Flash Storage

Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

PCs today, especially laptops but even some desktops, are starting to use SSDs for data storage. They are, however, also starting to get into servers. The relatively (compared to HDD) younger technology is often praised for its speed and its reliability, mostly due to its use of NAND flash memory instead of physically moving parts and magnetic platters. A new study, however, shows that while that much is true, SSDs fail in a different set of reliability tests that might even be more problematic. The paper chose for its subject the company that eats through data storage devices like there's no tomorrow: Google.

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Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Many people are wont to say how smartphones these days are nearly as powerful as our computers. Well, Samsung has just added another notch to that checklist. It has just announced that it started the mass production of its newest, fastest, and biggest UFS 2.0 embedded memory, able to reach 256 GB in capacity. The ridiculously biggest size we're seeing on a single chip for a smartphone, the storage also boasts of sequential reading and writing speeds that Samsung claims is twice, even thrice, faster than a SATA-based SSD for PCs.

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Western Digital to purchase SanDisk for $19B

Western Digital to purchase SanDisk for $19B

It seems the ultimate digital storage products company has just been formed, as Western Digital has announced its acquisition of SanDisk for roughly $19 billion. With its wide range of hard drives and solid state drives (SSD), Western Digital is already the world's largest manufacturer of digital storage items, while SanDisk is seen as the third largest flash memory companies in the world.

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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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SanDisk debuts Connect Wireless flash drive

SanDisk debuts Connect Wireless flash drive

Flash memory accessory-maker SanDisk has just unveiled its new Connect Wireless Stick, a mobile flash drive that allows seamless file sharing between computers and mobile devices. SanDisk boasts that users can stream content like music and HD video to three mobile devices at a time, while a single charge will allow streaming to a single device for up to 4.5 hours. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick comes in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, and pairs with accompanying apps for iOS and Android.

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Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

As repeatedly mentioned before, with the push for higher displays and CPUs on smartphones slowing down just a wee bit, attention is now being given to the last part of the system to catch up: storage. We are entering a period of not just faster flash memory for mobile devices but also growing densities. Samsung is now trying to pull up even those on lower rungs of the device tier by bringing out the highest density 128 GB eMMC 5.0 storage squarely marketed for mid-range devices.

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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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Samsung 850 EVO SSD adds another bit to 3D V-NAND tech

Samsung 850 EVO SSD adds another bit to 3D V-NAND tech

For those not aware of it, Samsung also makes storage solutions, from flash memory inside mobile devices to SSDs for conventional computers like desktops and laptops. For the latter, the Korean manufacturer is trying to take another step forward when it comes to storage technology. Building on the 3D V-NAND tech it first unveiled in the 850 Pro last July, the 850 EVO pushes the limits by using 3 bits per memory cell, increasing the overall capacity of a single Flash memory chip compared to traditional 2-bit storage.

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Sony G Series XQD version 2 memory cards support 350 MB/s writes

Sony G Series XQD version 2 memory cards support 350 MB/s writes

Professional and amateur photographers alike who use high-end DSLR cameras like the Nikon D4 and D4s know that a fast memory card is a requirement if you want to take full advantage of the camera's capabilities. Sony has quietly launched a new generation of memory cards that will begin shipping on November 3. These memory cards are called the G Series XQD version 2 memory cards and deliver impressively fast read and write speeds.

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SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC: a high-capacity memory card for pros

SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC: a high-capacity memory card for pros

SanDisk has introduced a new memory card that keeps pace with the most demanding photography and video recording needs: the 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC card. The card boasts several features targeted at pro users and those with demanding needs, including the ability to withstand harsh temperatures and water.

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Samsung 850 Pro is the first 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung 850 Pro is the first 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung might now be more popular for mobile devices but it also makes some pretty impressive data storage drives. Hoping to further improve that impression, the company has just launched its latest SSD, the 850 Pro. Though the speeds that Samsung reports might be on par with other high-end drives in the market, the real differentiating factor of the 850 Pro is the use of what Samsung calls 3D V-NAND technology.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD poised to level up PC gaming

SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD poised to level up PC gaming

It has been a year and a day since SanDisk unveiled its Extreme II SSD. Now, at Computex once more, the flash storage manufacturer is announcing the evolution of this solid state storage device, the Extreme PRO, a drive that it is selling to be the drive for hardcore PC gaming, graphics-intensive applications, and serious multimedia work.

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