Archive for the ‘Storage news’ Category

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

As a part of its “Quicksilver” project, IBM presents a new solid-storage device, sized at 4TB, the TechRadar website reports. The Project Quicksilver SSD hopes to replace spinning disks with faster and more powerful SSD’s. The mighty 4.1TB SSD is 250 times faster than the world’s fastest disk solution (so far, Mtron Storage Technology’s 128GB SSD was a revolutionary invention due to be produced beginning this year). The industry has already “crossed the 1TB threshold” since Seagate began to sell 1.5TB drives, however there are no harddrives with comparable capabilities. Performance improvements of this sort mean a lot for business, since two to three times as much work can be done in a given time frame. Besides the obvious speed and size advantages, the Quicksilver also is a power-saving device, since it uses about 50% of a standard set-up’s power and cooling, and its size is considerably smaller than its predecessors.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

As reports, the Intel corporation has officially launched the new X18-M and X25-M solid-storage devices that are customized for portable computers and desktops. Intel’s SSD is uses NAND flash memory built on MLC technology instead of a single level cell (SLC) design. At the moment, X18-M (1.8 inches) and X25-M (2.5 inches) have 80 Gb capacity. The reading speed of the device is 250 Mb/sec; recording speed is 70 Mb/sec. The device is connectible to a computer via a Serial ATA interface. These new Intel’s SSDs demonstrate very high level of operating speed results. In addition, these SSDs substantially decrease power consumption and are more reliable than machines which contain moveable parts. By the end of the year, Intel plans to introduce 160 Gb SSDs. Furthermore, in the near future the X25-E Extreme model for high-end servers will be released. This SSD will be built on single level cell technology, with reading speed 250 Mb/sec and 170 Mb/sec.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Western Digital has been flaunting its VelociRaptor for some time now, but the drive you’ve been slamming into towers is now available for low-power, high-performance blade server applications. The 2.5-inch, 10,000RPM enterprise SATA drive (WD3000BLFS) is specially designed to fit snugly within 1U and 2U rack servers, and aside from consuming 35% less power than the previous Raptor drive, this one is available with up to 300GB of capacity. You’ll also find 16MB of cache and a 1.4 million mean time before failure rating, though you won’t be able to procure one until later this month for an undisclosed price.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

SanDisk introduced new write-once memory cards Secure Digital (SD). These unusual devices were named SD WORM (Write Once Read Many). According to developers, the new SD cards will impact industries where unalterable content is essential, and can be applied in anything from police investigations, to court testimonies, electronic voting, etc. SanDisk assures customers that there is “no physical way to alter or delete individual recorded files”. The SD Worm cards will be compatible with any computer gear that supports the Secure Digital format. In the right storage conditions, the cards will last up to 100 years. Some analysts predict that the SD WORM will replace analogue storages like photofilm. SanDisk is eager to get a support from SD association to approve the new specification as an industry standard. At the moment, only 128MB iteration is available although larger versions are well on their way to the market.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

According to, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the ever-increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers. As the experts claim, SSDs are going to be affordable in the next year. HD manufacturers are starting to get concerned about what such SSD’s could do to the market in the near future, especially in the sectors where performance is more important than storage capacity. Western Digital’s Raptor will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor (a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing system). The drive will be ’silent,’ in spite of the impressive spindle speed (20,000 RPM). The device manages to be so quiet thanks to new improvements in housing technology, which work both as a heatsink and as a noise inhibitor.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Samsung introduces a new 256GB solid-state drive. Simply called the 256GB FlashSSD, the Serial ATA drive reads in-order data at 200MB per second, or double the rate of Samsung’s past 128GB drive. It also boosts write speeds, often a bottleneck on solid-state drives, from 70MB per second to 160MB. The real advancement, Samsung says, is in the manufacturing process. Past drives, including the 128GB model, have depended on flash memory using a single-level cell storage technique. The 256GB drive is a switch to multi-level cell storage that apparently solves the problems of the format. The new drive controller not only gives it the same speed as single-level storage but also adorns it with longevity (about a million hours worth). As it’s more efficient in storing data, the multi-level cell technology is also “considerably” less expensive to produce, though Samsung has stopped short of revealing the exact difference. Samsung plans a 1.8-inch version of the 256GB drive that will ship before the end of the year, and has been Apple’s sole choice for the MacBook Air’s solid-state drive to date: a 64GB drive is used inside Air models configured with the SSD storage option.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Seagate released the first of a 1.5TB hard drive for desktop computers. The jump from 1TB to 1.5TB is the “largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives”, according to Seagate. The revolution was possible thanks to the perpendicular data recording technology (PMR). The hard drive Barracuda 7200.11 works with desktops, workstations, RAID-massives, game/hi-end computers and external memory devices that support USB/FireWire/eSATA interfaces. The Serial ATA interface (3GB/sec) provides high speed of data transferring (up to 120 MB/sec for fast downloads, launching of applications and access to information. The hard disk’s capacity varies from 1.5TB to 160 GB with cash memory capacity 32Mb and 16Mb. The 1.5Tb disks Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 with spindle speed 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM are designed for notebooks, external harddrives and other solutions that require physically small disks.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Probably one of the main features of MacBook Air is the usage of a solid state drive. It’s expensive, but it’s faster and more reliable than a hard drive mechanism. SSDs use high density Flash RAM chips to store data in place of a conventional HDD’s magnetically read platters. SSD includes both Flash RAM chips and an ATA interface, so the computer treats the device just like a hard drive. Upgrading from the Air’s standard 80GB HDD to a 64GB SSD costs a steep $999. The biggest downside after cost is the drop in capacity. Formatted, the 64GB SSD has a capacity of 55.6GB. In disk reading and particularly random access reads, the SSD was dramatically faster: as much as 18 times faster. That means faster booting, faster application launching, and faster open file operations. SSD read speeds won’t make the overall system dramatically faster all the time, but they are noticeable any time a lot of data is being read.