Toshiba have announced the addition to their XG5 SSD lineup that is based its 64-layer, 3D BiCS FLASH memory, the new XG5-P. The latest member of the XG5 lineup is designed with the ever-expanding demands of high-end PC, gaming and content delivery thanks to its capacity of up to 2TB and improved random read/write performance of up to 55 percent over standard XG5 SSDs.
"Toshiba recognizes the need for engineering larger capacity, higher performance SSD solutions that target specific applications and use cases," said, Neville Ichhaporia, director of client and data center SSD marketing at TMA. "With our latest flagship XG5-P series, we have once again raised the bar in client SSD storage by delivering NVMe SSDs that take workstation, gaming and content creation performance to the next level."
Toshiba have been busy in regards to their high-end storage range, with recently announcing a 10TB HDD dedicated for surveillance applications and their new XG5-P SSD. For all those NAS enthusiasts out there, Toshiba haven't forgotten about you and have released the MN06ACA10T, a 10TB hard drive in a 3.5" form factor.
"Our new 10TB MN06 Series provides excellent NAS-class performance and durability," said Scott Wright, Director of HDD Product Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "Our exclusive conventional mechanics delivers real value to work-groups and cloud storage architects who utilize established network-attached storage technologies. The MN06ACA10T 10TB includes RV compensation technology for optimal performance in multi-drive NAS enclosures and is designed for 24/7 operation."
Toshiba today announced that it's begun sampling UFS storage based on its high-end 64-layer 3D VNAND memory.
Toshiba's new UFS 3D storage lineup has four capacities including 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with all of the drives featuring both flash memory and a controller--which manages the drives health--in a standard JEDEC form factor.
The flash drives potentially have a total theoretical interface speed of up to 11.6Gbps, and the sequential read and write speeds of the 64GB option are 900MB/sec and 180MB/sec respectively. Toshiba boasts that the random read and write performance of the new lineup is about 200% and 180% respectively better than previous gen drives.
"By bringing our industry-leading BiCS FLASH technology to UFS, we continue to expand the capabilities of our embedded storage solutions," noted Scott Beekman, director of managed flash memory products for Toshiba Memory America. "Higher performance, good power efficiency and an expanded density lineup all enable existing and future applications to realize new possibilities."
Toshiba has just announced their latest surveillance HDD, with the new MD06ACA-V being the latest in a growing line of SV Series 3.5-inch HDDs that Toshiba makes for surveillance applications.
The new models arrive in up to 10TB, and thanks to higher transfer rates over the MD04ABA-V models, Toshiba says the new drives support up to 64 camera streams. The larger capacity HDDs mixed with the higher speeds on the drive will allow higher resolution surveillance with long-term storage thanks to 10TB models.
Toshiba's new MD06ACA-V is designed for 24/7 streaming operation scenarios like surveillance digital video recorders (SDVR), surveillance network video recorders (SNVR) and Hybrid SDVR. Toshiba taps 7200RPM operation for the new drives, with the 10TB model offering a 58% increase in maximum sustained transfer rates over its predecessor.
The new Toshiba MD06ACA-V Series is available in 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB models on a SATA 6Gbps interface with a 256MB dynamic buffer.
There's a new line of SSD's about to hit the market from COLORFUL, the new PLUS Series SSD. The COLORFUL Plus Series SSD combines the latest in 3D TLC NAND Flash technology and a new SMI SM2258XT controller that is able to deliver up to 640GB capacity and deliver some great results that we've come to expect from COLORFUL.
COLORFUL have utilized 3D TLC NAND Flash technology for the Plus Series SSD that has enabled the hardware giants to deliver bigger capacities whilst maintaining long lifespans of the SSD. Backed with BGA NAND Flash, the performance and stability of the SSD is also ensured. Combined with developments in 3D NAND technology, this has enabled new 3D NAND Flash specifications that produce non-standard capacities for the Plus Series SSD, this explains the slightly increased capacities of 160GB, 320GB and 640GB.
Silicon Power have added the A75 portable hard drive to their Armor series, this follows their recent release of the impressive Armor A62 portable hard drive. The Armor A75 is finished in a beautiful aviation-grade aluminium, crowning this slim-portable hard drive the world's thinnest hard drive in its category.
To say the A75 is slim is an understatement, the A75 measures 124.4 x 82 x 12.2mm in size, weighs only 169g and is shockproof up to 1.22m. Unfortunately, Silicon Power's latest portable hard drive is only available in 1 and 2 TB variants, but the gorgeous exterior of the A75 more than makes up for the limited capacity when compared to the A62. Other features include USB 3.1 Gen 1, Free SP Widget software and a slim "L" shaped LED status light that can be seen from top and front view.
Samsung Electronics today announced its third quarter earnings results, affirming that the supply situation for key NAND products will tighten into Q4 and possibly beyond.
The financials note that Samsung will continue focusing its memory business more towards higher-end performance chips such as VNAND storage and LPDDR4X memory to serve the increasingly demanding needs of the mobile and datacenter markets. As a result of this shift away from traditional 2D NAND, supply will remain constrained for key products such as Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid, which uses traditional storage memory.
"Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the company anticipates tight supply and demand conditions to continue for the Memory Business due to strong demand for servers and mobile devices. For the Memory Business, demand for high-density, high-performance NAND will increase, as the need for larger data capacity in servers and mobile devices grows," the report states.
Seagate have introduced the first HDD created specifically for artificial intelligence enabled video surveillance, the Seagate SkyHawk AI hard disk drive. Building on Seagate's 10-year track record of optimized surveillance performance, The SkyHawk AI provides unparalleled bandwidth and processing power for data-intensive workloads, with the ability to simultaneously analyze and record footage from multiple HD cameras.
"The use of AI technology in surveillance is steadily increasing - both in the edge and backend installations such as retail fronts and large city traffic management. Seagate has led the surveillance storage market since its early days, a decade ago, by delivering industry leading HDD products that have enabled more than 5X increase in exabytes during this time period," said Sai Varanasi, vice president product line management at Seagate Technology. "We are excited to introduce smart, purpose-built SkyHawk AI solutions that expand the design space for our customers and partners, allowing them to implement next-generation deep learning and video analytics applications."
Micron has just announced a slew of new microSD cards that have been designed for the video surveillance, with the new industrial microSD cards coming in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
The new industrial microSD cards are designed for both commercial and enterprise surveillance, with Micron working with Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association (SSPIA) and China channel partner, Jinyu Global. Most of the microSD cards on the market aren't built to be used 24/7, but Micron's new industrial microSD cards have been designed for higher endurance and reliability with claims of mean time between failure of 3 million hours.
Micron has tapped their impressive 64-tier 3D-NAND technology, with storage densities of 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB, with the 32GB and 64GB models available now, and the 128GB and 256GB models to begin being shipped in volume amounts in Q2 2018.
Micron industrial microSD card features:
- Storage densities of 32GB, 64GB, and forthcoming ultra-high-densities of 128GB and 256GB, which enable more video to be stored at the edge, giving system designers increased flexibility
- Over three years of high-quality, continuous, 24x7 video recording in a wide range of temperatures and environments
- Technology for the cards to self-monitor and provide information on card usage and expected useful life remaining for each card
- Special firmware designed for continuous video recording, which minimizes frame drops and video loss
Today Intel is launching their first retail 3D XPoint based SSD - the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series. Unlike Optane Memory, which is a cache SSD, the Intel Optane 900P Series are full blown SSDs and will function as such. Initially, the 900P series will be offered in two capacities and two form factors - U.2 and Add-In-Card (AIC).
At this time, the U.2 form factor is only available at 280GB. The AIC form factor is available at both 280GB and 480GB capacity points. It is important to note that unlike flash based SSDs, Optane SSDs don't rely on capacity for higher performance. The 280GB 900P is just as fast as the 480GB 900P.
3D XPoint (Intel Optane) memory media has many advantages over NAND flash memory media. Random performance at low queue depths can be as much as 7X better than the fastest flash-based NVMe SSDs. What this means in the real-world is very well illustrated by the following:
Rendering the same 7-second scene with a Samsung 960 Pro takes 2.7X longer than is does when using an Intel SSD 900P - 17.4 hours vs. 6.3 hours. That is indeed game changing.