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Tom's Hardware Reviews an SSD Dozen

Editor:- September 7, 2009 -Tom's Hardware has published a performance review of a dozen disk-form-factor (1.8" & 2.5") flash SSDs.

Most exceeded 200MB/s R/W throughput. No unpleasant surprises were reported.

The link, above, takes you to the end of the article - which contains the useful summary. Alternatively you can read the article (from the beginning)

You'll find nearly a dozen dozen SSD companies listed on our classic SSD page. That's a "gross" (144.)

PCIe SSD Searches 6x Higher

Editor:- September 6, 2009 - revealed that in August 2008 reader pageviews for PCIe SSDs were approximately 6x the level of a year ago.

This demonstrates that users are seriously exploring the idea that bus based SSDs provide a viable alternative to 2.5" DAS SSDs for internal enterprise server acceleration.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see PCIe SSDs cross over and overtake 2.5" SSDs in reader pageviews by January 2010" says editor, Zsolt Kerekes. "It's a big 1st step buying into SSD server acceleration and devoting time to it. But once you've made the commitment and start looking deeper into application bottlenecks and the cost benefits - there are many new applications for which it makes no sense to be hogtied by traditional rotating disk interfaces and form factors for this type of upgrade."

...Later:- It happened much sooner than that. In fact at the end of this very month of September 2009.

Innovative Silicon to Discuss Future of DRAM

Editor:- September 3, 2009 - Innovative Silicon today announced its co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Serguei Okhonin, is participating in a tutorial at next week's 2009 ESSDERC conference (in Athens, Greece) titled "Disruptive Technologies for More Moore."

Dr. Okhonin has long recognized that DRAM, which was first released by Intel in 1970, is running out of steam. The basic DRAM memory cell, consisting of a transistor and complex capacitor element, is becoming increasingly difficult to scale to smaller process geometries. While the DRAM industry has achieved miraculous results over the years by packing more and more memory bits onto ever smaller silicon die and selling it for cents, this is no longer feasible. Dr. Okhonin will cover the next frontier of memory technologies: floating body memories.

Dr. Okhonin will talk about the memory advancements that must be adopted to enable semiconductor technologies to effectively scale to sub-45nm process geometries.

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Verbatim Acquires Freecom

Editor:- September 3, 2009 - Verbatim's parent company (Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd) has acquired Freecom Technologies.

The Freecom acquisition represents yet another investment made by the MKM/Verbatim group aimed at the growing external hard disk drive market. The asset acquisition of SmartDisk, made in June 2007, has proved successful in establishing MKM/Verbatim in both the portable and desktop external HDD markets on a global basis.

Editor's comments:- Although virtually unknown outside Europe, Freecom was founded 20 years ago in 1989. Its acquisition is sandwiched between FolderShare and in our list of 499 gone-away storage companies. Who will be the 500th? It's probably happening as you read this.

Chip Market Poised for Recovery - Says Databeans

Editor:- September 3, 2009 - Databeans has revised its worldwide semiconductor revenue forecast in its newsletter published today.

Databeans says - "Now 8 months into the year, the "sound of momentum" can clearly be heard. Some scoffed at a "V" shaped recovery... but it appears that this is the case. Further, we are not expecting a double-dip scenario in the chip industry." the article (pdf), market research

EMC Acquires Kazeon

Editor:- September 1, 2009 - EMC today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Kazeon Systems.

Core to Kazeon's eDiscovery attractiveness is its ability to handle data that resides anywhere in the enterprise environment - including content on laptops, desktops, content management repositories, email archives and file shares.

HDS will Remarket InMage's Appshot

Editor:- September 1, 2009 - Hitachi Data Systems will co-brand and resell InMage's Appshot replication technology the 2 companies announced today.

InMage supports rapid, reliable recovery for various key enterprise applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL and SharePoint as well as Oracle, MySQL, BlackBerry Server, SAP, and any Windows, Linux or UNIX file system.

WD Starts Volume Shipments of 2TB Enterprise Hard Drives

Editor:- September 1, 2009 - Western Digital announced that it's shipping 3.5" 7,200 RPM 2TB hard drives and is qualifying with OEMs enterprise-class hard drives based on WD's 500GB per-platter technology.

The new drives use dual actuator technology. A head positioning system with 2 actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.

Editor's comments:- 2TB enterprise hard drives (available from multiple sources) will rapidly become the new building blocks for enterprise bulk storage. Dot Hill announced back in July it had qualified the new 2TB WD drive. Many other RAID systems companies this month will follow suit and start shipments of 2TB populated arrays.

Report on Intel's Motherboard SSD Strategy

Editor:- September 1, 2009 - Objective Analysis has published a new 50 page report about the SSD market - Intel's Braidwood: Death to SSDs? - (price $5,000).

Jim Handy, the report's author says "Although this isn't the first time that Intel has tried to bring NAND into the PC, the earlier Turbo Memory product failed for a number of reasons."

PC purchasers who were considering an SSD upgrade will find NAND on the motherboard to be a cheaper alternative with nearly all the same benefits. The report projects how the move to NAND in PCs will boost the NAND market, soften the SSD and DRAM markets, and pose problems for those NAND makers who are not poised to produce ONFi NAND flash. Solid State Drives - market research & analysts

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