Josh Zale

Technology Editor, covering SSDs and every other piece of interesting engineering you can think of. I've been intimately involved with computer hardware since 1998, and haven't looked back. There's always something new to learn about in this industry, and I wouldn't have it any other way.......

Fujitsu Launches SSD Line As The Old Guard Protects Its Turf

Fujitsu, a one time supplier of high performance SCSI and mobile hard drives, has announced the release of a new SSD line. Based on the SF-2281 controller, the drives will offer 550MB/s reads and 500MB/s writes along with 55,000 and 40,000 R/W IOPs . Interestingly, it seems that in addition to its old hard drive division, Fujitsu has eliminated their marketing …

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NVMe Work Group Releases NVMe Windows and Linux PCIe SSD Drivers

The NVM Express working group has announced the release of Windows and Linux PCIe SSD drivers based on the NVM Express standard. The Windows driver was a collaborative effort of IDT, Intel, and LSI Sandforce and will be available under a BSD license. It will support all the mandatory features of the new spec. The Linux driver will be released …

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Samsung Releases Updated Series 830 SSD Firmware As Initial Release Affects Several SSDs – UPDATE

Samsung’s 830 SSD, highly regarded for its excellent performance and reliability, has just received a firmware update which is causing some real problems with Series 830 SSD owners. The update, which was intended to enhance several key aspects of stability in the SSD, can reportedly cause a BSOD after the flashing process is complete. The article has been updated through …

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BitMicro Announces TALINO-DE Controller With 5 TB SSDs On The Road Map

BitMicro Networks, well known for their industrial and military class SSD products, has announced the successful tape out of their new TALINO-DE SSD controller. Aimed squarely at the enterprise and government sectors, the TALINO-DE will enable SSD capacities of up to 5 TB. Other features include full data path protection, end-to-end data integrity, hardware AES encryption, embedded XOR engines for enhanced raid …

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Kingmax Announces New Line Of SF-2200 Based SSDs As Sandforce Drive Market Approaches Max Q

Kingmax, well known for their high performance memory and storage products, has announced the release of their SMP32 Client and SMU32 Client Pro SSDs. Based on the SF-2281, both the regular and Pro versions will feature read/write speeds of 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively. The Vanilla Client drive will offer up to 60K read and 35K write IOPS, while the Client …

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Great Positioning For NVELO As Caching SSD Solutions Expected To Skyrocket

According to market research firm iSuppli, caching SSD shipments are set to increase 100 fold over the next four years. The main catalyst for this remarkable growth is the expected massive proliferation of Ultrabooks, whose presence was undeniable at this years CES. While success isn’t guaranteed, it’s clear that the industry has high hopes for this market, and is going …

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Mushkin Beefs Up SSD Portfolio With Performance, Size and Form Factor Selection – CES 2012 Update

Mushkin, well known for their high performance memory products, has announced the existence of their very first PCIe SSD. Dubbed the “Mushkin Scorpion”, the new product will be offered in capacities of 240, 480 and 960 GB. The drive will provide sequential read/write rates of up to 1275MB/s and 1500MB/s respectively, and will also deliver 120,000 4K random write IOPS. …

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Victorinox Announces 1TB Swiss Army SSD – CES 2012 Update

Victorinox, well known for their Swiss Army Knives and high quality cutlery, has managed to integrate a desktop class SSD into, you guessed it, a Swiss Army Knife! Dubbed the Victorinox SSD, the new device will be available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and, get this, 1 TB! The unique device will offer both eSATA 2/3 and USB 2/3 …

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Plextor Announces M3 Pro Series SSD – CES 2012 Update

Plextor is today releasing their M3 Pro Series SSD. Compared to their current M3S series, the Pro will feature 24nm Toggle NAND, updated firmware and improved sequential read/write speeds, boosting respective performance from 525MBs/445MBs to 540MBs/450MBs. Random read/write performance has also improved, with the drive increasing bandwidth from 70,000/65,000 IOPS to 75,000/69,000 IOPS at 4k file size. The new drive will be …

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