Items tagged with Solid State Drive

Hitachi announced its new Ultrastar solid state drive family. The new Ultrastar SSD400S family comes in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 400GB with 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI or 3.5-inch 4Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces. The 400GB SSD is designed to endure up to 35 petabytes of random writes over the life of the drive. The new Ultrastar SSD400S family also boasts of high sequential throughput with the ability to reach up to 535MB/s read and 500MB/s write throughput with 6Gb/s SAS, and 390MB/s read and 340MB/s write throughput with 4Gb/s FC. Hitachi GST is First Hard Drive Supplier to Deliver Enterprise-Class SAS and FC Solid State Drives Hitachi Brings Proven Enterprise Storage Expertise... Read more...
OCZ Technology and solid state drives just go together. Like peas in a pod, as they say. The company has been producing solid state drives for consumers as long as they've been popular (even amongst just the hardcore users), and now they're announcing a refresh to the Vertex and Colossus lines. Those two have been around for quite some time, and with this revision, they'll probably be around for even longer. The two new drives are called the Vertex Plus and the Colosses Plus, and both of these are SATA II solutions that rely on Indilinx technology and promise to provide even greater transfer rates. Both feature higher sequential speeds along with improved 4KB random write IOPS, and the former... Read more...
Let's go ahead and deal with the 900-pound gorilla in the room. LSI's new WarpDrive SLP-300 acceleration card is freaking expensive, as in the thing costs $11,500. Yeah, it's like that. But it's also intended for a different kind of audience than your typical home enthusiast. This low-profile solid state storage card is aimed at companies hoping to reduce storage rack clutter without sacrificing performance, and towards that end, this pricey drive purportedly delivers the I/O performance of hundreds of hard drives, all the while consuming less than 25W of power, LSI claims. "The LSI WarpDrive card sets a new standard for data center efficiency by providing IT administrators with previously unattainable... Read more...
Popular retailer Micro Center is laying claim to the world's first brick-and-mortar branded SandForce solid state drive (SSD), which is actually the company's second generation SSD. But unlike Micro Center's first batch, these latest drives come built around the venerable SandForce SF-1200 controller. And as far as SSDs go, pricing isn't all that bad either -- the 64GB drive sells for an introductory price of $100. Stocking stuffer, anyone? "We're excited to offer Micro Center customers our second generation, high performance solid state drive with the top-rated controller in the industry—the SandForce SF-1200 Processor," said Ed Mershad, Micro Center Vice President and International Products... Read more...
It doesn't matter whether you landed on Santa's naughty or nice list this year, or if you even celebrate the holidays, not as far as Intel is concerned. Why? The world's largest chip maker just sent word that it lowered prices and introduced a new model of its SSD product line in time for the holiday buying season. "Every Christmas, consumers are looking for the latest tech gadget; this year, with prices dropping, the solid-state drive is becoming more mainstream and can make the single greatest improvement to PC performance," said Troy Winslow, director of product marketing for the Intel NAND Solutions Group. "With an SSD, tech shoppers can give the gift of a technology makeover that will help... Read more...
Last week Kingston announced its new SSDNow V+100 Series SSDs for the enterprise market, and it didn't take long for the memory maker to release a version for everyone else. Taking aim at mainstream consumers, Kingston today unveiled its SSDNow V100, the latest addition to the company's existing V Series. Available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, the new V100 includes Windows TRIM support, an optimized controller, and "advanced NAND Flash technology" Kingston promises will result in increased read and write performance compared to previous-generation drives. Depending on the capacity, you can expect up to 250MB/s read and up to 145MB/s write speeds. See press release below for full specs... Read more...
When we looked at the first gen RevoDrive back in August, the thin slab of Flash NAND memory and dual SandForce SSD controllers impressed us and served up performance well ahead of traditional SATA SSDs with a price premium in the 30% range (about $3.07 per GB) versus SATA SSDs.  With the RevoDrive X2, OCZ is double-stacking their product now with four total SandForce 1200 series SSD controllers and double the number of NAND Flash for, you guessed it, up to twice the performance and capacity.  The good news is pricing is actually still going the way of the consumer too.  Journey on, you're going to have fun with this one...... Read more...
We'd all love to deck out our desktops and notebooks with high-speed, capacious solid state drives (SSD), but let's face, as good as the technology is, SSDs are still too frakking expensive for mainstream consumption. We're not talking about those puny 64GB SSDs that can be had for comparatively cheap. Sure they're affordable, but once you install an OS and a few programs, you're back to relying on a hard drive. The alternative? Buy a bigger a SSD. The only problem with that is who wants to drop over a grand on a 500GB SSD, especially when it takes two just to get to 1TB? There's another alternative in hybrid drives, which combine the best of both worlds -- the capacity of a hard drive and some... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) and the USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" specification seem meant for each other, and that hasn't been lost on Iomega. The digital storage firm today unveiled new host-powered external USB 3.0 SSD flash drives available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. "When time is money and you need the latest technology in portable storage, Iomega's new high performance external solid state Flash drives are the ideal solution," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega Corporation. "Iomega's new external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drives are compact, rugged portable storage devices that deliver data transfer speeds considerably faster than any standard rotating disk drives, as well as the confidence... Read more...
We never seem to tire of new SSD technologies. The storage subsystem has long been the primary bottleneck with respect to general computer system responsiveness. And as a result, the explosion of Solid State Drives in the market is indicative of the ground-breaking performance gains the average SSD offers over traditional hard drive technology. As dyed-in-the-wool speed freaks, we're always on the lookout for products that offer the type advances the SSD has offered and we're sure the average HotHardware reader shares the same passion, along with many others in the burgeoning new market segment that has been created. That said, as with most emerging technologies, there is... Read more...
As we've noted more than once here before, as NAND Flash technologies evolve, SATA will go the way of the dino. It's not going to happen over night but like its old, spinning hard drive counterpart, the writing is on the wall. The market needs new higher speed interfaces with lower overhead and more direct attachment to native system interfaces. OCZ has been trying its hand at developing PCI Express-based SSDs in an effort to address this requirement. They've been rolling out all new products like their Revo Drive that we looked at recently and the new device we'll be looking at here today. The new OCZ IBIS SSD utilizes a proprietary serial interface that the company has coined "HSDL" for High... Read more...
Own an Intel SSD? Your life is about to get a little bit better. Intel just released a new Solid State Drive Toolbox, and considering the effort that the company has shown in enhancing their SSD line over the years, we'd say a toolbox release warrants some attention. Users interested in the enhanced box can install it right over their current one. If you're wondering what a new install will get you, here are the details: new features include a System Configuration Tuner and a Secure Erase function. The toolbox itself is a free, downloadable utility for Intel SSD users that helps monitor and manage the health of the SSD. The previous version allowed monitoring and optimization of the SSD itself,... Read more...
In a joint announcement with middleware set-top box software company NDS MediaHighway, SanDisk today announced that its P4 solid state drives (SSDs) will be jammed into a new range of affordable set-top boxes with DVR-like functionality. "For the first time, SSDs are now a cost-effective alternative to hard drives in the STB market," said Doron Myserdorf, senior director, SSDs, SanDisk. "The successful integration of SanDisk P4 SSD with NDS STB software enables new business models in the STB market, and takes Video on Demand content beyond teh DVR to offer a high degree of DVR-like functionality on a new range of boxes." A pair of SanDisk P4 SSDs. The ones used for set-top boxes will check in... Read more...
There's thinking outside the box, and then there's what Viking Modular did, which is to create an enterprise class SSD that doesn't conform to either the 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch form factors. In fact, you won't be plugging the company's new SATADIMMs into any drive bay. In case you haven't figured it out by now, these ingenious SSDs are designed to plug into your PC's DIMM slots. "Viking Modular is the first to deliver a ground breaking, flexible and efficient method of enabling SSD integration into standard server and storage applications," said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing at Viking Modular. "It can breathe new life into maxed out systems with the high performance and lower power... 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 Seagate's leadership in enterprise storage technology with Samsung's 30 nanometer-class MLC NAND flash memory technology. The jointly developed controller will be used in Seagate's enterprise-class SSDs. "Seagate has long recognized that solid state technology has an important role to play in the comprehensive solutions the storage industry will deliver today and in the future, particularly... Read more...
Micron, who you might recognize better as the parent company of Crucial, has come up with a new line of solid state drives aimed squarely at the enterprise environment. Dubbed RealSSD P300, this new series comes out of the gates with SATA 6Gbps support -- a first ever for the enterprise market -- and up to 44,000 IOPS reads and 16,000 IOPS writes, or more than 15 times the write performance of competing SATA-based SSDs, Crucial claims. "Aside from its raw performance, the RealSSD P300 product was also designed to reach industry leading steady-state capabilities, even with the write cache disabled. With the P300, users no longer have to choose between IOPs or throughput and maximum data resiliency... Read more...
Apple has long since resisted the urge to add SSDs to their desktops, and with the introduction of the company's newest iMac and Mac Pro, that mindset changed. And you know when Apple starts adopting SSDs in their desktops, SSDs are as close to mainstream as they're apt to be for the next year or two. Super Talent has been playing in the solid state space for some time now, and while it's always entertaining to see a new capacity or speed record broken, the company is taking innovation to another level with their new UltraDrive MX. Unlike most SSDs, this new device has a dual interface that makes upgrading even easier, and it also makes the drive itself entirely more flexible. The UltraDrive... 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 partner companies have had time to adopt the new process. We are guessing that's exactly the path that ioMemory will take, which is a new flash-optimized OS subsystem. ioMemory VSL (Virtual Storage Layer) is definitely an enterprise application for now. It has little direct connection to the parts within your existing notebook or desktop, but the ideas presented here could definitely... Read more...
Corsair's "Force" series of solid state drives have been widely praised across the industry, but the kicker is that only a few sizes have been made available. And for some users, the 60GB, 120GB and 240GB models just won't fit the bill for one reason or another. But now the company is introducing a few new members into the Force family, with expanded size options for those who need them. Three new models are being introduced, with 40GB, 80GB and 160GB editions being added to the lineup. Corsair notes that the 40GB model is ideal for use as a Windows 7 boot drive, while the other two just provide more price points to focus on for those in need of a basic SSD replacement for their notebook hard... Read more...
No matter how you slice it, everyone needs a slice of solid state storage. At least that's how we see it. And that includes the enterprise, or consumers who need ultra reliable goods for continual or business-related use. Super Talent knows it as well, and has today introduced the 2.5" ShuttleCraft SSD to meet the needs of those in the enterprise. It's a new line of SAS drives (Serial Attached SCSI), which means that you'll need a special interface just to work with these guys. SAS features key benefits required by enterprise servers including: high performance, strong reliability and advanced management features. The ShuttleCraft S will be available using SLC flash in 60GB and 120GB capacities,... Read more...
Intel's in the SSD market. Did you know that? Unless you're a hardcore tech enthusiast, there's a chance that you may not. Most people associate Intel with microprocessors and little else, even though the company is busy at work in a number of alternate markets. Like the solid state market. Intel has been producing SSD drives for awhile now, with the drives receiving general approval across the web. But as we said, actually finding an Intel-branded SSD has been a chore. They aren't just laying around like the hard drives in Walmart, Best Buy and other retail outlets. For most, they're a well kept secret. But now, Intel's changing things, and they're opening themselves up to the world by setting... Read more...
Here's something that's not so uncommon any more: a solid state drive. SSDs are everywhere, and they're growing in popularity. But most of them are of the 2.5" variety, with very few being offered in the 3.5" (desktop) and 1.8" (portable media player) form factors. But OCZ Technology isn't one to sit around while some other company takes advantage of a market opportunity, at least not judging by their latest press release. In an effort to respond to the proliferation of mobile computing for personal, business and educational needs, OCZ has introduced new 1.8" SSDs for "mobile system upgrades." What we're hoping for here is that these 1.8" SSDs eventually see greater use in portable media devices,... Read more...
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