WD showed at Computex drive with SATA Express

Although the prices of SSDs are falling more and more, HDD drives are still irreplaceable for storing more data. That is why many companies are striving to provide the fastest possible transfer and hybrid solutions that incorporate both technologies, which feature new interfaces.

During the Computex fair, Western Digital unveiled a completely new SATA Express drive, based on the same solution used in the WB2 Black, but with a much faster interface. This allows the computer to communicate with very high speed.

So big that with a 695 MB / s transfer rate, the drive lags behind typical SSDs, as it bypasses the limited SATA 2 bus capable of transferring data at a maximum speed of 550 MB / s. The drive is of course a hybrid and consists of a 4TB HDD disc with a 128GB SSD installed on which the most used data is stored.

The new drive will reduce the cost of launching satellites

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new drive that will allow us, in a fraction of the current cost, to be orbited to Earth or small satellites.

Engineers are working on a project called CAT (CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster), which aims to construct small, solar-powered CubeSat propulsion blocks that can move objects into orbit.

The new technology would significantly reduce the cost of launching satellites compared to the current heavy and heavy rocket method. Scientists expect their invention, in the future, will significantly speed up the space exploration process, enabling satellites to be sent to Saturn and Jupiter.

However, to complete their project, they need at least $ 200,000, so they decided to raise funds through Kickstarter. If they manage to gather needed resources, they may be able to send a new prototype into the space next year, and one year later they want to use it to launch space vehicles into space.