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Solid State Drives are a fabulous way to boost a system's performance, but for all their strong points, they aren't an easy upgrade for a lot of people. Performance can vary significantly between manufacturers, only the most expensive drives can replace the need for an HDD in an enthusiast / data-heavy system, and reinstalling a full suite of software from scratch is a major headache. Corsair's Accelerator Series family of SSDs is designed to reduce the barriers to the SSD option by offering a solution that's accessible without the need to wipe your existing HDD or create a storage plan that ensures you make the best possible use of a small SSD, while leaving the bulk of your data on a rotating... Read more...
If you're using Flash on your computer or phone, there seems to be an update in order. Adobe has just issued a security bulletin notifying users that there's an update available for Flash Player. Updates have been unleashed for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being... Read more...
A few years back we attended an Intel IDF event in San Francisco and among other disclosures, behind closed doors, the company was showing off a PCI Express-based SSD with current generation Intel NAND Flash and based on an array of SandForce controllers.  As it turns out, that product never saw the light of day and was more of a demonstration and proof of concept vehicle for Intel than anything else.  We've heard rumblings of Intel PCI Express SSD devices since then but nothing materialized much until very recently when Intel stepped out with a full-fledged product announcement of their SSD 910 family of Solid State Drives.  To be honest, it was out of the blue, though we like... Read more...
A couple of years back we attended an IDF event in San Francisco, and among other disclosures, behind closed doors the company was showing off a PCI Express-based SSD with current generation Intel NAND Flash and based on an array of SandForce controllers.  As it turns out, that product never saw the light of day and was more of a demonstration and proof of concept vehicle for Intel than anything else.  We've heard rumblings of Intel PCI Express SSD devices since then but nothing materialized until very recently when Intel stepped out with a full-fledged product announcement of their SSD 910 family of Solid State Drives. Of course, with the significant traction PCI Express SSDs... Read more...
Intel has historically stuck with SATA-based solid state storage solutions, but today the company is taking a difference approach with its first PCI-Express solid state storage device. Like the SSD 710 family of products, the newly announced Intel SSD 910 is based on 25nm MLC NAND Flash. The two product families share a number of other low level features as well, but should offer very different performance levels. With the 710 Series, Intel focused on reliability and enterprise-level endurance and less on speed; the 910 PCI-Express SSD promises to deliver on both fronts... Intel Announces PCI Express SSD 910 Product Family... Read more...
Intel has historically stuck with SATA-based solid state storage solutions, but today the company is taking a different approach with its first PCI-Express solid state storage device. Like the SSD 710 family of products, the newly announced Intel SSD 910 is based on 25nm MLC NAND Flash. The two product families share a number of other low level features as well, but should offer very different performance levels. With the 710 Series, Intel focused on reliability and enterprise-level endurance and less on speed; the 910 PCI-Express SSD promises to deliver on both fronts. The Intel SSD 910 is a triple-layer stack of NAND chips that fits into a single PCI-Express slot. The drive will be... Read more...
GridIron Systems announced that it has hit a performance milestone with MLC flash technology: 1 million IOPS (inputs/outputs per second). The company is touting the breakthrough as a way for data centers to dramatically reduce hardware footprints and improve performance, as MLC flash is relatively inexpensive but increasingly has decent capacity and now, sizzling-fast performance. GridIron achieved 1 million IOPS with its Set-Ranking silicon, data analytics, and optimized handling of flash media. The company believes MLC flash to be the superior technology over the likes of SLC flash, and it’s planning on releasing a Big Data acceleration product based on the aforementioned technologies... Read more...
Microsoft and Samsung may be rivals in a lot of ways, but in the tech universe, even competitors can put their differences aside and come together at times. These two have recently announced their intentions to cooperate of more efficient cloud implementations, testing our servers that utilize the world's first 20nm class Green Memory in Munich. A system based on Samsung’s 20nm-class DDR3 memory and solid state drives (SSDs) together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V proved to be twice as fast as current memory configurations for servers setting up virtual machine instances and recovering data in private cloud environments. These advanced configurations also consumed as... Read more...
Intel's not only making mobile news this week at Mobile World Congress; it's also making memory news. The company, along with Micron Technology, announced today that the companies have entered into agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship. The agreements, which are designed to improve the flexibility and efficiency of the joint venture, include a NAND Flash supply agreement for Micron to supply NAND products to Intel and agreements for certain joint venture assets to be sold to Micron. Under terms of the agreement, Intel is selling its stake in two wafer factories in exchange for approximately $600 million—the approximate book value of Intel’s share.... Read more...
Intel launched its Medfield platform only six weeks ago, but the company is moving ahead with plans for additional processors based on the 32nm SoC. At Mobile World Congress today, Santa Clara announced plans for two additional system on a chip (SoC) designs to flesh out its product roadmap. The current Z2460 that we covered in January will be augmented by the Z2000 at the low-end and a new dual-core chip, the Z2580. Of the two, the Z2000 will ship in retail products in the second half of this year, while the Z2580 won't be available for purchase until early 2013... Intel Debuts New Smartphone Chips at MWC Event... Read more...
Intel launched its Medfield platform only six weeks ago, but the company is moving ahead with plans for additional processors based on the 32nm SoC. At Mobile World Congress today, Santa Clara announced plans for two additional system on a chip (SoC) designs to flesh out its product roadmap. The current Z2460 that we covered in January will be augmented by the Z2000 at the low-end and a new dual-core chip, the Z2580. Of the two, the Z2000 will ship in retail products in the second half of this year, while the Z2580 won't be available for purchase until early 2013. The already-launched 1.6GHz Z2460 is also getting a performance nudge; the core is now officially capable of a 2GHz maximum... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the latest announcements from Intel for their Near Threshold Voltage processor technology and full digital radios, AMD's new Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 mainstream GPUs, reports that Flash scaling issues could torpedo its future in the storage market, and Motorola's hot, new Droid Razr Maxx smartphone. We also drop a few hints about an upcoming giveaway… Show Notes: 01:20 - Intel Details Digital Radios, Solar-Powered CPUs 06:13 - AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPU Reviews 10:50 - Flash Scaling Issues Could Torpedo Its Future 17:28 - Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review 23:17 - Upcoming Contest / Giveaway... Read more...
OnLive is on quite a tear. Emerging out of beta less than two years ago with a cloud gaming service, OnLive has already far exceeded its original scope. The initial service rollout was followed by gaming hardware for the TV, mobile capabilities, integration with a number of different types of devices, and even rumors of a Netflix rival movie streaming service. Last month, OnLive unveiled OnLive Desktop, an iPad app that effectively delivered a Windows 7 desktop experience, complete with full-featured Microsoft Office applications and a modicum of storage, via OnLive’s cloud, bringing it into an entirely new market. Now, the company is making something possible with OnLive Desktop Plus on iOS... Read more...
To make a dent in the mobile market, companies have to make things smaller, denser, and then do it again. The latest effort along those lines from SanDisk is a 19nm 128Gb NAND flash memory chip that employs the company’s X3 (three bits per cells) technology to hit a reported write performance of 18MB/s. SanDisk is looking to expand its X3 technology into other product categories, notable with MLC NAND flash. The company also mentioned a 64Gb X3 chip for the microSD format. Production of the 19nm chip should help boost both its OEM and retail businesses. Photo credit: dannzfay.com SANDISK DEVELOPS WORLD’S SMALLEST 128Gb NAND FLASH MEMORY CHIP Highest-capacity single die NAND flash... Read more...
NAND Flash and SSDs have become the darling of enthusiasts in recent years, thanks to a potent combination of improved read/write performance, virtually no latency, and lower power consumption compared to hard drives. A new report from the University of California San Diego, however, casts doubt on the long-term scalability of the format. The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS)' most recent report backs up such statements. Flash's fundamental problem is that the same technological innovations that are improving performance, power consumption, and cutting costs are also biting into its durability. The problem is illustrated in the graph below. Note that the best results,... Read more...
SSDs may make out heart skip a beat, but enhanced SD cards aren't half bad, either. Samsung is introducing (and now shipping) a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The seven new models of SD and microSD cards are now available as part of either the High Speed Series or the Plus Extreme Speed Series, both of which deliver up to 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher. With (up to) 24MB/sec OR (max) read speeds, users can transfer 1GB of images in as little as 42 seconds. In order to ensure their reliability, Samsung has designed both lines of memory products to be waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof, allowing... Read more...
OCZ announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe flash storage solution. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD uses OCZ’s integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ’s SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be used as a high-performing host-based flash cache to dynamically allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD will be available in models ranging from 300GB-16TB capacities in the coming weeks. OCZ Launches Z-Drive R4 CloudServ™ 16TB Solid State Storage System Newest Product in the Z-Drive R4 Series Sets a New... Read more...
EMC announced its new VFCache (formerly known as “Project Lightning”), a PCIe-based enterprise flash storage solution that uses both hardware and intelligent caching software to deliver speedy access to data. EMC claims that it can reduce latency by 60% and increase performance threefold. VFCache works with EMC’s own FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) technology, which dynamically assigns more “active” data to faster, lower-latency storage and puts “inactive” data on less expensive, high-capacity storage. If that sounds like the large-scale enterprise version of smart caching, that’s because it essentially is, except with policy settings and... Read more...
More memory, more problems? Can't say that NAND is causing issues for Samsung the way intellectual property lawsuits are, but either way, the company's pushing out a new highly efficient embedded multi-chip memory for the marketplace to pore over. Just this week the company started producing embedded multi-chip package (eMCP) memory for use in the rapidly expanding market segment for entry- to mid-level smartphones. Samsung's new eMCP solutions come in a wide range of densities, utilizing LPDDR2 (low power double-data-rate 2) DRAM made with 30 nanometer (nm) class* process technology and NAND flash memory using 20nm-class technology. "As the need is growing for more advanced software and increased... Read more...
Like flash memory? Like good looks? pureSilicon has plenty of both, as evidenced by their introductions this evening. They're launching launched a new line of enterprise-focused storage devices, including the Kage K1 USB Flash Drive — an “impossibly thin” (4.5 mm) USB 3.0-based SSD drive. It leverages the technology pioneered in pureSilicon’s recently announced Renegade and Nitro devices, making it available at a lower price point aimed at power users in the financial services, science, and engineering sectors, as well as creative professionals who need fast, high-capacity storage for digital media. There's up to 240 GB usable MLC, a USB 3.0 interface, up to 400MB/sec... Read more...
What if the memory card you used each day, only got bigger? Growing memory would be a technology to end all technologies, but until then, we'll just have to settle for buying more of the stuff. SanDisk has introduced the world's fastest 128GB SDXC card at CES 2012, which is capable of capturing up to ten hours of Full HD 3D video. It features a 45 megabyte per second read/write fate, and it'll ship worldwide in 64GB and 128GB capacities with retail price tags of $199.99 and $399.99, respectively. Not surprisingly, the company plans for these to be used by high-end DSLRs and HD camcorders, but you can pop 'em into pretty much anything that'll read the format. SANDISK INTRODUCES WORLD'S FASTEST... Read more...
Ever the vertical marketeer, Apple is reported to be in talks to acquire flash maker Anobit, according to a Reuters report. Anobit already makes some components in Apple products including the iPad and iPhone, so the acquisition would enable Apple to house some of its hardware under its own very protective wing. The price tag for the Israel-based company is said to be between $400-$500 million. The apparent key to the purchase would be Anobit’s MSP (Memory Signal Processing) technology, which is to simultaneously drive down the cost of flash storage and improve its performance and longevity. Anobit MSP2025 embedded flash controller Anobit has both mobile and enterprise-class storage products,... Read more...
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