Solid state drive (SSD) shipments are forecast to more than double in 2013.
It's going to be several years before solid state drives (SSDs) reach the same or similar market share as mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), but in the meantime, one of those storage sectors is seeing explosive growth. According to IHS iSuppli, a new generation of lower-cost and more appealing Ultrabooks will help double the number of SSD shipments to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million in 2012. By 2016, IHS iSuppli believes SSD shipments will reach 40 percent the size of the HDD market.
For less than $600, you can own a terabyte-class SSD.
We're a little late in bringing this to your attention, but it's worth noting that Micron is making a concerted effort to offer relatively affordable, large-capacity solid state drives (SSDs). We say it's relative because dropping half a dozen Benjamins on a single storage device is not something every PC user is in a position to do, but for those who can afford it, Micron's 960GB SSD is actually a reasonable value.
What's that you say, today's solid state drives (SSDs) don't offer enough capacity to hold your interest, let alone all your precious data? Well then you'll be happy to know that a company called Foremay has unveiled what it claims is the world's first 2.5-inch 2TB SSD with a thickness of 9.5mm. Is that enough to replace your aging mechanical hard drive?
Faster mSATA SSDs could lead to upgradeable tablets.
You probably haven't given much thought to upgrading your tablet PC's built-in storage, primarily because your hands are tied. If you need more storage, you can buy a microSD card (if your tablet supports it), use an external USB storage device (again, if your tablet supports it), or tap into the cloud. But what if you could swap out the built-in SSD for a faster, more capacious model? That's wishful thinking at the moment, but if companies like Super Talent keep releasing performance-oriented mSATA drives, perhaps tablet makers will take notice.
Plextor's M5M SSD is one-eighth the size of a standard 2.5-inch drive.
It's been a long, long time since Plextor's bread and butter was high-quality optical drives. It's perhaps a little bit ironic that Plextor's newest product is intended for Ultrabooks, a form factor that largely shuns optical drives (only a handful of Ultrabook models ship with a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive). Plextor finds itself focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's new M5M mSATA Series drives are intended to give Ultrabook owners some upgrade options.
Unlike previous DragonFly solutions, the NVDRIVE variant has built-in SSD modules.
Marvell on Thursday announced the availability of its new DragonFly NVDRIVE, a turnkey enterprise-class PCI-E SSD caching solution. The newest drive extends the company's DragonFly NVCACH and NVRAM adapter products first announced last August by adding onboard SanDisk mSATA SSDs rather than continuing to rely on external SATA-based SSDs like the previous models.
Super Talent's newest SSDs sport both SATA II and mini-USB connectors.
Solid state drives (SSDs) are rather simple devices that you plug into your PC and fill with data. Not all SSDs are created equal, however, and Super Talent's latest twist on flash based storage is a dual-interface design. In addition to a SATA II interface, Super Talent's new UltraDrive MX2 SSDs also feature a mini-USB connection. What's the point? To make upgrading easy, Super Talent says.
How many times have you sat and around and said, "Gee, I wish this SSD line came in smaller capacities!"? We find ourselves on the opposite end of the spectrum, but admittedly there are scenarios in which a smaller SSD might get the job done, and for less money. Maybe you're looking for strictly a boot drive with a little bit of headroom, and/or want a speed boost on a strict budget. Whatever the reason might be, Intel is going to oblige with two new 335 Series SSDs.
PCIe SSDs, which combine a RAID chip with several SSD controllers and plenty of NAND flash onto one convenient and speedy package, are not a new idea. We’ve reviewed several, most recently the OCZ RevoDrive3 X2 in December 2011. They can be handy for people who want the speed of modern SSDs but don’t have free 6Gb/s SATA ports (this means you, X58). OWC’s Mercury Accelsior comes in sizes up to 960GB; we tested the 480GB version.
The Accelsior’s blades can be replaced with higher-capacity ones in the future, but will anyone actually do that?
New firmware for Plextor's M5 Pro SSDs provides a free performance boost.
Wouldn't it be awesome if, after buying a new sports car, the dealership called you in for a free tuneup that netted you additional horsepower? Unfortunately, life doesn't always work that way, just don't tell that to Plextor. The former optical drive player that now concentrates its efforts on solid state drives (SSDs) just announced the availability of its 100K Extreme firmware update for its M5 Pro SSD line.