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Seagate displays reference Android tablet design with 500GB HDD

CES 2014 - Seagate displayed a reference tablet design that capitalizes on the new 5mm HDD design and houses a 500GB HDD. Currently, 5mm-thick HDD's only come in the typical platter design, but common sense dictates that soon we will see 5mm SSHD's, which provide SSD-like performance but HDD capacity. Seagate also displayed a new laptop and convertible with an HDD in the keyboard.

 

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The tablet design has a large screen, and runs Androids latest OS. This reference design is suprsingly light, considering there is an HDD inside. The design will allow manufacturers a quicker time to market with this flavor of tablet.

 

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Of course, the resulting design is somewhat thicker than tablets currently on the market, but can come at a cheaper price point with a tremendous amount of capacity. As the process and design matures we expect to see this slimmed down considerably.

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Kingston shows prototype dual-connector USB drive for mobile phones

CES 2014 - Kingston displayed a prototype of a new type of USB flash drive for mobile phones. A study concluded that the maajority of phone users actually email pictures from thier phones to transfer them to thier PC or laptop.

 

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The concept is pretty simpe, one end of the USB drive connects to the micro-USB connector on the phone, allowing quick and easy access to the contents of the drive.

 

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The other end of the drive is a standard USB 3.0 connector, which can be plugged into any typical laptop or computer. This allows the user to add or remove files on the computer, and then one can transfer files to or from the phone easily.

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Plextor expands portfolio of SSDs for enterprise, and mobile products

CES 2014 - We visited Plextor's CES showroom yesterday and found a broad range of new products that span several markets. Over the years, Plextor's image changed from optical products to consumer SSDs and now the company looks to just make it all SSDs.

 

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First up is the new M6e, a PCIe 2.0 m.2 SSD that uses two lanes to outperform SATA based storage products. The M6e drives we saw at the booth include an adapter for desktop use. This makes the M6e the ultimate performance SSD since end users keep TRIM and avoid the hassles of RAID.

 

 

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Moving closer to the mainstream consumer level, the M.2 form factor could dominate the notebook market with both SATA and PCIe based drives. M.2 products will cost less to manufacture when the economics of scale catch up.

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Seagate demo's Ultrathin 5mm HDD

CES 2014 -Seagate displayed it's new 5mm HDD's that stick with the standard SATA connection. For a complete view of the performance capabilities of the drive feel free to take a look at the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review by our very own Tyler Bernath.

 

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To give some perspective, I took a snap of the HDD next to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This thin profile allows this HDD to be deployed into just about any thin device.

 

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The thin HDD's from Seagate's competitors feature a new edge connector, which hasn't made much headway in terms of mass adoption. The slow uptake, or lack thereof, of the edge connector has led Seagate to forgo use of the spec, since it is much more financially viable for companies to use existing standards at this point. Of course that could be subject to change in the future as devices shrink, but selling relevant products for today's market is Seagate's focus.

LaCie shows Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 with two M.2 SSDs

CES 2014 -LaCie unveiled their new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which is geared for maximum performance for video editing professionals. This power is delivered via dual M.2 Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD's that are configured in factory RAID 0.

 

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Each unit is capable of delivering up to 1,375 MB/s of speed for 4K video editing. The Little Big Disk 2 comes with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports which allows daisy chaining for even more extreme performance, as demoed here with a new Mac Pro.

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SanDisk talks Connect and Wireless Media Drive

Storage Visions 2014 - Dinesh Bahal from SanDisk sat down with TweakTown at Storage Visions 2014 to discuss SanDisk Connect. Connect has been on the market for several months now but the company just announced a new 64GB model.

 

 

 

Dinesh also discussed the comapany's new Wireless Media Drive with longer battery life and more concurrent users.

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OCZ Vertex 460 Pictured - Barefoot 3 M10 and Toshiba 19nm Toggle

CES 2014 - The first product born from the marriage of OCZ Technology and Toshiba was displayed today at the OCZ suite. Soon, OCZ will ship Vertex 460, in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The new drive will deliver up to 550MB/s sequential reads, up to 95,000 4KB IOPS and uses Toshiba Type C 19nm Toggle flash.

 

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No need to beat around the bush with stock pics, we have ours in hand.

 

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We can't talk about the performance outside of what OCZ displayed at the suite so the image above tells you exactly what we know right now and exactly what we can say at this point. The cool thing is this, the Vertex 460 is faster than Vertex 450. What we hope to see is a price that is lower than the Vertex 450 and in stock at etailers.

World Exclusive- Marvell 88SS9293 Altaplus PCIe 2.0 x4 SSD Controller

CES 2014 Just days ago we tested the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer with a PCIe 2.0 x2 m.2 socket. In that preview article we used a SanDisk A110 PCIe based m.2 drive, but that's old news now. Just moments ago we sat down with Marvell and tested a new controller named Altaplus. This controller, model number 88SS9293, can use four PCI Express lanes.

 

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There are other PCIe 4-lane controllers coming and we've seen read benchmarks, but the new Marvell 4-lane controller is able to read and write data at a high speed already.

 

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In the test Marvell ran, the drive achieved a 128KB sequential read speed of 1445 MB/s. In the same sequential test the drive wrote at 1051 MB/s. Making the performance even more impressive is the test is a full span read and write. We didn't test 4KB random performance, but it won't be long before we have a working sample in our hands. When it comes to general availability, Marvell tells us to check back in at Computex for an update. We can say this, the drive looks very strong right now.

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