All those consumer devices and applications require digital storage. This is where all our camera images live and where the sensor data enabling driver assistance technology and IOT devices is stored. It is also where cloud data centers store media content and will be critical to the introduction of various 5G services. Let’s look at digital storage and memory technology and applications at the 2020 CES. This
Seagate introduced a modular storage solution to manage enterprise, cloud and edge data called the Seagate Lyve Drive Mobile System, shown below.
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Seagate’s Lyve Drive Mobile System is a collection of modular storage solutions built to help businesses be more efficient and grow. Seagate was showcasing the Lyve system and several key product concepts in the line including:
Lyve Drive Cards and Lyve Drive Card Reader
High capacity, high-performance 1TB CFexpress cards and a portable card reader for ingesting endpoint data sources.
Lyve Drive Shuttle
An autonomous data storage and transport solution for easy ingestion from direct-attached, network-attached, and other external storage devices. It offers up to 16TB of capacity depending on HDD or SSD configuration, and an e-ink touchscreen display to copy files directly without a PC.
Lyve Drive Mobile Array
A sealed, high-performance, 6-bay array that is ruggedized and easy to transport. The mobile array displayed at CES featured 6 of Seagate’s 18TB Exos HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) hard drives for a total capacity of 108TB.
Lyve Drive Modular Array
A high-performance 4-bay array with flexible configuration so businesses can build what they need for a particular workflow. The high-capacity modular array displayed at CES included Seagate’s Exos 2X14 enterprise hard drive, which is the first to integrate Seagate’s groundbreaking MACH.2™ multi-actuator technology.
Lyve Drive Rackmount Receiver
A high-performance datacenter 4U rackmount ingestion hub that accepts two Lyve Drive arrays for high-speed data transfer directly into a data center fabric without the need of cables.
Seagate was also showing applications using their LaCie external drive platform, Backup Plus external storage, FireCuda 510 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD for gamers and its IronWolf 110 SATA NAS SSD with capacities up to 3.84 TB with endurance up to 7,000 TBW. In particular, they were low cost One Touch SSDs featuring art by Sam Larson that were very attractive.
Western Digital showcased new innovations in its extensive lineup of storage solutions built for every consumer use, including a demonstration of the world’s highest capacity, 8 TB, pocket-sized, portable SSD prototype featuring a SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps interface (see image to left below). The company is also releasing the 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C drive for smartphones and laptops (see image to right below).
SanDisk 8 TB SSD prototype and 1 TB Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C Drive
Western Digital Product Introduction Images
The 1 TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C has an all-metal case and allows transferring content between USB Type-C smartphones, tablets and laptops and USB Type-A computers. The company was also showing its WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD with SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps data rates. There are two Xbox-licensed drives available now, the WD_Black P10 and D10 Game Drives. They also were showing ibi, a smart photo management device from SanDisk that offers consumers local storage that works like a personal cloud for photos and videos with up to 1 TB of storage capacity.
Samsung announced its Portable SSD T7 Touch. This USB 3.2 Gen 2 SSD includes a built-in fingerprint sensor for data security as well as password protection and built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The T7 Touch offers a significant speed upgrade over previous storage solutions. With a read speed of 1,050MB/s and a write speed of 1,000MB/s3, it is approximately twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5. Maximum speed is obtained when used with the NVMe interface.
Samsung Portable T7 Touch SSD
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The T7 Touch is available in a black or silver finish in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB sizes. To ensure reliable connectivity wherever the users may be, the drive comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable and a USB Type-C-to-A cable, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Android operating systems.
Micron announced that it has begun sampling DDR5 DIMMs, based on its 1z nm process technology to key industry partners. The DDR5 bandwidth entry point delivers more than 1.85-times increase in performance compared to standard DDR4. DDR5 also features superior data-transfer performance, making significantly more efficient use of CPU clock cycles and system resources.
“Data center workloads will be increasingly challenged to extract value from the explosive growth of data across all aspects of our business and personal lives,” said Tom Eby, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute & Networking Business Unit at Micron. “The key to enabling these workloads is higher quality memory that is faster and denser. Micron’s sampling of DDR5 RDIMMs represents a milestone for server platforms as it brings the industry one step closer to harnessing the scaling capability of next generation memory.”
Hyundai Technology was also showing a 2 TB external SSDs at the CES.
Phison and Enmotus demonstrated an SSD from Enmotus that combines SLC NAND for primary storage with cost effective QLC NAND on the same NCVME SSD. The drive was called MiDrive. Enmotus says that its Machine Intelligence technology keeps your active data/games in the true SLC and stores infrequently used data on the QLC – automatically.
In addition to performance and cost benefits, MiDrive increases SSD endurance by minimizing the write amplification associated with caching, which allows cost effective QLC to be deployed in volume notebook applications. MiDrive NVMe SSDs are currently sampling to OEMs. Phison says that it worked closely with Enmotus on integrating its technology with Phison controllers.
Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, Micron, Hyundai as well as Enmotus and Phison storage and memory products at the 2020 CES power consumer products and cloud-based applications. New products and new product families make digital storage vaster and faster for 2020.