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Intel’s new Optane 800P series of M.2 SSDs have arrived. (Source: Intel)

Intel launches Optane 800P M.2 SSD range

Intel has launched the latest edition to its expanding range of Optane SSDs for both notebooks and desktops. The new SSDs require just 2 PCIe 3.0 lanes, offering users more flexibility with their system configurations.
The M.2-to-SD adapter is custom-made and only serves to demo the proof of concept. (Source: Anandtech)

MWC 2018 | Western Digital shows fast SD cards with PCIe X1 interface

The proof of concept demoed at MWC 2018 delivers sequential reads of up to 880 MB/s and sequential writes of 430 MB/s, which are significantly better than what the current UHS-III standard ofers. However, WD says that PCIe SD card...
SanDisk Extreme 400 GB. (Source: SanDisk)

MWC 2018 | The SanDisk Extreme 400 GB MicroSD card is the world's fastest UHS-I MicroSD card

MicroSD cards have been getting steadily faster over the last few years with sequential speeds that compete with 2.5-inch hard drivers and improvements in IOPS that make them more able to handle application storage. The newly anno...
Samsung 30 TB SSD (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 30 TB PM1643 enterprise SSD

The new Samsung PM1643 drive has a 30.72 GB capacity that makes it the industry's largest Serial Attached SCSI SSD for use in next-gen enterprise solutions. Its specs include four times the random read and three times the sequenti...
Micron plans on releasing SSDs equipped with cheaper QLC memory soon. (Source: Micron)

Micron announces its first SSDs with QLC NAND memory

Micron has announced a lineup of enterprise SSDs using QLC NAND memory and will release the drives soon. These will be among the first available solid state drives using the cheaper QLC technology.
The new Viper series will replace the existing Hellfire models. (Source: Anandtech)

Patriot demos Viper M.2 NVMe SSDs with impressive read/write speeds

Thanks to the new Phison PS5012-E12 NVMe controller, the upcoming Viper M.2 SSDs will be able to provide almost identical speeds for sequential reads and writes, and will come in capacities ranging from 240 GB to almost 2 TB.
Samsung 256 GB eUFS now in mass production for automotive applications (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 256 GB eUFS solutions for the automotive market

The industry's first 256 GB eUFS 2.1 solution for automotive applications that incorporates advanced features of the UFS 3.0 standard can handle a temperature range between -40° C and 105° C and provides a sequential read speed of...
Plextor announces new entry-level M8V SSDs (Source: Plextor)

Plextor introduces entry-level M8V SSDs

Plextor has announced the M8V series of SSDs which will offer entry-level performance. The solid state drives will be released in both 2.5" and M.2 formats with capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB.
UFS 3.0 specification promises to be twice as fast as UFS 2.0  (Image source: Symbolfoto)

UFS 3.0 specification now finalized for the next generation of smartphones and automobiles

A car with 256 GB of storage? The new UFS standard incorporates a couple of features designed specifically for implementation onto cars.
Samsung SZ985 Z-SSD low-latency drive for advanced enterprise applications (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung launches 800 GB ultra-low latency SSD for supercomputing

The new SZ985 Z-SSD drive is the most effective solution for log data processing and high-speed caching, targeting the enterprise customers in need of top performance and reliability for AI, big data, and IoT applications.
Samsung 860 Evo and Samsung 860 Pro SSD (SATA) Review

Samsung 860 Evo and Samsung 860 Pro SSD (SATA) Review

Maxed out. Samsung launches the SSD-860 series for the SATA-3 interface in order to support upgrading users without a fast M.2 connection. What is the difference between the 860 Evo and 860 Pro? How fast are the new models and who should buy one? All this is clarified in our test of the 1 TB storage version.
Samsung 860 EVO SSD lineup January 2018 (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs now available

The Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs come in 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 form factors, employing a new MJX controller and 64-layer V-NAND flash memory. The available capacities are 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, or 4 TB.
Micron's GDDR6 are significantly slower than the ones from Samsung and Hynix. (Source: HotHardware)

Micron is bringing GDDR6 memory to non-GPU products

Micron and its partners want to improve the adoption rate of GDDR6 chips, making them compatible with non-GPU products like AI neural nets, car image processors and networking devices.
The microSDXC cards are no bigger than a thumbnail. (Source: Integral Memory)

Integral Memory first to launch 512 GB microSDXC memory cards for mobile devices

The first 512 GB microSD cards are slated to launch this February with reading speeds up to 90 MB/s and support for 1080p video recording.
Enmotus mainly provides storage software solutions for servers. (Source: Enmotus)

Enmotus FuzeDrive brings fast storage to AMD Ryzen users

The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
The M.3 form factor measures 30.5 mm instead of 22 mm, so it can fit more memory chips and controllers. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2018 | ADATA preps support for the upcoming M.3 SSD form-factor standard

The M.3 form-factor provides a 30.5 mm surface, allowing manufacturers to add more memory chips, failure capacitors and larger controllers. The M.3 SSDs will thus feature larger capacities, improved speeds and extended security fe...
The new models were leaked by an unknown Chinese source. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel's upcoming 760p and 660p QLC PCIe NVMe SSD specs get leaked

The 760p models seem to be Intel's high-end consumer models for 2018, while the 660p feel more like a mid-range variant, which integrates QLC memory and should cut the prices in half.
The new Optane 800p SSDs integrate four or eight 3D XPoint memory dies and feature improved read/write speeds. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | Intel showcases 58 GB and 118 GB Optane 800p SSDs

The Optane 800p SSDs can act as cache memory, as well as regular storing devices, and the 1W idle state makes them ideal for laptops.
Samsung 2nd-generation HBM2 memory chip (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 2nd-generation HBM2 memory

The 2nd-generation 8 GB HBM2 memory is the industry's first such solution capable of delivering a data transfer speed per pin of 2.4 Gbps. This memory is branded Aquabolt and directly succeeds the original HBM2 known as Flarebolt.
The EVLVR external SSD comes with a metallic "candybar" form-factor case with rounded edges. (Source: Patriot)

CES 2018 | Patriot's EVLVR SSD is one of the most affordable external NVMe solutions yet

Featuring a PCIe 3.0 2X interface, the EVLVR external SSD comes in capacities ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB at very competitive prices of at most US$489.99
Dell claims their Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD is one of the most compact and fastest in the world.

CES 2018 | Dell introduces super-sleek TB3-based portable SSDs

Dell has announced a compact TB3-based portable SSD that should deliver transfer rates up to 2650 MB/s. It won't come cheap, however, as the 500 GB and 1 TB models will retail for US$439 and US$799 respectively.
Adata announces new memory, storage, and lots of accessories at CES 2018

CES 2018 | Adata shows off RGB-backlit XPG Spectrix memory modules, SX8200 and NGSFF SSDs, and mobile equipment

At CES 2018, Adata is presenting numerous novelties within its memory, storage, and mobile product ranges. Here is an overview of the coming products.
Toshiba showed off some of its storage advancements at CES. (Source: Overclock 3D)

CES 2018 | Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND

At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
The DIMM modules and SSD in the latest iMac Pro. (Source: MacRumors)

iMac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable RAM and SSD but it's not for the faint-hearted

While the new iMac Pro is not end-user upgradeable, Apple component supplier, OWC, did a teardown of the latest iMac Pro base model and found that the RAM and SSD can actually be upgraded if needed.
Corsair Neutron NX500. (Source: Corsair)

Corsair's new 1.6 TB Neutron NX500 PCIe SSD is fast, sexy, and durable

The Corsair Neutron NX500 now has a 1.6 TB option with up to 3000 MB/s sequential read speed and 2400 MB/s sequential write speed. It has an endurance rating equivalent to 1745 times higher than its total capacity and is worth mo...
Aconex cloud company joins Oracle

Oracle acquires Aconex

Although the deal will have to go through an independent review and the shareholders' vote later this year, it looks like Australian cloud company Aconex will join Oracle after the completion of these formalities. The deal is wort...
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
The i-Memory AI720 USB drive has a 0.29 inch profile and weighs only 0.38 oz. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices

The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG ...
Rambus could launch the HBM3 modules as early as 2019. (Source: Rambus)

HBM3 memory expected to feature 4 Gbps transfer rates and GDDR6-like bandwidth

Rambus released some preliminary details about the HBM3 graphics memory modules that are expected to hit the market in 2019, at the earliest. With a transfer rate of around 4 Gbps, the HBM3 modules could double the memory bandwidt...
Microsoft OneDrive 5.1 for Android updated early December 2017

Microsoft OneDrive for Android updated with new looks

Microsoft OneDrive 5.1 for Android comes without the hamburger menu and features tabs at the bottom. A "Free space" option now shows up when the storage is full, advising you to remove those files you no longer need.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro.

PSA | Xiaomi issues BIOS fix for slow SSD performance in the Mi Notebook Pro

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro suffered from less than ideal disk read and write speeds despite having a Samsung PM961 SSD onboard. A BIOS update is now available that enables full x4 bandwidth on the NVMe SSD PCIe lanes, leading to i...
Samsung 512 GB eUFS chips for mobile devices enter mass production (Source: Samsung)

Samsung begins mass production of first 512 GB eUFS storage solution for mobile devices

The new Samsung 512 GB eUFS embedded memory is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card, providing up to 860 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 255 MB/s writes.
The UFS 2.1 memory chips will use Toshiba's 64-layer BICS 3D TLC NAND technology. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba announces UFS 2.1 mobile storage chips with up to 900 MB/s sequential read speeds

The new UFS 2.1 storage memory chips integrate Toshiba's 64-layer BICS 3D TLC NAND technology, and will target mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and standalone VR headsets. Providing sequential read speeds of up to 900 M...
The XG5-P SSDs come in the M.2 2280SS for-factor, so they can be integrated with notebooks, as well as desktops. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba introduces large capacity XG5-P NVMe SSD

The new XG5-P SSD is aimed at heavy workload environments and provides storage capacities up to 2 TB. Supporting the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface, its sequential read speeds go up to 3,000 MB/s, while the sequential write speeds reach 2...
The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

Creativity, unhindered. Holiday season is finally upon us, and thus begins one of the most lucrative periods for anyone mulling to purchase a new notebook excelling both in content creation and consumption. The choices can be daunting, but leave it to us to help you decide on the best multimedia notebook to perfectly complement your needs.
The new 9200 ECO NVMe SSDs have a U.2 form-factor that is specific to enterprise servers. (Source: Anandtech)

Micron showcases 11 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 X8 SSDs at SC17

The 11 TB NVMe SSD is part of the new 9200 ECO lineup, which also features 8 TB capacities and PCIe x4 / x8 variants. These SSDs come in a more exotic form-factor known as the U.2 that is specific to enterprise servers. Micron sta...
The Optane DIMMs are based on regular DDR4 DIMMs but the interface will differ, while the capacities will go beyond 512 GB. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Optane DIMMs to hit the market in second half of 2018

The Optane DIMMs will come in DDR4 module sizes and will also feature NVMe-like capacities of at least 512 GB. These will improve data caching without the need of an SSD, speeding up load times in applications and games. Estimated...
QNAP TS-x77 NAS lineup with AMD Ryzen (Source: QNAP Systems)

QNAP now shipping the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 business NAS

The new QNAP TS-x77 NAS for business customers is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors and comes with 6, 8, or 12 bays. It runs the intelligent QTS 4.3 operating system and features up to 64 GB RAM.
The XPG SX6000 line also includes models with 128 GB, 256 GB and 1 TB capacities. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA releases XPG SX6000 512 GB NVMe SSD for US$145

The XPG SX6000 NVMe SSD offers the best value on the market right now. For only US$145, gamers and video editing pros can benefit from 1 GB/s read speeds and 800 MB/s write speeds. The M.2-2280 form factor is designed to fit both ...
Intel Optane SSD 900P prosumer drive (Source: Intel)

Intel intros the first Optane SSD for desktops

Available with 280 GB or 480 GB of storage space, the new Intel Optane SSD 900P is up to 4 times faster than the mainstream SSDs currently on the market, also providing an impressive level of endurance.
Even though the PCIe 4.0 specs are ready to be implemented, these will not be seen in commercial products from Intel and AMD until 2019. (Source: PLDA)

PCI-SIG releases PCIe 4.0 specs, teases PCIe 5.0 performance

Expected to be fully adopted by 2019, the PCIe 4.0 specs bring 64 GB/s bandwidths in x16 duplex running at 16 GHz, plus improvements such as reduced system latency, lane margining and superior scalability.
The circular enclosure is water and dustproof, and can take a bit of a beating. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power releases the Bolt B80 circular external SSD

The Bolt B80 features a stylish rugged aluminum enclosure with water/dustproof certifications. Capacities range between 120 GB - 480 GB, while reading speeds go up to 500 MB/s and writing speeds go up to 450 MB/s through the USB 3...
Western Digital's microwave-assisted magnetic recording process. (Source: Western Digital)

40 TB+ hard drives by 2025 thanks to Western Digital's new microwave-assisted writing technology

Western Digital's new microwave-assisted magnetic recording technology allows for huge increases in data density. Capacities of 40 TB plus should be reached within 8 years.
The helium-filled enclosures provide greater durability and reduced error rates for the PMR platters. (Source: Anandtech)

Seagate introduces consumer-oriented 12 TB Helium HDDs

The new Guardian 12 TB HDDs come with helium-filled enclosures that provide increased stability and durability for the PRM platters. The Guardian lineup consists of 3 variants: Baracuda Pro Compute is designed for desktops and ent...
The Automotive and Industrial cards work safely up to 185 degrees F. (Source: SanDisk)

Sandisk unveils Automotive and Industrial SD/microSD cards

The Automotive and Industrial memory cards feature improved speeds (up to 80 MB/s for reading and up to 50 MB/s for writing), and come in capacities ranging between 8 and 128 GB. Special features include remote health and performa...
The CP600 iGame Edition comes with an RGB cooling system. (Source: Colorful)

Colorful reveals 3 new NVMe SSDs

Colorful will be the first company to ship new NVMe 1.3 M.2 2280 SSDs with the new PCIe 3.0 X4 2262/2263/2263XT controllers from SiliconMotion. There are three models: a budget CN600 DRAM-less edition, a mid-range CN600 DRAM editi...
Toshiba has reached a deal to sell Toshiba Memory Corporation. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba sells Toshiba Memory Corp to a consortium including Apple, Dell, and SK Hynix

After months of trying to sell Toshiba Memory Corp, Toshiba has managed to reach a deal with a consortium of companies for US$17.81 billion that involves the soon-to-be-former subsidiary being independently managed and still able ...
The price per GB offered by Western Digital is still the best on the market. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases the 12 TB WD Gold HDD

The 12 TB WD Gold drive offers increased security and durability for enterprise customers. It comes with eight 1.5 TB platters, 256 MB cache, 255 MB/s data transfer rates, and has an MSRP of US$521.99.
The QNAP TS-x77 features upto an 8-core 16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and 64 GB of RAM. (Source: QNAP)

QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen

QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by...
BK Yoon, CEO of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics. (Source: Samsung)

IFA 2017 | Samsung believes they "will lead the hyper-connected world" with IoT

Samsung is a company which covers a wide range of consumer electronics, appliances, and services that they believe puts them in the perfect situation to lead the way in what they call "The hyper-connected world."

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