Firepro

On April 16 2016, VR World released an article talking about AMD’s Firepro W9100 with 32 GB memory. They talk about how the first memory card as released by AMD themselves last year. This was the Firepro S9170 with a 32 GB GDDR5 memory. This was designed for servers using a very expensive 16 GB/ 2 GB memory chips. Not only were these memory chips very expensive, they were not widely available for the public to purchase alone.


AMD has released information about the Firepro W9100 with 32 GB memory just in time for the oldest tradeshow located in the western hemisphere. What makes this interesting is the fact that the W9100 is actually powered by a three year old GPU, called the Grenada XT.


Here’s what Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has to say about this new W9100.


“The imagination of the creator is limitless so much so that the professional creator consumes all available resources to produce new and never before seen designs and experiences. Some professional creative workflows demand very high bandwidth memory subsystems while others demand high memory size.


AMD pioneered the era of High Bandwidth and Ultra Efficient Memory through the introduction of HBM technology in 2015 and will bring it to content creators with the introduction of Radeon™ Pro Duo graphics. With the new AMD FirePro W9100 32GB, AMD is unleashing the world’s largest memory size professional workstation graphics card. Along with exceptional hardware, AMD is also delivering software tools to leverage our high bandwidth and large memory GPU configurations effectively.”


AMD’s Firepro 32 GB is of the highest caliber in terms of workstation users.


Here at ASAP Memory, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of AMD products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


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flastblade

It was just last week that Coho Data engineering team unveiled their latest creation: FlashBlade. FlashBlade is a blade-based flash storage array that addresses a problem that users have openly discussed over the past few years which is that the performance density of the PCle flash demands a completely fresh set of architectures for storage systems. In 2013, the Coho Data engineering team decided to pass on building a similar platform for FlashBlade because the main focus was developing the initial version of Coho’s storage software.


This unsurprisingly left little effort to build the densest, network integrated hardware platform that is needed today. Back in 2012 Coho saw these problems very clearly as the team started working with PCle flash. One needed a lot of CPU because the cards themselves were so fast that a single device could easily saturate a 10Gb NIC. This led Coho Data to build systems that could scale compute and integrate storage and connectivity together. The only remaining issue was density as these flash devices were incredible yet needed to be paired with compute and network to really scale the way it needed to.


The challenge for Coho Data was how to pack all of these things together as tightly as possible into a single physical form. Working with Intel and other boutique design firms, Coho began to explore the idea of integrating Intel’s Seacliff Trail 10Gb top of rack switch architecture as a bsis for a backplane of a blade-based storage server. This prototype system was christened SwitchStore with the idea of creating a completely converged top of rack switch and storage system.


However with the design in place Coho Data decided not to go ahead with SwitchStore due in part to a variety of issues. The first is that building a system based on proprietary hardware assuredly involves longer cycle times, higher costs and bigger challenges in validation and quality assurance.


Building their own hardware meant that Coho Data would be slower to hit the market on a less established and reliable platform all the while falling behind to all the other new technologies while they are still refining theirs. The second issue is that scaling out is a network problem.


In order for the array to consolidate the enormous amounts of storage performance into a single rack the loaded chassis has to be kept busy which would involve compute from multiple other racks. The resulted in a need to draw high-rate storage traffic across the core of the network. If Coho was to scale-out storage performance, they needed to do it in a way that is flexible enough to appropriately address the broader topology/network efficiency of your datacenter.


Finally scale-out essentially is expected to resolve a business problem which means it’s all about flexibility. Customers want the flexibility to maximize efficiency similar to those offered by scalable public cloud-based storage systems. Proprietary hardware would mean that a customer pays more for a bespoke, lower-volume device that is locked onto a backplane/topology that is slow to evolve.


FlashBlade is being marketed as a scale-out storage product and while it is quite an expensive proprietary piece of enterprise storage hardware that has a dedicated software team that writes enterprise code for 3 different processor architectures in Xeon, ARM, and FPGA. Only time will tell if Coho Data’s FlashBlade will solve all the issues limiting its predecessor SwithStore but for now the company remains optimistic it has finally cracked the code.


Here at ASAP Memory, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Coho Data Inc. products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at www.asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Memory types

The company Seagate is becoming the king of speed in the world of drives which is growing very rapidly for either the actual drive performances or connectivity. This technology has focused a lot on increasing the speed. From the looks of it now Seagate is doing both for the industry, with harnessing a 16 lane PCIE and also a NVME, which can push 10 gigs of data per second into a drive.


IT is known by the company that it has been the fastest drive yet. The company’s most recent score on the drive has beat the last recorded by 4GB’s faster from the last time they tested it. The best thing yet from this new system is the unit also meets the Open Compute Project specification which allows data centers and enterprise applications. The traditional SSD’s found in almost all computers, are all limited to around 500 megabytes per second.


So NVMe drives at their full potential can be a lot faster than most PC’s almost reaching up to 1.5 megabytes. So this new device will hit the technology world sometime this summer but we still have no word on how much this will be costing in the technology world just yet.


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You saw that correctly, a modder that goes by the name of Dr. Moddnstine has created a 128GB floppy drive out of an SD card and an old floppy disk reader. This is a part of his newly modded 1995 IBM Aptiva.


Dr. Moddnstine built a new computer gaming system from an original IBM Aptiva dated back from 1995. With all the memory upgraded parts, the only original part from the Aptiva is the case itself. The new system consists of a Micro ATX motherboard, IntelI7-6700K and AMD Radeon R8 390.  Oh, and the massive floppy disk.


The 128GB floppy drive consists of two parts. The first part is the floppy disk that is slightly modified to allow a SD card to be tucked behind the sliding piece of the floppy disk. The floppy disk needed to be cut accordingly to fit the SD card. The final part of the 128GB floppy drive is the reader, which is wired and soldered together with a USB 3.0 adapter, to allow faster transfer speeds.


The 128GB floppy is only a small component to the complete IBM Aptiva build.  The process of wiring and soldering was a very intricate process and wasn’t an easy task at hand for Dr. Moddstine. The mad modder created something that will certainly grab the attention of follow computer builders and have others trying to out build the modded 1995 IBM Aptiva.



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GPU memory standards to supercharge graphics

Virtual Reality and the ever increasing interest in life-like computer game graphics has led to the development of very advanced graphics for computers and mobile devices. With the development of these new technologies in mind, companies such as Intel, Nvidia and AMD are designing chips that work better with higher quality graphics. Improvements to chip design are being made, such as developing faster ways in which Graphic Processing Units can create and broadcast images.


To accomplish this feat companies are also developing units with faster Graphic Processing Unit architecture and increasing the speed of computer memory is another way in which computer graphics are being improved.


The GDDR5X and HBM2 memory standards are examples of improvements in memory that have recently been developed. Both of these standards were recently approved by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and their effectiveness in producing faster memory operations is already being honed by companies such as Samsung, Micron and AMD.


HBM2 is considered revolutionary primarily due to the changes in the way it helps move data in Graphic Processing Units. Unlike other memory standards HBM2 cells are stacked in a 3D format, thereby making the movement of data within its cells much faster. As stated by Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64,


“With HBM2, there are multiple chips stacked and instead of increasing the frequency, you are widening the interface.”


In a similar manner GDDR5X is twice as fast as its predecessor, GDDR5. It is an incremental improvement, with a memory structure that has been redefined and has data rates of 10 to 14 gigabits per second. Both of these memory standards no doubt will have huge impact on how computer graphics are developed and how Graphic Processing Units function.


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For the first time flash memory's areal density surpasses hard drive’s

It was revealed recently during the 2016 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, that Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory has surpassed Hard Disk Drive technology in areal density for the first time.


According to Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates, Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory was able to achieve an areal density of 2,77Tbpsi.


This is more than double the 1.19Tbpsi achieved by Samsung’s flash memory in 2015. Coughlin when on to say that “HDDs have not stopped evolving…On the other hand, flash memory is getting denser with technology announcements of 2.77Tbspi, higher than any announced HDD areal density.


This is a new development. So flash is developing and certainly getting competitive in terms of areal storage density, but the chips are still more expensive to make than disks and the raw costs of storage will likely remain less for HDDs for some time to come announcements “


According to Coughlin the highest areal density for current HDD products is about 1.3Tbpsi, however most commercial HDD products are well below that. For example, Seagate desktop hard drives have a max areal density of 850Gbpsi.


This means that while still a best case scenario based on laboratory figures, the results from Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory are a very great technological improvement. On the same note Samsung have made it known that they will be releasing 15TB 2.5inch SSD soon and Tokyo-based Fixtstars already has a 13TB 2.5inch SSD on the market selling at a price of $13,000.


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Solid-state drive

The prices of mainstream consumer SSDs have fallen dramatically every year over the past three years. By 2017, they are expected to be within 11 cents of the per-gigabyte price of hard disk drives (HDDs). Solid-state drives are superior to hard drives in every way but one: they’re faster, lighter, and less fragile, but they’re also more expensive. The last one has been the only thing keeping HDDs alive, and that thread appears to be getting thinner by the day.


Researchers at DRAMeXchange understand that the price per gigabyte of an SSD has fallen off a cliff in the past three years, and the trend is only accelerating. If the company's estimates are on the mark, these drives could cost just 11 cents more per gig than conventional hard drives by 2017. At that rate, you might not have to choose between high capacity and breakneck speed when you're on a budget -- you could easily afford both. Next year, SSDs are expected to be in 31% of new consumer laptops, and by 2017 they'll be in 41% of them, according to DRAMeXchange senior manager Alan Chen.


"Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," Chen said. "However, 256GB SSDs will be moving close to price parity with mainstream HDDs in 2016, so the adoption of SSDs in the business notebook segment will rise."


While SSD pricing has dropped dramatically over the past three years, HDD pricing hasn't. From 2012 to 2015, per gigabyte pricing for HDDs dropped one cent per year from 9 cents in 2012 to 6 cents this year. However, through 2017, the per-gigabyte price of HDDs is expected to remain flat: 6 cents per gigabyte. That means a 1TB hard drive will continue to retail for an average of about $60, though they can be found for under $45 on many online retail sites.


The drastic drops in SSD pricing are likely due to increased competition from storage makers, who’ve made some significant technological advances in the last year. In August, Samsung introduced the first 16TB solid state drive, and while it’s solely aimed at servers for now, the underlying 3D NAND technology also appears in much cheaper consumer drives. SanDisk and Toshiba have also been working on 3D NAND flash chips, and Intel has been collaborating with Micron on 3D NAND as well.


Here at Just ASAP Memory, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of SSD products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Asus R510JX Gaming Laptop

Taiwan-based Asus launched the R510, a new entry-level gaming laptop, for the Indian market. This laptop model is equipped with Windows 10 and has an external black and red themed shell. This R510 will come with an affordable price tag of 69,990 RS.


The R510 is a 15.6-inch full HD antiglare display with resolution size of 1920x1080 pixels. The antiglare display will solve many consumer complaints about fingerprints easily smudging the screen. It comes with the 4th-generation Intel core i7 4720HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz (Up to 3.6 GHz turbo) with an NVidia GTX 950M which includes the NVidia Battery Boost Technology. Not only this, but the gaming laptop comes with 4GB of RAM (upgradable) and a 1TB of SATA hard disk memory.


Peter Chang, the Regional head of South Asia and Managing Director for Asus India, commented on why introducing an entry-level gaming laptop is beneficial to India’s marketplace:

“Gaming is on the rise among the Indian consumers and with R510, even the entry level gaming enthusiasts will get an opportunity to test their skills on the high end games. It’s the perfect blend of hardware, performance and gaming with its black and red theme styled with FHD antiglare display. It is one of the most affordable products in the gaming category which makes it a must-buy for all the aficionados.”

The laptop also features a multi-point Smart Gesture input with IceCool technology that will keep the user’s palms at a cool temperature.


In terms of acoustics, the laptop has quite an impress sound quality. The R510 comes with an ASUS SonicMaster and AudioWizard which is powered by ICEpower Technology.


R510 also comes with a Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, HMDI 1.4 out, VGA port, SD card readers, RJ-45 inlet, and an audio combo jack


Here at ASAP Memory, we have the resources to distributor a vast array of Asus products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and IT systems are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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WD

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital announced this past week that they have reached an agreement to buy SanDisk for around $19 billion.


The value of SanDisk’s stock was closed at $76.78 per share, about five dollars more than Western Digital. The deal does not come as a complete shock - It has been speculated for about a week that this was bound to happen. This marks the next step for WD into providing storage solutions on a global scale, using both their products and those of SanDisk.


SanDisk specializes in flash memory storage devices such as USB flash drives and memory cards. SanDisk found themselves on hard times trying to survive on selling mostly flash drives and memory cards. With all the new ways to store data, people simply are not buying as many flash drives as they did five or ten years ago. With their powers combined, officials at Western Digital hope they will be able to respond to these constant changes in an effective way.

"The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry,"

said Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan in a statement.


Some terms of the deal include a clause in which if SanDisk’s cash balance falls below certain thresholds at the time of transaction close, the merger agreement provides for an adjustment to the mix of cash and stock consideration.


The state of the current data storage market has led to numerous mergers and acquisitions recently, as the IT industry continues to look for ways to adapt to new trends. Just one week before, Dell completed the biggest storage market acquisition ever when they purchased EMC for $67 billion.


The deal is expected to be closed by the third quarter of next year.


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Samsung

Move over Apple! Samsung has once again put itself at the forefront of the technological world. The electronics industry giant has outdone itself once again in the grandiose manner consumers have become accustomed to.


Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced that it has created the world’s largest hard drive. At the Flash Memory Summit in California this past week, Samsung unveiled its golden child, the PM1633a, which uses NAND flash chips rather than spinning platters and crams almost 16 terabytes into a 2.5 inch SSD package.


The competition pales in comparison to the PM1633a which blows the next nearest hard drive made by Seagate and Western Digital currently maxed out at 10 TB.


The secret behind Samsung's 16TB SSD is the company's new 256Gbit (32GB) NAND flash die which boasts twice the capacity of 128 GB NAND dies that were commercialized by various chip makers last year. Samsung has managed to cram 48 layers of 3-bits-per-cell (TLC) 3D V-NAND into a single die, up from the 24 layers in 2013 and 36 layers in 2014.


In the new V-NAND chip, each cell utilizes the same 3D Charge Trap Flash (CTF) structure in which the cell arrays are stacked vertically to form a 48-storied mass that is electrically connected through some 1.8 billion channel holes punching through the arrays thanks to a special etching technology. In total, each chip contains over 85.3 billion cells. They each can store 3 bits of data, resulting in 256 billion bits of data. In other words, 256 GB on a chip is no larger than the tip of a finger.


Historically, like most computer chips, NAND flash has been planar in that, the functional structures on the chip are generally laid down on a single two-dimensional plane. In a similar way to how logic chips are moving towards 3D transistors (FinFETs), electronic titans Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel have been forging ahead with 3D NAND.


A simple way of understanding how Samsung accomplished this is to envision that everything is turned on its side-so, instead of having just one layer of memory cells on a single plane, you can now have dozens of layers of cells, all standing up next to each other.


In fact, the "V" in Samsung's V-NAND refers to the vertical nature of these cells. Process-wise, 3D NAND is very complex, but the massive potential density increase makes it worthwhile. With innovations like this, no wonder Samsung has been neck and neck with Apple as the two electronics superpowers.


Here at Just ASAP Memory, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of Samsung products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines, computers, and IT systems are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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