"Intel and Micron's joint venture IMFT has announced that it has produced a 128Gb die. A package combining eight such dies together would be small enough to fit on a fingertip and boast an unprecedented 128GB capacity. Mass production will start in the first half of next year, and devices using the new dies are likely to start shipping in 2013..."
"Seagate is shipping its second generation of Momentus XT, solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops... The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70 percent faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity. Its Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation. The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. A 750GB drive will cost $245."
"OCZ has finally unveiled its first solid state drives based on the Indilinx Everest platform, the Octane series SSDs. The new Octane Series will include Octane, SATA 6.0Gbps, and Octane-S2, SATA 3.0Gbps, 2.5-inch SSDs. Previously announced back in July, the Indilinx Everest platform packs a controller with dual-core ARM CPU and features support for TLC NAND, support for 1xnm node NAND flash, support for up 512MB of 400MHz DDR3 DRAM cache and high sequential speeds and high transactional perfromance optimized for 4K to 16K compressed files..."
"When you're paying $30,000 for a PCIe flash card, it had better demonstrate an ROI. While users are still struggling with why solid state storage cost so much, when they target the technology at the right applications, the results can be staggering. For example, when Dan Marbes, a systems engineer at Associated Bank, deployed just three SSDs for his B.I.
"Intel's SSD 320 series offer some great storage solutions for enthusiasts. For those with the budget, getting 600GB in solid state is quite impressive – of course, that is until it fails and reports itself as a cry-worthy 8MB. A bug that afflicts the entire 320 line can cause an SSD to revert to 8MB following a crash or power failure. The Register quotes a couple of users from the PC Review forum:"
"One of the criticisms of SSDs is that they are not as reliable in the long term, however that appears to be starting to change.
Intel have announced that it is increasing the warranty on its Intel SSD 320 from three to five years. This would be the first time a consumer SSD has been given a warranty length that matches that of a conventional hard drives. Before now, you could get a lengthy warranties for an SSD but only if you used an enterprise drive which would set you back an arm or a leg."
"This is the first installment in a new series recommending the best solid-state drives you can buy at any given budget level. With so many SSDs piling up, all based on the same few controllers, it’s time for us to start identifying the real winners." Read More
"But prices may rise in short term.. Acer Taiwan President Scott Lin said that the PC supply chain still has two or three months worth of stock and that the earthquake in Japan will only have limited impact on the market. With OEMs, brands and retailers each having about one month's worth of inventory, the supply should be fine for up to three months. However as Lin pointed out, Japan’s power grid is an important factor and taking it online sooner rather than later will be crucial to whether the shortages become more serious."
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