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Storage / Hard Drives News (499)

Toshiba Sues Western Digital for $1.1 Billion

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 28, 2017 10:42PM
Author: scr4wl

Well-known electronics company Toshiba is suing Western Digital to the tune of $1.1 billion for damages in a Japanese court. The reason given for the lawsuit is to prevent Western Digital from stopping the sale of Toshiba's flash memory division. Western Digital recently prevented the sale of this division by invoking an arbitration clause in the duo's business agreement. Toshiba, reportedly, plans to use funds generated by the sale of this division to fix budget issues stemming from a loss in its nuclear power business.

According to an analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd., "Toshiba has made very clear that they want to move the process along without Western Digital’s obstruction, which, frankly, hasn’t been particularly constructive." Toshiba argues that Western Digital never formalized its business relationship after the SanDisk acquisition last year and that, "Western Digital’s claims are false, designed only to interfere with the sale process, and have damaged Toshiba and TMC." For more information check out the source below!

Source: Bloomberg



Intel Announces First Optane SSDs for Data Centers

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 20, 2017 09:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Intel does a lot more than just make CPUs and one of its promising memory technologies is finally coming to products. Developed with Micron, 3D XPoint memory is a new memory technology that can reach speeds up to 1000 times faster than the NAND memory we have all come to love, while also being 10 times denser. Those are definitely desirable characteristics and Intel has finally announced its Optane SSDs, which are targeting data centers first.

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series is a 375 GB drive that can be used to increase the storage capacity of a server while also providing consistently high performance at a latency of less than 10 microseconds. Combined with Intel Memory Drive Technology, the drive will act like DRAM to the system, significantly increasing the amount of available memory to operating system and applications.

If you happen to be part of Intel's early ship program, the Optane SSD DC 4800X Series is now available to you, so you can start upgrading your data centers. Additional capacities and form factors are to be available in the second half of this year. Hopefully it will not be too long before this can start reaching consumer computers.

Source: Intel



Largest Capacity Flash Drive Now Available From Kingston

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 27, 2017 05:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga


At CES 2017, Kingston unveiled its plans for a 1TB and 2TB USB 3.1 flash drive, known as the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (DTUGT). In addition to gaining the distinction of the world's largest capacity flash drive, the DTUGT was awarded Best in Show by Tom's Hardware. Users will be able to store more than 500,000 photos, 160 movies, or 70 hours of 4K video in the shock resistant zinc-alloy metal casing. Flash business manager Jean Wong described the DTUGT, stating "With the release of the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, users can push the boundaries of their mobile storage needs and ensure that they have more than enough space to store their video, photos and files in a small form factor."

Source: Press Release



Sony Announces World's Fastest SD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 23, 2017 04:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Sony has announced a new line of SD cards, the SF-G Series UHS-II SDXC cards, which it claims are the fastest SD cards available. The cards will be available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB with read and write speeds up to 300MB/s and 299MB/s, respectively. Sony is targeting the new cards at photographers, stating that the cards are "ideal for hi-speed continuous shooting of high-resolution images for UHS-II supporting cameras and 4K video." Sony will also release a new UHS-II card reader in the Spring that utilizes USB 3.1 for connection. Pricing information was not available for either product.

Source: PC World



New microSDXC and Type-C USB Drives from Patriot

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 4, 2017 11:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Like many other companies at CES time, Patriot has been announcing a number of products, including a new entry to its LX Series of microSDXC cards and two Type-C USB drivers to its Stellar Line. The 256 GB LX microSDXC card uses 3D NAND technology to pack all of that storage in the form factor many action cameras, phones, and Android devices use. It is a Class 10 U3 card, with sequential read speeds of up to 90 MB/s and 80 MB/s write, so you can capture a host of high quality stills or hours of 4K video, depending on your purpose. This card is available today and has an MSRP of $199.99.

The two new members of the Stellar Line both uses the new Type-C USB port that is becoming more popular. The STC-Vi drive is a vertically positioned drive, allowing you to plug it into your device and leave it there without obstruction. Its speeds are up to 225 MB/s read and 25 MB/s write. It will be available in capacities from 64 GB to 128 GB in the second quarter of this year, and at an MSRP of $24.99 to $64.99.

The second new Stellar drive is the STC-Ti that actually features a pass-through Type-C port on it. As some devices use a single Type-C port for connecting drives and charging, this pass-through design means you can use the drive while still powering your device. Its speeds are up to 130 MB/s read and 20 MB/s write. It will also be available in the second quarter and in 64 GB to 128 GB capacities, but with an MSRP from $34.99 to $74.99.

Source: Press Release




Kingston Announces 2 TB USB Flash Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 4, 2017 10:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Depending on what you do, the storage capacity of your various drives could be very important. Personally I have had weeks where I have generated about a full terabyte of data, and if that sounds like one of your weeks too, then Kingston may have just announced a product for you. The new DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB drive offers up to 2 TB of flash memory in its 72 mm x 26.94 mm x 21 mm zinc-alloy shell. At 2 TB, this is the world's largest USB flash drive. Connecting it to a computer is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, so you will have the benefit of USB 3 speeds as you fill it up with as much as 70 hours of 4K video.

The DataTraveler Ultimate GT ships in February and will be available in both 1 TB and the record-setting 2 TB capacities. It is also backed by a 5-year warranty.

Source: Press Release



Corsair Announces New M.2 Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 13, 2016 04:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Corsair has announced the Force MP500 M.2 SSDs, "the fastest SSDs yet produced by CORSAIR," with "performance up to five times faster than traditional SATA 6Gbps SSDs." The drives are powered by a Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controller and utilize the PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 interface. This combination provides for read and write speeds up to 3,000MB/s and 2,400MB/s, respectively. In addition to the high speeds, the Force MP500 drives include proprietary SmartECC, SmartRefresh, and SmartFlush technologies to "safeguard data against corruption in case of unexpected power loss or unsafe shutdown." The Force MP500 drives are available immediately in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces 256GB microSDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 1, 2016 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced the addition of a microSDXC card with 256GB capacity to its line of Class 10 UHS-I cards. The increased capacity will give users the ability to store up to 64,000 12MP images or 976 minutes of 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The Class 10 cards are popular in applications including smartphones, tablets, and action cameras and offer reduced buffering times when compared to Class 4 cards. The cards are also waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof, and X-ray proof making them the perfect choice for a variety of operating environments. Flash memory business manager Annette Chan described the increased capacity offering, stating "As image quality and 4K content continues to rise, we strive to push storage densities higher to match our customers’ needs for larger capacity and stable products."

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 10, 2016 02:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a pair of new encrypted flash drives with the IronKey D300 and D300 Managed edition. The drives use 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode that has been FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certified. The zinc enclosure is waterproof to four feet and includes an epoxy seal to make it clear when the drive has been tampered with. The drives require a complex password protocol that will reformat the drive after 10 incorrect password attempts. Digitally signed firmware helps to protect against the BadUSB malware. Kingston flash business manager Ken Campbell described the new drives, stating "We leveraged Kingston’s history of delivering high-quality Flash memory products with IronKey’s trusted reputation in the encrypted storage industry to create a strong, reliable USB Flash drive that will last for years to come." DataLocker CEO Jay Kim added "The IronKey D300 and D300 Managed Encrypted USB Flash Drives are two more tools that allow us to safeguard our customers' sensitive data with the most advanced level of security." The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

Source: Press Release



Toshiba Announces OCZ TL100 SSD Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 28, 2016 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Toshiba has announced the addition of a new line of solid state drives to the OCZ brand, the OCZ TL100. The drive was designed with entry level users that are looking for "an affordable upgrade solution" in mind. It utilizes Toshiba TLC NAND to provide sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and up to 85,000 IOPS. VP of Marketing Alex Mei described the TL100 stating, "The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality. As an affordable upgrade option for home and office users, the TL100 series makes SSD performance and responsiveness more accessible to a wider audience." The TL100 is available in capacities from 120GB to 240GB.

Source: Press Release



Samsung Announces Two M.2 SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 21, 2016 04:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung has added to its V-NAND M.2 SSD lineup with two non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives. The 960 Pro will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB and offers read and write speeds up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100MB/s, respectively. The 960 Evo has capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB with read and write speeds up to 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s, respectively. Pricing will start at $330 for the 512GB 960 Pro and $130 for the 250GB 960 Evo.

Source: ZDNet



SanDisk Shows Off Prototype 1TB SD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 20, 2016 04:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

SanDisk used the Photokina event in Cologne, Germany this year to show off a 1TB SDXC card prototype, two years after announcing a 512GB model at the same show. The card won't be available any time soon, but it shows that card capacities still have some room to grow. Dinesh Bahal, VP of product management for the Content Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital, talked about how far the company has come since the first 64MB card released 16 years ago stating, "The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates."

Source: SanDisk



New OCZ SSD Series Announced by Toshiba

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 13, 2016 01:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to build a new computer or upgrade a current one with SSDs in place of traditional hard drives, a new option has been announced by Toshiba under the OCZ brand. The new OCZ VX500 SSD series is meant to handle the amount of writing some of us put our drives through, as part of content creation or revolving storage, with endurance ratings of 74 to 592 Terabytes Written (TBW). At 592 TBW, that is more than three times the endurance of leading TLC SSDs. Of course these drives also need to be fast to satisfy some of us and they will feature read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 515 MB/s, respectively.

The series will off four drive capacities from 128 GB to 1024 GB and will be backed by a 5-year warranty.

Source: Toshiba-OCZ



Thermaltake Announces Max SATA HDD Rack Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 17, 2016 04:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Thermaltake has announced its latest case accessory, the Max SATA HDD Rack Series, featuring four models of 5.25" bay mountable hard drive enclosures. The Max 2504 and 2506 occupy a single 5.25" bay and can hold four or six 2.5" hard drives, respectively. The Max 3503 and 3504 can hold three or four 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives, respectively, in the space of two 5.25" bays. All four units feature hot swappable drive trays, security locks, ventilation holes, and an active cooling fan.

Source: Press Release




8TB Hard Drives Great for Reliability and Storage Density

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 3, 2016 03:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Backblaze is a cloud backup and storage service that has made a name for itself with custom designed storage enclosures and releases quarterly reports on the hard drives used in its systems. The latest report gives high regards to the reliability of 8TB hard drives from both Hitachi and Seagate. Backblaze started to convert to 8TB drives with 45 Hitachi drives to improve storage density and later added 2,700 Seagate drives to the mix. The Hitachi drives have an annualized failure rate of 3.2% while the Seagate drives were at 3.3%. This measure is calculated by counting the number of days a drive was installed in a system at the time of failure. The majority of the drives used by Backblaze remain a 4TB Seagate drive with a failure rate of 2.7% over 34,693 drives.

Source: Yahoo



Samsung Announces First UFS Flash Cards

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: July 7, 2016 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung has announced its first flash cards based on the Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension standard, a standard that offers a significant speed improvement over micro-SD. Samsung claims that the new cards will be able to transfer a 5GB file in about 10 seconds while micro-SD takes about 50 seconds for the same amount of data. The UFS standard could see wide adoption in the future due to the increased speed and increased amount of data due to HD media, but it is not currently able to match the capacity of micro-SD cards. Samsung will release cards with capacities between 32GB and 256GB while micro-SD can reach 512GB. Another bump in the road for UFS adoption is the fact that current devices do not have the proper ports to accommodate the new cards.

Source: Computerworld



Neutron Series XTi SSDs Announced by Corsair

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 8, 2016 09:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Corsair has announced a new set of SSDs, the Neutron Series XTi, today and they feature a quad-core Phison controller and capacities from 240 GB to the impressive 1920 GB. The 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB drives are available immediately while the gigantic 1920 GB drive will be coming in the near future.

By using the quad-core Phison controller, the Series XTi drivers can reach read speeds of 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 540 MB/s, as well as 4 KB random reading of 100,000 IOPS, and 4K random write of up to 90,000 IOPS. An expanded cache helps ensure consistent performance, while end-to-end data path protection prevents data from being corrupted between the controller and the NAND gate. SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technologies will also protect your data in the event of power loss.

The Neutron Series XTi 240 GB has an MSRP of $89.99, the 480 GB is at $159.99, and the 960 GB is at $329.99. The 1920 GB does not have a price yet. All of these drives come with a five-year warranty.

Source: Press Release




Patriot Launches Viper DDR4 SODIMM RAM and Spark SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 31, 2016 04:20PM
Author: bp9801

Computex keeps rolling along, with plenty of new gear being shown off. Patriot, one of the leaders in all things memory related, has two new products to cover you. The Viper DDR4 SODIMM is ideal for those with new gaming laptops or small form factor systems, while the Spark SSD can provide a speed boost to any system. The Viper DDR4 SODIMM comes in 8GB and 16GB capacities as individual sticks, or either a 16GB (2x8GB) or 32GB (2x16GB) kit available for those needing multiple sticks. Speeds range from 2400MHz to 2800MHz, giving gamers faster load times and the ability to do more with the high capacities. Each stick features a heat shield to keep things cool, especially in the tight confines of a laptop or small form factor case. An XMP 2.0 profile ensures maximum compatibilty from the moment you drop in the Viper DDR4 SODIMM sticks, so get out there and game on.

If speedy storage is what you're after, the Spark SSD has you covered. Available in capacities of 128, 256, and 512GB, the Spark SSD reaches maximum read speeds of 555MB/s and write speeds of 500MB/s. Powered by a Phison S11 controller and TLC NAND flash, Patriot designed this SSD to offer the best options in terms of speed, storage, and affordability. It might be an entry-level drive, but you're getting performance far above that without having to break the bank.

The Patriot Viper DDR4 SODIMM kits are available starting June 10, with an 8GB stick of 2400MHz RAM setting you back just $34.99. Prices go up to $169.99 for a 32GB kit at 2800MHz. The Patriot Spark SSD comes out in the third quarter of this year, with the 128GB model priced at $34.99, the 256GB at $56.99, and the 512GB at just $104.99.

Sources: Press Release




Toshiba Announces OCZ RD400 Series of NVMe SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 24, 2016 11:56AM
Author: bp9801


Storage technology keeps on changing every day it seems, with faster speeds and smaller sizes launching all the time. Toshiba has something new for us, with its OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe SSD offering improved bandwidth and speed to desktop and notebook users alike. The RD400 makes use of the PCIe 3.0 x4 slot for some insane speeds, with 2,600MB/s read and 1,600MB/s write speeds, and 210,000 / 140,000 read/write IOPS. Those are about four and a half times faster than SATA SSDs, meaning the RD400 is a fine option for speed demons. The RD400 offers those speeds in either the PCIe adapter or in its M.2 2280 form factor, so you can take advantage of it in desktops or notebooks with or without the M.2 slot. Each RD400 SSD uses 15nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash, offering up to 592TB of data written to it.

The Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe SSD comes in 128, 256, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. Pricing comes in at $110 for the 128GB, $170 for the 256GB, $310 for the 512GB, and $740 for the 1TB, with the PCIe adaper versions adding $20 to each capacity. Each one comes with a five-year warranty. No release date was given other than soon, so keep an eye on your (r)etailer of choice.

Source: Press Release and PC Gamer



EVO Plus 256GB microSD Card Announced by Samsung

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 11, 2016 07:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Samsung has officially announced the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, which happens to be the largest card in its class. The 256GB version of the EVO Plus offers consumers with the ability to store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video, enabling content creators to focus more on the experience at hand and less on storage concerns. Samsung has ensured that its latest microSD card has excellent performance, as it offers read and write speeds of up to 95MB per second and 90MB per second, respectively, thanks to the incorporation of the company's V-NAND technology. Un-Soo Kim, the Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing and Memory Business at Samsung Electronic, noted that “With the upward trend of consumers using high-performance, high-capacity mobile devices, our new, V-NAND-based 256GB microSD card solution allows us to deliver the memory card consumers have been craving.”

The Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card boasts a 10-year limited warranty and is expected to be released in more than 50 countries sometime in June of this year. Geared towards individuals who desire the best expandable memory storage for applications such as high-resolution photography, 4K video recording, 360-degree video recording, and more, the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card from Samsung features an MSRP of $249.99.

Source: TechPowerUp



Kingston Announces Industrial Temperature microSD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 20, 2016 03:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a new microSD card, the Industrial Temperature, which as the name suggests was designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. The card is rated for operation and storage from -40°C to 85°C and is also waterproof, shock/vibration proof, and X-ray proof, certified by IEC, MIL-STD, and ISO standards. The cards are UHS-I Class 10 with read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. The Industrial Temperature cards will be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 12, 2016 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has added a pair of hardware encrypted USB flash drives to its lineup with the DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management (DT4000G2DM) and DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management (DTVP30DM). The drives can be managed with SafeConsole or DataLocker and meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) guidelines, allowing them to "ensure maximum corporate and personal data security." The drives are protected by 256-bit AES encryption and the DT4000G2DM is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated while the DTVP30DM is FIPS 197 certified. Through the use of SafeConsole, users will have access to "secure resetting of forgotten passwords, activation of full audit trails, geolocation and geofencing to ensure cross-border compliance, automatic inventory, and a “remote kill” feature in the event of device loss." Flash business manager Ken Campbell described the continued focus on security for business and personal customers, stating "Our latest encrypted managed USB drives, the recent IronKey acquisition and growing DataLocker partnership all demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to providing the most secure and largest family of encrypted USB solutions on the market." The drives will be available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces 200GB microSDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 15, 2016 04:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced a pair of 200GB flash memory cards in the microSDXC form factor, the LX Series and Instamobile. Described as a "natural evolution fueled by the ever growing and dynamic storage needs of today’s mobile device users," the cards can store up to 18 hours of 1080p HD video or 36,000 3MB photos. Following the Class 10 UHS-1 standard, the new cards can achieve read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 40MB/s, respectively. The cards are compatible with several types of mobile devices including Android phones and tablets and GoPro cameras. Flash Memory Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the new cards, stating "With the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S®7 and the continued development of more sophisticated mobile devices, the demand for large amounts of storage has never been greater. With the addition of the 200GB LX Series and Instamobile microSDXC cards, Patriot is fulfilling that demand with the best value for performance in the market."

Source: Press Release



Seagate Unveils Fastest Ever SSD at 10GB/s

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 8, 2016 10:18AM
Author: bp9801

Solid state drives keep trying to reach new speeds, but right now, Seagate has taken the cake in that regard. The storage giant has showcased a production-ready model of its fastest-ever SSD, which features a throughput of 10GB/s. It also meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specfiications, which is perfect for hyperscale data centers requiring the fastest SSDs and sustainable standards. The 10GB/s speed of the new SSD is more than 4GB/s faster than other models, and it works with any system that supports Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). NVMe was developed in part by Seagate to replace SATA and eliminate bottlenecks, so it's no surprise that Seagate has acheived these speeds. The 10GB/s SSD accomodates 16-lane PCIe slots, which helps give it that fast throughput. Seagate is also working on an eight-lane PCIe SSD, which only tops out at 6.7GB/s, but still puts it as the fastest eight-lane PCIe SSD around. The 10GB/s SSD is perfect for companies where speed and/or processing data for object storage are the most important factors, while the 6.7GB/s model is great for those that need speed yet are constrained by cost or power requirements.

Seagate plans to show off the 10GB/s and 6.7GB/s SSDs later this week during the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California. A launch date for these SSDs is expected later this summer.

Source: Press Release



1TB M.2 SSD Released by Transcend

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 28, 2016 04:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Transcend, a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, has officially announced availability of a 1TB M.2 SSD that falls within the company's MTS800 product lineup. The MTS800 SSD from Transcend, which comes in a 2280 form factor and is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 1TB, allows manufacturers to provide consumers with ultra-thin devices that feature high-quality MLC NAND flash that provides excellent stability and speed. The MTS800 M.2 SSD successfully delivers read and write speeds of up to 560MB per second and 460MB per second, respectively. All of the capacities of the MTS800 SSD offer excellent features, such as Error Correction Code, Global Wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, and Device Sleep mode. The MTS series from Transcend also features support for Intel Smart Response Technology, which allows the SSD to be used as a cache between a HDD and the computer system, thereby improving overall efficiency.

All of the MTS series storage drives from Transcend, to include the 1TB version of the MTS800, are backed with a three-year limited warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp



Sony Announces SLW-M Series SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 9, 2016 09:19AM
Author: Leo Ohayon

Sony-Asia has announced its first solid state drives that will sell in retail. The Asia-based company is being careful and testing its regional market with only two models of its SSD, a 240 GB and a 480 GB version. Sony’s SLW-M SSDs come in the standard 2.5 inch form factor and use a SATA-6 Gbps interface. The drives are said to be capable of up to 560 MB/s sequential read speed and up to 530 MB/s sequential write speed. As a bonus for the customer, the drives come with Acronis True Image 2015 and Sony SSD ToolBox pre-loaded to help users manage and back up their data. The SLW-M SSDs feature a Phison PS3110-S10 controller and a buffer of 128 MB DDR3 made by Nanya. These specifications are very promising for Sony, and its choice of hardware indicates it is trying to compete with the more affordable SSDs on the market, like the OCZ Trion 100 series and the Kingston HyperX Savage.

Source: Anandtech



OCZ Announces Trion 150 Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 3, 2016 05:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Toshiba has added the Trion 150 series of SSDs to the OCZ brand, described as "an affordable performance upgrade for mainstream notebooks and desktops." The drives have read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and 91,000 Input/Output Operations per Second. Storage capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB will be available with the drives rated for drive endurance of 240TB total bytes written. Vice President and GM of SSD BU at Toshiba America Steve Fingerhut, Sr. described the drives stating, "We are continually looking for ways to improve both SSD real world performance and value to end users and are pleased to introduce the new Trion 150 series which leverages the latest Toshiba 15nm Triple-Level Cell NAND flash to deliver an even better storage solution for value oriented mobile and desktop users."

Source: Press Release



Synology Announces DiskStation DS416j

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 05:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Synology has announced the DiskStation DS416j, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) server "designed for home and personal use to manage data and enjoy multimedia." The budget friendly NAS allows users to stream and view content on a variety of platforms including computers, tablets, projectors, and smartphones. The DS416j runs the DiskStation Manager OS and is powered by a dual-core CPU, providing read and write speeds up to 112MB/s and 101MB/s, respectively. An included floating-point unit boosts the systems computational power and allows for a 37% increase over the previous model. A USB 3.0 port is included for high speed transfers to or from external hard drives. Synology product manager Jason Fan described the NAS stating, "The 4-bay DS416j comes with rich applications and large storage capacity, letting users enjoy cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming at a competitive price."

Source: Press Release




Kingston Announces KC400 SSD for Enterprise Environments

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 08:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has officially announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC400 SSD. The latest product from Kingston offers consistent performance for a wealth of enterprise applications, allowing customers to experience the true value that the drive provides. The KC400 from Kingston makes use of an advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor, and also includes technologies such as SmartECC and SmartRefresh, which assist in guarding data and protecting again read errors., respectively.

The Kingston KC400, which comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, features a 2.5-inch form factor, an average power consumption of just 0.335 watts, and a MTBF of 1 million hours. The KC400 includes a limited five-year warranty and free technology support from Kingston.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Encrypted USB Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2016 04:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The latest addition to the Kingston DataTraveler series is the DataTraveler 2000, a USB drive built with high security in mind. The drive uses hardware based encryption through the AES 256-bit algorithm with an alphanumeric keypad built-in to provide access to the drive. It is "designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection." All encryption is done on the drive, removing the need for any special drivers and making it Operating System agnostic. The drive is automatically locked when removed from your system and the encryption key and password are deleted upon 10 unsuccessful login attempts. Flash business manager Ken Campbell described it as the "perfect option to deploy in the workforce where a uniform encrypted data storage solution that works on many different OS’ are in use." The DataTraveler 2000 will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



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