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Samsung has announced that it is mass producing 64GB SSD drives, which it claims is the highest density drives available today. The drive consists of eight 64Gbit single-level cell flash memory chips that are manufactured at 51nm. It looks like the first model is IDE only, although we'd expect SATA drives to follow.
Samsung expects a huge growth in the SSD market and if Computex this year is anything to go by, it looks like a lucrative market that many companies are looking at getting into. Although 64GB isn't the biggest size to have been shown, it seems like Samsung has the biggest available drive. No pricing was given, but you can bet on the fact that it won't be cheap.
Rapid expansion of the 1.8-inch SSD market will spark demand for even smaller SSD formats to be used in mobile consumer electronics. The miniaturization of SSDs will give rise to new types of digital products. Over the next three years, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs will also gain a great deal of momentum for widespread use in standard notebooks and desktop PCs, respectively.
You can read the full press release here
Wow, I bet most of us didnt think the industry would catch up so soon, however PQI have managed to pump out a 2.5" solid-state hard disk with 256GB capacity; thats bang smack in the same league as the biggest of current mechanical notebook drives on the market.
Apparently this drive is also pretty damn quick, being able to dish out transfer speeds of around 60MB/sec. The only inevitable downside will be the pricetag, there's nothing official on that yet but it's not hard to believe it'll end up retailing in excess of $1k USD.
More info at the Dailytech.
Taipei, Taiwan ~ Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. (PQI) officially announced high speed 226X Industrial CF Turbo+ card, 256GB SSD Turbo+, 32GB PCI-E SSD and 1.8" 32GB ZIF - SSD storage mediums. The high speed 226X Industrial CF card Turbo+ is available with a maximum capacity of 16GB and a transfer rate of 38MB/sec.
Bob Chu, PQI DiskOnModule Manager states, with growing popularity of flash drive hard drive due to SSD's shock proof, high stability and low power consumption properties, SSDs have made it's debut in some of the world's renown PCs replacing traditional hard drives. Apart from the advantages described, SSDs also have longer average data storage time of 10 years and faster seek times compare to traditional hard drive read / write heads. PQI expects SSD to become the hard drive of the future and in 2008, SSD may replace up to 30% of traditional hard drive market.
Memory marker Transcend have just extended their solid state storage family of 2.5" IDE drives with a 32GB model, doubling the capacity of their previous top-end SSD drive. These drives are only 7.44mm in thickness and will easily fit into a notebook of choice.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
Transcend is very pleased to announce its 32GB 2.5-inch IDE Solid State Drive (SSD), which is compatible with most mainstream PC and notebook computers. The 2.5-inch IDE interface SSD has a tough outer metal case, enormous capacities, high reliability, low power consumption and anti-shock features that make it ideal to replace Hard Disk Drives. Transcend's 2.5-inch IDE SSD series has a distinct advantage over standard 2.5" HDDs in that it is a solid-state memory with no moving parts, and therefore not susceptible to mechanical failure as a result of vibrations. It is now available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory capacities.
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.
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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.