Scot Strong

Scot Strong is an automotive parts professional with 30 years experience in proprietary dealership computer systems, He is also a technology freak the rest of the time. He has been repairing, upgrading, and building personal and business computers for over ten years. He has also written articles for automotive parts management publications, and is a regular contributor at our sister site, TechnologyX.com

Microsemi Announces New Adaptec SmartRAID Storage Adapter Solutions — Now Including Integrated On-Board Cache Protection and Support For maxCrypto™ Secure Encryption

Microsemi, recently acquired by Microchip Technology Inc., is announcing two new additions to its line of Adaptec Smart Storage 12Gbps SAS/SATA adapters.  The SmartRAID 3162-8i now includes integrated on-board cache protection via a super capacitor mounted directly to the adapter, supporting write-cache data protection.  The 3162-8i/e debuts as the industry’s first off-the-shelf 12Gbps SAS/SATA RAID adapter with maxCrypto™, which is …

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Toshiba Announces XG6 NVMe SSD – Industry’s First SSD Utilizing 96-Layer 3D NAND

Toshiba Memory is announcing a new series of solid-state drives (SSDs) that utilize Toshiba’s new 96-layer, BiCS FLASH™ 3D NAND.  The new XG6 series are the first to use this breakthrough technology, and are geared toward client PC, high-performance mobile computing, gaming and embedded usage applications.  The XG6 series are also a good fit for data center applications, including as …

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Samsung Announces Mass Production of Fifth-generation V-NAND – Next Wave of High-Performance Storage Again Has Rest of Industry Playing Catch-Up

Samsung is announcing that they have begun mass-production of their fifth-generation V-NAND memory chips, supporting the fastest data transfer speeds currently available.  This also represents the industry’s first use of the ‘Toggle DDR 4.0’ interface, enabling the transfer of data over the new 256Gb V-NAND at rates of up to 1.4Gbps.  This represents a 40% increase over their prior 64-layer …

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Samsung Announces NF1 8TB SSD for Data Centers

Samsung is announcing the launch of the industry’s highest-capacity NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) based on the extremely small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF), an 8TB drive designated as the NF1 SSD.  The NF1 is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in modern data centers and server systems. The NF1 features 16 of Samsung’s 512GB NAND packages, with 16 layers …

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Transcend Announces JetDrive 850/855 PCIe Gen3 x 4 NVMe SSD Upgrade Kit for Mac Computers

Transcend in announcing the release of their latest SSD upgrade kit for Mac computers.  The JetDrive™ 850/855 provides sequential read speeds of up to 1600MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 1300MB/s.  The base drive is designated at the JetDrive 850, with the JetDrive 855 including a sleek aluminum Thuderbolt™ enclosure, creating a very simple storage upgrade for your …

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Marvell Announces New NVMe™ Series of SSD Controllers

Marvell is announcing their newest series of NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) controllers for high-performance PC client and edge computing applications, as well as for mainstream use.  These latest Gen 3×4 PCIe SSD controllers, designated as the 88SS1084 (4-channel) and 88SS1100 (8-channel), provide top level performance, reliability and endurance and will help accelerate adoption of NVMe SSDs for emerging edge and …

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Micron Announces 5210 ION — Industry’s First Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND SSD

Micron is announcing that they have begun shipping the industry’s first SSD to feature their revolutionary new quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology.  The Micron® 5210 ION SSD, revealed at Micron’s 2018 Analyst and Investor Event, represents a 33% increase in bit density over triple-level cell (TLC) NAND, and is targeted toward market segments that were still leaning toward mechanical HDDs.  …

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Western Digital Announces New G-DRIVE® and G-SPEED® Thunderbolt™ 3 SSD Offerings for Creative Professionals

Western Digital is augmenting its award-winning G-Technology® G-DRIVE® and G-SPEED® lineups of storage solutions with new Thunderbolt 3 SSD offerings.  With the continued growth of 4K and now even 8K RAW video, professional  content creators are having to deal with ever-larger file sizes. The latest cameras are able to capture RAW data at rates of over 400MB/s, resulting in incredibly …

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