With CES getting underway today, memory maker Kingston Technology made several announcements pertaining to its computer memory and USB flash products. Getting things started is the release of its HyperX Genesis Special Edition Grey memory kits. These high performance modules are designed to complement the new Intel P67 Sandy Bridge motherboards as well as existing P55-based systems. The dual-channel HyperX Genesis Special Edition Grey is available in 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2133- and 1600MHz kits at a suggested retail price of $149.99US and $69.99US respectively.
In complementary news, Kingston announced its 8GB 2133MHz HyperX memory kits have achieved Intel XMP certification for the P67 Sandy Bridge platform. The 8GB memory kits are part of Kingston's HyperX T1 line of enthusiast memory and is the first 8GB memory kit in the world to become XMP certified. Kingston also performed extensive testing of the modules using the Asus P8P67 PRO and Gigabyte GA-P67-UD4 motherboards in its own labs before submitting them to Intel for certification. Kingston says the kit (part #: KHX2133C9AD3T1FK4/8GX) is available immediately for a MSRP of $299.99US.
Kingston also manufactures and markets USB flash memory products and is boosting support for USB 3.0 with the announcement of its USB 3.0 product roadmap for 2011. As the USB 3.0 technology because more widely accepted, Kingston plans "...to develop different solutions to address various target markets and help drive adoption." according to Andrew Ewing, Kingston's Flash drive business manager. Kingston will release its fastest USB 3.0 drive to date for enthusiasts and power users called the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, which will become the flagship model and be part of the HyperXperience line. As single-chip controllers become available, Kingston will release a second generation of the DTU30, which was first released in September 2010. The units will be available in 16-, 32- and 64GB capacities. Single-chip controllers allow for better USB 3.0 compatibility and speed. As the year progresses and more systems ship with USB 3.0 capability, Kingston plans to launch an entry-level Flash drive to go with these systems.
Of course, flash memory isn't limited to USB drives and Kingston also announced the SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX memory cards which are ideal for the serious photographer or videographer. Photographers will appreciate the ability to easily capture sequential shots that were once a challenge due to the speed limitations of memory and also makes it easy to capture HD video. The performance of SDHC UHS-I memory card is optimized when paired with a UHS-I device, although the card is backwards compatible with Class 4, 6 and 10 equipment. Kingston expects the cards to become available later this month in 8GB($69.99US), 16GB($179.99US) and 32GB($349.99) capacities.
In closing, Kingston also announced the release of new SSD Destructo series videos which will debut during CES 2011 on Kingston’s YouTube channel. The new SSD Destructo videos were created using winning ideas from the SSD Destructo II Challenge contest held by Kingston in late 2010. The contest awarded $6,000 in cash prizes plus Kingston memory products with first place going to Kyle Broulette of Tacoma, WA, whose idea made Kingston SSDs the targets of paint ball guns.