Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today unveiled its first NVMe-based portable solid state drive (SSD) – the Samsung Portable SSD X5 – achieving new levels of performance and reliability for external storage solutions. Based on the cutting-edge Thunderbolt 3 technology, the new X5 features exceptional speeds in a compact and durable form factor, making it an ideal portable storage for content creators and IT professionals on the go.

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“As a leader in high-performance and reliable storage solutions, we are thrilled to continue to advance the external SSD market with the introduction of our first Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “The X5 is yet another testament to Samsung’s commitment to providing innovative portable storage solutions that enable faster transfer of large data files, saving users’ valuable time.”

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today announces the launch of XPG SX6000 Pro PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSDs. With NVMe 1.3 technology and 3D NAND Flash, they sport excellent speeds and up to 1TB of capacity, making them a viable alternative to SATA SSDs. In addition, SX6000 Pro SSDs are slimmer than standard M.2 2280 SSDs for a higher level of compatibility thanks to a single-sided design.

Adata SX6000 Pro SSD

Excellent Upgrade Alternative in Multiple Capacities
ADATA produces the SX6000 Pro in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. For PC users looking at tangible performance enhancements, the SX6000 Pro makes complete sense as a SATA successor. The principal advantage of the SX6000 Pro is embodied in its superb cost-performance ratio. Using 3D TLC NAND, NVMe 1.3 technology, and a PCIe Gen3x4 interface, it reaches up to 2100MB/s read and 1500MB/s write and random performance of up to 250K/240K IOPS. This means up to four times the speed of typical SATA SSDs.

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seagate nytro 1000 ssdExpanding on its Nytro portfolio of enterprise flash products, Seagate today announced the launch of its new Nytro 1000 Series SATA SSD drives.

The Seagate Nytro 1000 SATA SSD series (which includes the Nytro 1351 and Nytro 1551 SSDs) delivers ultra-fast, consistent performance for read-intensive workloads. Globally available in the fall, the Nytro SSDs is being demonstrated at this week’s Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara.

The Nytro SSD series is designed to serve as the backbone of the enterprise’s cloud infrastructure, making it ideal for data center managers looking to upgrade their existing systems.

Unique DuraWrite technology reduces cumulative amount of data written

Among the innovations behind the Nytro SSD is Seagate DuraWrite technology, a unique lossless data reduction technology which compresses data flowing through Seagate’s internally-developed controller. The NAND flash memory inside SSDs is sensitive to the cumulative amount of data written to it; the more data written to flash, the shorter the SSD’s service life and the sooner its performance will degrade.

Seagate’s DuraWrite technology uses intelligent lossless compression techniques to reduce the amount of data stored on the flash. That enables up to 3.5 times higher random-write performance than competitive offerings, along with greater power efficiency and cost savings.

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Silicon Motion Technology Corporation ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers and solid-state storage devices, today released the SM2270, a complete PCIe NVMe SSD controller solution which offers high performance, high capacity, high reliability and low latency SSD storage for enterprise and data center applications.

The dual-mode SM2270 is a complete SSD controller solution with customer specific or turnkey firmware that can support Open Channel storage implementations as well as standard NVMe protocols. In either mode, the SM2270 management technology enables ultra-high performance, guaranteed low latency, and more efficient use of storage capacity in high density, multi-tenant data center applications.

The controller specifications include:

  • PCIe Gen 3 x 8 lanes, supporting standard NVMe 1.3 protocols
  • Support Open Channel implementations such as the Microsoft Denali pre-standard
  • 16 NAND flash channels and SSD capacity up to 16TB
  • Powerful triple dual-core Arm® Cortex®-R5-based architecture for high data throughput
  • Up to 800,000 IOPS in 4KB random read operation
  • Support the latest 3D NAND, including 96-layer TLC and QLC flash, from all major NAND manufacturers.
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Marvell today announced the industry's first NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) SSD converter controller, the 88SN2400, for cloud and enterprise data centers. The 88SN2400 controller is designed and optimized to convert an NVMe solid state drive (SSD) into an NVMe-oF SSD, providing a revolutionary architecture that increases utilization and scalability of SSDs within the data center to ultimately lower total cost of ownership (TCO). By bringing low latency access over the fabric and exposing the entire SSD bandwidth to the network, the Marvell controller supports true scalable, high-performance disaggregation of storage from compute. The 88SN2400 utilizes a simple, low-power and compute-less Ethernet fabric instead of a traditional PCIe fabric controlled and managed by an enterprise-class server SoC with integrated 100GE controllers.

As data growth continues to soar, data centers are grappling with the increasing power consumption, complexity, and costs associated with the demand for greater storage bandwidth and capacity. However, compute and storage continue to be underutilized, with storage servers typically oversubscribed, resulting in increased capital expenditure and operational expenditure. The Marvell SSD converter controller allows greater flexibility for data center operators and designers to develop their infrastructure and enables them to meet evolving workload demands with optimized scalable units of disaggregated flash storage and storage class memory (SCM).

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Yangtze Memory Technologies Co., Ltd (YMTC), a new player in the NAND industry, today announced the market introduction of its ground-breaking technology - Xtacking, which will provide unprecedented NAND I/O performance, higher bit density and faster time-to-market.

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With Xtacking, the periphery circuits which handle data I/O as well as memory cell operations are processed on a separate wafer using the logic technology node that enables the desired I/O speed and functions. Once the processing of the array wafer is completed, the two wafers are connected electrically through millions of metal VIAs (Vertical Interconnect Accesses) that are formed simultaneously across the whole wafer in one process step, using the innovative Xtacking technology, with limited increase in total cost.

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Liqid, leading provider of on-demand composable infrastructure technologies, announced that it will be demonstrating the industry’s first PCI-Express (PCIe) 4.0 NVMe solid state technology (SSD) at Flash Memory Summit 2018. Liqid will demonstrate multiple configurations of its Gen 4 PCIe Element SSDs, including the industry’s first Gen4 x16 NVMe storage solution with Dual Ported capability. By leveraging the newly available Gen4 PCIe interface, the Liqid Element solution delivers unprecedented data throughput and IOPS performance for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other emerging, high-value applications.

“Transforming milliseconds into microseconds, Gen 4.0 PCIe solid-state solutions from Liqid provide consistent data performance and efficiency to handle the workloads associated with the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” said Sumit Puri, CEO and Cofounder, Liqid. “We are honored to be working with a wide array of industry-leading partners and customers to bring our expertise in PCIe fabrics to deliver supercharged solid-state performance and answer emerging challenges in the data center. Liqid is proud to build on our legacy of delivering award-winning PCIe-deployed infrastructure solutions to market.”

PCIe 4.0 NVMe solutions from Liqid deliver strong benefits across industry verticals, anywhere data performance is a prerequisite for success. Deployment of the long-awaited Gen 4 PCIe specifications will accelerate applications across multiple industry verticals, improving performance in today’s cloud-centric and big data compute environments. Gen4 NVMe will also drive emerging applications in machine learning and artificial intelligence, 8K digital media processing, virtual and augmented reality, and much more.

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liteon logoThis week at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2018, LITE-ON Storage, an established leader in the rapidly expanding solid-state drive (SSD) industry, will showcase its first storage drive supporting Project Denali, Microsoft Corp.’s storage specification for cloud-based workloads. The new Open Channel AD2 series SSD was built as part of a collaboration with Microsoft and CNEX Labs.

“LITE-ON is constantly testing new ways to improve the speed and efficiency of flash drives for customers of all sizes, and we see Project Denali as possibly accelerating these efforts,” said Darlo Perez, Managing Director, Americas region at LITE-ON Storage. “In early testing of an M.2 SSD built around the Denali spec, CNEX achieved a radical latency reduction of 95 percent, providing a potentially disruptive improvement in quality of service (QoS) for cloud computing.”

Project Denali is a standardization and evolution of Open Channel that defines the roles of SSD as opposed to the host in a standard interface. The SSD firmware interfaces by separating functionality for software-defined data layout and media management. For instance, media management, error correction, mapping of bad blocks and other functionality specific to the flash generation stay on the device. The host, meantime, receives random writes, transmits streams of sequential writes, maintains the address map and performs garbage collection.

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toshiba logoToshiba Memory Corporation, the world leader in flash memory, today announced that it has developed an native NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) SSD for direct Ethernet access to data for highly scalable storage architectures, conforming to the NVMe-oF Specification Version 1.0.

With the new technology, Toshiba Memory has made it possible to simplify the hardware architecture of the JBOF (Just a Bunch of Flash) over an NVMe-oF network, resulting in higher performance, lower cost and lower power consumption compared to a conventional CPU-based hardware configuration.

The new SSD utilizes the Marvell® 88SN2400 NVMe-oF SSD converter controller, enabling dual-port 25Gbps Ethernet connectivity of high-performance U.2 NVMe SSDs.

Also, Toshiba Memory is utilizing an Ethernet JBOF prototype chassis, developed and built by Aupera Technologies Inc., to demonstrate the new NVMe-oF SSDs. The JBOF is powered by 1+1 redundant 100Gbit Ethernet switch units with dual 6x100 Gbit Ethernet uplinks, which enables 16M IOPS system performance (4KB Random Read), the fastest ever seen in the industry.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 4-bit (QLC, quad-level cell) 4-terabyte (TB) SATA solid-state drive (SSD) for consumers.

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Based on 1-terabit (Tb) V-NAND with outstanding performance equivalent to the company’s 3-bit design, Samsung’s QLC SSD is expected to bring a new level of efficiency to consumer SSDs.

“Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of memory sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics. “As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and to the enterprise, 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will rapidly spread throughout the entire market.”

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