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Toshiba Ships 8TB X300 HDD

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Toshiba Ships 8TB X300 HDD

Toshiba announces an 8TB version of the X300-- an internal 3.5-inch SATA HDD aimed at gamer and professional customers featuring 7200RPM performance and a 128MB cache.

According to the company the 8TB HDD features cache technology in the shape of a self-contained cache algorithm with on-board buffer management. It optimises cache allocation during read/write to provide high-level performance in real time. The 128MB cache ensures fast data access, while SATA connectivity provides 6Gbit/s bandwidth.

In addition, high-precision head positioning supported by advanced format technology (physical 4KB sector) and dual-stage actuator technology deliver high storage density and capacity.

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WD Redesigns My Cloud Home Storage

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WD Redesigns My Cloud Home Storage

Western Digital announces a new version of the My Cloud Home wireless backup devices, featuring a sleeker design, simpler setup and an improved app.

The first and most apparent addition to the My Cloud Home devices is the design-- a more angular, two-tone affair with a textured bottom half. This makes them very different from the more rounded "book" style of the previous versions. Also getting a redesign is the companion app, now named My Cloud Home (from just My Cloud).

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WD Offers 20TB Storage With My Book Duo

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WD Offers 20TB Storage With My Book Duo

Western Digital launches what it says is its highest-capacity storage system yet-- the My Book Duo, a desktop RAID system featuring capacity reaching up to 20TB.

The My Book Duo connects to PCs via USB 3.1, and provides performance reaching up to 360MB/s sequential read via USB-C port. For compatibility with older machines and connection of additional accessories (including drones, action cameras, card readers, keyboards, mice, USB drives or phones) it also features with two USB 3.0 Type-A ports.

WD adds the firmware is RAID-optimised, making it "perfect" for two-disk array systems with drive operation auto management, helping ensure read/write cycle data integrity. Security is also included in the shape of password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with built-in WD Security software.

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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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