDD for less a cheap dinner for 2. Get a 24GB for $39.99, 32GB for $42.99, 64GB for $62.99, or 128GB for $99.99.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Mechanical data storage may be getting somewhat overlooked these days in favor of the faster, more energy-efficient SSDs that are flooding the consumer and enterprise markets, but as one would expect, the major hard drive manufacturers have taken notice. Announced this week at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital have all teamed up to form the Storage Products Association (SPA).
"HDDs are a crucial technology for storing the ever expanding data that humans and our machines are generating," said Tom Coughlin, president of storage industry analyst firm Coughlin Associates. "Hard disk drives combined with flash memory can provide users the speed they need while providing affordable mass storage. With continued development of advanced storage technology and storage architectures these amazing storage devices will provide a home for the world's accessible data and serve every type of content users for many years to come."
The Association says that the SPA will serve as a new voice for the storage industry, which will help promote the importance of the mechanical hard disk drive and technology that is now over 60 years old. The Association says that one of the most pressing needs at the moment is to inform customers about how hard drive technology and solid state technology can be combined to efficiently scale up mass storage for the consumer and enterprise markets.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - During a walk-through of the exhibit halls at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, TweakTown's own Chris Ramseyer spotted Seagate's new M.2 NGFF-based SSD. While that is cool within itself, it appears that the new M.2 is based on LSI's SandForce Controller and not Seagate's in-house solution.
Not much else is known about the Seagate M.2 yet, but we will be doing some digging and report back with all the info as it becomes available. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of the latest breaking news and product unveiling from the 2013 Flash Memory Summit.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Samsung introduced the world's first solid state drive based on its industry-leading 3-D V-NAND technology. The announcement came during the keynote speech at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Samsung says that this new SSD is designed for use in enterprise servers and data centers.
The new V-NAND SSD comes in two versions--a 960GB model and a smaller 480GB model--with the 960GB boasting the highest performance levels. Samsung says that it offers an increase in sequential and random write speeds of more than 20 percent by utilizing 64 dies of MLC 3-D V-NAND flash.
Samsung says that the V-NAND SSDs offer 35,000 program erase cycles and is available in a 2.5-inch form factor. Samsung's proprietary 3-D V-NAND technology achieves manufacturing productivity improvements over twice that of 20nm-class planar NAND flash by using cylinder-shaped 3D Charge Trap Flash cell structures and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 24 layers comprising the 3D cell array.
Today, Apacer unveiled the newest generation of its SDM5 modular SATA SSDs. The new SATA Disk Module 5 adopts the SATA 3 6GB/s high-speed interface standard and features Toggle DDR2.0 NAND Flash. The module incorporates a specifically designed 2-channel bidirectional structure that allows the device to reach read/write speeds of up to 315MB/s and 145MB/s, respectively.
Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Product Division Senior Director of Apacer indicated, "In order to satisfy the user-specific needs for various mechanisms, we will introduce perpendicularly and parallel modularized solutions at the same time. Thus, the customer will have diverse choices in accordance with the motherboard design demands, without being limited to the joint direction of solid state drive, and develop more diversified top products at the lowest cost."
The Apacer SDM5 uses standard 7-pin signal and 15-pin SATA signal and power connectors and are featured in two different configurations with one having the connectors perpendicular to the board at 90 degrees, while the other is parallel at 180 degrees. Apacer says that the new SDM5 features a capacity of 128GB and complies with the MIL-810F certification, which is the toughest standard required by the US military regulations.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Mushkin announced that it would be unveiling two new highly anticipated products during the 2013 Flash Memory Summit. The company will show off its Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD and the new Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 flash drive.
"Participating in the Flash Summit is a great opportunity for us to show just what we are getting ready to release and how we continue to innovate. We are confident in the Scorpion Deluxe and Ventura Ultra, and there is no better way to express that than to display just how fast and powerful they are," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin, Inc.
The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD boasts an impressive 2165MB/s read speed and a 1990MB/s write speed, while hitting 100,000 4K read IOPS. The Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 is said to be the world's fastest flash drive with a 455MB/s read speed and a 445MB/s write speed. Both devices will be available at the end of this month and we will bring you more information on them as it becomes available.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - SanDisk announced that it would be enhancing its solid state drive lineup for businesses with the addition of a new power-efficient SSD. The SanDisk X210 SSD is a SATA-based SSD that SanDisk says is an ideal solution for IT professionals looking to maximize performance or enhance the responsiveness of the company's PCs and notebooks.
"Since launching SanDisk's commercial SSD channel earlier this year, we havereceived a tremendous response from businesses that have seen significant advantages from incorporating SanDisk solid state technology into their data center and workplace PCs and notebooks," said Tarun Loomba, vice president of Storage Solutions marketing at SanDisk. "Leveraging SanDisk's most advanced flash memory technology and smart power-saving capabilities, the X210 SSD is an exceptionally fast and cost-effective storage solution for this growing market, and a great addition to our SanDisk SSD portfolio."
The company says that the X210 SSD is optimized for businesses that need fast, consistent access to data, such as search engines and cloud storage providers. The company says that when used in micro- and entry-level servers, this new SSD offers increased responsiveness and sustainable performance in intensive environments, which notably reduces I/O bottlenecks. SanDisk says that the new 2.5-inch X210 SSD is available large quantities through the SanDisk Commercial Business Channel.
Today, Viking Technology announced that SolidFire has selected its SATADIMM SSD to be used as both the cache SSD and boot volume SSD in the company's storage nodes. SolidFire says that this offers enhanced products by increasing both the number and capacity of SSDs in their systems.
For those who might not know, SATADIMM is an enterprise-class SSD built on a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) that fits in an empty DDR3 DIMM slot. These new drives enable both SSD caching as well as boot capabilities without having to utilize a hard drive. SolidFire says that the integration of Viking's SATADIMM SSDs will boost overall system performance and also allow the company to minimize potential human errors such as accidentally removing a boot or cache drive when replacing other failed drives.
"The Viking SATADIMM gives us an additional SSD within the chassis allowing us to dedicate more drives towards storage capacity, while storing boot and metadata information securely inside the system," says Adam Carter, Director of Product Management at SolidFire. "Viking's SATADIMM technology is unique in the market and an important part of our hardware design."
We are proud to announce that from today onwards, we are partnering up with SwiftTest Inc., who are the leaders in infrastructure performance validation for the networked storage industry.
Our collaboration with SwiftTest will see us working together on test suites and benchmarks that will help the consumer enjoy a real-world perspective on the performance of storage devices. SwiftTest offers its SwiftTest Enterprise platform, an easy-to-use GUI-based platform that speeds up test development and allows users to boost their testing and QA processes.
The SwiftTest Enterprise comes pre-configured with a test platform, protocol test suites, and test content that is based on industry standard workloads. But, if you like to tweak, like we do, it comes with fully customizable workloads that can be quickly adjusted to meet the needs of any storage industry organization, or professional storage users.
Today, Plextor announced that it will be giving a sneak preview of their upcoming M6 SSD at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition that will be held next week on the days of August 13 through 15. Plextor says that the M6 will feature the next generation of the company\'s proprietary TrueSpeed technology that works alongside a Marvell 88SS9187 controller. This equates to enhanced performance and reliability.
The company says that the new drive also features the latest generation 19nm Toggle NAND flash manufactured by Toshiba. Topping things off, Plextor says that the M6 measures 5mm thick, making for an ultra-slim installation. Additionally, the company says it will display its complete lineup of storage solutions including the M5 Pro Extreme and M5S series alongside the M5M mSATA drives and the M.2 form-factor drive.
If you are attending the Flash Memory Summit and Expo, you will be able to find TweakTown at booth #900. We will be recording video interviews. E-mail Paul Acorn to schedule an interview. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
California-based start-up, Crossbar Inc., have just dived onto the storage radar with a totally new way of storage technology which they're calling "Resistive RAM" or RRAM.
Resistive RAM is a huge leap for storage, capable of storing 1TB of data on a 200 sq. mm chip, something that is smaller than a postage stamp. RRAM technology uses a three-layer structure, is also stackable and scalable, which means multiple terabytes of storage can be crammed into one 3D chip package with chips stacked on top of each other.
The start-up claims that these chips will feature 20x faster write performance, 20x lower power consumption and 10x more endurance when compared to "today's best-in-class NAND flash memory." I'm sure that our in-house storage editors Chris and Paul are rubbing their hands with glee right now.
Today, Mach Xtreme announced the launch of its new LX series of USB 3.0 compatible flash drives. The MX-LX series is aimed at those who are looking for a fast USB 3.0 thumb drive but still want high-capacity and affordability. Mach Xtreme says that the new flash drives are based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implement advanced dual-channel technology.
There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These thumb drives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.
Mach Xtreme says that the LX flash drives reach up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write performance and are available in capacities of 8GB all the way up to 64GB. No information on pricing or availability were given at the time of writing, but you can head over to the company's product page (Source #2) for more information on pricing as it becomes available.