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15,000 rpm drives in 2.5-inch Toshiba

Toshiba, the smallest players in the world of hard drives, introduces a new professional range, the MK01GRRB / R. There are four models (MK1401GRRB, MK1401GRRR, MK3001GRRB, MK3001GRRR) hard drives, all running at 15,000 rpm. Hard drives are formatted SFF (Small Form Factor) or 2.5-inch hard drives with a thickness of 15 mm instead of 7 mm, 9.5 mm or 12.5 mm models for the general public. The interface is chosen SAS 6 gigabits / s and the cache is 32... More
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Fusion-io: direct access to flash memory

Fusion-io, the company offers PCI-Express SSD capable of reaching 6.7 GB / s, has announced an SDK for giving direct access to flash memory, or more precisely to the file system directly managed by the controller. The idea is to override the drivers and the operating system in general and to transform the application itself in a kind of driver with a very low level access to the SSD. For companies engaged in the processing of large volumes of data... More
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Intel SSD 520 Series: the \"SandForce Inside\"

Although they are launching a priori rejected, the Intel SSD 520 Series, aka Cherryville, are revealed on the net, thanks to the indiscretion of The SSDReview and BouweenPC.nl . The brochures confirm the main feature of this new range of Intel SSDs: they are the first brand equipped with a controller SandForce. Reusing controller X25-M/X25-E on 320 and 710 , choice of Marvell on 510 then 520 ... on SandForce Intel has been slow to develop a new SSD SATA... More
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Soon SSD \"cache\" enhanced Intel

Intel in recent months, offers SSD to be used in conjunction with a Z68 chipset and software to improve performance by using flash memory as cache. The Intel 311 provide a current capacity of 20 GB (which is enough for a cache) and are based on SLC memory engraved in 34 nm, which explains the high price (about 100 €). SSDs are available in two formats: the classic mSATA and 2.5-inch (9 mm). The new 313 range will evolve, but... More
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SSDs \"cloud\" with SandForce

SandForce (recently acquired by LSI) is riding the wave of cloud. Indeed, the company offers a "new" controller dedicated to cloud computing. The SF-2481 is a controller that takes place in the professional range, but in some respects resembles controllers consumer line. For the professional side, there are high performance in random access, with 60,000 IOPS read and write, where traditional models are limited to 20,000 IOPS for random writes of small files. Error correction is also a bit more... More
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Ultrastar 7K4000: 4 TB, 7200 rpm

Hitachi GST (a subsidiary of Western Digital) has announced the Ultrastar 7K4000, a professional version of its hard drive to 4TB. This new version is also available with a capacity of 2 and 3 TB and is billed as more reliable that the Deskstar 7K4000, a consumer model. Technically, they are close: five 800 GB platters, a rotation speed of 7200 rpm, 64MB cache and a SATA 6 Gbit / s. The maximum throughput is lower on the Ultrastar (171... More
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XQD card, the descendant of the CF card adopts the PCI Express

The Compact Flash Association (CFA) has just introduced a new memory card format, the XQD, which promises high speeds through a PCI-Express. But offered also really need a new format? The CFA promotes already CFast cards , Compact Flash using the SATA interface and therefore capable of reaching speeds of around 250 MB / s (standard CFast still remained in revision 1.0 SATA 3Gb / s). Even the traditional Compact Flash can deliver about 120 MB / s since the... More
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