Announces 3.5" SSD RAID Enclosure|
Taiwan - December 30, 2008 - A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd siad it will
ship a 3.5" SSD RAID enclosure in Q1 2009.
The A-DATA XPG Dual SSD 3.5" RAID Enclosure is a complete
RAID solution through the
use of 2x 2.5"
SATA SSDs mounted on one
standard 3.5" form
factor drive cage. This multifunctional RAID enclosure can be used as 2
separate drives, as a redundant drive to protect against drive failure, combined
to become one high-performance drive or combined to become one large drive. All
these different RAID configurations and more can be set by using a hardware DIP
switch on the back of the unit or software. Connection via
USB enables easy direct
RunCore Announces Notebook Upgrade SSDs
December 29 , 2008 - RunCore
announced 1.8" PATA
SSDs aimed at the notebook upgrade market.
Available with capacity
upto 128GB (retail price $389.99 ) an inbuilt slave
USB port enables users to
easily clone their internal hard
drive using Acronis
True Image (or similar) software. The SSD can then be installed in the notebook
typically giving a 4x speedup.
Moser Baer Announces Certification for 6x Blu-ray Media
New Delhi, India - December
23, 2008 - Moser Baer today announced that it has received product
verification from the Blu-ray Disc Association for its next generation
blu-ray 1x-6x discs.
With this certification, Moser Baer has
become the first company outside Japan to develop and ship BDR 1x-6x media. The
next generation BD formats have a capacity ranging from 25GB to 50GB and offer
more than 5 to 10x the data storage capacity of standard DVD media. This
latest innovation from Moser Baer has come in close partnership with OM&T,
its Netherlands-based subsidiary.
...Moser Baer profile,
optical storage drives
Analyzing the Storage Market to Get Better Results in 2009?
December 19, 2008 - at this time of year many readers pause and make their
plans for the new year. The better you understand the storage market the
better your business results will be - whether you are an end-user, vendor,
analyst, investor or educator. Here are some links which can help you.
- History of
data storage - lists the most important storage news stories (in my
opinion) for every week in the past year(s). It's a good way of seeing who are
the movers and shakers in the industry and significant technology milestones.
- SSD buyers
guide - if your main interest is the SSD market - this guide lists all the
important market developments in the past year.
- Market research -
lists all storage analyst companies which have ever been mentioned by any of the
top 1,000 storage vendors. This is a useful source of more data whatever type
of storage medium or service you're interested in.
- SSD market
research - lists analysts which have produced focused market reports related
to the SSD market.
- Finally, our home page - helps
you track down vendors, news, articles and analysis by technology or market
Toshiba Announces New High Capacity 1.8" flash SSDs
- December 18, 2008 - Toshiba Corp. today announced a new family of
MLC flash SSDs with 256GB capacity in 2.5" and 128GB capacity in 1.8"
Sampling in Q1 2009, the new SSDs will have R/W
speeds upto 240MB/s and 200MB/s respectively. ...Toshiba profile
also:- 1.8" SSDs
STEC Expects SSD Revenue in 2008 to be 5x that in 2007
ANA, Calif. - December 15, 2008 - STEC, Inc. today announced that due
to the cancellation of previously-anticipated orders, it is revising its revenue
guidance for the fourth quarter of 2008 to approximately $55 million to $59
million from its earlier guidance ranging from $69 million to $72 million.
This will negatively affect the Company's operating results including its
previous Non-GAAP diluted Earnings Per Share guidance issued on November 10,
2008. The revenue revision is comprised of approximately $20 million of
previously-forecasted orders for its legacy DRAM and CompactFlash card products
by various customers. The Company expects that the cancelled orders will be
partially offset by increased orders for its
SSD products used in
Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer applications.
In contrast to the
Company's legacy DRAM and
CompactFlash markets where multiple competitors exist who are experiencing
similar setbacks, its emerging high-performance SSD business - tailored to OEM
customers in the Enterprise-Storage and Enterprise-Server markets - continues to
ramp up. Qualifications for its ZeusIOPS products have continued at an
aggressive pace despite the economic slowdown and the Company expects to surpass
the $50 million revenue goal that it had previously set for the ZeusIOPS product
line for the full-year 2008. The Company expects revenue from sales of all of
its SSD product lines to exceed $70 million for the full-year 2008. This will be
an increase from $13 million in SSD revenue for the full-year 2007.
comments:- shareholders own whole companies and not just business units.
What STEC is saying here is that it's downgraded its revenue guidance for the
4th quarter by 20% - which is not unremarkable given the current state
of the economy. Notwithstanding that - STEC's SSD business is expected to have
revenues in 2008 which are 5x the level in 2007. That is remarkable -
given the strong competition in the overall
flash SSD market.
US National Archives Selects Front Porch Digitization
LOUISVILLE, Colo. - December
15, 2008 - Front Porch Digital announced that the U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration has selected its SAMMA Robot to digitize
thousands of hours of videotape records accumulated by the federal government.
The pilot project will rely on a
SAMMA 4-stream U-Matic
Robot to migrate the records to digital files, thus preserving them and
facilitating future access to them.
"This is the initial phase of what we anticipate will be a huge
project - bringing the video collection of the National Archives into the 21st
century," said Mark Gray, executive V.P. and general manager of Front Porch
Digital Americas. "...As it grows and expands over time, this project will
become an outstanding example of how our SAMMA solutions can migrate the world's
largest videotape archives."
The NARA audio/video preservation
laboratory stores videotape made by almost every agency of the federal
government. Front Porch Digital is also engaged in migrating the audio/visual
archive at the U.S. Library of Congress.
...Front Porch Digital
SiliconSystems Proposes New Methodology for Realistically
Predicting Flash SSD Reliability
December 15, 2008 - Gary Drossel, VP Product Planning at SiliconSystems
has written a new article - "NAND Evolution and its Effects on SSD
This is probably one of the 3 most
significant articles on the subject of
reliability which have been published in recent years. Starting with a
tour of the state of the art in the flash SSD market and technology the paper
introduces several new concepts to help systems designers understand why
current wear usage models don't give a complete picture.
The paper discusses the theoretical expected lifetimes and write
amplification factors for several applications and concludes that measurement
of wear-out in real applications is the best way to understand what is
happening. It suggests that systems designers can use the company's SiliconDrive
(which includes real-time on-chip endurance monitoring) as an endurance
analysis design tool. By simply plugging in SiliconDrive(s) to a new
application for a day, week or month - the percentage of wear-out can be
measured - and corrective steps taken (in software design or overprovisioning)
to correct reliability problems.
What isn't stated in the article -
but is a logical inference - is that even if your product design goal is to
buy SSDs from other oems - the SiliconDrives can be used in your design process
to capture information in a non invasive manner which is difficult or
impossible to collect using other instrumentation. ...read the
article (pdf), ...SiliconSystems
Forward Insights Unveils SSD Market Reports Planned for 2009
Editor:- December 15,
2008 - Forward Insights has published a new list of planned market
reports in 2009.
The company also publishes a frequently updated
blog about developments in
the flash SSD market. ...Forward Insights
- How 3D Memory Stacks Up
- NAND Quarterly Insights
- 3-bit per cell/4-bit per cell NAND Flash Memory Report
- NAND Flash Memory IP Landscape
- Sensing Schemes for 3-bit and 4-bit per cell NAND Flash Memories
- Solid State Drive Report
- Emerging Memories Topical Report
HDS Joins the SSD Waggon Train
CLARA, Calif. - December 15, 2008 - Hitachi Data Systems today
announced general availability of flash-based SSDs for its Universal Storage
Platform V and VM.
HDS plans to offer flash-based SSDs in 73GB and
146GB capacities for the Hitachi USP V and USP VM storage systems in Q1 2009.
...Hitachi Data Systems
|Is it true that the Queen's
dusted clean by those bushy hats?
Megabyte was sworn to secrecy.