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OCZ have unveiled a new family of flash drives today. Dubbed the VBoost series, these are optimized for Microsoft's ReadyBoost feature in Windows Vista. They range in size from 1GB to 4GB capacities.
For full details, have a read of the press material here folks.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 30, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced an exciting new addition to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. VBoost USB 2.0 Flash Drives are optimized for Windows® Vista ReadyBoost. Vista ReadyBoost enables the OCZ VBoost to double as supplemental cache memory for faster retrieval and storage of system data and applications. By providing an instant supply of additional memory, this drive is a cost-effective alternative to expensive RAM upgrades.
Samsung have today brought the best of both worlds to the 2.5" enterprise storage market in terms of capacity and performance, having announced a new 200GB drive which spins away at 7,200RPM.
Although Fujitsu may be looking to solid-state storage (SSD) to replace 1.8" hard disc drives (HDDs), the market for fast 2.5" HDDs is still alive and well. Just last month, Fujitsu and Seagate announced 160GB 2.5" hard drives spinning at 7200RPM. Samsung has today upped the ante with a 2.5" enterprise 7200RPM HDD that boasts a capacity of up to 200GB.
The new SpinPoint MP1 Series utilizes perpendicular recording to achieve a density of 100GB per platter. The MP1 Series will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 200GB and will support cache sizes of 8MB or 16MB.
DEAL OF THE DAY - NewEgg - Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive for $179.99 after Rebate!
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Offer: This is one of the fastest drives you can get without going SCSI. Imagine getting two of these 10,000 RPM hard drives with a striped set going... *drool* If you're a power user who likes to do a lot of multimedia or if you simply like overkill, then check it out.
Western Digital have just launched a new family of 3.5" hard drives with ultra quiet operation being the main characteristic. These new AV series drives are aimed for use in devices like digital set-top boxes, personal video recorders, IP gateways and surveillance systems.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - April 9, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced a new family of hard drives for audio and video recording products, one of today's fastest growing digital storage markets. Drawing on its expertise as a leading supplier to major consumer electronics and surveillance manufacturers worldwide, WD has designed its new 3.5-inch WD AV hard drives with technologies that provide the increased reliability, cooler and quieter operation and low power consumption required for these demanding environments. The WD AV drives in capacities ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB are available through the company's distribution network.
If you're wanting to get some solid-state storage happening in your system but the big bucks needed turns you off? Addonics make it more appealing with their new 2.5" CompactFlash-to-IDE SSD Adapter. This nifty little device allows one to use CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards in conjunction with a standard IDE interface to provide a bootable SSD capable of running an Operating system off.
The best thing about it? Price! DailyTech report that there will be both a single-slot and dual-slot model, at a mere $25 and $30 USD respectively.
Addonics has introduced a new CompactFlash to IDE adapter that will give users a relatively cheap and simply way to add solid-state storage (SSD) to their notebook computers.
Addonics' single-slot AD44MIDECF and dual-slot AD44MIDE2CF accept CompactFlash cards and plug into a standard 2.5" IDE connector. The adapter features an LED light for drive access, supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, is bootable and supports almost any operating system imaginable.
Word from Samsung has it today that they've released a new breed of desktop hard drives dubbed the SpinPoint S166 series. The main focus with these is silence, they sport Samsung's proprietory SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Samsung believes these drives to be roughly fifteen percent quieter than other competing 80GB and 160GB models currently in the market.
For full details, have a read of the announcement here.
Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The 3.5" SpinPoint S166 hard drives are currently shipping in 80GB and 160GB capacities and will be available worldwide in April.
The new SpinPoint S Series of hard drives offer upgraded versions of Samsung's proprietary SilentSeekTM and NoiseGuardTM technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Benchmarking tests on sound power have shown that competing hard drives (80GB and 160GB models) generate on average 2.8 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels) in idle mode and 3.2 bel in seek mode, while Samsung's S166 series generate just 2.4 bel and 2.75 bel respectively. This significant fifteen percent noise-level reduction makes the drives ideal for use in office computers, as well as in home consumer electronics such as DVR/ PVRs, or any other hard drive equipped products intended for use in a quiet environment.
Transcend are one of many companies getting aboard the quickly growing solid-state storage market, having today announced their new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. These are ExpressCard slot based solutions for notebook computers, they range from 2GB to 16GB in size.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading company in flash memory products, is pleased to announce its brand-new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. The ExpressCard/34 SSD (Solid State Disk) has a huge capacity (up to 16GB) and low power consumption, which makes it perfect for use as a mobile storage solution in notebook computers with ExpressCard slot. This type of slot is a new standard developed by PCMCIA to carry forward the benefits of 'plug-in' I/O cards to the next generation of personal computing devices.
Phwoar! If money's of little to no object and you're big on storage, Iomega have just announced their new Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive Tower which offers 2 whopping terrabytes of space via four hot-swappable SATA hard drives. The tower sports hardware-based RAID including RAID 0/0+1/5/5+ configurations, and weighs in at a hefty RRP of $1,699.95.
For more details head over to Iomega's website.
San Diego, March 29, 2007- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today announced the new Iomega® Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive, a 2TB* drive powered by four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with hardware-based RAID security features, giving users a cost-effective but powerful storage solution for the large data and image files created in today's business environment.
A total solution featuring high capacity, high performance, a versatility in connections, redundant data security choices and backup software, the new Iomega Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive allows business professionals to easily expand their current storage capabilities and archive important files all in a single device.
According to ChileHardware, Seagate are gearing up to compete with WDs Raptor lineup with some 10,000rpm desktop hard drives of their own. It'll be nice to finally see a bit of competition in the market with these 10k beasts.
Last week we have a meeting with a Seagate engineer, he told us that Seagate is readying a 10.000rpm hard drive to compete directly with Western Digital Raptor hard drives, they feel that the demand for this disks for the desktop market is big enough and that also the cost of producing such a hard drive is low enough.
As solid-state storage continues to rapidly expand in the market this year, Samsung add to the list with a new 1.8" 64GB SSD which is said to offer sustained read speeds of 65MB/sec and write speeds of 45MB/sec, these performance figures up slightly from their previous 32GB SSD drive which was released late last year.
For more details on it head over to the DailyTech folks.
The battle in the solid state disk (SSD) arena continues to get fiercer as Samsung has announced a new 1.8" 64GB SSD to accompany the existing 32GB unit. The new drive offers read and write performance that has been increased 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the latter offering.
Samsung's new 64GB SSD takes advantage of SLC flash and offers read speeds of 65MB/s and write speeds of 45MB/sec. The older 32GB SSD drive introduced last year puts up numbers of 53MB/sec and 30MB/sec respectively.