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Storage and Storage Software

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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Seagate Presents Enterprise, SMB HDDs

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Seagate Presents Enterprise, SMB HDDs

Seagate announces a pair of HDDs, one aimed at enterprise customers and the other for SMBs-- a first 10TB 3.5-inch HDD featuring Helium technology and the NAS HDD 8TB, the largest NAS drive from the company.

The 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 promises "the industry's lowest power and weight available in a 10TB drive." Designed for use in cloud datacentres, the HDD features 7 platters and 14 heads, and is sealed in helium to reduce friction and resistance on the platters. The result, the company claims, is 25% more density to "dramatically" increase petabytes per rack.

The drive also includes Seagate technology such as PowerChoice (manages ongoing power and cooling costs during idle tem) and PowerBalance (optimises IOPS/Watt).

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DRAMeXchange: SSDs Soon to Reach HDD Prices

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DRAMeXchange: SSDs Soon to Reach HDD Prices

According to DRAMeXchange the Q4 2015 average contract price of mainstream PC-Client OEM SSDs is down by 10-11% Y-o-Y-- marking a 4th consecutive quarter of SSD price declines exceeding 10%.

Thus, the analyst predicts 256GB SSDs will be "close to price parity" with mainstream HDDs in 2016, bringing about an increase of over 30% (an industry first) in notebook SSD adoption.

Global notebook shipments total 43.3 million with 13% growth in Q3 2015-- initially impressive numbers until one points out the shorter Q2 2015 base period. Meanwhile channel distributors proved conservative in Q3 2015 restocking efforts due to expectations of lower NAND flash prices, bringing about just a slight increase in total retail SSD shipments and a notebook SSD adoption rate of 24-25%.

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