USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

September 22, 2013

New USB 3.1 Looks really fast and easy update …::: Why you should insist on USB 3

Well firstly let’s look at the advantages, in case you don’t know them already, and they’re not just speed-related. Firstly USB 3 can dish out more power than USB 2. This means charging your mobile phone will take less time and there’s far more scope for providing enough juice to power-hungry devices too. The power on offer still isn’t quite enough to fuel a 3.5in hard disk – a great shame – but the future looks rosy as far as other external devices are concerned.

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Waiting For Recovery Summer, Part Whatever

September 20, 2013



What was it that Bernanke said about tapering this week? Oh yeah we need a few more recovery summers before we act.

Can you have a recovery while real income is collapsing???  Going for broke: The multiple lost decades of US household income. Is it possible to have a recovery while the standard of living collapses?

Meanwhile inflation is sapping the dollar, as Obama brings in the recovery … You been to the grocery store lately? Seen the price of food… what are you, comatose? Oh you use food stamps, free cheese?

IBM Doubles Down On Flash: Plans to invest $1bn in R&D

April 13, 2013

Although flash storage and SSDs are usually associated with pricey high end gear, IBM crunched some numbers and it turns out that flash storage could help it cut costs in the long run. Solid state drives are much faster, they require less power and cooling, and they have significantly lower support costs.

As a result, all-solid state data centers might end up about 30 percent cheaper than comparable centers with traditional hard drives. As solid state gear is faster, fewer processor cores and network connections are needed to get the same results. About 17 percent fewer servers are needed to get the same job done. They also consume less power and take up less space.

I switched to SSDs in 2012, it is great. You can now get them for under a $1/GB.

Terabyte Flash Drive

January 9, 2013

Me I am old enough to remember our first disk drive designed by me at DEC. It was all of 10 megabytes. And in all it’s glory it weighed in at a svelte 9- ponds and was just short of 12 inches high and 30 inches deep.


Now they’re rolling out Terabyte flash drives.

… but if you lose it, you’ve lost £2k+

Fancy a humongous USB stick capacity? Kingston will sell you a 512GB DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB thumb drive for, wait for it, $2,815. A 1TB capacity one is coming later this quarter but its price is still being calculated. We can confidently tell you it will be more than $2,816, maybe as much as $5,000.


The Ultrabooks Are Coming, They Are Arming Up With Cache SSDs

June 15, 2012

The proliferation of thin ultrabook notebooks will keep cache solid state drives as the storage market leader, IHS reports.

Cache solid state drives (SSD) will remain the mainstream storage solution for Ultrabooks and other super-slim notebooks, according to IT research firm IHS’ iSuppli Storage Market Brief report, although the study noted Hybrid hard disk drives (HDD), which contains a built-in layer of NAND flash memory, may offer the advantage of consolidated storage in the Ultrabook format, which is becoming increasingly popular as more advanced models from major vendors hit the marketplace.

Shipments of cache SSDs, which cache SSDs are employed as a separate memory component alongside a hard disk drive (not together in one housing unit), are projected by IHS to rise to 23.9 million units this year, up by a whopping 2,660 percent from just 864,000 units in 2011. The research indicates the market has nowhere to go but up, with shipments jumping to 67.7 million units next year and crossing the 100 million-unit mark in 2015. By 2016, IHS is projecting shipments of cache SSDs will hit 163 million.

Meanwhile, shipments of hybrid HDDs are expected to double this year to 2 million, and will reach 25 million units by 2016. The report projected a third form of flash storage—dedicated SSDs that contain no cache component—would reach 18 million shipments this year in consumer applications, a figure that will ramp up gradually to 69 million units in 2016, as ultra-thin notebooks continue to gain market share.

Hybrid HDDs consist of a traditional hard disk drive and an integrated NAND flash layer within one self-contained form factor, like storage specialist Seagate Technology’s Momentus XT hybrid product, up to 8 gigabytes (GB) of single-level-cell NAND and 750GB of memory on two 2.5-inch platters. Seagate is not alone in this market, with major rivals like Western Digital and Toshiba also planning hybrid HHDs containing 8GB or more of NAND cache.

It’s fairly simple to replace the hard disk-drive in your laptop with a SSD caching SSD. Makes it lots faster for near everything. Just get one with the biggest SSD cache.

Intel promises 75 new ultrabook designs

April 11, 2012

Save up your pennies, they will cost you …

Prices starting at $699  …

Intel is telling the world+dog that 75 new ultrabook models are on the way and they will include new form factors and lower price tags.

The company hopes to see the first $699 ultrabooks in time for the back to school shopping season, and hybrid designs are on drawings boards as well. Intel’s cunning plan is to put more pressure on tablets with convertible touchscreen devices and lower prices.

Over the last three quarters vendors churned out 21 ultrabook designs, but Intel says many more are on the way. Intel recently launched a massive ultrabook marketing campaign. Coupled with lower prices and Windows 8, ultrabooks could go mainstream in a few quarters.

More here.

Seagate Reaches 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Milestone In Hard Drive Storage With New Technology Demonstration

March 20, 2012

Seagate Pushes The Limits, vertical recording reaches terabyte per square inch areal density. Here is their complete press release.

CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 19, 2012 – Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next- generation recording technology. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data – from music, photos, and video stored on home desktop and laptop PCs to business information housed in sprawling data centers – on the spinning platters inside every hard drive. PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

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