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Today Team Group launches a new member of its Mobile Storage Series dubbed the M131 UFD. The new USB drive features dual interfaces that allow it to be used with existing USB ports on PCs as well as microUSB ports on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The M131 UFD features a USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work with mobile devices as well a laptops and notebooks on the go. The drive comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, and is no larger than a normal USB stick drive. Team Group says that it is covered in an "anti-fingerprint" coating and weighs just 6.6-grams, which makes it perfect for storage in a pocket, purse, or on a key ring.
Kingston took the time to demonstrate their latest LSI SandForce SF37000 Griffin SSDs at LSI's AIS 2013.
Kingston will continue to offer SSDs in the traditional SATA 2.5" form factor, and with the Griffin controller we can expect to see capacities up to 1TB in the market.
Kingston will also provide a PCIe SSD with the SF3700 delivering blistering speeds up to 1,800 MB/s.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013 Paul Goodwin, the CTO of Avant, walks us through their line of products of existing and soon to be products.
The big news is obviously SF3700 products but Avant manufactures several other products like the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drive on the market today.
Here we see the world's fastest USB 3.0 drive.
Kent Smith, the Senior Director of LSI SandForce Product Marketing, took a few moments to personally demonstrate the new SF3700 Griffen controller at the LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013. The original SandForce controllers helped define, and refine, the consumer SSD market.
The SF3700 controller generates up to 1,800 MB/s in sequential throughput and up to 150,000 IOPS in random read performance.
The SF3700 is unique because it offers a unique architecture that supports both SATA and PCIe interfaces.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit(AIS)2013 Michael from ADATA Technology walks us though their latest M.2 SSD. This SSD utilizes the oven SF-2281 in tandem with L85A NAND.
Micron L85A NAND is making quite the entrance into the consumer SSD market, with many o the manufacturers at AIS 2013 indicating they intend to begin using this new lower-cost flash at the beggining of the year.
Kent Smith from LSI fame walked us through a new complex feature that may tip up in future LSI SandForce products at the retail level. The feature is actually implemented now, but only by companies we the resources to build it own operating systems.
At the time of writing, DVC is not supported by Windows but with enough prodding by manufactures of storage products, the feature may see future implementation. This is where we need Intel to bang the drum and push for dynamic volumes in real-time.
ADATA Technology, at LSI's AIS 2013 event was the first to show working M.2 and SATA III versions of the new SF3700 controller.
We already know that existing SATA III LSI SandForce drives can maximum the SATA bus with compressible data. The new SF3700 should be able to perform better with incompressible data on SATA so we're excited about the SATA products just as much as we are the PCIe versions.
With everyone from out employers to the government spying on every aspect of our daily lives, data encryption has become more important than ever before. Kingston Technology knows this and has released an all new USB 3.0 thumb drive that automatically encrypts your data as it is being loaded.
The new DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 from Kingston offers hardware encryption as well as a built-in anti-virus engine for added security. The drive also has features that allows administrators to set security policies that lock the drive into read-only mode which prevents any malware, spyware, or other nefarious data from being loaded onto the drive. Kingston is offering the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 in capacities ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB with pricing starting at $40 for the 4GB stick, and hitting the $355 mark for the 64GB model.
This week SK Hynix announced that it has began full-scale production of its new 16nm scale 64Gb MLC NAND Flash Modules. This is the company's second version of 16nm NAND Flash with the first version going into fabrication earlier this year in June. SK Hynix says that this revision is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size.
This is very good news as well as this means that SK Hynix has recovered from a nearly industry devastating fire at one of its fabrication facilities located in China earlier this year. While it is still unclear exactly how much fabrication equipment was damaged in the fire, the ramp up to full-scale production of these new chips should help lower the NAND Flash price per GB some.
SK Hynix says that it has also developed a new 128Gb MLC Chip that is based on the 16nm specification and endurance design of its 64Gb MLC. The new 128Gb chips will go into full production in the first half of 2014 which should further lower the price per GB of NAND Flash. This will equate to lower SSD pricing, which is a winning scenario for consumers.
It's turning into a good night in the Secret Bunker away from the Secret Bunker. After some surprisingly early pics and even a few benchmarks, we now have the first picture of a SF3700 in M.2 form factor.
M.2 is the official name for this form factor and 2280 can run both SATA and PCIe specs depending how the host interface is configured. LSI tells us SF3700 is optimized for low power consumption, up to 1800 MB/s and 150K IOPS performance. Officially the time frame is broad, 2014 but will these exciting new models come in the first or second half is what we want to know for sure.