Storage

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enough to match HDDs in that market segment. Since the release of the last HDD guide which coincided with the take off of the cryptocurrency-fueled storage mania, we have seen the pricing and availability of the high-capacity models go for a...

SanDisk Launches Max Endurance microSD Cards: 3 to 15 Years Warranty

In a world where NAND storage density, capacity, and low cost matter the most, key metrics that take a back seat include endurance and retention rates. For users who...

22 by Anton Shilov on 3/19/2020

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 512 GB eUFS 3.1 Storage: Up to 2.1 GB/s

Samsung has kicked off mass production of its new, high-performance eUFS 3.1 storage modules. Designed primarily with high-end smartphones in mind, the embedded storage drives offer some of Samsung's...

15 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2020

Synology Unveils DiskStation DS220j Dual-Bay NAS: A Basic NAS For the Home

Coming in on the heels of TerraMaster's recently introduced entry-level dual-bay NAS, Synology has announced its own basic NAS, the DiskStation DS220j. Synology's latest NAS can store up to...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2020

Seagate Introduces IronWolf 510 M.2 NVMe SSDs for NAS Systems

Seagate was one of the first vendors to introduce SSDs targeting the consumer / SMB / SME NAS markets with the IronWolf SSD 110 series at the 2019 CES...

12 by Ganesh T S on 3/17/2020

Intel & Micron Sign New 3D XPoint Wafer Supply Agreement

Intel and Micron have inked a new 3D XPoint memory wafer supply agreement. Analysts believe that Intel will now have to pay Micron more than it did previously as...

20 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2020

GlobalFoundries & Everspin Extend MRAM Pact to 12nm

GlobalFoundries and Everspin have announced that the two have extended their Spin-transfer Torque (STT-MRAM) joint development agreement (JDA) to 12LP (12 nm FinFET) platform. The extension will enable GlobalFoundries...

4 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2020

Micron Develops uMCP with LPDDR5 & 96L 3D NAND for Midrange 5G Smartphones

Micron this week has announced that it has started sampling the industry’s first multichip package (MCP) that integrates LPDDR5-6400 DRAM and 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory. The uMCP5 device...

11 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2020

Buffalo Launches Miniature Rugged External SSD w/ USB Type-A & Type-C

SSDs can survive drops and other kinds of hostile treatment much better than hard drives, but they can still be broken if their PCB or one of the chips...

24 by Anton Shilov on 3/6/2020

SSSTC Launches CL1 M.2-2230 SSD: SMI, Up to 512 GB, Up to 2 GB/s

As notebooks are getting thinner and smaller, PC manufacturers require smaller components and therefore demand tinier SSDs as well as densely-packed SoCs. BGA SSDs are of course among the...

37 by Anton Shilov on 3/5/2020

Western Digital Introduces WD Gold Enterprise SSDs

On what would have been the first day of the Open Compute Project's annual Global Summit, Western Digital is bringing out a new line of enterprise SSDs. The WD...

20 by Billy Tallis on 3/4/2020

UFS 3.1 Storage Devices for Smartphones Unveiled by Kioxia & Western Digital

Less than a month after JEDEC published its UFS 3.1 specification, Kioxia and Western Digital have introduced their first UFS 3.1-compliant storage devices for smartphones. Samples of Kioxia’s UFS...

25 by Anton Shilov on 3/2/2020

Kingston Releases DC1000M U.2 Datacenter SSD

Kingston has announced that their latest and fastest datacenter SSD is now available. The new DC1000M is a 2.5" U.2 NVMe SSD, taking over the top spot in Kingston's...

3 by Billy Tallis on 3/2/2020

What's TLC is SLC Again: MEMXPRO Introduces PC32 Full-Drive Pseudo-SLC SSDs

Pseudo-SLC caches for TLC-based SSDs are almost as old as TLC NAND itself, serving as a simple and practical solution to TLC's lower sustained throughput. But like all caches...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/21/2020

ADATA Releases SE760 USB 3.2 Gen 2 External SSD: Up to 1000 MB/s

High-performance external storage devices are gaining popularity these days as many mobile PCs come with a relatively low-capacity SSD that cannot be upgraded. To that end, ADATA this week...

9 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2020

Plextor Unveils M9P Plus SSD: A Proven Design Gets 96L 3D TLC & Up to 3.4 GB/s

Plextor has introduced its new flagship consumer SSD lineup, the M9P Plus. The new drives continue to use Marvell’s proven "Eldora" controller, but come equipped with Kioxia’s 96-layer BiCS4...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2020

Kioxia Releases First PCIe 4.0 SSDs: CD6 & CM6

Following through on their roadmap for transitioning to PCIe 4.0, Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory) has announced the availability of their first two PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The CD6 and CM6...

4 by Billy Tallis on 2/20/2020

ATP Unveils N600S-Series Industrial SSDs w/ MCU-Based Power Loss Protection

ATP has revealed its new N600S-series SSDs for industrial and commercial applications. The industrial-grade SSDs are designed to offer high performance and write endurance while also offering extreme physical...

8 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2020

Showa Denko Begins Shipments of Platters for MAMR HDDs

Following up on news from earlier this month that they have developed HAMR HDD platters, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has announced that it has started shipments microwave assisted recording...

8 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2020

Patriot Releases Cheap P300 M.2 PCIe SSDs: Two Products, Same Name

Patriot has launched its new family of entry-level NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface designed for budget PCs. Patriot’s P300 drives come in capacities ranging from 128...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2020

Enterprise NVMe Round-Up 2: SK Hynix, Samsung, DapuStor and DERA

Nine enterprise NVMe SSDs suffer through our updated test suite to show who's who for high-end storage.

33 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2020

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