Honey I shrunk the Flash ... Intel's new 25nm 320 series of SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 28, 2011 - 12:25 PM |
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Not too long ago we saw the performance of Intel's new 510 lineup of SSDs, intended to be their faster SATA 6Gbs series in comparison to the soon to be released SATA 3GBs 320 series.  Al was not overly impressed with the performance of the 256GB 510 model he tested, not so much because it was not fast but because it didn't destroy the competitions like the previous generation of Intel SSDs did.  The Tech Report examines the SSD intended as a mid-range product, with brand new 25nm flash and the Intel controller we have become familiar with. 

Take a look to see where its performance sits in the SSD environment

 

Take a look at Al's coverage of the the drive here as well!

"Intel has another new solid-state drive, and this time it's an all in-house affair with 25-nano flash. Keep reading for the skinny on the Intel 320 Series SSD."

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Supersize your mobile storage with WD's 750GB HDD

Subject: Storage | March 25, 2011 - 12:45 PM |
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Western Digital Scorpio Black 750 GB.  It is not a normal Scorpio Black, in that it is a 5400RPM 2.5" drive, not the larger faster form it is usually in.  The power draw is mitigated by using only two platters and the use Advanced Format Technology helps speed sequential reading.  For random reads and writes however, Tech ARP's testing showed the older 500GB model to be faster.

"Today, we will look at the ultimate drive from the Scorpio Black family - the 750 GB WD Scorpio Black (WD7500BPKT) hard disk drive. With 750 GB of storage capacity packed into just two platters, this drive promises to provide the best combination of performance and storage capacity."

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Source: Tech ARP

Intel's 510 is Marvell powered

Subject: Storage | March 22, 2011 - 03:01 PM |
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Not too long ago Al finished up his review of Intel's new series of SSDs and he was not terribly impressed although he has hopes this new SSD was rushed out for SATA 6Gb/s and that we will see another series that tops the 510 in the near future.  The Tech Report also had a go at this new SSD with it's new controller and saw the drive as an example of compromises, with increased performance in some areas at the cost of other types of performance.  They are withholding their final judgment until more companies release their next generation drives.

 

"Intel's latest 510 Series SSD combines custom firmware with a 6Gbps Marvell controller. We take a closer look at the drive's performance to see how it stacks up."

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Just because Hitachi was bought doesn't mean they don't have new Deskstars

Subject: Storage | March 17, 2011 - 02:17 PM |
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If your storage needs are more about quantity that quality or speed, the growing density of platter based drives is more important to you than the newest generation of SSDs.  That would make The Tech Report's review of the 7,200 RPM Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB hard drive a rather interesting read.  5 platters with a 411 Gb/in² areal density reside inside this drive ought to beat the 5,400 RPM Caviar Green for performance.  Read on to find out.

"Hard drive makers have been slow to release new models with three-terabyte capacities. Hitachi was the first to reach 3TB with a 7,200-RPM desktop model, and we've tested it against a full house of over 30 different drives to see how the 7K3000 compares."

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OCZ Technology to Acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd!

Subject: Storage | March 14, 2011 - 06:58 PM |
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The purchase of Indilinx by OCZ caught us by surprise here at PC Perspective; not because it makes no sense but because we hadn't heard any news 'behind the scenes' as it were.   A different way of looking at it is that Indilinx now owns about 10% of OCZ, but either way this spells some interesting changes to the already interesting (to enthusiasts) SSD market.  We are getting in touch with OCZ and awaiting the web cast which will occur shortly so keep your eyes on this page for updates as we get them.

 
** Update **
 
Our Storage Editor, Allyn Malventano, listened in on their web cast earlier this evening. Some points of interest that may answer some of our reader's questions:
  • OCZ does not plan to drop other controller technology from their lineup (i.e. SandForce and Vertex are not going anywhere).
  • Indilinx will continue to supply their controllers to other SSD makers.
  • Indilinx has new(er) controllers in their pipeline.
  • The acquisition will enable OCZ to implement Indilinx chips at close to the cost of the die, which is significantly cheaper than presently available. This will increase OCZ's margin on those SSD's as well as help to drop prices in the future.

Obviously this acquisition creates an interesting dynamic with SSD makers, and we will be seeing ripples from this in the coming months. Even if OCZ's competitors were to all drop Indilinx, there are many Indilinx+OEM relationships that would continue, as they have no connection to OCZ.

 
** Update Part Deux **
 
Ryan pointed out that the 240GB Vertex 2's have dropped to a whopping $1.58/GB over at Amazon. This may be a move to clear out stock, making way for the Vertex 3's.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ - News), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd, a privately held fabless provider of flash controller silicon and software for SSDs.

Indilinx is headquartered in South Korea and currently sells its line of flash controllers to SSD manufacturers and Tier One OEMs for use in a broad array of products addressing multiple markets, including embedded and industrial as well as laptops and PCs. Indilinx controllers have been deployed within OCZ's SSD products since December 2008, and are currently featured in the Z-Drive series of PCIe-based SSDs. Indilinx's technology is expected to enable OCZ to expand its presence into the embedded, hybrid storage, and industrial markets.

OCZ will gain substantial intellectual property from Indilinx including approximately 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction. For example, the acquisition is expected to extend OCZ's capabilities with advanced controller technology including Tinkerbell(TM), a high performance eMMC 4.4 x controller that replaces SSDs in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, GPS units, and netbooks. Tinkerbell improves the user experience in consumer mobile devices for applications such as internet browsing, gaming, social networking applications, emails, and multimedia play.

Following its acquisition by OCZ, Indilinx will continue to produce and supply its line of controller products to SSD manufacturers and OEMs on a global basis. The Indilinx controller business, and its 45 employees, will remain intact under the leadership of Bumsoo Kim, the founder and President of Indilinx, and Hyunmo Chung, Indilinx's Chief Technology Officer. OCZ will continue its own R&D program to develop new proprietary technologies and products to expand its own solid state drive offerings.

The Indilinx acquisition notwithstanding, OCZ plans to continue utilizing controllers from other manufacturers including long-term partner SandForce, who currently supplies SSD processors for a wide range of the Company's SSD products including the Vertex 2, Agility 2, RevoDrive, customizable Deneva enterprise drives, and the upcoming Vertex 3 family of SSDs.

"This transaction is an important step in OCZ's strategy and significantly enhances our ability to capitalize on the worldwide demand for Solid State Drives," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "This combination brings together two organizations that are committed to advancing solid state drive design, and provides a unique opportunity for OCZ to increase both customer and shareholder value as well as expand our reach into embedded markets."

Under the terms of the agreement, OCZ will acquire Indilinx for approximately $32 million of OCZ common stock. Indilinx shareholders will own approximately 9.5% of the OCZ shares outstanding after issuance of the shares. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of each company, and is expected to close within 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. OCZ expects the transaction to become accretive to its earnings per share toward the end of this fiscal year on a non-GAAP basis, excluding acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges, and amortization of intangibles.

Ryan Petersen, CEO, will be a featured speaker at the Roth Capital 23rd Annual Orange County Growth Stock Conference today at 5:30 pm pacific time. To listen to the presentation and view the accompanying slides, please visit the investor relations events section of OCZ website at www.ocztechnology.com and click on the link provided for the web cast.

1TB of USB 3.0 powered storage in a deck of cards with WD's My Passport

Subject: Storage | March 10, 2011 - 03:18 PM |
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At just $100, the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0offers you serious portable storage in a package roughly the size of a deck of cards.  Thanks to the transfer speeds of USB 3.0, reads and writes between 60 - 70 MB/s according to Think Computers' testing, you won't be waiting hours to transfer your data. 

"Portable storage has always been very popular, it is nice having a hard drive that you can easily take with you anywhere on the go. Western Digital is no stranger to portable storage solutions, they have been marking portable solutions for a while now. With technology advancing and USB 3.0 becoming very popular Western Digital has released versions of its My Passport drives that support USB 3.0. Today we will be looking at the 1TB USB 3.0 My Passport Essential SE drive."

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Intel's new 510 series is not quite as hot as their first shot

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2011 - 05:26 PM |
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Not to imply that Intel's new 510 series of SSDs, which use a Marvel controller, do not improve upon the previous generation at all; instead it is more that they did not reach the lofty goals we had hoped for.  Moving the SATA 6G is a great step but considering the incredible performance we saw from their initial (well Rev. 2) drives when compared to the competitors, the bar was set pretty high.  Al takes the drive through its paces in his latest article, found here.

 

"While we were glad to see Intel step up and release this 6Gb/sec part, I can't help but feel this was a bit of a rush job. While the drive performed decently and reliably, I certainly didn't get that same feeling of performance awesomeness present with each of their previous releases. I believe this 510 was pushed out as a stop gap measure, with speedier offerings coming down the road. Sure you could argue this is meant to be a consumer drive only and should be 'good enough' for most people, but the competition is upgrading the definition of 'consumer grade' on a daily basis."

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Intel Releases 6Gb/sec 510 Series Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2011 - 12:20 PM |
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Today Intel announced their SSD 510 Series of solid state drives. This is the first SATA 6Gb/sec offering to come from Intel, and has been eagerly awaited by the industry. These units come in the standard 2.5" x 9.5mm form factor, in capacities of 120 and 250GB.

OCZ and the Vertex 3

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 02:13 PM |
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Those of you who caught the live podcast last night had a preview of the performance of the brand new Sandforce controller and the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB drive.  For the full story you need to read Al's review, where he puts the new drive to every test he could think of.  Go on and click through!


Corsair to Preview Force Series GT SSDs at CeBIT

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 11:51 AM |
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Fremont, California — February 24th, 2011 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced it will preview its new Force Series™ GT line of solid-state drives at its booth at CeBIT.

The new Force GT SSDs will use the new SandForce SF-2000 SSD Processor with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) to deliver incredible perf

OCZ Technology Unveils the Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SATA 6Gbps SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 11:47 AM |
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group
, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance
solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today
unveiled its next generation Vertex 3 SATA III SSD product family, a
lineup that caters to both client and enterprise applications.
Harnessing the 6Gbps speed of the SATA III interface, the new series
delivers double the performance of the previous generation.

SuperTalent Introduces Fastest & Smallest Gen 2 SSD

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2011 - 02:42 PM |
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San Jose, California - February 21th, 2011 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their CoreStore TMline of SSD solutions designed to bring a new level of performance to the SSD market.

By combining the very latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), new DDR ONFi 2 flash and plugging directly to the PCIe bus, Super Talent is now able to create two solutions t

Corsair address the 25nm transition for SSDs, shows performance delta

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 04:45 PM |
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Corsair sent out an email and posted some information on their website some of the implied criticism that is surrounding the transition from 34nm flash memory to 25nm flash memory on SandForce based SSDs.  Now, you might at first think that moving from 34nm flash to 25nm flash should be straight forward and any price benefits we get would be passed to the consumer with lower prices.  All good right?  Well, there is a catch:

Write 7GB a day and your 25nm SSD will be dead in a millennium

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 04:23 PM |
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AnandTech went straight after the rumour mongers with a bit of math, showing that even though the number of times you can program/erase one flash block is cut almost in half compared to previous generations you are not going to see the drive die because of flash exhaustion.  You may see controllers fail or even see the flash memory's charge drain but the read/write error won't be the likely cause.  Check out his review of the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro with the new SandForce 2582 controll

Source: AnandTech

Intel 510 series of SATA 6G SSD coming March 1st?

Subject: Storage | February 17, 2011 - 07:28 PM |
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If rumors are what you pay attention to, then this one is worth looking at.  Following right on the foot steps of today's OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SSD based on the SATA 6G-ready SandForce SF-2000 series of controller, it looks like Intel is planning a release of the 510-series of SSDs in early March.  According to the story over at VR-Zone, we will see the launch as soon as March 1st - so just a couple of weeks away. 
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Source: VR-Zone

Zalman's multi-talented drive docking station

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2011 - 06:14 PM |
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Zalman's ZM-MH200 Dual HDD Docking Station sports two sockets that can handle 3.5" and 2.5" disk drives as well as having a microSD port for your small storage.  It connects to your PC via USB 2.0 or eSATA, so it is a little slower than competitors models which use USB 3.0.  Steve definitely gave it points for stlye,

Thermaltakes's popular BlacX gets a USB 3.0 update

Subject: Storage | February 9, 2011 - 12:35 PM |
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The Thermaltake BlacX external HDD was very popular when it first arrived and the updated 5G USB 3.0
model
looks to be even more popular.  Resembling a toaster when populated, the device is intended for naked drives making it easy to swap out HDD without disassembling a cage.  The testing that The Tech Report performed confirme

Do online back ups like a boss

Subject: Storage | February 4, 2011 - 11:48 AM |
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Techware Labs has recently tried out CA Technologies' backup service, a small part of their popular software suite.  By installing a relatively small piece of software and running through the initial back up process after choosing the size of your storage space, you can access any of your files from anywhere.  That freedom impressed Techware Labs as they retrieved a file initially backed up from a desktop PC to their laptop with no problems at all.  The suite does seem a little pric

Kingston's USB 3.0 SSD will cost you a bit and impress you a lot

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2011 - 02:39 PM |
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With the plethora of SSDs that have arrived on the market we have learned that flash based storage with a properly implemented controller is incredibly fast.  That is important now that we have a portable connector that can sustain transfer speeds high enough that a fast drive is necessary.  USB 3.0 is pushing portable USB drive makers to implement faster drives, an example of which is the 128GB Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD