Intel Announces SSD 660p – World’s First PCIe QLC SSD for Consumers

Intel is announcing release of the PCIe SSD 660p for consumers, representing the world’s first PCIe QLC (quad-level cell, or 4-bit) SSD for consumer use.  Intel is positioning this drive to be an exceptional combination of performance and value, and possibly a best value for entry and mainstream storage.  The SSD 660p utilizes Intel’s 64-layer 3D NAND, which is the …

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Samsung Announces Mass Production of Industry’s First QLC (4-bit, quad-level cell) SSD For Consumers — Up to 4TB In a Single 2.5″ SATA Drive

Samsung is announcing that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first QLC (4-bit, quad-level cell) SATA solid-state drive (SSD) for consumers.  Based on 1-terabit (Tb) V-NAND that features outstanding performance similar to Samsung’s 3-bit design, their QLC SSDs are expected to offer new levels of efficiency to consumers, with capacities of up to 4TB in a single 2.5″ …

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Intel Announces SSD D3-S4510 and D3-S4610 Series of Data Center SSDs

Intel has a long history of producing some of the most reliable solid-state drives in both the client and data center markets, and today’s announcement of the Intel® SSD D3-S4510 and D3-S4610 series offers data centers an easy upgrade from SATA HDDs to SATA SSDs, helping to minimize the costs of modernization.  Replacing HDDs with these newest Intel 64-layer 3D …

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Radian Memory Announces Industry’s First Open-Channel 2-Compliant SSD

Radian Memory Systems is announcing the industry’s first Open-Channel 2-compliant solid-state drive (SSD). The U.2 form factor RMS-350 offers up to 12TB of Flash, and is unique in including up to 12GB of byte-addressable, PMR style user NV-RAM.  The RMS-350 is targeted toward All-Flash Arrays, cloud storage and hyperconverged systems and offers highly parallelized, deterministic input/output (I/O), and minimizes tail …

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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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