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IMFT 25nm Flash die

Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

Intel has announced a Pro 2500 notebook SSD that appears to differ from the previous Pro 1500 by just three comparatively trivial specifications. The Pro 1500, released in Spetember last year, has a capacity range of 80GB to 480GB, while the Pro 2500’s range is, er, 120GB - 480GB... The Pro 1500 has a 41,000 random read IOPS …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014

Toshiba new HG6 range REVEALS slimmest SSD module you can buy

Toshiba has refreshed its HG5d 2.5-inch SSD with the sixth generation HG6 range, expanding its form factors to include the thinnest SSD module available – at just 2.3mm. Toshiba next-generation high-performance client solid state HG6 series in multiple form factors... The HG6 range, which has received THNSN and THNSF product …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014
Ultrastar_SSD1600MH

HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

HGST has refreshed its Ultrastar enterprise SSD line, using denser 20nm NAND to replace the previous 25nm flash, doubling capacity, upping read performance but lowering write performance a tad in the process. The starting point was a three-product Ultrastar SSD800 line-up, maxing out at 800GB and coming in MH (write-intensive), …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
Flash Gordon

Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

Google has given admins a far faster medium to store data in when fiddling around with servers on its cloud. The advertising company turned cloud-slinger announced on Monday that it is adding SSD persistent disks to its cloud, along with multi-data center load balancing. By doing this, Google has given admins a way to …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
Samsung gen 2 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

We’re making it, but we’re not going to tell you much about it. That's more or less what Samsung has to say about its second-generation 3D V-NAND and the flash drives the tech is going into. As the name suggests, 3D V-NAND is made up of layers of flash cells stacked one on the other to increase storage capacity without …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
Micron M550

Micron embiggens personal SSD for storage-hungry public

Micron has given its M500 personal SSD a kick in the pants upwards with its M550 iteration being faster and holding slightly more data courtesy of a Marvel controller. The M500 – review here – stored up to 960GB of data; this M550 moves up to a 1TB maximum capacity. It is made from the same 20nm Micron NAND but replaces the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014

OCZ and Toshiba drive out new RETAIL SSD line with Barefoot controller

Bankrupt hardware maker OCZ, whose assets are being bought by Toshiba, has a Vertex 460 enterprise SSD device in the pipeline, with a preview of it being shown at CES in Las Vegas. According to The SSD Review the Vertex 460 features: 120, 240 and 480GB capacity points Up to 95,000 random read IOPS Up to 550MB/sec sequential …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
Crucial MX100 SSD

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

Micron subsidiary Crucial has caused huge waves in the consumer SSD market with its low-cost M500 drive range – and then gave its competitors further aggravation with its M550 series refresh this year. It’s only been about three months since the M550 launch but Crucial is back with a new range of drives to cause further mayhem, …
Simon Crisp, 17 Jun 2014
Toshiba PX03SN SSD

Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH

Toshiba has rebuilt a 1.6TB SSD originally made with 24nm flash cells and used denser 19nm flash, generating better read performance at the expense of write speed – it wasn't quite made of the write stuff, so to speak. The PX02SM is - was - a 200GB - 1.6TB SSD for enterprise read-intensive applications made from the aforesaid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013

Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD

Samsung has revealed what it dubs the "industry's first" one-terabyte solid-state drive in the compact mSATA form factor. From what we know of the SSD landscape, their claim is an honest one – by over a factor of two, seeing as how 480GB mSATA SSDs from Crucial and a few others are the most capacious such drives available in the …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013
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Toshiba unveils SSD: Claims hard-as-nails kit has the write stuff

Toshiba has tweaked the design of its PX02SS flash drive so it can sustain 30 full drive writes a day for five years through a 12gig SAS interface. This SSD is made from Tosh’s 24nm enterprise-class NAND (eNAND) and comes in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacity points. The 30 drive writes/day stat applies to all models. It …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

EMC on XtremIO SSD brickup ballsup: Its LIFETIME downtime is under 3 minutes

No DOAs here: EMC’s XTremIO arrays are expected to have less than three minutes downtime in their rated life, with X-Brick component SSDs failing once every five years or so. We have reported that the DOA rate was too high and the co-founder and general manager of EMC's acquired XtremIO business, Ehud Rokach, has written blog …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2013
Crucial M550 SSD form factors

It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

Just under a year ago Crucial sent shock waves through the SSD consumer market space with the launch of the M500 series. Not only did the family contain the first near-1TB SSD in this space, in the shape of the flagship M500 960GB drive, but the whole range had been priced at such a competitive level it had rivals scurrying …
Simon Crisp, 23 Apr 2014

Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

Gamers are told to take note: SanDisk has souped its Extreme line of SATA interface consumer SSDs to the Extreme PRO – which has doubled capacity, slightly increased speed and an eye-catching 10-year warranty. Last year's Extreme II featured a maximum of 480GB of capacity, random read/write speeds of 95,000/75,000 IOPS (4K), …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014
Old Father Time

XtremIO in SSD brickup ballsup: 'We have seen over 150 ... so far'

An EMC exec has admitted that the SSDs inside the company's flagship XtremIO all-flash arrays have a high failure rate after installation. According to a transcript The Register has seen, XtremIO chief technology officer Robin Ren said at an October EMC boot camp that the dead-on-arrival (DOA) rate is too high. He said: “I am …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013
Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) chip, in package

Samsung's amazeballs 3D V-NAND SSD not THAT much better than predecessor

El Reg asked Samsung how the 3D V-NAND SSD's speed compared with the same company's SM843T 960GB SSD, a high-performance SSD used in data centres and servers released just a few months ago. The reply may surprise some hardened storage veterans. 3D V-NAND, announced on 7 August, stacks layers of NAND vertically to increase the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013
Intel 730 SSD

We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

While Crucial and Samsung have been making waves in the consumer SSD market with their affordable – well, kind of affordable – 1TB drives, there has been a noticeable silence from one of the giants in the consumer space – Intel. Intel 730 SSD Intel 730 SSD complete with the Skulltrail logo found on its gaming-centric …
Simon Crisp, 03 Mar 2014
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

It took a bit of persuading to be convinced that Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ drive should end up on the test bench for review. The company had released the, er, "non-plussed" version a couple of years ago and it didn’t quite set the world on fire. Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ now has the addition of USB 3 …
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

CloudSigma spins-up all-SSD storage cloud

Zurich-based infrastructure-as-a-service slinger CloudSigma has moved to all flash storage for the data center infrastructure running its cloud. Its migration to an all-SSD cloud is designed to deal with the randomized, multi-tenant access patterns of a public cloud, the company said in a statement announcing the move on Tuesday …
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... SSD installation

An SSD is arguably the best hardware upgrade you can instal on any laptop or desktop PC. These hard drive replacements come in a range of capacities and prices delivering instantly noticeable improvements in performance along with enhanced reliability. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to go about the installation …
The Register breaking news

Intel halves SSD power draw with 20nm chip shift

Intel has updated its line of low-end solid-state drives by introducing the 335, a 240GB 6Gb/s Sata unit based on 20nm Flash chippery. The chip giant claimed the 335 delivers up to 500MB/s sequential read and 450MB/s sequential write speeds. For random read and writes, it can do 42k IOPS and 52k IOPS, respectively, Intel said. …
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2012

Win! a Samsung 830 SSD

Don't forget, folks, you still have a chance to win one of Samsung's rather desirable 830 SSDs in Reg Hardware's latest competition. Samsung SSD830 240GB SSD Very desirable We were rather taken by the Samsung 830 - we reviewed it here - which is not only capacious but also comes bundled with some powerful and very useful …
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD goes on sale

TV tuner specialist Elgato's surprise foray into storage goes on sale this week. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD Its solid-state drive is packed into a case the same size as an average portable hard drive. But instead of a USB 2.0 port, there's a Thunderbolt connector. That makes it available for use with modern Macs - and any …
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

Apple has changed the MacBook Air's SSD connector - again. A dissection of the skinny new machine by iFixit reveals the SSD, which is implemented as a slot-in slimline daughtercard containing Flash chips and controller, uses an almost but not quite mSata interconnect: 26 lines in the slot, 24 lines on the SSD. iFixit SSD snap: …
Tony Smith, 13 Jun 2012
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Micron whips out new SSD, runs to data centre, yells: I'm GOING IN

Micron is going deeper into enterprise data centre SSD arena with its launch of a SAS version of its P400M SATA interface solid state disk. The mixture is pretty much as before - apart from the 6-gig SAS interface. The new P410M comes in 100, 200 and 400GB capacity points and uses the same 25nm NAND as the P400. It has the same …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2013
SSD teaser

Intel prunes SSD prices

Intel has pledged to make its solid-state drives less expensive. It has reduced what it charges resellers for its 320, 330 and 520 SSDs. It also added a 240GB drive to the 330 line, which previously topped out at 180GB. The 330 series is pitched at consumers seeking a cheaper option than its better-performing 520 family. Alas, …
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2012
KingSpec Multicore MC1S81M2T 2TB PCI-E SSD

KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

Earlier this year we took a look at SSD caching, an alternative way of getting some SSD performance added to a system without too much strain put on the finances. So how about a gander at the other end of the spectrum – huge capacity and performance and a total disregard for the budget Enter the KingSpec Multicore MC1S81M2T, a …
Simon Crisp, 06 Aug 2013
Intel 335 240GB SSD

Review: Intel 335 240GB SSD

Intel’s 520 and 330 range of 2.5in consumer SSDs are the product of its relationship with LSI SandForce. It's practically unheard of for Intel not to have a controller of its own but its reliance on SandForce has left it in the same boat as every other drive manufacturer using these controllers. Namely, they are all eagerly …
Simon Crisp, 29 Jan 2013
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato readies Thunderbolt-fed external SSD

CES 2012 Week Best known for its TV tuners, Germany's Elgato is moving into the storage biz. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) today: a Thunderbolt-connected SSD. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD The solid-state drive is packed into a stylish casing that's the same size as your average portable hard drive. But …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break

Of all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices. Half a decade ago, we were talking about general purpose, multi-tier arrays, automated tiering and provisioning – all coming together in a single monolithic device. The multi-protocol …
StorageBod, 26 Sep 2013
Crucial M500 SSD internals

Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

When Intel entered the personal computer solid-state drive market it was with the stated aim of making SSDs something more than an expensive luxury. It implied it would drive prices down to a point where SSDs would become a viable alternative to the standard rattling old mechanical disk drive. But even the blue-hued chip giant …
Simon Crisp, 08 May 2013
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

This Elgato drive combines a solid-state drive with Intel’s lightning-fast (sorry) Thunderbolt connector. Inside its charcoal metal enclosure is a 3Gbps Sata SSD, 120GB in this case, made by SanDisk. Elgato Thunderbolt SSD There’s a single Thunderbolt connection on the back. Bus-powered Thunderbolt drives like this one must …
Kenny Hemphill, 26 Mar 2012
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD PX-256M5P

Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

Some companies make a real song and dance about the launch of a new product, others just seem to launch something without hardly making a ripple. Plextor sits firmly in the latter category, which is something of a surprise considering its latest Pro SSD range, the M5 series, features not one but two new technologies that are, …
Simon Crisp, 31 Oct 2012
Intel SSD 330

Intel 330 120GB SSD review

When Intel launched the SSD 520 series of drives it caused quite a kerfuffle. The company had abandoned using one of its own controllers or even a Marvell controller, as found in the 510 series. Instead, the ubiquitous LSI Sandforce SF-2281 controller was utilised but with Intel’s own hand firmly in charge of the firmware. …
Simon Crisp, 08 Aug 2012
Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD

Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

The latest addition to Crucial’s range of SSD’s, the v4 series isn’t, as you might expect, the follow up to the company’s highly successful m4 series but a different animal entirely. It's so different in fact, it makes you wonder what was Crucial’s thinking behind it. Crucial v4 256GB (CT256V4SSD2) SSD Practical electronics: …
Simon Crisp, 05 Sep 2012
Samsung SSD 840 series

Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

When Samsung launched its first true consumer SSD, the 470, it was met with a generally good reception. Yet the timing of its release pretty much coincided with the arrival of drives using the second generation of LSI’s SandForce controller and its 6Gb/s SATA 3 interface. Hence, the 470 having a 3Gb/s SATA 2 interface was no …
Simon Crisp, 26 Nov 2012

You know flash is king when disk giant Seagate grows its SSD line

Seagate is going to expand its solid state drive (SSD) line this year using co-developed Samsung controller technology and introducing its first multi-level cell drive. Seagate and Samsung have a flash chip supply and controller partnership. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers has talked to Seagate execs and gleaned that: …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

SSD sweetheart STEC swings to Q1 loss

If ever you needed a salutory tale about the perils of sitting on your laurels, then STEC, once EMC's SSD darling and pioneering enterprise flash high flier, can provide it in spades. First movers have got to be fast and STEC was unconscionably slow. The company's Fibre Channel interface Zeus-IOPS solid state drives (SSDs) were …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2012
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

Time was, when OCZ was typically first out of the gate with a range of SSDs based on any new incarnation of SandForce controllers. Yet, the first generation of the company’s popular Vertex drives were powered by Indilinx’s Barefoot controller. Now, with the fourth generation of Vertex drives, OCZ has completed the circle and …
Simon Crisp, 26 Jul 2012

VeloBit beats big boys with SSD caching software – indie benchmarker

Two-year-old SSD software company VeloBit's HyperCache product can make Fusion-io flash run four times faster than SanDisk caching software, at least according to an independent benchmarker. Flash caches run faster the faster you can identify and stuff hot data into them. The Demartek testing organisation compared TPCC …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2012
Avere schematic diagram

Avere gets edgy, speeds up flash flier filer

Avere produces clusterable FXT filer accelerators using tiering across RAM, Flash/SSD, fast SAS disk, and nearline SATA/SAS disks to accelerate access to file data from a filer behind it. Edge filers take this model further – making traditional filers look like slow, high-capacity data stores. Edge filers can store files up in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2014
LaCie Rugged

Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

Fancy a drive in a high-visibility jacket so it never gets lost and can withstand knocks, scrapes and drops of two metres? Then LaCie’s latest Rugged disk should be on your radar. This is the first update of the Rugged line since Seagate bought the French hardware biz. The new drive was designed by Neil Poulton; minimalist Apple …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

Micron has brought out a middle-of-the-road flash drive for data centres – a Goldilocks product in other words: neither too hot, not too cold, too big, too small. You get the picture. The M500DC uses 20nm MLC NAND, and comes in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 800GB capacities. It seems to be a reworked version of the M500 and M550 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014
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Shrunken Intel process boosts SSD performance

Intel has announced a boosted follow-on to its 510 SSD: the 520 Series, with more than double the IOPS performance and a top-end model with almost twice the capacity. The 2.5-inch 520 is a client or PC SSD, and is built from 25nm 2-bit MLC NAND; the 510 used a 34nm process. Like the 510, it has a 6Gb/s SATA interface, but its …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012

OCZ's new Vertex 4 SSD: Faster... and slower

OCZ has a new SSD that's both faster and slower than the previous model. That's what can happen when you swap controllers on an SSD. A year ago the hustling and bustling SSD supplier introduced its Vertex 3 with a bought-in SandForce SF-2281 controller inside. Since then LSI has bought SandForce and OCZ has bought its own …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012
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Intel: SSD 320 power loss bricking bug can be fixed

The bug making Intel SSD 320s shrink to 8MB bricks is close to being fixed, according to Intel. A posting on the Intel Support Community website states: Intel has been investigating the 'Bad Context 13x Error' as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives. This was previously noted in the Intel community post as "SSD Power …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2011
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt external drive for Mac

LaCie releases Thunderbolt HDD, SSD boxes

Good news for Mac users: LaCie has at long last made its Thunderbolt-connected Little Big Disk external hard drive available to buy. The LBD's metal box contains a pair of RAID-able 2.5in drives. You can have up to a terabyte or 2TB of storage, the latter setting you back a cool £400. The 1TB model is £300. LaCie Little Big …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2011
Intel mSata SSD

Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?

The idea of using a low-capacity SSD to store the most frequently accessed files or parts of files in order to access them more quickly than a mechanical hard drive can serve them up - a technique called SSD caching - has been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Intel’s Smart Response Technology with the …
Simon Crisp, 12 Feb 2013

SMART's new SSD wrings extra juice from MLC flash

SMART has introduced a solid state drive that can do 50 full drive writes a day for five years using consumer-grade MLC flash; that's 89,000 P/E cycles and a 50X jump up from the raw NAND rate. The new product is the Optimus Ultra Plus: a 2.5-inch, 6Gbit/s SAS SSD that has the same performance numbers – 500MB/sec dual-port read …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012