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After getting delayed a couple of days, the Linux 3.8 kernel is all polished and ready to go, Linus Torvalds announced. The big new feature in the 3.8 kernel is F2FS (Flash-Friendly File system), a new file system designed specifically to take advantage of NAND flash memory-based storage devices, such as solid state... Read more...
We've finally entered the era where resolution is of the utmost importance, it seems. Retina Displays are now found across most of Apple's flagship products, 1080p panels are popping up on flagship Android devices, and even lower-end tablets are aiming to hit the HD ranking. And while 1080p is fantastic even on an 85" panel sitting in the... Read more...
If you're a performance junkie, investing in a solid state drive (SSD) is a no-brainer at this point, especially with the way prices have fallen this past year. Narrowing down which SSD to purchase, well, that's another story. To help make the decision a little easier, OCZ for a limited time is offering a free Far Cry... Read more...
As more and more low-cost ultrabooks enter the market, the shipments of solid state drives could more than double in 2013. An IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief suggests shipments of SSDs could rise to 83 million units this year, which is more than double the number of shipments in 2012. By 2016, iSuppli expects shipments will continue... Read more...
Micron on Thursday introduced its new M500 solid state drive (SSD) with terabyte-class capacity, an ultra-slim design, and increased response times compared to previous SSD products, all at an "affordable price point." The M500 SSD will be sold to consumers, businesses, and system builders under the Crucial brand, and... Read more...
Remember Mushkin? The company isn't in the headlines as much as it used to be when it was cranking out enthusiast grade memory at a breakneck pace, but it hasn't faded off into obscurity either. Mushkin's on hand at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and among the products it brought with it is a new... Read more...
OCZ has seen quite a bit of action inside of its walls this past year, and clearly, not all of it has been ideal. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch to equate the goings-on inside the company to like being on a roller-coaster - the company has definitely had its share of ups and downs. In September, problems within the... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group today announced a new solid state drive line capable of up to 100,000 IOPS of random read performance. Powering the company's new Vector SSD Series is a next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller with firmware that was developed completely in-house, OCZ says. "The development of the Indilinx... Read more...
Intel has announced a new series of SSDs aimed specifically at data centers, with a focus on features that matter most to that market. The DC S3700 series is designed to offer high performance at an extremely predictable rate, ensure end-to-end data protection, and keep total power consumption low. Predictable... Read more...
Samsung announced two new SSDs, the SM843 and the SM1625, which are designed for high-performance applications in enterprise storage systems and servers. The drives represent an effort on Samsung’s part to lead the way in terms of enterprise SSD performance and efficiency. The SM843 purportedly boasts a... Read more...
Intel is now shipping its next-generation client/consumer SSDs, the Intel SSD 335 series, which are built using 20nm NAND flash memory, which Intel developed in tandem with IM Flash Technologies. The 20nm NAND uses a planar cell structure and Hi-K/metal gate stack integration to beat the scaling constraints of the traditional NAND floating... Read more...
When AMD launched its Radeon-branded memory last fall, it came as a bit of a surprise. In fact, in some ways it felt like AMD was trying anything in order to not keep all of its eggs in one basket, given the company's obvious struggles these past few years. Some thought that launch would be the end of it, that... Read more...
You know, all-in-one PCs don’t get nearly enough love. While ultrabooks are stealing the spotlight with their ever-improving performance and portability, AIOs have been quietly getting sleeker and more powerful. A lot more powerful, in fact. This morning, Maingear announced the Alpha 24 Super Stock AIO, which... Read more...
If a gaming laptop is painted yellow, will it automatically become more powerful? No, this isn't a comic book -- this is real life. But, a yellow laptop generally involves more powerful innards, if history has any say. Samsung's latest gaming machine is indeed powerful, and it's getting more so with the latest... Read more...
Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin... Read more...
Good products at lower prices? That's always a plus, particularly when we're talking about some of favorite devices on the planet: solid state drives. Intel has shown to produce high quality goods in the SSD arena, but slowly and surely, SSD prices are falling. In order to keep pace with rivals, Intel has today announced intentions to crank... Read more...
There's fast, and then there's really fast. And with that second bit comes Sony's newest memory cards. The XQD format still isn't a hot one just yet, only being supported by a handful of cameras (Nikon's D4 included). The new S-Series caters to early adopters on the bleeding edge, offered in 32GB and 64GB sizes and reaching transfer rates... Read more...
Ever heard of Schooner Information Technology? Now you have. That company was just acquired by SanDisk, a company you're surely familiar with. Schooner is a Silicon Valley-based company that develops flash-optimized database and data store solutions. The release states that "Schooner's products complement SanDisk's... Read more...
Windows 8 is the clear story at Computex, but outside of that, new storage solutions are taking the show by storm. Corsair has just unveiled its 4th-gen SSDs, with an exclusive new Link_A_Media device controller. The Neutron Series GTX SSDs are taking the consumer SSD world by storm, being the first in the industry to feature the LM87800 6Gb/s... Read more...
Intel has long since impressed people with their assortment of solid state drives, and we highly doubt the newest batch will be letting anyone down. With prices finally starting to sink to a point where average consumers may consider an SSD over an HDD, the new SSD 330 series is perfectly positioned to be a part of that revolution. The new... Read more...
Kingston announced the HyperX 3K SSD, a high-performance solid-state drive with an affordable price tag. This drive is powered by the second-generation SandForce SF-2281 processor and based on SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface. The Kingston HyperX 3K SSD has sequential read/write throughputs of 555/510MB/s and max random R/W IOPS of 85k/74k.... Read more...
What's an SSD without a controller? A reckless SSD. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, these controllers are vital to the performance and uptime of a solid state drive, and Marvell's delivering a new kid on the block for use with what could end up being your next unit. The company this week announced mass deployment of the 88SS9187 SATA... Read more...
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