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The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you two hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance, thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native SATA 6Gbs support. And now, it... Read more...
The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you two hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance, thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native SATA 6Gbs support. And now, it... Read more...
The solid state storage market continues to bristle with activity. Over the last couple of weeks, we have shown you a couple of hot new SSDs from OCZ—the Vertex 3 and the Vertex 3 Pro--that offer stellar performance thanks in no small part to their next-gen SandForce SF-2000 series controllers with native... Read more...
Toshiba was forced to suspend production on its line of NAND flash memory chips at its Yokkaichi factory in Mie prefecture earlier this week due to a power failure. This factory is used solely to produce chips that are used in smartphones and other gadgets. This outage will likely affect the company's output of NAND flash memory used in tablets... Read more...
IBM is one of a number of companies working on a next-generation storage memory project.  A recent discovery at Texas A&M University is a step forward for the company's racetrack memory. Racetrack memory relies on a nanowire arranged perpendicular to the chip. Current pulses across the nanowires allow data to be shifted as necessary.... Read more...
Marketing's a funny thing. Take for example Samsung's announcement that it's now producing 20nm-class, 64-gigabit 3-bit NAND flash memory. Sounds extraordinary, doesn't it? But there's a caveat in small print, and it reads like this: "20nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers and 30nm-class means a process... Read more...
We've got a review of a Patriot solid state drive on tap for you today. Patriot has employed SSD controllers from a number of manufactures including JMicron and Indilinx in a few of their product lines, but in the newest Inferno series of SSDs, Patriot went with SandForce’s SF-1200 series controller. The specifications for the Patriot... Read more...
For a time, Intel’s X25 series of solid state drives stood head and shoulders above the rest of the SSD pack. But with the influx of new players along with the rapid pace of innovation in the SSD space, Intel’s aging offerings—while still very good—are no longer a cut above. In fact, in enthusiast circles, it’s... Read more...
In general, bigger is better. But not always. Sometimes, smaller is better. But sometimes, smaller can lead to bigger, which is definitely better. Got all that? If you're a memory expert, you probably have no trouble understanding that, as the smaller the process technologies become, the bigger flash storage... Read more...
Seagate and Samsung are teaming up to develop and cross-license controller technologies for solid state drive (SSD) storage devices. In doing so, the companies hope to satisfy the needs of enterprise storage applications by offering high levels of performance, reliability and endurance. The partnership will combine... Read more...
Toshiba this week announced that it has developed double data rate (DDR) Toggle Mode NAND flash memory for use in solid state drives (SSDs), and there's good reason you should care. According to Toshiba, its 32nm DDR Toggle Mode chips will significantly improve performance in both MLC- and SLC-based SSDs compared to conventional asynchronous... Read more...
Ask any budding secret agent and he'll tell you that toting around confidential plans for world domination is a major drag. It's not the morality of the 'take over the world' thing that has him down, but what to do with the data should he get caught. In a pinch, he can try swallowing his USB thumb drive, but his... Read more...
It's difficult to say if or when Fusion-io's newest development will directly affect the average consumer, but as with many things in the technology field, what starts at the highest levels of enterprise eventually filters down to the consumer once kinks have been worked out, prices have adjusted downward and more... Read more...
Few things get us more excited than solid state drives. Fast GPUs and CPUs come close, but the instant speed increase given by installing an SSD just makes it almost magical. But one knock (aside from price) on SSDs has long been their low capacity; it's been really difficult to find SSDs with similar sizes to HDDs, but recently a couple of... Read more...
How much space is on your phone? 4GB? 8GB? Maybe 32GB? Even the next generation iPhone only comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes, and the largest microSD card available for phones like the Nexus One is just 32GB. For well over a year now, 32GB has been the maximum space available in the average smartphone, and getting that much space was often costly.... Read more...
Seagate, Western Digital, OCZ, the regulars. You've heard of those guys, and you know what they create. But have you heard of Anobit Technologies? Likely not, but it may not be long before they're also a household name in the storage sector. This Israeli start-up has recently emerged onto the public scene, and the product they are touting... Read more...
Some SSDs are getting larger. Some are getting more advanced. And some are just getting faster. Super Talent is hoping to touch on all three improvement points with their newest units, the all-new TeraDrive CT. These units just began shipping to consumers in the U.S. today, with the TeraDrive CT boasting the rare SandForce 1222 SSD processor.... Read more...
Micron, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida and Nanya. Ten companies, some of which you have definitely heard of before, all of which are being hit with some very bad news this week from the European Union. The European Commission branch this week handed down their first settlement in... Read more...
Process technologies continue to shrink at an alarming rate. It wasn't long ago that 65nm seemed tiny, and now Intel is shipping out NAND Flash based around 25nm. In short, shrinking the production size enables manufacturers to squeeze more memory, power, etc. onto an existing form factor. In other words, CPU sockets... Read more...
Hard drive capacities keep getting larger, processors keep getting faster, and memory process  keep getting smaller. These are all facts of life in the consumer electronics industry, and while talking about nanometers doesn't interest the average consumer, telling them that next month's memory cards will be... Read more...
If we could, we'd all be rocking multiple high-end SSDs in a killer RAID 0 configuration with transfer rates that are off the charts. So why aren't we? Take your pick - kids' college fund, mortgage, car payment, food, and everything else that takes a chunk out of our paycheck. For most, investing several hundred, or... Read more...
Toshiba is currently the world's second largest flash memory producer behind Samsung, but it's pretty clear that they're looking to take that top spot over the next few years. Based on a report out of Japan, Toshiba will be moving towards and even smaller process technology in the coming years, but the investment will... Read more...
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