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Data Storage China Upgrades

China's Flash Consumption Grows To 30%; 8TB SSDs Are Coming (computerworld.com) 67

Lucas123 writes: Seven of the world's top 10 smartphone vendors hail from China as does PC giant Lenovo, which is driving up the amount of NAND flash and DRAM the country consumes. This year alone, China is expected to purchase nearly 30% of the world's NAND flash and 21% of its DRAM, according to a report from TrendForce. Additionally, state-backed companies are trying to break into Western markets with SSDs. For example, Sage Microelectronics (SageMicro), a four-year-old company based in Hangzhou, China, plans to release an 8TB SSD next month that will be based on eMMC flash, and it said it will release a 10TB drive next year. Update: 10/16 15:11 GMT by T : Note this interesting highlight from the second story linked above: SageMicron is selling not just drives that emphasize capacity over speed, but also a feature that will do doubt appeal to government agencies or private citizens intent on replicating Mission Impossible-style data wiping. The company's "Smart Destruction" function "can be set to erase encryption keys, perform a drive erase or physically fry the memory chips with a pulse of high voltage ... [and] can be triggered using a digital timer, a mobile phone instruction, or by simply pressing a button. 'Yes, it actually smokes sometimes when you push the button,' [Sage U.S. sales director Troy Rutt] said. 'People like that.'"
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China's Flash Consumption Grows To 30%; 8TB SSDs Are Coming

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  • Almost every company in China is effectively state owned, or at least state-backed in part. They all work through and often raise debt from Bank of China, which is a *lot* more involved in day-to-day company financing than the Federal Reserve.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Wow, China really is very different from "western" countries.

      In China, most companies are effectively state owned.

      In the west, most states are effectively company owned.

  • by Krishnoid ( 984597 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @05:45PM (#50739681) Journal

    It showed great growth up to 30%, but then it went back to the beginning and started overwriting itself.

  • by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @05:50PM (#50739709) Homepage Journal

    Like I said over the years, China is being held down by its currency peg. They have removed it [slashdot.org] and now Chinese currency will be able to go up when the USD will go down, allowing Chinese not to absorb USA the inflation created by the USA Federal reserve and the government. I fully expect Chinese to start consuming all of the products they produce, not just Flash SSD and the prices for all consumable goods will go down in Chinese currency but up in other currencies, as the Chinese money will go up in value relative to other currencies.

    Stock up on various non-perishable goods.

    • lol ok russkie.
    • I fully expect ... prices for all consumable goods will go down in Chinese currency but up in other currencies, as the Chinese money will go up in value relative to other currencies.

      It's not that simple. That would be very bad for their economy, since they rely so much on exports. Higher value Chinese currency = higher-priced exports. That would be very bad for their economy, since it relies so much on exports.

      Not so much if it didn't rely on exports, but that would be a very big change, over a long period of time.

  • I genuinely fear for the US and the world when the Chinese currency finally corrects.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    this makes no sense unless you need to dump a bunch of memory cards, who would want this?

    like making a raid from a bunch of thumb drives LOL

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      like making a raid from a bunch of thumb drives LOL

      How bad would that be, really? Even the store-branded USB3 flash drives at Microcenter have reasonable benchmarks. I get 110 MB/sec sequential reads and 70 MB/sec sequential writes out of one.

      I would expect something approaching 200 MB/sec sequential reads out of a simple mirror of them, a RAID-10 set of 4 ought to improve on that for reads and double write speeds.

      As for practical value, OK, it's probably pretty low, but I don't think I paid all that much for a USB3 128 GB thumb drive. It's not hard to s

      • The reliability of that type of flash memory is terrible. TLC cells aren't much better though, so I am not sure if it would be a bad thing, or very bad thing.

  • and girls with the peace sign. welcome to china! Selfie stick central!

  • 8 TB on a single SSD is great and all, but I'd rather that the flash manufacturers focus on moving their mainstream interfaces over to SAS3 like the enterprise storage world has done. What good is all of this fast storage on a single drive if you're capped by the bandwidth of the drive's interface?
  • What could possibly go wrong with a data-center full of self-destructing drives?

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