Storage Tue, 23 Jul 19 02:03:21 -0600 Storage en-CA SSD disks and NAND memory price watch Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:00:18 -0600 goanna 4389@/talks/discussions image

GIGABYTE new NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD and other Phison based SSDs Fri, 24 May 2019 06:20:21 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0700 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 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 22165@/talks/discussions

Optane for video editing, specifically 900p 280G Fri, 25 Jan 2019 04:38:04 -0700 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.


1TB microSD cards appear Tue, 26 Feb 2019 02:42:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21621@/talks/discussions image

Putting multiple NVMe M2 SSDs Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:30:28 -0700 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 -0700 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 -0700 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 -0600 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 -0600 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 -0700 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.”

Sample deliveries of MG07ACA Series drives to customers sequentially begin today. For more information on our full line of HDD storage products, please visit:

CFexpress 2.0 - most blatant consumer ripping enterprise Fri, 01 Mar 2019 07:05:50 -0700 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.

More information can be found at

Delkin 128GB VPG-130 CFast 2.0 Cards Mon, 04 Mar 2019 07:00:36 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21664@/talks/discussions image

Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today a brand new Video Performance Guarantee 130 (VPG-130) version of their 128GB CFast 2.0 memory card. Delivering unrivaled performance at speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers, the card is specifically designed for flawless cinema-quality video recording and to meet the extensive demands of today's broadcast, cinema and photography industries.

Boasting incomparable recording speeds up to 495MB/s, with a minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s, Delkin's 128GB VPG-130 CFast 2.0 memory card is capable of capturing smooth DCI 4K & Full HD video at high frame rates, as well as 170 full-sized RAW images and unlimited JPEGs at 16 fps in the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Each CFast card has undergone an extensive series of tests to ensure full functionality and performance in today's high-end cinematic hosts, including ones from Canon®, Blackmagic® and Atomos® (Not compatible with ARRI at this time).

Designed with dual memory card slots, the Canon 1D X Mark II supports (1) CFast 2.0 & (1) CompactFlash memory card, ensuring sufficient space and continuous shooting, especially during special events like weddings, sporting events and concerts. Using two cards at the same time also removes time wasted when swapping cards, causing you to possibly miss out on any precious split-second moments. As it's capable of recording DCI 4K video (4096 x 2160p) at 60fps with a max bitrate of 800Mbps, the 1D X Mark II's utilization of high-speed, high-capacity CFast 2.0 cards enables shooters to capture the most in the moment without corruption or dropped frames.

Though not as fast as CFast 2.0, Delkin's PRIME 1050X VPG-65 CompactFlash memory cards have also been tested to work in the 1D X Mark II, providing write speeds up to 120MB/s for reliable photo and video capture. Each memory card is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and Delkin's American-based customer support team out of San Diego, CA.

Delkin 128GB VPG-130 CFast 2.0 memory cards are now available for purchase through authorized camera stores worldwide. For more information on Delkin CFast 2.0, CompactFlash or other memory products, please visit

Micron 1TB microSD Card Sun, 03 Mar 2019 06:41:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21662@/talks/discussions

Micron Technology, Inc., an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions (Nasdaq: MU), today launched the Micron® c200 1TB microSDXC UHS-I card — the world’s highest-capacity microSD card, delivering one terabyte (1TB)1 of high-performance removable storage. The c200 1TB microSD card is the world’s first microSD card on the market that leverages Micron’s advanced 96-layer 3D quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. Consumers will find that the 1TB microSD card provides cost-effective storage for 4K videos, pictures and games on their mobile phones and other electronic devices.


“Micron’s technology leadership in 3D NAND with CMOS under the array and 96-layer QLC has been instrumental in developing and launching the world’s first 1TB microSD card,” said Aravind Ramamoorthy, senior director of NAND solutions for Micron's Embedded Business Unit. “The new c200 1TB microSD card gives consumers the freedom to capture, share, store and enjoy more content while supporting their mobile-centric lifestyles.”

“The advent of 3D QLC NAND technology is expected to increase the adoption of high-capacity consumer storage,” said Gregory Wong, president of Forward Insights. “Micron’s 1TB microSD card is a milestone in the removable card storage market — it will accelerate the transition to higher-capacity storage in mobile and gaming devices.”

Designed for high-performance mobile applications, the c200 1TB microSD card meets the A2 App Performance Class specification, enhancing user experience for Android Adoptable storage2 by enabling applications and games installed on the card to load faster. The Micron c200 1TB microSD card also delivers up to 100MB per second read and 95MB per second write performance speeds,3 meeting UHS-I Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 specifications.4 These performance metrics are optimal for video recording of 4K content, game consoles and burst-mode still photography.

The c200 1TB microSD card will be broadly available in Q2 2019. For more details about the c200 1TB microSD card and Micron’s full portfolio of memory cards, visit

Sony develops CFexpress Type B memory card Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:17:21 -0700 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.

Sony TOUGH SD Cards Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:07:57 -0600 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:

Why SATA development stopped? Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:48:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21436@/talks/discussions Let's look at SATA 3.0 - native transfer rate is 6.0 Gbit/s; 8b/10b encoding, maximum uncoded transfer rate is 4.8 Gbit/s (600 MB/s).

This is using two differential pairs:



Let's check PCIe that Thunderbolt is using.

PCIe 2.0 standard doubles the transfer rate compared with PCIe 1.0 to 5 GT/s and the per-lane throughput rises from 250 MB/s to 500 MB/s.

PCI Express 3.0 carry a bit rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), PCI Express 3.0 upgrades the encoding scheme to 128b/130b from the previous 8b/10b encoding, reducing the bandwidth overhead from 20% of PCI Express 2.0 to approximately 1.54%. PCI Express 3.0's 8 GT/s bit rate effectively delivers 985 MB/s per lane, nearly doubling the lane bandwidth relative to PCI Express 2.0

A x1 connection, the smallest PCIe connection, has one lane made up of four wires.

So, even years ago we had perfectly ready method to get 985 MB/s per lane, could even add internal switch for controller to go into PCIe mode using same wires.


So, decision to stop SATA development had been intentional and not based on any real limits for now, just wanted to drop compatibility layers and simplify interface.

Samsung made 1TB UFS chip for smartphones Wed, 30 Jan 2019 06:47:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21432@/talks/discussions


Samsung Electronics announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, for use in next-generation mobile applications. Just four years after introducing the first UFS solution, the 128-gigabyte (GB) eUFS, Samsung has passed the much-anticipated terabyte threshold in smartphone storage. Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards.


“The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices,” said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market.”

Within the same package size (11.5mm x 13.0mm), the 1TB eUFS solution doubles the capacity of the previous 512GB version by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s most advanced 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller. Smartphone users will now be able to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840×2160) format, whereas the 64GB eUFS widely used in many current high-end smartphones is capable of storing 13 videos of the same size.

The 1TB eUFS also possesses exceptional speed, allowing users to transfer large amounts of multimedia content in significantly reduced time. At up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s), the new eUFS features approximately twice the sequential read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA solid state drive (SSD). This means that 5GB-sized full HD videos can be offloaded to an NVMe SSD in as fast as five seconds, which is 10 times the speed of a typical microSD card. Furthermore, the random read speed has increased by up to 38 percent over the 512GB version, clocking in at up to 58,000 IOPS. Random writes are 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card (100 IOPS), coming in at up to 50,000 IOPS. The random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second and will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities in today and tomorrow’s flagship models.

Samsung plans to expand the production of its fifth-generation 512Gb V-NAND at its Pyeongtaek plant in Korea throughout the first half of 2019 to fully address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers around the world.

XferMax - Quick SD/XQD/CF Express cards backup solution Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:48:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21358@/talks/discussions image

  • Card slots built-in: CF/CFast/SDXC, no external card reader needed
  • Copy speed up to 140MB/s, when SSD installed
  • Easy to install/uninstall HDD or batteries
  • Memory card file format: FAT32 - exFAT (individual file is larger than 4GB)
  • USB Port - 1x USB3.0 and 1x USB2.0
  • Price around $499 at
  • Will be available also at

Lexar 1TB SD Card Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:53:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21302@/talks/discussions image

Can be that it is made on QLC 3D chips, so sustained write is horrible 30MB/s. Read speed can be up to 95MB/s.

And price is $499 (around 5x times of same size SSD!)

Failed drive? Tue, 01 Jan 2019 17:21:49 -0700 EspenB 21238@/talks/discussions I have a Core 2 8200 @ 2,33 GHz CPU which have only been used sporadically to read mail since I upgraded to another PC 4 years ago.

But while it still works, its agonisingly slow every time it accesses the hard drive. 1 TB WD Green (WD10EACS-65D6B0)

It takes forever to load a prg or video file for playback.

I finally fired up WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics prog and started a quick scan. Which was supposed to go for 2 min, but after 15 min it was still lingering around 80 per cent completion only. SMART status is ok.

The drive is probably toast?

I fired up the EXTENDED TEST to run during the night.

Make sure to get Samsung EVO SSD on sales, replacement QVO is real shit Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:49:29 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20994@/talks/discussions image

Yes, sustained write much slower than HDD. Below 75Mb/sec.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:05:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18693@/talks/discussions

Samsung X5 SSD - watch how they are ripping you off Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:07:45 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21004@/talks/discussions Nice package, thunderbold 3, etc


Price for 1TB on sale is $599, 500gb is $299


Inside we have cheap controller and.. Samsung 970 EVO NVME SSD

With prices of $289 for 1TB and $119 for 500GB (and they are falling fast)


So, best idea for such designs is to get cheapest option, and change SSD inside to large one you need.

If you are ok with USB 3.1 Gen2 speeds can just get enclosure on for around $20.

Sony ATOM X SSDmini for ATOMOS Recorders Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:32:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21144@/talks/discussions image

Sony is pleased to introduce 3 new professional ATOM X SSDmini products designed for use in ATOMOS recorders. As film makers production use of DSLR and mirrorless cameras increase, the new ATOM X SSDmini can easily attach to the Atomos line of products which helps to eliminate the cameras internal compression and time limits. The ATOM X SSDmini snaps off the back and the content is edit ready, stored securely on the SSD drive.

  • SV-MGS50/BT 500GB SSD $199.90
  • SV-MGS1T/BT 1TB SSD $379.90
  • SV-MGS2T/BT 2TB SSD $759.90


  • Special design for the Ninja V and fits other ATOMOS products1
  • Up to 550MB/s Read Speed and up to 500MB/s Write Speed2
  • Certified to support all codecs of Atomos products
  • Delivers reliable recording without frame drop out
  • Highly durable connector which passed testing of 3,000 times of repeated insertion and removal test3
  • Shock Resistance: up to 1500 G / 0.5ms
  • Interface: SATA 3 (6Gbps)
  • Dimensions: 80.0 X 75.5 X 7.8mm
  • Weight: 88g
  • Warranty: Three (3) year
Lacie DJI Copilot Backup Storage System Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:21:43 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20934@/talks/discussions

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage solutions, today announced a range of new products at the CES 2018 conference designed to equip the world’s increasingly mobile population with solutions that solve key challenges they face when creating, processing and accessing their data on-the-go.

“Our world is becoming more data-centric, connected and mobile. This means creating, transferring, storing and accessing data quickly and reliably is critical to unlocking the potential of everything – from data created in the field, to data powering self-driving cars, AI personal assistants or virtual and mixed reality experiences,” said Tim Bucher, senior vice president of Seagate consumer solutions. “At Seagate, we’re constantly pursuing innovative ways to address our customer needs so they can gain a competitive edge in whichever field they play.”

For example, videographers who want to capture footage in the field can now streamline their on-set workflow thanks to the second product offering from Seagate’s strategic partnership with DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, which looks to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem. The new LaCie® DJI Copilot, with design by Neil Poulton, is a complete backup on-set solution – enabling drone users to quickly ingest and review their content in full resolution without a PC. This changes the game by allowing creative professionals and consumers to playback, copy and manage their drone footage from their mobile device without the hassle of leaving the field or booting up a computer. Users can quickly connect and reference the built-in screen to initiate direct file transfer from an SD card to LaCie DJI Copilot – without the need of a laptop or a mobile network. The Copilot BOSS (Back-up On-Set Solution) app by LaCie allows users to playback video in full resolution as well as manage and organize files with their mobile phone or tablet, and a built-in power bank recharges your mobile devices. With 2000GB (2TB) of storage, the LaCie DJI Copilot enables users to easily store up to 65 hours of 4K 30fps video footage and 20K+ RAW photos. The LaCie DJI Copilot’s street price in the U.S. will be $349 and will be shipping in the spring.

Another challenge facing many mobile users today is extending the storage and battery life of their smartphones so they can capture, access and view content for longer periods of time. For consumers in China and Indonesia – two countries with some of the highest concentrations of smartphones on the planet – owners of Android mobile devices can significantly extend the battery life and capacity of their smartphone or tablet with the new Seagate® Joy Drive. Whether consumers are on their morning commute or just out with friends, the Seagate Joy Drive enables them to access videos and other content anywhere, without the need for a WiFi connection or cellular service. Available first in China this March through an exclusive partnership with JingDong, one of China’s largest online retailers, the Seagate Joy Drive is available in 1000GB (1TB) capacity and has a street price in China of 660 CNY ($99). Seagate is also evaluating potential future markets and partners for this product.

In the meantime, on-the-go consumers worldwide can keep their files and lives in motion with the new Seagate® Fast SSD – an ultra-portable flash drive that teams fast performance of up to 540MB/s transfer rates, with shock-resistance and USB-C connectivity. Users can backup or sync their content using Seagate’s new Toolkit software. The Seagate Fast SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and has a street price in the U.S. of $99, $169 and $349, respectively and will be shipping in the spring.

Data security is one more growing concern for anyone using a mobile device. To address this challenge, Seagate is introducing the latest addition to its popular line of LaCie Rugged drives: the LaCie Rugged® Secure. Built to withstand all-terrain extreme conditions from photo shoots in sub-zero temperatures to repeated drops on hard studio floors, the Rugged Secure, with design by Neil Poulton, is the first Rugged drive to include hardware encryption using Seagate Secure™ technology. This new drive gives creative professionals and other users peace of mind that they can control access to their content. A simple disconnection of Rugged Secure from a computer will automatically lock the drive and access to the data stored and will remain password-protected via new Toolkit software. The LaCie Rugged Secure street price in the U.S. will be $139 for 2TB and will be shipping in the spring.

And for creative professionals and enthusiasts looking to try out the latest graphic design and video editing software from Adobe Systems, an expanded partnership between Adobe and Seagate now provides limited-time, no-cost access to Adobe’s latest applications bundled with popular Seagate and LaCie drives. Two new offerings available immediately include two complimentary months of the “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan” (worth $19.98) – which features the new cloud-based photo service, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC – across the full range of Seagate Backup Plus and LaCie Porsche Design devices, as well as packaging one complimentary month of the “Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan” (worth $74.99) – which features Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and much more – with all LaCie Rugged, LaCie d2 and LaCie big devices.

For more details, come ‘get your game on’ during CES 2018 in the Seagate Experience Zone at The Venetian. There you’ll find interactive product demos and live experiences that showcase how the latest Seagate and partner technologies are teaming up to unlock the potential of creative workflows, smart home technologies, gaming, edge computing and more. We’ll also be joined at CES by our partners including Adobe, Blackmagic, CyArk, DJI, Grab Games, ioSafe and Synology. You’ll be right in the middle of the action as you explore a hands-on studio for creative professionals, a drone stadium and a future technologies pavilion. You can also find more information on new products at:

Lacie Rugged RAID Pro Mobile Portable Hard Drive Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:39:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20949@/talks/discussions

Samsung 512GB Evo Micro SDXC Card Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:27:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 21046@/talks/discussions image

Speed must be same as lower size cards - at around 90-100Mb for reading and writing.