Types of memories from SSD: SLC, MLC and TLC, what’s the difference?

I think we’ve all heard of the SLC, MLC and TLC memory types on the evolution of SSD. For some time there has been an investigation on how these discs can be reduced in price since they appeared on the market. 1 GB of SSD used to cost about 2 dollars making it almost impossible to buy for ordinary users. Now things have changed and 1 GB of SSD costs around 0.55 dollars, almost 4 times less.

The memory used by SSD is type NAND Flash, which, unlike the RAM is non-volatile (it does not lose the stored data when disconnected). NAND Flash memories store information in cells, which have a limited lifetime and are reflected in the use they have had, i.e. write cycles.

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Review: AMD SSD R7 240G

AMD wants to reach everywhere when the user buys a complete PC with its brand as a flag. They were only missing, apart from the RAM, storage systems. Well, they have arrived:

Introduction

OCZ is the specialist that accompanies AMD in this adventure and both have used the Vertex 460, one of their most powerful discs, as base to start adding the newest generation memories and the adequate adjustments to get a performance superior to this model, which is one of the most powerful discs of the market, with a higher durability and a first class warranty.

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7 tricks to get the most out of your SSD disk.

Installing a SSD disk is one of the easiest ways to give a new life to your device. Its installation is very simple, since once we have moved our operative system to this unit; we can get a spectacular speed rate at boot time. However, there are many other ways to take advantage of this and make your installation even more worth it.

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Using Windows 7 or higher

These days, it is difficult to find computers with Windows XP beyond a couple of offices. If this is your case, we recommend taking advantage to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. Why? Very simple: these versions have support for SSD hard drives. This means that they recognize the drives, and Windows 7 & 8 is capable to get the maximum performance in terms of speed. Its installation is very simple, here’s how: if you need to buy a license, here you can find one of Windows 8 for your computer desktop or laptop.

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Toshiba commercializes the first external HDD of 5TB

Toshiba has started the commercialization of the first external hard drive with a 5TB capacity that arrives to the Spanish market under the Stor.E Canvio Desktop series. A storage solution based on the hard drives of the MG04 series in standard 3.5 inches format that the company will present at the beginning of the year in SATA and SAS versions, we can highlight apart from the 5TB in the last version, a spindle speed of 7,200 rpm and a cache memory of 128 MB.

The variant for external storage comes from the Stor.E Canvio Desktop series, covered by a chassis with black and white finishes, a weight of 1kg, without fans to reduce the emitted noise and with the possibility to install it in vertical or horizontal so it can fit anywhere in your house or office.

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Its connecting interface is an USB 3.0 Super speed port that is compatible with USB 2.0. It includes a series of applications and software solutions for backup copies, file management and disk performance monitoring.

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SanDisk to buy Fusion-io for 1100 million dollars.

NAND Memory specialist, SanDisk, announced to buy Fusion-io company, specialized in flash PCI-Express storage, for 1100 million dollars.

Fusion-io debuted on the market on 2007, it stands out for being the first company introducing professional PCI-Express interface storage. With this acquisition, SanDisk pretend to firm up its presence on the professional storage market, being able to offer solution to datacenters and super computing.

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“Fusion-io seedup our efforts to being able to create flash data centers, helping companies to a better data management on a high volume data job at lower costs” says Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO at SanDisk, “User will benefit too from Fusion-io now being part of SanDisk, since we will be capable to offer PCI-Express interface products soon”.

This arrangement between SanDisk and Fusion-io has transcendence, for its professional market, and it will influence company’s consumer market too, now that SanDisk will have all Fusion-io’s technologies, specially important those related to PCI-Express storage solutions now booming, since this eliminates all limitation from SATA interface trying to reach high transfer rates, being able to offer a better price relationship per Gb solutions.

Corsair adds the new Force Series SSDs LX to its catalog

Corsair has just announced the addition of a new type of SSDs to its catalog.

This is the new Corsair Force Series LX, now available with storage capacities of 256 and 128 GB, an attempt to find an entry spot in the market thanks to a very competitive price without neglecting performance: In theory its read speed is 560 MB/s, while its write speed is 300 MB/s .

The speed of the SSDs is undoubtedly the great advantage that has led to many users to include one of these devices to their computers in recent years. However, until recently, their overly-high prices meant that these devices were only available to a few, but given the fact that the market trend has slowly brought down their prices, it is now much cheaper to get a noticeable increase in speed of the entire PC with one of these little gadgets.

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More precisely, Corsair has come up with a recommended price for the Force Series LX of 129.99 dollars (about 100 euros) for the 256 GB model, and 74.99 dollars (about 60 euros) for the 128 GB model.

Without a doubt, the competition in the entry market level for SSDs is fierce, however, with this strategy, Corsair is strongly positioning itself in the market, since the LX Series have one of the best and fastest speed/capacity/price in the market.

The Corsair Force Series LX have, as mentioned earlier, read/write speeds of  560/300 MB/s respectively, and make use of a Silicon Motion controller to achieve these speeds. In addition, they have an aluminum body that gives them strength and better heat dissipation, and because they have a thickness of only 7 mm, they are suitable for use in laptops and ultrabooks.

OCZ creates an SSD PCI-express of 3.2 TB of capacity.

Since Toshiba bought OCZ for 35 million dollars after they bankrupted, the new division hasn’t stop launching new things in the market. This time is an SSD with PCI-express interface with, no more or less than, 3,2TB of capacity even though, as you can imagine, the cost won’t be for anyone: it will cost 6.533 dollars.

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