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Storage and Storage Software

LaCie Ups 5big Array Storage

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LaCie Ups 5big Array Storage

LaCie announces an increase in capacity for the 5big professional workstation desktop storage arrays-- a move from 6TB to 8TB HDDs brings brings maximum capacity of 40TB.

The 5-slot 5big arrays feature dual-Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hardware RAID, allowing support for 4K video workflows. Bandwidth reaches up to 11050MB/sec, while the enterprise-class HDDs offer speeds of up to 7200rpm. LaCie says such bandwidth is enough for Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro users working on multiple 4K video streams in real time.

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Chinese Investor Exit Complicates WD SanDisk Buy

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Chinese Investor Exit Complicates WD SanDisk Buy

A wrench gets thrown in Western Digital's plans to buy SanDisk-- Chinese IT company Unisplendour Corporation Limited (Unis) scraps its $3.78 billion investment deal with WD.

Unis, a unit of Tsinghua Holdings, dropped plans to buy a 15% stake in WD after the US Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) announced an investigation of the deal. The decision triggered a 15-day period where either side could end the transaction... and that's exactly what the Chinese company did.

WD hopes to be still able to buy SanDisk, but the lack of Unis investment demands a change in asking price. Whereas it originally offered $19bn in cash and stock, WD is now asking shareholders to consider selling for $15.8bn.

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Intel SSDs Getting Capacity, Speed Boost?

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Intel SSDs Getting Capacity, Speed Boost?

Micron starts volume shipments of 3D NAND chips-- meaning SSD storage products from both Micron and Intel might soon get a boost in capacity, performance and energy efficiency.

Current Intel consumers SSDs offer maximum capacity of 4TB, but Micron 3D NAND should allow 2.5-inch storage devices to "more than 10TB." Meanwhile portable stick-style storage devices should also get a capacity boost, specifically up to 3.5TB.

In addition 3D NAND promises "significantly higher read/write bandwidth and I/O speeds, as well as improved random read performance," together with a sleep mode able to cut power to inactive NAND even when other chips in the same die are active.

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Eternal Storage, Via 5D Glass

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Eternal Storage, Via 5D Glass

The hand in the picture might look like it is holding a simple engraved glass disc, but what it actually shows is a device able to store up to 360TB of "five dimensional" data.

Developed by University of Southampton researchers, 5D data is stored in 5 dimensions-- height, width, depth and two other dimensions produced by glass nanostructuring. Writing data on the glass requires a femtosecond laser able to emit incredibly short (280 femtoseconds, or 280 quadrillionths of a second) optical pulses. In turn the laser burns three layers of nanoscale dots on the glass.

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Fixstars Intros High-Performance 13TB SSD

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Fixstars Intros High-Performance 13TB  SSD

Fixstars launches what it claims is the biggest SSD in the world-- the 13TB capacity SSD-13000M, together with the 10TB SSD-10000M, both designed for high performance applications.

The two drives feature a proprietary SSD controller allowing for read speeds of up to 540MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520MB/s, making them ideal for object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VGX production, 4K/8K video processing and other use cases demanding steady sequential access.

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