Storage Mon, 17 Feb 20 10:44:07 +0000 Storage en-CA SSD disks and NAND memory price watch Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:00:18 +0000 goanna 4389@/talks/discussions image

Samsung SSD T7 Touch Thu, 30 Jan 2020 01:03:44 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 23466@/talks/discussions image


Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch Specs:

  • Capacity - 2TB/1TB/500GB
  •  USB 3.2 (Gen 2, 10Gbps) with backward compatibility, Up to 1,050 MB/s
  • AES 256-bit hardware data encryption
  • Password Protection S/W, Fingerprint Recognition
  • Samsung Portable SSD Software 1.01
  • Black & Silver
  • USB type-C-to-C, USB type-C-to-A
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • 85 x 57 x 8.0mm (3.3 x 2.2 x 0.3 inches)
  • Weight - 58g (2oz)
Sony develops CFexpress Type B memory card Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:17:21 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21653@/talks/discussions
  • Incomparably fast speed, designed for professional and industrial use, supports future evolution of digital devices
  • High reliability in extreme conditions thanks to TOUGH performance and smart software
  • New Sony CFexpress card reader, MRW-G1, takes full advantage of Sony CFexpress Type B's high-speed performance
  • The Sony CFexpress Type B memory card and the CFexpress Card Reader will be in the market in early summer 2019


Sony announced the development of the CFexpress Type B memory card (CEB-G128), a new ultra-fast next generation memory card2 that is ideal for professional and industrial use. With its super-fast speed of up to 1700MB/s (read) along with highly reliable toughness, this memory card supports the future evolution of digital devices.

Enhancing Sony's high performance, value-added memory card line-up, the CFexpress Type B is designed based on a new specification which adopts the latest interface, PCIe®3 Gen3, standardised by the CompactFlash Association.

The Sony CFexpress Type B memory card offers a 128GB capacity, with higher capacity models of 256 GB and 512 GB planned for the future.

Incomparably fast

The Sony CFexpress Type B memory card is around 3 times faster than Sony's fastest CFast memory card (with 530MB/s read speed). With a write speed of up to 1480MB/s, this card meets future requirement needs for secure industry data-recording or requirements from professionals to capture hi-resolution images or high-bitrate video.

With an ultra-fast read speed of up to 1700MB/s, even large-sized data files can be transferred quickly, when compared to existing memory cards. For example, when making copies or backing up large-sized data from multiple memory cards, transfer time will be dramatically reduced. This greatly improves work efficiency.

The new CFexpress Card Reader, MRW-G1, is optimised for Sony CFexpress Type B memory card and takes full advantage of the card's fast read speed. This reader is also compatible with Sony XQD card G series and M series.

TOUGH performance

The Sony CFexpress Type B memory card has superior strength, surpassing the CFexpress standard by a factor of three, being able to withstand 70N of force in bend, and five times greater withstanding falls from up to 5m high.

The card is also temperature proof, X-ray proof, anti-static and has a UV guard so it can perfectly support usage in tricky or tough environments.

Peace of mind

Media Scan Utility and Memory Card File Rescue are available as a free download to Sony CFexpress card users.

Media Scan Utility is PC software that automatically scans your Sony CFexpress memory card every time you connect it to a PC via your MRW-G1 card reader4. The software keeps you informed of the condition of your card and lets you know if you're nearing or have reached the flash memory limit.

Memory Card File Rescue eradicates every photographer's worst nightmare -- deleting photos accidentally and losing your precious work. The software recovers accidentally deleted files including RAW or high-resolution images and videos, so your work is safe from whatever obstacles are thrown your way.

The Sony CFexpress Type B memory card and the CFexpress MRW-G1 Card Reader will be on the market in early summer 2019.

Manfrotto started making rugged memory cards Tue, 14 Jan 2020 03:45:17 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 23362@/talks/discussions image

Some manufacturer makes them for Manfrotto, but no one knows who.

Read speeds are rated at 280/250 MB/S for the SD memory cards, 90 MB/S for the Micro SD memory cards and 160/130 MB/S for the CF.

Nikon XQD cards, another product with extreme margins Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:22:08 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20321@/talks/discussions image


  • 64GB at ¥17,820 or around $160 (pure profit is around $110)
  • 120GB at ¥29,160 or around ~$262 (pure profit is around $200)

Top perspective - cards use same 3D NAND and similar controllers to SATA drives (usually they try to make more channels or use TLC in MLS mode).

And 120GB SSD with same speed sells for $23-28. Let's assume worst case - that they run TLC memory in SLC only mode, this produces retail cost around $70 (as it is 3x RAM chips) for 120GB drive.
I am sure they do not use such approach, as it is cheaper to increase channels or run memory in MLC mode.

Sources tell that single slot and XQD one was among top Sony demands to for Nikon to get their sensors.
Sony will also get good share of all Nikon profits from cards via unusual sharing scheme.

Lexar PCIe 4.0 7GB/s SSD coming Tue, 07 Jan 2020 19:59:51 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 23339@/talks/discussions image

SSD is planned to be available in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, and this drive will make use of 96-layer TLC-NAND.


CFast storage Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:18:37 +0000 mrbill 10110@/talks/discussions The new ninja star looks like a great way to get 10 bit 422 1080p out of the GH4. It uses type 1.0 cfast cards, and having googled myself stupid, I still can't find a source for the 256gb cards mentioned in the interview at nab. Anyone got any ideas for a supplier? Thanks.

Fastest eVTran USB flash drives deals, for guys working with lot of video Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:38:24 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21730@/talks/discussions image

Full MLC SSD drive within USB flash stick, can be used for raw recording of BM cameras without issues. And for very fast transfers.

  • 256GB for $58 minus coupons
  • 128GB for $38 minus coupons

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Best product I got from ali for long time.

XQD Performance Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:52:00 +0000 MikeLinn 13993@/talks/discussions

TerraMaster D8 Thunderbolt 3 Ultra Fast Storage Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:38:37 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 23189@/talks/discussions image


  • 8x SATA bays made for 3.5 or 2.5 HDDs or SSDs
  • up to 112TB with 14TB HDDs
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Has DisplayPort
  • RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
  • 300w power supply
  • 266 × 184 × 315mm
  • 5,3 kg
  • $1600



SD card and panasonic GH5 - HELP Sun, 24 Nov 2019 04:35:43 +0000 gabilourson 23146@/talks/discussions Hello, i am in fucking bad situation… I shouted yesterday for my actual tv documentary with GH5 panasonic and 256GB Kingston card (with 128GB card in second slot) Wheather was cold, it was the end of my shooting day, battery was not empty and suddendly… image freezing… and nothing … camera stopped. Every time I want to read rushs on GH5, it’s « try another card »… I have no idea of what happenned... Go back in my home today : SD card don’t want to open on my mac, it’s a real nightmare because i can’t have this material again !!!! I am fucking lost, please tell me if you can help me or other company you could know…

best regards

Gabriel Goubet

Gnarbox 2.0 SSD for video backup Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:34:28 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19358@/talks/discussions

PCIe 4.0 SSD Controllers Topic Tue, 06 Aug 2019 09:00:32 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22382@/talks/discussions

As the first and only company shipping PCIe® Gen4x4 NVMe SSD solutions, Phison Electronics is the industry leader in enabling high-performance computing for bandwidth-hungry applications.  In developing these solutions, Phison is ushering in a new era for applications expected to meet the demand for increasingly faster and higher-definition digital experiences.

The PCIe 4.0 standard offers double the data transfer rate over the prior PCIe 3.0 version. The increased data transfer rate, signal reliability and integrity of PCIe Gen4 enables technology solutions providers with the ability to deliver greater performance, additional flexibility and lower latency to a multitude of applications, including PC, gaming, mobile, storage and networking.

"There is continued pressure in the industry to improve the performance of computing systems to support the applications that end users are most interested in. PCIe 4.0 offers manufacturers a way to meet these consumer demands," said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Channel, AMD. "AMD is delighted to work with Phison to raise the bar by introducing first-to-market solutions. Through sound engineering and design, we are working together to deliver the experiences our customers demand."

According to CEO and Co-Founder of Liqid, Sumit Puri, "PCIe Gen4 will unleash the performance capabilities required for next generation data centric applications, including artificial intelligence and 5G edge computing. The LQD4500 provides 32TB of capacity and a PCIe Gen4x16 interface that enables over 24GB/s of throughput and 4 million IOPS. This impressive performance is only possible by aggregating multiple Phison E16 NVMe controllers into a single device. The Phison E16 provides industry leading performance, capacity and NVMe features required to build the PCIe Gen4 enabled data center of the future.  Liqid is excited that the Phison E16 is now powering the fastest storage in the world, the LQD4500."

Phison's first-to-market position in this emerging space is due to the company's decades of experience in memory technology, excellence in engineering and innovation in flash memory products.  Whereas others have yet to debut their Gen4 solutions, Phison has developed a package of products to address multiple sockets within the consumer space.


Among its portfolio of PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe products currently available or planned for release within the next year are:

  • PS5016-E16 -- a high-end controller that can easily reach speeds of 5GB/s sequential reads and 4.4GB/s sequential writes -- the fastest sequential reads and writes for a single M.2 SSD
  • PS5019-E19T -- offering low power controllers for mainstream drives, delivering best-in-class power savings and reducing cooling needs in data centers for all-day computing (Available 4Q 2019)
  • PS5018-E18 -- builds on the success of E16 to deliver even higher levels of performance with speeds of 7GB/s reads and writes (Available 2Q 2020) in advanced 12nm process node.

The entire portfolio of Phison PCIe Gen4 solutions is designed for quality by providing end-to-end data path protection, dynamic SLC cache support and integrated security support for the latest encryption standards.

Phison PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe controllers are currently shipping in a number of technology partners' products, enabling them to differentiate their own best-in-class solutions.  These solutions provide users with advances in 8K high-definition gaming capabilities, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and others.

"After several years since the announcement of the standard, the era of PCIe 4.0 solutions is upon us and Phison is at the forefront of this movement with our portfolio of Gen4x4 solutions," said K.S. Pua, CEO of Phison Electronics.  "We pride ourselves with our long history of innovation supporting emerging technologies.  From doubling transfer rates, to improving power consumption to increasing performance, Phison-based SSD solutions allow our integration partners to deliver the next-generation PC, gaming and storage systems needed to satisfy increasing consumer demand."

Phison is showcasing its lineup of PCIe Gen4 SSD solutions, including the public debut of its E19 controller, at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS), August 6-8 in Booth No. 219 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.  The booth will also host demonstrations of Phison-empowered solutions from technology partners Liqid and Cigent.

Optane for video editing, specifically 900p 280G Fri, 25 Jan 2019 04:38:04 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21389@/talks/discussions


Original price $389 dropped to $284 (2.5" version with cable is $269) and can go lower soon.

Yes, you can get NVMe SSD with high sustained write read/speed, but you can't get SSD drive with such high random read and such low latency. And such things can be most important in real life.



  • High Random Read And Write Performance
  • High Performance At Low Queue Depths
  • High Simultaneous Read And Write Performance
  • High Read And Write Performance At Small Capacity Points
  • High Performance Maintained As The Drive Fills
  • Heavy Workloads That Cause Drive Wear And Require High Endurance



Especially with heavy apps ala Adobe and Resolve you get different feeling.

Note that small 32GB M.2 Optane drives can be got locally now for ala $25-35 and are ideal drive for editing individual H.264/HEVC small projects.

Also suggest good software - Teracopy, can just set editing path on such drive as favorite and copy with one click from any NVMe SSD.


Adding more SATA ports - JMS585 PCIe 3.0 controllers Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:20:28 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22491@/talks/discussions image

Now price is $20,34-$2 select coupon-$3 general coupon

Very fast and standard AHCI controller (means that you do not depend on proprietary drivers!)



Sony TOUGH SD Cards Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:07:57 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20341@/talks/discussions image

  • World’s toughest SD card is bend proof and drop proof
  • World’s first one-piece molding structure for strength and hardness
  • Ribless and switchless design ensures there are no fragile components
  • World’s fastest read speed up to 300MB/s and write speed up to 299MB/s
  • Waterproof and dustproof world-class ratings of IPX8and IP6X respectively
  • Keep your work safe with the SD Scan Utility and File Rescue Software

Sony today announced a brand new innovation in storage media with the launch of the “SF-G series TOUGH specification”UHS-II SD card. Addressing the needs of photographers who are reliant upon their photographs remaining safe when their SD cards are removed from the camera, the new SF-G series TOUGH specification range combines the world’s fastest read and write speeds with an ultra-rugged design that is bend proof to 180N, and drop proof to 5 meters. For photographers who are fighting against the elements to get the perfect shot, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range of SD cards are also waterproof with an IPX8 rating and dustproof with an IP6X rating.

The new SF-G series TOUGH specification range of SD cards are 18 times stronger than the SD standard[ix] with world’s first monolithic structure (one-piece molding, no empty space in the card) and materials of high-grade hardness, unlike conventional SD cards with a thin, 3-part ensemble. They are protected against typical physical damage that can affect conventional SD cards such as a broken plastic casing, broken data protection lock and broken connector ribs. This has been achieved through a new means that it is the world’s first rib-less SD card with no write protection switch. These developments ensure that the SF-G series TOUGH specification is more resistant to bending and easy to break parts are removed entirely and has been engineered by Sony to deliver the best balance of hardness and toughness. Completely sealed with one-piece molding structure, no water drop, dust or dirt is not allowed to come into the card, meeting highest grade of waterproof (IPX8) and dustproof(IP6X).

Unleash the power of the camera

In an industry trend, driven by Sony, full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the α9 and α7 series are packing in more and more performance in both stills and video performance. These high-end cameras rely on fast memory cards to maximise their performance and with professional photographers now using SD cards more frequently, users are demanding the levels of reliability and durability associated with other professional card types. With the world’s fastest write speed of up to 299MB/s, buffer clearing time is minimised. This allows the photographer to shoot many frames per second and capture the action that they want. The SF-G series TOUGH specification range also supports V90, the highest standard of video speed class, making it an ideal companion for shooting high resolution video.

Furthermore, transferring high capacity photo and video files is made simple with the SF-G series TOUGH specification, thanks to a read speed of up to 300MB/s. This is another world’s fastest which dramatically enhances workflow efficiency after the shooting is all wrapped up. In a further acknowledgement of the practical needs of photographers, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range feature bright yellow banding design, making the card easier to spot in dark shooting conditions.

Ultimate Assurance

SF-G series TOUGH specification SD cards offer a series of further features, designed to give photographers peace of mind. These include an ‘SD Scan Utility’ which allows the user to check that the card is good condition and File Rescue Software[x] which can recover data and photos that might have accidentally been deleted. Furthermore, SF-G series TOUGH specification SD cards are also X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static, temperature proof and feature UV Guard.

Pricing and Availability

The SF-G TOUGH series of memory cards will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. They will launch in Europe from October. Full product details are available at:

Toshiba XL-FLASH Memory Coming Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:12:31 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22377@/talks/discussions image

  • SLC only
  • special low latency work
  • 32Gb, 64Gb and 128Gb per one chip


Lexar Professional 633x SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Fast Cards up to 512Gb Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:50:20 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22322@/talks/discussions image

  • 95MB/s read speed
  • 70MB/s write speed
  • 64-512Gb lineup
  • Prices are not set yet
GIGABYTE new NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD and other Phison based SSDs Fri, 24 May 2019 06:20:21 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22103@/talks/discussions image

At Computex they plan to show new 5000MB/s PCIe 4.0 x4 M2 SSD.

Of course, it will be slower at write speeds compared to good MLC or even 3D TLC SSDs, but for sequential read speed it will be around 25% faster.

HDD sales plummet Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:27:33 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15229@/talks/discussions Total HDD sold


Average capacity (check how low it is)


Average prices (with cartel agreement after 2011)


HDD for client devices sold


Especially bad are desktop PC sales



SSD FAQ, Selecting SSD for video editing tasks topic Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:05:18 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21563@/talks/discussions Topic dedicated only to compact and useful info on selecting proper SSD drive.

Note - use our deals topic after reading posts below to save as much as possible on new SSD.

QNAP TVS-882BRT3 Thunderbolt RAID NAS Short Review Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:20:12 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22165@/talks/discussions

1TB microSD cards appear Tue, 26 Feb 2019 02:42:14 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21621@/talks/discussions image

Putting multiple NVMe M2 SSDs Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:30:28 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21377@/talks/discussions Actually it is not so simple as you initially can think.

Let's get for example AM4 consumer CPUs - Ryzen chips have 24 pcie v3.0 lines.
4x goes to NVMe slot of board (Intel lacks this). 16x go to GPU - and this one on A320 and B350/450 can't be split (aka bifurcation), to force MB makers to buy more expensive chipsets for SLI.
4x is left for the chipset (on Intel it is same, see below).


Now go into Intel consumer CPUs.



DMI 3.0, released in August 2015, allows the 8 GT/s transfer rate per lane, for a total of four lanes and 3.93 GB/s for the CPU–PCH link.

In August 2007, PCI-SIG announced that PCI Express 3.0 would carry a bit rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s)

So DMI 3.0 is PCIe 3.0 4x. And all this nice looking premium MB's actually share same actual 20x PCIe 3.0 lines.

Now back to our storage things with many NVMe drives. Ideally we want to have as much PCIe lines as possible to keep fast copy between any of them and allowing fast copy via 10Gb network adapter (and this one also eat lines a lot, you need PCIe v2.0 x4 at least for one port!).

For all chipsets that allow bifurcation of PCIe x16 GPU slot we must leave x8 only for GPU if it is editing/grading machine.
For storage machine it is best to avoid external GPU and go with build in one if you need it, so all x16 lines will be available.

For example Threadripper has 60 PCIe lines - x48 lanes for GPUs, x12 for I/O.

Now to our solutions, from top to bottom.

ASmedia 2824 based solutions. PCIe 3.0 x16/x8 into 4x PCIe 3.0 x4 or pair of PCIe 3.0 x4.



Expensive thing, $232


Can also look at 2x variant -

Cheaper options requiring MB support


Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card from $65 -

ASROCK M. 2 SSD Upgrade Board from $120 -

These are dumb cards requiring MB to split PCIe slot aka PCIe bifurcation (and make proper RAID, if necessary).
On AMD it is usually for x399 Threadripper chipset only.

Cheapest option - use direct connection and one NVMe SSD per one slot


Can be with bracket or fully internal and compact. Best to use in x4 mode slots, so Intel chipsets usually work better (on AMD 3rd and more wide slots drop to PCIe 2.0 speeds).


Cots is below $5

HDD survival rates by manufacturer Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:11:39 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9414@/talks/discussions image


microSD EXPRESS - SD cards move towards direct PCIe interface and NVMe protocols Tue, 26 Feb 2019 03:41:11 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21625@/talks/discussions

microSD Express joins SD Express in integrating PCIe® and NVMe™ for up to 985 MB/sec transfer rate with backwards compatibility

BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress Booth #CS120 — Feb. 25, 2019 — The SD Association announced today microSD Express, offering the popular PCI Express® and NVMe™ interfaces alongside the legacy microSD interface for backwards compatibility. Like SD Express, microSD Express uses the PCIe interface delivering a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate and the NVMe upper layer protocol enables advanced memory access mechanism, enabling a new world of opportunities for mobile devices.

microSD Express cards defined in the SD 7.1 specification will be offered in a variety of capacities such as microSDHC Express, microSDXC Express and microSDUC Express. An updated video provides an overview of microSD Express and SD Express.

“microSD Express gives the mobile industry a compelling new choice to equip mobile devices with removable SSDs,” said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, SDA president. “SD 7.1 prepares consumers and mobile device manufacturers to meet ever increasing storage demands for years to come.”

“PCI-SIG is pleased to continue our collaboration with the SDA on this newest innovation for the world’s leading removable memory card – microSD,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president and chairman. “PCIe specification conformance tests are available today by major test vendors, offering a significant advantage for any new PCIe adopter.”

microSD Express delivers speeds necessary to transfer large amounts of information generated by data-intense wireless communication, speed hungry applications running on cards and mobile computing devices, ever evolving gaming systems, multi-channel IoT devices, numerous automotive uses, higher resolution mobile videos, action cameras , 360o videos, VR and more.

“NVMe is the industry-recognized performance SSD interface from the client to the data center to mobile, shipping in millions of units,” said Amber Huffman, NVM Express® Inc. president. “By SDA adopting NVMe technology into the new microSD Express cards, users can experience lower latency and increasingly fast transfer speeds across various applications.”

microSD Express uses the well-known PCIe 3.1 and NVMe v1.3 specifications defined by PCI-SIG® and NVM Express, respectively, on the second row of pins. PCIe 3.1 includes the low power sub-states (L1.1, L1.2) enabling low power implementations of SD Express for the mobile market. In addition, SD Express cards with significantly higher speed data transfer rates are expected to consume less energy than traditional microSD memory cards while keeping the same maximum consumed power. The cards provide system developers new options offered by PCIe and NVMe capabilities, such as Bus Mastering, Multi Queue (without locking mechanism) and Host Memory Buffer. By relying on successful protocols already in the marketplace, the SDA gives the industry an advantage allowing utilization of existing test equipment and saving in development process by usage of existing building blocks used in existing designs.

The SDA released visual marks to denote microSD Express memory cards to make matching the card and device easier for optimal device performance.

The SDA revised its white paper, “SD Express Memory Cards with PCIe and NVMe Interfaces,” that provides more details on the new capabilities and features found in the SD 7.1 specification. It also introduced a new white paper “SD Express and microSD Express Memory Cards: The Best Choice for Your Future Product Designs” providing product engineers with an in-depth look at the opportunities now available. More information is available on our website.

Find the SDA at Mobile World Congress Barcelona in Booth CS 120 February 25-28, 2019, in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain. The SDA is also at embedded world in Booth 3A-524 February 26-28, in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany.

SanDisk Sale at B&H Tue, 30 Apr 2019 18:25:45 +0000 tcarretti 21989@/talks/discussions

just picked up the 256GB card, thought I'd share the link

LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle and LaCie 2big RAID Fri, 12 Apr 2019 23:01:08 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21890@/talks/discussions

At the 2019 NAB Show, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced two new storage solutions for creative professionals and prosumers. The new LaCie® Rugged® RAID Shuttle and LaCie 2big RAID build on the brand’s record of efficient preservation of high-value, high-resolution digital imagery through the capture, edit, distribution, and archiving workflow.


Digital transformation in the media and entertainment industry has led to rapid data growth. In fact, according to a recent IDC whitepaper sponsored by Seagate, the media and entertainment (M&E) datasphere – the amount of data created, captured or replicated across the globe – is expected to grow at a 25% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2018 to 2025.

For 30 years, LaCie has helped creative professionals from production houses to hard-core hobbyists manage their data and the new LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle and LaCie 2big RAID offer two new solutions to easily share, manage, and keep data secure.

“M&E continues to see extraordinary growth in high-value digital content creation,” said Jeff Fochtman, vice president of consumer solutions and global marketing for Seagate. “Seagate and LaCie brands are synonymous with quality storage solutions required for today’s complex workflows. We’re also addressing the growing need to keep data secure during the entire creative process.”

Shuttle Your Projects Safely

Addressing the increasing demand for reliable, high-performance storage offering portability, the LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle, designed by acclaimed product designer, Neil Poulton, is the next iteration of the brand’s popular Rugged lineup. For 14 years, the Rugged drives have served creative professionals across the globe with reliable and secure storage solutions that offer industry-leading drop, shock, water, and dust resistance.

Designed with its famous orange rubber shell, the Rugged RAID Shuttle sports a massive 8TB of storage capacity in a clever flat design that can easily fit in a backpack or shipping envelope, making it an ideal shuttle drive for creative pros. It offers up to 250 MB/s in RAID 0 for performance, and RAID 1 for data redundancy, easily configured through the LaCie Toolkit. The drive also features Seagate Secure™ Hardware Encryption with password protection helping to keep your sensitive data protected from unauthorized access or intellectual property theft.

The Rugged RAID Shuttle offers USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s) technology with USB-C connector compatible with next-generation Thunderbolt 3 and is backward compatible with USB 3.0. With a 3-year limited warranty and Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services included, the drive includes a complimentary 1-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud® All-Apps plan (a $52.99 value) featuring Adobe Premiere® Pro, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®, and more. The 8TB LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle will be available in May with an MSRP £489.

Professional Raid Made Easy

For creatives who constantly juggle data-intensive projects with the need for professional grade speed, the LaCie 2big RAID offers up to 16TB of capacity for desktop storage featuring Seagate’s IronWolf® Pro enterprise-class drives. Users can transfer footage quickly and efficiently with speeds of up to 440 MB/s and rely on the device’s USB-C connection for universal compatibility including Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s), and legacy USB 3.0.

Also designed by Neil Poulton, the LaCie 2big RAID features a handsome space gray aluminum enclosure designed to reduce noise and vibration. It is pre-formatted exFAT and takes the mystery out of setting up RAID modes through the included LaCie Toolkit with RAID configuration. With a standard 5-Year Limited Warranty with Rescue Data Recovery Services and complimentary 1-month Adobe Creative Cloud All-Apps plan, LaCie 2big RAID is available this month with MSRPs of £399 (4TB), £499 (8TB), and £689 (16TB).

Toshiba 14TB introduced Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:51:38 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18506@/talks/discussions image

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation today announced the launch of the MG07ACA Series, the world’s first enterprise 14TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD. Using a 9-disk, helium-sealed design, the new MG07ACA Series provides the power-efficient capacity and storage density needed by cloud-scale and enterprise storage solution providers to achieve their TCO objectives.

“We have raised the bar with the new MG07ACA Series 9-disk helium-sealed design,” said Akitoshi Iwata, Vice President of Storage Products Division, Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation. “By utilizing an innovative design, we continue to improve the benefits that high-capacity disk storage can deliver to our broad global customer base.”

The MG07ACA Series features both 14TB 9-disk and 12TB 8-disk models. The helium-sealed 3.5-inch mechanical design realizes better storage density and a lower HDD operating power profile than the previous MG06ACA Series for optimal TCO in cloud-scale infrastructures. The series also utilizes Toshiba Group’s laser welding technology to ensure the helium remains securely sealed inside the drive enclosure. The drives support a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200rpm access performance. The 9-disk 14TB models achieve a 40% increase in maximum capacity over previous MG06ACA 10TB models. Additionally, the 14TB models improve power efficiency by over 50% (W/GB).

“Toshiba’s first helium-sealed nearline drive intercepts the market at a class-leading 14 TB capacity with CMR,” said John Chen, industry analyst at Trend Focus. “Its early time-to-market for this capacity positions the company well to meet the storage needs of large hyperscale and cloud companies. Additionally, the company’s choice of a 9-disk platform paves the way to achieving higher capacities in future product generations.”

“While enterprise server and storage customers realize that shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology can improve HDD capacity, the adoption of SMR HDD products into server and storage systems is a transition that will take several years,” said John Rydning, Research Vice President for hard disk drives at IDC. “Toshiba’s new helium-sealed enterprise HDD is the world’s first 14TB of storage capacity using conventional rather than shingled magnetic recording technology, giving enterprise customers the highest capacity HDD available in the market today for existing server and storage system architectures.”

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CFexpress 2.0 - most blatant consumer ripping enterprise Fri, 01 Mar 2019 07:05:50 +0000 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21650@/talks/discussions

The CompactFlash Association (CFA), the organization responsible for professional removable media specifications such as CompactFlash®, CFast® and XQD®, and the CFexpress® 1.0 specification, now announces the CFexpress® 2.0 specification which expands the spec to include two additional form factors for professional imaging and industrial markets that require performance and quality recording media for high-speed capture and transfer.

CFexpress was created to become a standard that can span many market segments and provide a stable and consistent format to fully leverage the industry’s R&D investments in technology and help reduce churn in the market surrounding standardized and proprietary recording media formats.

CFexpress 2.0 increases the portfolio of PCIe based removable Flash memory cards. The demand for sustained high performance with balanced power and optimized thermal dissipation shall be met with the new next-generation plug and play capability form factors.

With now three form factors, CFexpress® 2.0 supports performance levels to match various market requirements, while maintaining the same electrical/physical interface and memory/storage protocol. All form factors leverage the PCIe® Gen 3 interface for higher performance based on a computing industry storage interface and utilize NVM Express™ 1.3 protocols for fixed length commands, an efficient queuing model, and very low non-cacheable PCIe accesses per command. This enables access to a wide range of open standard platforms consisting of mature and proven drivers, saving development time and effort.

The new form factors are designed to meet specific requirements for applications in various verticals:

  • Imaging – Improved data rates in enthusiast and professional digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs), mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs), drones and video cameras
  • Compute – Low latency external and removable SSDs
  • Enterprise – Faster and more reliable media to store image files, software features and configuration files for servers and routers

The three form factors – designated as Type A, with 1 lane of PCIe, Type B, with 2 lanes of PCIe, and Type C with 4 lanes of PCIe – support up to a maximum theoretical performance of up to 4000MB/s and offers host vendors design flexibility with a form factor size.


The CFA works closely with its ecosystem of partners to design and implement specifications that make a difference to the industry. The board is pleased to help advance the industry.

Mr. Hiroshi Noda of Canon and the CFA co-chairman of the board said, “As co-chairman of the CompactFlash Association I am pleased to introduce CFexpress* 2.0. The introduction of these three new form factors will support both the current and future needs of professional photographers, videographers and cinematographers and will standardize removable media storage on the established PCIe® and NVM Express® ecosystems.”

“The CFexpress* 2.0 will enable many hardware manufacturers to create next generation higher resolution and multi sensor cameras. I am excited to see what the coming years will bring for the industry,” said Mr. Nobuhiro Fujinawa, of Nikon and co-chairman of the CFA board.

CFA has recently added several new members interested in CFA's next-generation and higher-performance standards. CFA invites host and media companies interested in supporting the new CFA specifications to also join CFA as members. Membership enables participation in CFA work groups and access to draft specifications before they are approved and available for purchase by non-members. The new CFexpress* 2.0 is available for members only.

The CFA is also preparing two further specifications. VPG Profile 4 Specification will be released shortly to enable the promise of higher sustained video performance. In addition, the CFA plans to start specifications utilizing PCIe Gen4 in order to realize even higher speed memory cards.

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