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First shown off at CES recently, A-DATA have broken new ground in solid-state storage, having presented a huge 128GB 2.5" Solid State (flash-based) hard drive!
PQI recently launched a 64GB SSD offering which was enough to earn the company much praise, but for A-DATA to DOUBLE it soon after is a real kick in the chin. It's great to see solid state storage technology starting to move forward at a faster rate these days. Bring it on!
A-DATA is one out of many manufacturers at CES that displayed products using flash memory for storage. Flash-based harddrives, or so called Solid State Drives, is something we've been covering a lot recently and the interest for a mechanical harddrive is constantly growing. During CES A-DATA has presented its latest creations on the SSD market and among others you could find a 2.5" model with a 128GB storage capacity. In other words, four times the capacity of Samsung's and SanDisk's harddrives and twice that of PQI's recently launched SSD unit. The 2.5" model use the regular SATA-II interface and it is counting on starting the mass production during the first or second quarter of 2007.
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Seagate have just announced a new 2.5" 15K-rpm enterprise class hard drive as a member of their Savvio lineup, which they claim to be the fastest in the world to date. Apparently the "Savvio 15K" has a seek time of only 2.9ms and is said to be around 10% faster then typical 3.5" sized 15K-RPM drives.
However, even with perpendicular recording methods, they've only managed to squeeze a maximum of 73GB into this drive (with an optional 36GB model also available), not that capacity is all that important when one opts for a drive in this class.
Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be "the world's fastest hard drive" - the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).
"Seagate is committed to delivering solutions that will meet the needs of today's demanding IT environment, and no product demonstrates this better than the Savvio 15K drive," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business. "The development of the 2.5-inch Enterprise form factor represented a new way of thinking. Now, with the added number of performance and capacity choices offered, many of the leading enterprise system makers are transitioning from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch form factor enterprise solutions."
PQI have pushed the boundaries of solid-state storage capacity to new levels, having just unveiled a 64GB Serial-ATA solid-state drive. Apparently there's talk of them releasing one with twice the capacity (128GB) later on this year as well, that also being 2.5" in physical size.
More details over at The Dailytech.
While companies like Samsung , SanDisk and RiTek have been touting their 32GB Flash SSDs which feature Parallel ATA (PATA) interfaces, PQI has upstaged the companies by (re)announcing a 64GB Flash SSDs with both PATA and Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces.
We first saw PQI's 64GB Flash SSDs at Computex in June. At the time, PQI said that the drives would be shipping in August. Well, August came and went and not a peep was heard from PQI.
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As a member of their "My Book Pro" external storage lineup, Western Digital have just added a huge 1 Terabyte model to the list, this based around a couple of 500GB drives using RAID technology with the ability to switch between RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations.
Sydney, Australia. - January 8, 2006 - With consumers increasingly relying on their computers to safe keep their financially and emotionally valuable digital libraries of photos, videos and music, as well as business documents, Western Digital announced that its newest My Book storage system provides users a safe place to secure up to one terabyte (1 TB) of digital content. Available now, the My Book Pro Edition II system uses RAID technology to instantaneously duplicate user data for extra protection or to accelerate the delivery of data to users.
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A mob by the name of "STARDOM" have recently unveiled their SE1000/SE1100 SATA to SATA encryption storage boxes, these using DES (Data Encryption Standard) hardware encryption which doesnt affect system performance. Its host interface allows for SATA, Firewire 800, and USB 2.0 connectivity.
SE1000/SE1100 Data Encryption Series are using DES (Data Encryption Standard) hardware encryption technology with an encryption key which can't not only affect your system performance but also provide an encryption storage solution for HDD protection and supports the SATA /Firewire 800 / USB 2.0 host interface. Once your data encrypted, nobody could read the confidential data without the encryption key even though your HDD lost or dropped due to failed!
With the software-less and encryption key design, the SE1000/SE1100 data encryption series not only to provide the highly data security but considers the convenience of operation for you and no need to worry about the risk of data lost. If you use the internal encryption storage box as a boot disk, the boot disk will be encrypted before booting. Thus can ensure data security since your computer booting!
News is quickly spreading that Seagate are planning to reach the 1TB barrier on a desktop hdd within the next 6 months, this by means of perpendicular recording technology of course. Trust Seagate to be the first to do it.
More info via the Dailytech folks.
Seagate Technology has just released information to DailyTech with regard to the company's upcoming highest capacity hard disk drive to date. At 1TB, if no other hard disk drive manufacturer can catch up, Seagate will have the highest capacity hard drive product to market first.
The 1TB hard disk drive will be based on perpendicular recording technology which packs bits tighter onto the magnetic platter by positioning them perpendicular to the platter as opposed to linear recording which positions bits horizontally. The perpendicular recording technology, which has been in use by Seagate and its platter supplier for over a year now, will be put to the test as Seagate states the 1TB product will implement fewer platters and heads to improve the performance of the drive.
As the world of flash-based storage continues to grow, SanDisk have just unveiled a 1.8" based solid-state drive which offers 32GB of capacity with sustained data read speeds of 62MB/s!
The Dailytech have all the info on it folks.
DailyTech reported yesterday that Samsung developed a new 50 nanometer 16Gb NAND flash memory chips that provide 100% faster read speeds and 150% faster write speeds. The announcement sparked a lot of interest from consumers looking for larger and faster offerings than Samsung's current 32GB Flash SSD drive.
SanDisk today entered the SSD fray with a 32GB drive of its own. The 1.8" SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 drive uses patented TrueFFS flash management technology and has a 2 million hour MTBF. The drive has no moving parts, so it is completely silent and weighs less than traditional 1.8" mobile hard drives. The drive also consumes 0.4W of power when active, versus 1.0W for a traditional mobile hard drive.