OCZ… You remember them right? They were a company that blew up on the market during the heydays of AMD overclocking and performance supremacy. For a number of years they put out some solid products to the enthusiast community and did quite well… At least until other companies started following the same business model. You have companies like Corsair, Kingston Patriot that had always been there, but had not truly catered to the enthusiast market before (especially Kingston).
OCZ in its new 2.5 inch Solid State Drive installed 19nm NAND Flash memory chips and Indilinx Barefoot 3 IC controller. The new Vector 150 comes in capacities of 120, 240 and 480 GB, all that packed in case which is 7 mm thick, making it suitable for installation in the thinnest Ultrabooks. Vector 150 SSD has a SATA III interface and achieves speeds of 550 MB/s when reading data and a bit lower 530 MB/s when writing.
“By the time you get this message, I'll be in the dead zone.” – Capa, “Sunshine,” DNA Films, 2007
You have to wonder if this year’s Flash Memory Summit (FMS) didn’t have Al Shugart, a hard drive pioneer, spinning in his grave.
There are a whole lot of silicon engineers hell-bent on moving his technology to a dusty corner of the Computer Museum.
Shugart was a key developer of IBM’s RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) disk system that stored a whopping 5MB of data. Today, no kid would look twice at a smartphone or tablet if it didn’t have at least 32GB (1GB = 1,024MB).
After Samsung introduced the first "vertical" 3D memory chip earlier this month it did not take long for the first concrete product using this technology to appear. They launched SSDs of 960 and 480 GB, which are designed for enterprise servers and data centers.
Samsung has begun mass producing of the XP941 line of SSDs, the first PCI Express SSD solution for ultrabooks. XP941 SSDs come in M.2 format and offer superior performance for Ultrabook and other thin notebooks.
LSI has expanded features of SandForce SF-2200 controller line for SSD solutions. The company has also added support for hardware-based data encryption (SED) and reduced controllers power consumption in the standby mode.
OCZ has introduced a Vertex 450 line of SSDs, which will be available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB. According to the company, Vertex 450 should offer quality, performance and reliability close to Vector series, but at a slightly lower price.
Innodisk nanoSSD introduced the first solid state device made according to JEDEC MO-276 SATA μSSD specification. It is a complete SSD packed into one BGA chip with a dimensions of 16x20x2 mm and weighing only 1.5 grams, available in capacities from 4 to 64 GB.
Mobile devices are great. All of us use them in the form of phones, MP3/4 players, tablets laptops etc. The problem with a large majority of them is that they never seem to have enough storage to do everything you want. To combat this trend some manufacturers have started dropping in large capacity HDDs, but to keep inside the expected power curve these drives are very slow and end up slowing the system down as well. The alternative of dropping in a Solid State Drive can speed things up, but can also leave you with limited storage space unless you spend a ton of money. Kingston came up with an interesting little concept that takes care of the storage problem and also gives you some high-speed storage that you can move between your portable device and your desktop. So let’s take a look at the 512GB Kington HyperX Predator USB 3.0 thumbdrive.
Scientists at the University of Oregon State University have found a way to use high-frequency sound to increase the density of magnetic storage. The technology, called Acoustic Assisted Magnetic Recording (AAMR), allows stretching of magnetic media, to allow storage of large amounts of data.