The height of SD Card performance is about to increase with a new specification version 4.00 on the horizon, said to be ready by spring of next year.
The jump will go from a current maximum of 104MB/sec to a whopping 300MB/sec, but this of course means the hardware reading the card will need to be updated to take advantage of the much higher speeds as well.
The higher speed is accomplished by changing the data transfer scheme from parallel to serial using low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS). This also means the number of pins on the cards themselves and in the readers will increase from the current nine in order to get the speed increase. It's been said the new cards, despite having more pins, will be able to operate in current hardware, only the speeds will of course be limited to a max of 104MB/sec.
RunCore has performed another tidy maneuver in the SSD market with the introduction of its new Pro IV Light series of mini-SATA 50mm PCI-Express based solid state drives.
These are designed for netbooks such as ASUS' Eee PC T91. The drives use MLC NAND flash memory and promise read and write rates of 125MB/s and 80MB/s respectively. Power usage is also impressive with as low as 120mA used while in sleep mode.
Capacity choices are 16, 32 and 64GB with their respective pricing set at $88, $118 and $198. The warranty period is 2 years.
For more details, you can locate the full press announcement from RunCore at the source link provided below.
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If you need to duplicate a hard drive for your computer there are a number of software solutions that you can install on a computer and copy your data and content over. These solutions need a cable of some sort as a medium to transfer the data over.
Kanguru has announced a new HDD duplication system that needs no software and no cable called the Kanguru HD Duplicator Mini Clone. The device looks like a dual SATA bay docking station for HDDs, You insert one 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drive with data and content on it and the data is mirrored to the new HDD.
The device can even duplicate external hard drives and flash drives. The device can securely erase data and is fast since no software or additional hardware is needed for the duplication process. The clone device supports Mac and Windows PCs and is available now for $499.95. Price is clearly the downside to the device.
Lite-On's new iHAS524 internal DVD writer is said to have begun shipments this week. The major highlight of this drive is its inclusion of LabelTag technology. LabelTag allows for a circular text label to be inscribed into the data side of a single layer DVD or CD, without comprising disc capacity. The other beauty of the technology is that the labeling takes place during the burn phase of the disc, speeding up the whole process.
The drive is capable of burning at up to 24x speeds for DVD+R/-R, 12x for DVD-RAM, DVD+R/-R DL, 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW. It will come bundled with a copy of Nero 8 and is said to carry a price tag of around 49 Euros.
There are a few issues that you have to plan for when you are moving from a HDD or SSD to a new and larger SSD. The first thing is exactly how you will get the data you need off your existing drive to the new drive. The other thing is what to do with the old drive once the migration is complete.
Imation has unveiled a new SSD Upgrade Kit that lacks software or hardware for actually transferring the data to the new SSD. The kit does include an external enclosure so you can use your old drive as an external storage device once it is removed.
The kit includes the Imation M-class SSD with 10-bit SSD. The SSD promises sequential read and write speeds of 230MB/sec and 170MB/sec respectively. The upgrade kit sells for $194.99 and is available now.
Ground breaking storage specialist ioDrive has come forward again with a new milestone in storage technology having being reached, introducing the new Octal which is said to be capable of delivering a whopping 1TB/s sustained bandwith.
As the ioDrive Octal is designed to fit into a PCI Express x16 slot (with double width space available), this also allows the drive to reduce rack space in servers as well as power and cooling costs, whilst also saturating the full available performance from the x16 slot.
The incredible specifications are possible thanks to the use of eight ioMemory modules, delivering similar performance to eight ioDrives, but in a single card.
800,000 IOPS (4k packet size)
6 GB/s bandwidth
5 TB maximum capacity
x16 Gen-2 double-wide PCI Express form factor
For full details on ioDrive's new Octal monster, grab this 5.7MB technical snapshot in PDF form.
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Hitachi has announced that it is now putting its new Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7,200 rpm HDD into external storage solutions. The new 2TB drive is now available inside the Hitachi SimpleDrive for $249.99. The SimpleDrive has USB connectivity and works with Mac and PC systems.
The SimpleTech Pro Drive is a quad interface device with USB, FireWire 400/800 and eSATA ports with a 2TB version selling for $299.99. The drive can also be had in 500GB and 1TB versions as well. The drives can be stacked as more are needed to save space.
The SimpleTech Duo Pro uses two drives inside a single enclosure with support for RAID 1/0. A pair of the 2TB drives are available inside for 4TB of storage at $499.99. The drive connects to via USB. Hitachi also has a 2TB internal hard drive kit to add the drive to a desktop computer.
I am a computer enthusiast like most of you are who read TweakTown. I want my machine to be as fast as possible, but I am not yet willing to spend the money it takes to get an SSD. They are still too expensive and offer too little storage capacity for my tastes. If you are the damn the cost type of enthusiast HotHardware has reviewed the Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD.
The crux of the review is that the thing is very fast and very expensive. The 80GB version sells for $895. All I can say is at that price it had better come with a topless hottie to bring me more Cheetos when I run out.
HotHardware reports that the SSD produced consistent 700MB/sec reads and 300MB/sec writes. The big catch is that right now it's not bootable. However, a fix for that issue is said to be incoming. Hit the link below for the full review.
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External storage solutions are used by companies in all sorts of markets to back up important and critical data. The data may be safe sitting on the external storage device, but in the case of a flood or fire, the data is not safe at all.
IoSafe has a line of rugged external hard drives called the ioSafe Solo line that is water and fire resistant. In the event of a disaster, you send the damaged Solo back the company within the first year of ownership and the company will retrieve the data and send it back to you on a new Solo storage device.
The drive has been available in 500GB, 1TB, and 1.5TB capacities for a while now. IoSafe announced today that the drive is now available in 2TB capacity. The new capacity is available now for $399 online according to the manufacturer. However, it is not on the ioSafe website now and the 1.5TB drive is priced at the same $399 point. Hit up Newegg for the new version if you want one.
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G.Skill has just unleashed its second generation of Falcon series drives, appropriately dubbed the Falcon II.
These 2.5-inch SSDs use the latest Indilinx ECO controller and 34nm flash memory along with a healthy 64MB DRAM cache. The 64GB drive boasts read and write ratings of 220/110MB a second, whilst the 128MB and 256GB drives have rated read/write speeds of 220 and 150MB/sec.
The Falcon II also features the latest Indilinx 1819 firmware with improved support for Windows 7's TRIM command.
For further details on the new generation Falcon II series drives, check out the official PR here folks.
Years ago, it wasn't that uncommon for new computers or notebooks running Windows to have a FireWire port but as the years went by Mac computers are the only brand that really continued to support FireWire. If you need FireWire and more eSATA ports a new host card called the NitroAV fusion pro is available that will be perfect for you.
The card slips into a PCIe x4 slot and adds two external FireWire 800 ports and one internal FireWire 800 port. The host card also has an optional internal power connector to offer power over the FireWire ports as well.
The host adapter also adds two external eSATA 3Gbps ports for connecting external storage devices. The host card supports Mac, Windows, and Linux computers and is available now for $129.95. Until November 18, you can get $10 off the host card with the coupon code FUSIONPRO.
Sure, we have seen Star Wars flash drives before in the line of Minobot drives. Those drives all had the same basic shape and only the decorations changed what character they were. Tyme Machine has gone one step further and designed a line of flash drives based on popular Star Wars characters that are fully 3D sculpted.
The line includes Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Storm Trooper, and Yoda. The drives can be had in capacities of 4GB to 16GB with prices from $29.99 to $59.99. The things are cool and they remind me of bobble head action figures.
All four of the flash drives are available today online. Apparently, the company makes a Twilight crest flash drive too. Don't tell your wife/girl friend that last bit.
Toshiba has just come out with the industry's largest capacity 1.8-inch sized hard disk, offering 320GB of storage space.
Primarily for use in thin and light mobile PCs or portable external hard disk enclosures, the MK3233GSG is a 5400RPM drive with a 16MB memory buffer. When compared to the 250GB model of the same series, the new 320GB drive is superior in data transfer rates due to the areal density improvement and acoustic noise during seeking has also been lowered by 4dB to just 19dB. Energy consumption is also said to be around 19% more efficient than the previous generation 1.8-inch drives from Toshiba.
More information on the new MK3233GSG can be found within the official press release here folks.
A-DATA unveiled a new SSD today that it claims to be the fastest SSD in the industry called the S596. The 2.5-inch form factor device has a sequential read speed of 250MB/sec and a sequential write speed of 180MB/sec.
The SSD also promises to boot Windows 7 machines faster than its peers with a promise of a 20-second boot time. A-DATA claims that is 40% faster than your average SSD boot time. That spritely performance should also equate to faster access time for applications as well.
I know I would love to be able to open Photoshop faster than I can now. It seems to take forever. The S596 SSD will be offered in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities at undisclosed pricing.
The move to Solid-State for storage is an inevitability, we all know it is coming (in fact really it is here). The issue now revolves around how this will be delivered to the consumer. Will it be in a standard form factor like SATA or SAS? Or sill it show up in a more...interesting format.
Something like the Fusion-io's PCI-e interface. This concept has enabled Fusion-io to provide some very impressive performance numbers. This is of course due to the fact that they are not held up by the SATA or SAS controller but can access the bandwidth of the PCI-e bus directly. The problem is that this method is not inexpensive to make. As such the cost of owning one it also very high (which is a huge understatement).
But Fusion-IO is looking to try to bridge the gap between their ridiculously overprices enterprise class cards and the enthusiast's wallet. These new cards will be labeled the Fusion-io ioXtreme and ioXtreme Pro. On the surface the only differences are cosmetic. Internally they are very different. The Pro Version allows you to setup multiple cards in a RAID setup while the ioXtreme is for single drive setups.
The guys at HotHardware had a chance to test a pair of these out and they say they are going to be quite the impressive pair once they hit the streets. Unfortunately there is no word on pricing just yet. We hope they really can bring the price more in line with what an enthusiast can afford and not beyond the reach of everyone else.
Intel recently launched a new firmware for their 34nm SSD drives. Unfortunately, as of last night, there seems to be a growing number of people that are finding their expensive solid-state drives dead after the installation. The sequence of events seems to follow these lines;
Firmware updated successfully, reboot into windows, new drivers/updated drivers installed, reboot, disk mount failure. This issue has popped on more than a few forums including HardOCP and Intel's community support forum.
As of this writing no one seems to know what the direct cause is. Personally I have a feeling that the issue is due to the way the current firmware writes information to the drive, the new one is more-than-likely changing the write and read tables. This could be nothing more than people updating without blanking the drive to ensure that the tables match the state of the drive (all zeroes). We will try to contact Intel about this and see if this is the case. Of course if this is the case I have to wonder why the update utility would not write zeroes to the drive during the update to prevent this. Perhaps (again if this is what is happening) Intel needs to rewrite the installer to do this during the update to prevent future drive failures.
If all this talk and hype of SSDs is getting you all warm and fuzzy about the idea of having one in your system, but the bucks required for a decent one is where you still become dismayed, Kingston may have answered your prayers.
It's been discovered that Kingston's new SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive (based on Intel's 2nd gen 45nm SSD) is now available for a mere $85 MSRP. And unlike the first batch of V series SSDS which had highly underwhelming read and write rates, this V series offering is more like the V+ range with a 170MB/sec read rate, though its write rate is still left severely crippled at just 40MB/sec due to the use of just five MLC chips.