SanDisk unveiled its massive but super-small 400GB microSD card last year, but is only now shipping it, at least in the US for now.
The new SanDisk Ultra PLUS 400GB is designed for Android smartphones and tablets, cameras, and other devices that can take the massive 400GB of microSD storage. SanDisk's new 400GB microSD card has the following features:
- Up to 400GB capacity for more full HD video storage
- U1, V10 and Class 10 video rating, full HD video capture and playback;
- Up to 100MB / s transfer speed Support up to 1200 photos in 1 minute;
- A1 application performance level to support faster loading of applications;
- Ideal for Android smartphones and tablets;
- Waterproof, temperature, anti-X-ray, anti-magnetic, shockproof.
As for the price, we should expect it to hit shelves for $250.
Synology have launched the RackStation RS2818RP+, a 16-bay NAS that is able to provide up to 192TB of capacity that can be expanded to 336TB with a RX1217(RP). Basically, the RS2818RP+ is designed for large storage applications for expanding businesses that want to future-proof their technology.
"One of the common challenges for modern small and medium-sized businesses is finding a storage solution that can store large amounts of data while having the flexibility to scale when business grows," said Jason Fan, Product Manager at Synology Inc. "RS2818RP+ offers large storage capacity with affordable TCO. It is ideal to serve as a centralized backup target, a file server or a hub-and-spoke backup target for distributed businesses."
SK Hynix has just taken the wraps off of its new enterprise SSD, packing their in-house 72-layer 64GB 3D NAND flash, and arriving at up to 4TB capacities.
This isn't the first enterprise SSD from SK Hynix using their in-house NAND flash, as the consumer side of the market were first. SK Hynix is releasing the new enterprise SSDs in both 2.5-inch SATA and so-far unspecified NVMe form, but we should expect M.2 as usual.
As for the performance of these new SSDs, we can expect the 1TB SATA SSD to pack sequential reads of up to 560MB/sec while writes will hit 515MB/sec or so, with random reads of up to 98K IOPs, and random writes of up to 32K IOPs.
The PCIe-based version of SK Hynix's new enterprise SSD tops out at 2700MB/sec reads and 1100MB/sec writes, while we have 230K IOPS on random reads, and up to 35K IOPS on random writes.
Samsung have today launched their new 800GB SZ985 Z-SSD, this Z-SSD is designed for advanced enterprise applications that include supercomputing for AI analysis, IoT and other big data applications. Samsung's latest Z-SSD is able to deliver exceptional performance, reliability and ultra-low latency that state-of-the-art AI applications demand.
"With our leading-edge 800GB Z-SSD, we expect to contribute significantly to market introductions of next-generation supercomputing systems in the near future, enabling improved IT investment efficiency and exceptional performance," said Jinman Han, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to develop next-generation Z-SSDs with higher density and greater product competitiveness, in order to lead the industry in accelerating growth of the premium SSD* market."
The new single port, four-lane Z-SSD features Z-NAND chips that provide 10 times higher cell read performance than 3-bit V-NAND chips, along with 1.5GB LPDDR4 DRAM and a high-performance controller. This impressive hardware is able to provide random write speeds of up to 170K IOPS, 1.7 times faster random read performance at 750K IOPS and five times less write latency at an incredible 16 microseconds when compared with an NVMe SSD PM963.
Now that performance is covered, how about reliability? The SZ985 Z-SSD has a mean time between failures (MTBF) value of 2 million hours and a guarantee of up to 30 drive writes per day (DWPD) for five years, or a total of 42 petabytes.
Look out for the upcoming ISSCC 2018 (International Solid-State Circuits Conference), which will be held February 11-15 in San Francisco as Samsung plan to introduce both the 240GB and 800GB versions of the SZ985.
Micron announces its latest line of enterprise SSDs that leverage 64-layer 3D NAND technology to boost storage capacities, power efficiency, and more.
Micron's new 5200 series SSDs include the 5200 ECO and 5200 PRO drives, all of which use high-end 3D NAND storage that offers huge capacities up to 7.68TB and can deliver 95k IOPs random reads and 33k random writes. In fact the new 5200 lineup is the first enterprise grade SSD available for purchase with NAND tech, and is optimized for latency-sensitive, read-intensive workloads that demand higher performance.
"Micron 5200 SSDs unleash market-leading performance, capacity and reliability, paired with a rich feature set and unprecedented flexibility, adding up to the ideal storage solution for business-critical workloads," said Micron Storage Business Unit Vice President and General Manager Derek Dicker. "We simplified the server qualification process by leveraging the same foundational architecture that's currently available on Micron SATA SSDs. Customers can trust the same proven controller and firmware design while taking advantage of advanced flash media for better performance, quality of service, and value."
"Today's business-critical, virtualized workloads simply cannot run at peak, consistent performance on yesterday's technology," said Dedicated Computing Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing Dave Guzzi. "Customers need advanced storage technology to achieve better performance and reliability - and a lower total cost of ownership. Fortunately, Micron offers all this along with the ease of a common platform that leverages the same proven controller and firmware design as previous SSD generations."
Samsung has just announced it is now producing GDDR6 memory chips, but the company also teased its upcoming 860 Pro SSD that will rock a huge 4TB capacity.
Samsung's massive new 4TB SSD will cost a huge $1900 according to the leaked tease, which makes sense considering the current Samsung 850 Evo SSD costs $1600 for the 4TB model.
The new 960 Pro will rock up to 560MB/sec read speeds while write speeds will scale up to 530MB/sec. We should expect an official unveiling and release in the coming weeks.
CES 2018 - We looked at a lot of next-gen flash-based SSD technology at CES 2018 and the one that caught our attention the most was Phison's upcoming E12 controller.
The performance delivered was some of the best we've seen to date. In our opinion, the E12 is the best enthusiast SSD controller we witnessed in the entirety of the show. We did see another flash-based SSD with better 4K random read performance at QD1, but that we feel that is more than offset by the E12's 1300 MB/s better sequential write performance.
The E12 is eight channels of Gen3 x4 goodness supporting 3D flash. At up to 600K IOPS random read and random write, the E12 sports some of the best performance specifications of any consumer-based SSD we've seen to date. The E12 will support 3D MLC/TLC/QLC NAND flash and LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) error correction technology.
CES 2018 - TweakTown had a chance to visit Toshiba at CES 2018 and view their SSD lineup. It was without a doubt one of the most impressive of the whole show. Toshiba had most of their current and upcoming SSD portfolio on full display. Right off the bat, we were drawn to Toshiba's newest SSD the RC100. Based on what we were shown, the RC100 is our choice for the best mobile upgrade of the entire show, because this 2-lane module is the most power efficient NVMe SSD we've seen to date.
Starting with Toshiba Memory Corporation's own state-of-the-art 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH and in-house developed SSD controller in a single package, the RC100 was built to offer consumers a viable alternative to pricier high-end NVMe SSDs. In addition to affordability, RC100 SSDs are designed for efficiency, delivering a power-optimized storage solution particularly sought after by mobile users looking to increase battery life.
The RC100 Series offers excellent performance that bridges the gap between SATA 6 gigabits per second and enthusiast-grade NVMe SSDs, ensuring it sits in the 'sweet spot' for value-oriented users looking to upgrade to the industry's latest interface and reduce cable clutter. The RC100 also integrates Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to deliver up to 1,620 megabytes per second and 1,130MB/s in sequential read/write transfer rates and up to 160,000 and 120,000 random read/write IOPS, all without requiring onboard DRAM. Toshiba states that they will offer an HMB driver for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.
CES 2018 - At CES 2018, we spotted an Intel Optane drive discretely placed in the M.2 slot of an ASUS motherboard. While neither Intel nor ASUS was willing to discuss specifications with us, we were allowed to take a snap of the drive, hinting that release is imminent.
When Intel initially released their Optane SSDs, they were meant to be used as system accelerators working with hard drives and predictive software to enhance user experience at an introductory level. Intel wanted to give consumers the option to use Optane+HDD rather than a full-blown SSD. However, many people wanted Optane as a system drive.
The SSD is perfect for small file workloads, but with only 16GB and 32GB variants launched, most people were not able to use them as standalone drives. While you can currently find Intel's 900p series Optane drives in larger sizes, they only exist in the U.2 or add-in-card (AIC) form factors and are very expensive.
CES 2018 - ASRock was teasing their new Ultra Quad M.2 Card at CES 2018, with their new card capable of housing 4 x NMVe M.2 SSDs, cooled by a 50mm centrifugal fan.
The company is comparing it against the ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 card, with ASRock's new card featuring a bigger fan, and 6-pin PCIe power connector. ASRock also mounts the M.2 SSDs angled from the bottom, which also looks awesome, now we just need RGBs.
ASRock says that the angled placement of the M.2 sockets is better, as it minimizes the trace distance from the M.2 slots to the PCIe slot.
You can't just throw the ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card into any system, as it has no PCIe switch on-board, so you'll need to own a motherboard with PCIe bifurcation support. High-end chipsets have this, with ASRock pointing in the direction of Intel's latest X299 chipset, as well as AMD's new X399 chipset.