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Samsung Intros Portable SSD T5

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Samsung Intros Portable SSD T5

Samsung announces a successor to the Portable SSD T3-- the Portable SSD T5, with transfer speeds leveraging on the USB 3.1 gent 2 interface to reach up to 540 MBps.

The T5 is a small device measuring around the size of a business card. It weighs 51g, offers up to 2TB capacity and includes AES 256-bit hardware encryption to ensure the protection of sensitive data. Also included is Dynamic Thermal Guard Protection technology, which monitors and manages operating temperature in order to reduce overheating.

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Samsung Presents Next V-NAND Generation

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Samsung Presents Next V-NAND Generation

Samsung announces the next generation of 3D vertical NAND memory technology-- including the first 1-Terabit (Tb) V-NAND chip and a NGSFF (Next Generation Small Form Factor) SSD.

As the name suggests, V-NAND stacks memory cells on top of each other, allowing for more density than equivalents built on a single, 2D plane. The result also promises more speed and reliability, as well as less chance of breakdowns. The technology finds applications anywhere from smartphones to datacentres, and has already found its way in a consumer product, specifically 256 gigabit consumer SSDs.

The aforementioned 1Tb V-NAND chip was first mentioned back in 2013, during the unveiling of the technology itself. It launches next year, and will enable the creation of 2TB of memory on a single V-NAND package stacking 16 1Tb dies, making what Samsung claims is "one of the most important memory advances of the past decade."

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The Three-Pronged Silicon Power USB Drive

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The Three-Pronged Silicon Power USB Drive

How are customers to deal with multiple types of USB port? Silicon Power might have a solution with the Mobile C50, a flash drive featuring 3 USB connectors, Type-A, Micro-B and Type-C.

The standard Type-A connector with one side up is found at one end. Users can lift up the Type-A connector to reveal the Micro-B connector for older phones and tablets. On the other end, hidden under an elastic black cap, is the Type-C connector for modern devices.

The Mobile C50 ships with a couple of free tools-- SP Widget for PCs and SP File Explorer for devices with Type-C ports and Android. Also available from Silicon Power is Recuva File Recovery for the retreival of deleted files.

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Toshiba Claims QLC BiCS Flash 3D Memory

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Toshiba Claims QLC BiCS Flash 3D Memory

Toshiba announces the development of next generation 4-bit-per-cell quadruple-level cell (QLC) 3D flash memory-- allowing it to produce "the world's largest die capacity" at 768Gb (96GB).

In comparison, 3-bit triple-level cell (TLC) 3D flash maxes out at 512Gb.

The technology involves a 64-layer stacked cell structure, and allows the creation of a 1.5TB device with a 16-die stacked architecture in a single package, making another capacity record. This represents a 50% increase in capacity per package, at least when compared to an earlier Toshiba device with 1TB capacity via 16-die stacked architecture in a single package.

Creating such a device poses a number of challenges, since increasing the number of bits-per-cell by one within the same electron count requires twice the accuracy of TLC technology.

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An SSD as Assault Rifle

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An SSD as Assault Rifle

Taiwanese memory maker Apacer launches an SSD with a striking appearance-- the PT920 Commando PCIe NVMe SSD has a look more akin to a science fiction prop than regular storage device.

The company says the design is "inspired by an assault rifle... with details like sight aperture and ejection port." As one might expect, the SSD is aimed at the gamer market, seeing how it follows other PC components with a military-themed look, such as the Gigabyte G1-Killer Assassin motherboard.

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Intel Presents SSD 545s

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Intel Presents SSD 545s

Intel announces a lower-cost SSD option-- the SSD 545s, based on 64-layer TLCD 3D NAND flash memory technology allowing Chipzilla to squeeze even more storage on less chips.

The 545s is a followup on Intel's previous 540s models. It is a similar 2.5-inch drive, with performance reaching 550MB/s sequential read and 500MB/s sequential write. What makes it truly interesting is its being the first consumer drive using Intel's second generation 64-layer 3D NAND, as paired with an SM2258 controller.

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Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

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Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

The Drobo Direct Attached Storage (DAS) portfolio gets an addition-- the 5-bay Drobo 5D3, a storage solution featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for a 2X performance boost over the previous Drobo 5D.

According to the company, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows users to connect a pair a 4K monitors (or one 5K display) to the 5D3, or daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices, all with enough power to (slow) charge a laptop. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, together with a USB-C port.

Designed for prosumers and small businesses, the 5D3 fits up to five 3.5-inch SATA II/III drives. It also offers an mSATA accelerator bay for what Drobo claims is a performance boost of up to 30% on frequently accessed data. Further increasing speed and throughput is an upgraded processor, while BeyondRAID technology allows for simple storage and easy expansion.

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A Seagate Storage Option for the Xbox One

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A Seagate Storage Option for the Xbox One

Seagate announces what it describes as "colossal storage for Xbox gamers"-- the Game Drive Hub for Xbox, an 8TB external HDD and multi-purpose USB hub for Microsoft console users.

Designed and tested in collaboration with Microsoft, the drive offers enough room for over 200 Xbox games. It has two front-facing USB 3.0 ports for controller and mobile device charging, as well as the connection of Xbox accessories such as steering wheels and even other Game Drives.

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WD Upgrades G-Technology Drives With Thunderbolt 3

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WD Upgrades G-Technology Drives With Thunderbolt 3

Western Digital (WD) follows the launch of the G-Drive USB-C with upgrades on the G-Technology product lines-- the G-Drive with Thunderbolt 3, G-Raid with Thunderbolt 3 and G-Speed Shuttle XL.

Aimed at creative professionals such as videographers and digital photographers, the upgraded storage products promise "complete, high-capacity workflow solutions" customers can easily integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem.

The G-Drive with Thunderbolt 3 is a high-performance storage solution offering x2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port. Users can daisy chain up to 5 additional devices, while capacities reach up to 12TB through an included HGST-brand Ultrastar 7200RPM enterprise class HDD, with transfer rates reaching up to 245MB/s.

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