Articles about Solid State Drives

Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

Japan's Takeuchi Lab has proposed a “value-aware” solid state drive that it says can recognise images faster than rivals, while also extending drives' working life. Solid state drives degrade as they age, because you can only jolt the semiconductors involved so many times before the very silicon itself becomes damaged and more …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Thought biz would NEVER go for pricey flash storage? Think again

The benefits of flash memory-based solid state drives (SSDs) have long been trumpeted. Better performance, lighter, quieter, lower power consumption and altogether greener than their hard disk drive (HDD) cousins, the only real barrier up until recently was price. One or two years ago SSDs could cost 10 times as much as an HDD …
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Lumbering STEC struggles to turn corner

STEC shares sank like a stone after it predicted a depressed outlook in its quarterly report. It never really recovered from last year's EMC over-purchase fiasco, and has suffered from over-priced product and missing PCIe flash. The Wall Street Journal had STEC stock down 36 per cent in after-hours trading, touching $10.68. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2011
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Fusion-io files for IPO

Privately-owned solid state storage vendor Fusion-io has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), hoping to cash in on the booming flash market. There are no details at all at the moment, other than that a filing with the SEC has been made with a notional $150m target. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are acting as lead …
Chris Mellor, 9 Mar 2011
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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

In research that has important findings for banks, businesses and security buffs everywhere, scientists have found that computer files stored on solid state drives are sometimes impossible to delete using traditional disk-erasure techniques. Even when the next-generation storage devices show that files have been deleted, as …
Dan Goodin, 21 Feb 2011
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Toshiba outs and touts mSata SSDs

Toshiba has introduced a trio of micro Sata (mSata) solid-state drives of the type Apple has adopted for the new MacBook Air. Available in capacities of 64GB, 128Gb and 256GB, the 10g-weight drives - which, at first glance, look a lot like memory Dimms - "are ideally suited for integration into space-sensitive products, …
Tony Smith, 8 Nov 2010
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IBM ships SSDs for Power Systems

IBM today begins selling its first solid state disks for its Power Systems boxes, the machines it uses to attack the Unix, Linux, and OS/400 installed bases. The SSDs are not the same units it announced in March for its System x and BladeCenter x64-based servers. IBM is taking a 128 GB Zeus-IOP flash drive from STEC, with whom …
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Seagate layoffs coming?

Seagate is focusing on cutting OPEX, and a financial analyst expects facility closures and/or headcount reductions over the coming months. Wachovia's Aaron Rakers investors' research note says that Seagate is looking to trim operating expenses, with an OPEX/revenue ratio below 12 per cent being the aim. The company hopes that …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2008
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Battle of the SSD strategies: Sun vs. EMC

How do the flash solid state disk (SDD) strategies of EMC and Sun differ? EMC is super-charging its Symmetrix arrays with enterprise flash solid state drives (SSD). The idea is to have the most frequently accessed data reside in a tier zero of SSD storage with less frequently-accessed data in Fibre Channel hard disk drives ( …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jun 2008

Sun stretches for Flash dance

Sun Microsystems is completely smitten by Flash memory technology. The company today has vowed to start rolling out Flash-based products by the second quarter of 2008, and plans to offer SSDs in its entire server lineup in only two years time. Of course, Sun isn't the only data center vendor talking about adopting the …
Austin Modine, 3 Jun 2008
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OQO touts UMPC with solid state drive

Manufacturer OQO today unveiled its latest Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) incarnation at a London press event. It claims the palm-sized Model e2 boasts the smallest form factor currently available and it ships with Windows Vista, alongside an optional solid state drive (SSD). OQO_Model_e2 OQO's Model e2: small but powerful The e2 …
James Sherwood, 17 Sep 2007

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