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World Exclusive: Phison's new S8 SATA III Controller with Type B 24nm NAND Pictured

Let's just be honest about it, when you think of high performance solid state drive controllers the Phison name doesn't exactly jump to the top of the list. That isn't going to change anytime soon but Phison isn't looking to take on the SandForce or Marvell's of the world.

 

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Let's break it down like this, 512GB capacity for less than 500 Dollars with 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speed. Given that most other 512/480GB solutions are currently hovering around the 700 Dollar mark this is something to get excited about.

 

Then there's the performance. We didn't get a quote from the company or a specifications list but the 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speeds were from our tests in ATTO with the very first firmware build for the new controller (S8FM0001). A performance firmware is expected to hit our lab in early June, just in time for Computex or at the latest July, just in time for retail.

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RunCore launches InVincible SSD that self-destructs on command

Have you ever had sensitive data that you didn't want to get into the wrong hands? Always marveled over those evil villain's bases which self-destruct? Well, RunCore has brought to market an SSD that self-destructs on command to permanently erase your data. You get the speed of an SSD with the cool features of an evil villain's lair.

 

 

In the video above, you can see an explanation of how the self-destruct function works along with the actual self-destruction happening. After the button is pressed, a puff of smoke comes out of the SSD due to how the self-destruction works. The NAND chips are over-volted so that they are physically destroyed.

 

A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby physically destroying these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, defense and general industrial applications.

 

So next time the FBI comes knocking on your door, wouldn't you like to have one of these running in your PC? Well, actually, I have nothing to hide, but it sure is a cool gimmick. Unfortunately, you can only use it once.

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Deal of the Day: 120GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos SATA III SSD for $102.99 with FREE Shipping!

Our Deal of the Day is 120GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $102.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Amazon has the 120GB Mushkin Chronos 2.5" SATA 6.0 hard drive with up to 550 Mbps sequential read, up to 515 Mbps sequential write, and 3 year warranty for $102.99 with FREE shipping.

 

120GB MUSHKIN ENHANCED CHRONOS MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD DEAL

 

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Kingston Wi-Drive now accessible via web and Android app

Many people are upset that Kingston has been focusing strictly on iOS devices with its Wi-Drive device. True, it's not exactly needed for most Android devices as they usually have built in MicroSD card slots, but that's besides the point to these people. Well, no longer do they have to be upset, for Kingston has released a new firmware for the Wi-Drive.

 

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This new firmware expands access to the drive in a pretty big way. Now instead of only being able to access the content from an iOS device, you can access it from any device that has a web browser. Through the web browser, you can stream photos, music, or videos until it has made up for the device starting as iOS only.

 

If you're an Android user like me, you're in for an even better treat. Kingston has made available a native Android app to access the drive with. The apps are free, but you'll still have to shell out at least $50 to join the club. Future Wi-Drive devices should have the updated firmware loaded from the factory.

Seagate nearly ready to unveil its first 12Gbps drive, dubbed Pulsar.2

It wasn't even a week ago that HGST, a division of Western Digital, announced they were working on a new, super-fast storage drive in the form of a 12Gbps-capable SAS SSD. But, don't think for one minute that rival Seagate weren't waiting for the bell to ring on their oven, where they too were baking their own 12Gbps-capable SSD.

 

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Seagate are preparing to show off their 12Gbps SSD at the SCSI Trade Association technology showcase later this week, where they've teased the name of the new product: Pulsar.2. The Pulsar.2 will sport the same SAS 12Gbps interface, with Seagate aiming the drive toward the server and storage solution market.

 

There isn't much more information on the drive, but Seagate are making noise about the fact that using SAS 12Gbps drives versus PCI Express-based SSDs allows for better scalability and serviceability. Seagate have also said that the SAS 12Gbps standard should be finalized by the end of 2012, but no products are expected to hit the market until next year, and most likely 2H of 2013. These products are server-grade, and won't hit consumer markets until then. Still nice to dream, though.

KingMax 1TB SSD hits retail shelves of Japan

Been waiting for that magical 1TB number for your SSD purchase? Well, you won't have to wait long, or you could grab one now if you're based in Japan! A 1TB KingMax-branded SSD has been spotted on Japanese retailer shelves.

 

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The SSD in particular? It's the KM01TBSMI25 from KingMax. This SSD is the usual 2.5-inch form factor coming in at 7mm thick. It's controller and NAND flash memory are unknown at the moment. We do know it supports TRIM, sports the SATA 3Gbps interface (instead of the SATA 6Gbps interface).

 

Spec-wise, it's not too bad: it's able to pump out 20,000 IOPS in random read/write, sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/sec and 200MB/sec, respectively. This drive comes with a three-year warranty and currently has a price of Yen119800 (US$1500).

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