Subject: Storage | January 6, 2010 - 11:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.
With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers t
Subject: Storage | January 5, 2010 - 08:18 PM | Jonathan Hung
Almost a month ago Allyn took a look at the prototype Marvell 6G controller and discovered that even with the early engineering sample, read speeds was just under an amazing 300MB/s. At the time of our article, products were not yet ready to use this new controller - until now!
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
01/04/2010 – In the digital age, people are creating and accessing digital content like never before. As such, they require a storage device that is powerful enough to store and serve this content, but friendly enough to manage quickly and effortlessly. Today, digital storage leader Thecus® Technology is proud to announce the Thecus® N4200. Fast, secure, and incredibly easy-to-use, the N4200 is the ideal home NAS for the digital lifestyle.
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2010 - 03:26 PM | Allyn Malventano
Super Talent posted up a YouTube video of their new USB 3.0 SSD. It hit some fairly high sequential throughput figures, pegging USB 2.0 at 43 MB/sec and breaking 300 MB/sec when used via USB 3.0.
Subject: Storage | December 22, 2009 - 04:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
Following just behind Corsair's announcement, OCZ Technology has announced that it's TRIM-supporting firmware for their own Summit series of SSDs is now available. Both the Corsair P-series and the OCZ Summit use the same Samsung controller, hence the convenient timing.
Subject: Storage | December 21, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In what can only be described as "totally awesome treat for the holiday" if you have a Corsair P-series solid state drive, you can now get a TRIM-supporting firmware for that drive. If you are running Windows 7, or plan on upgrading to it, then you will definitely enjoy the performance advantages that this update will provide. Though we haven't tested TRIM on the Samsung-based drives yet, you can see how TRIM affected the Intel X25-M drives in our review here.
Subject: Storage | December 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
The USB 3.0 accessories keep getting announced and we couldn't be happier about it! We were the first to show you real-world performance benchmarks of USB 3.0 controllers on current motherboards using a prototype external USB 3.0 docking station but this new unit from LaCie will improve performance quite a bit by utilizing a RAID configuration.
Subject: Storage | December 15, 2009 - 12:50 PM | Allyn Malventano
Seagate originally intended to announce their new 7mm 2.5" laptop hard drives at CES, but opted to jump the gun on the announcement. The official release is below, but the gist of it is that Seagate are now producing thinner 2.5" laptop drives. This will enable netbook manufacturers to incorporate a thinner 2.5" drive into their form factors, potentially bringing costs down. The thought of having a decent capacity spinning disc in a netbook may be appealing, but performance will be considerably lower as compared to an (admittedly smaller) SSD solution.
The very first taste of the future of storage
We have the world's first SATA 6G (6.0 Gb/s) SSD in house in prototype form for benchmarking! Though our testing options were somewhat limited due to the prototype being a read-only piece of hardware, it has proven to us that SSDs are going to be separating themselves from standard hard drives even further in 2010.
Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 05:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
I was recently briefed by the fine staff over at Western Digital about their new 'Advanced Format' partitioning scheme. This is a new format method they will be incorporating into their various drive lines. Advanced Format represents a new way for their drives to handle data internally. Instead of each individual sector having its own Sync/header and ECC, the new format will move to larger physical sectors, in this case 4k. This results in an overall net gain in storage efficiency, so much so that Western Digital was able to save on wasted space even after shifting to a