by Brian Beeler

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Review

Intel's Optane SSD DC P4800X series was launched back in March of 2017 with the promise of bringing a new storage class memory (SCM) media called 3D XPoint (Intel branded as Optane) to market. The P4800X launched as both a traditional 2.5" NVMe drive (U.2) as well as a PCIe add-in card. Initial capacities started out at 375GB with plans to get to 1.5TB by the end of 2017. That capacity goal didn't come to fruition, but Intel did launch 750GB Optane models in November. Regardless of capacity, the P4800X has one job and that is to deliver the highest-speed storage possible to latency-sensitive applications in the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces Dual-Port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced what it is calling the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market, the new Ultrastar DC SS530. The new SAS drive expands capacity up to 15.36TB while retaining the 2.5-inch, 15mm form factor. The increase in performance and capacity will give customers better TCO in their data centers with the potential to consolidate servers and open up rack space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces Mass Production of 5th-Gen V-NAND

Samsung has begun mass producing its fifth-generation of 90-layer 256Gb 3D TLC NAND V-NAND memory as the industry's first company to use the Toggle DDR 4.0 interface. The company went on to say that, due to this new interface, the data transmitting speed between storage and memory via their new V-NAND hit a whopping 1.4Gbps, which is a 40% improvement over Samsung's 64-layer predecessor. Additionally, because of improvements to V-NAND's atomic layer deposition process, Samsung was able to increase manufacturing productivity by roughly 30% and reduce the height of each cell layer by 20%.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Launches The SR2000 Enterprise-Class SSD Series

ADATA has propelled itself into the enterprise market with the launch of its new SR2000 SSD series. Featuring two models, the SR2000SP U.2 PCIe and SR2000CP PCIe HHHL AIC, these new enterprise-class drives leverage 3D eTLC NAND Flash technology for a potential transfer rates boost, higher capacities and more endurance. Because ADATA’s new drive seems to use the same controller and NAND as certain Memblaze drives, it looks like another rebrand. Nonetheless, the SR2000 series feature a wide range of capacities from 2TB to 11TB, making them ideal for use cases such as enterprise servers, hyperscale computing, data centers and big data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 8TB SSD In NF1 Form Factor

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched the highest capacity Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF), an 8TB NF1 SSD. Designed for the data center, the new 8TB NF1 SSD is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications. The company goes on to state that customers can put up to 72 NF1 drives in a 2U space and with 8TB can hit density of 576TB. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Delivers Value SAS SSDs

Today Toshiba Memory America Inc. announced a new category of SAS SSDs that they expect to replace SATA SSDs in server applications. The new drive series, The RM5, is a 12Gbit/s value SAS (vSAS). These new drives offer higher capacity, performance, reliability, manageability, and security all the while giving SATA a run for its money on the price front.

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by Adam Armstrong

Memblaze Announces New PBlaze5 NVMe SSDs

At its Step Ahead event in Beijing, Memblaze Technology Co., Ltd. released two new NVMe SSDs. Both new are part of the PBlaze5 Series, with new lower power 500 series models and an expansion of the 900 series that brings even better performance and nearly 16TB of capacity. Both Series leverage 64-Layer enterprise level 3D NAND, a first in Asia. StorageReview was present for the launch, as well as one of the speakers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Burlywood Introduces TrueFlash Software

Burlywood has introduced its new storage software solution, TrueFlash. The software is designed to help users to use their flash storage in a more efficient manner. This can result in both higher performance and lower costs by tailoring the storage to their requirements and not buying more than needed.

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by Adam Armstrong

NGD Systems Releases First 16TB NVMe Computational U.2 SSD

Today NGD Systems Inc. released its 16TB, U.2 NVMe SSD, the Catalina-2. What is unique about this NVMe SSD is that is leverages NGD’s “In-Situ Processing” capabilities. The company goes on to state that its new Catalina-2 can use these new capabilities without impacting reliability, QoS, or power consumption. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Cypress Unveils Its Semper NOR Flash For Automotive Applications

Today Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced its Semper NOR Flash memory family. This new flash family is stated as a combination of safety and reliability for automotive and industrial applications. The family meets the ISO 26262 functional safety standard, as well as being ASIL-B functional safety compliant for superior endurance and data retention at the extreme temperatures common in automotive and industrial applications.

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