Flash Storage

SanDisk Automotive and Industrial SD cards can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk Automotive and Industrial SD cards can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk has taken the wraps off its new Automotive and Industrial SD cards, both of which are designed to withstand extreme temperature ranges. As their names suggest, neither card is intended for average consumer usage, but rather specialized purposes related to industrial and automotive needs. Both varieties of cards range in capacities from 8GB to 64GB.

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SanDisk’s 400GB microSD is surprisingly affordable

SanDisk’s 400GB microSD is surprisingly affordable

It's probably not normal to drool over a memory card slot, but SanDisk's 400GB microSD may change all that. The first card of its size, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I has a long name but even more room for storage inside. Indeed, there's enough space for up to 40 hours of Full HD video.

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SanDisk iXpand flash drive and Connect Wireless Stick boosted to 256GB

SanDisk iXpand flash drive and Connect Wireless Stick boosted to 256GB

SanDisk has announced a new version of its previously launched iXpand Flash Drive for iOS. This newest version brings the same design as the previous version, but with a greater 256GB capacity. Joining the new iOS flash drive is the new SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, likewise arriving with a 256GB capacity, but with the addition of password-protected WiFi.

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Samsung outs world’s first UFS 256GB memory card

Samsung outs world’s first UFS 256GB memory card

Samsung has a strange attitude when it comes to microSD cards and smartphones. In the Galaxy S6 generation, it removed those but due to no small amount of criticism, it returned those in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and, presumably, the upcoming Galaxy Note 6/7 as well. And now it has unveiled what it boasts is the world's first batch of microSD cards, including a 256 GB one, based on the new UFS removable card standard. But, sadly, these new cards might not be compatible with any existing device in the market today.

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IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types (three if you count CPU L caches). There's DRAM or RAM, which is fast, expensive, and doesn't retain its data without power. And then there's regular storage, today represented by NAND flash, which has more capacity, retains its data longer, but is slower in comparison. Combining all those benefits, without the drawbacks, has been one of the holy grails of computing. And IBM might have found its version of the answer in its 3-bit phase-change memory.

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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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