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Super Talent are joining in on the quickly growing solid state storage market with the release of a top to bottom lineup of SSDs using the SATA interface.
Ranging from 16GB through 128GB, these drives come in physical sizes of 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5" depending on the drive's capacity.
You can get all the details on 'em within the official PR here.
This new line of SATA drives is offered in industry standard 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch form factors, making these drives 100% compatible with conventional hard disk drives. However, these products are built with only solid state Flash components. Since they contain no moving parts, SSD drives have the advantage of being far more rugged and reliable than regular hard drives, while using 85% less power. Moreover, because SSD drives are built using Flash technology, they offer sequential transfer speed comparable to magnetic drives and dramatically faster access speed. Super Talent's 1.8-inch SATA drives are offered in up to 32GigaByte capacities; 2.5-inch drives are available in up to 64GigaBytes; and for high capacity requirements Super Talent offers a 128GigaByte 3.5-inch drive.
With USB flash drives now flooding the market, some companies are really trying hard to stand out amongst the rest. Kingston are certainly one of them, having just launched their new Kingston DataTraveler Reader which is far from your typical USB flashdrive as it allows you to shove an external SD/MMC flash memory card into it.
Photo Marketing Association/PMA Expo, Las Vegas, NV - March 8, 2007 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its new DataTraveler® Reader, a USB 2.0 Flash memory drive that provides up to 4GB of Flash storage, and includes an onboard SD/MMC expansion slot for reading nine different Flash memory card formats, including the new Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) format.
"Consumers today are more mobile than ever before and the need to store and share digital information has increased dramatically," said Joe Teng, Flash product manager, Kingston®. "The DataTraveler Reader is a powerful way to capture, save and share pictures, videos and documents in a safe and ultra-compact form factor," added Teng.
The Serial ATA International Organization (or SATA-IO) have just upped their SATA specification to 2.6. With small form factor systems being the main focus this time around, the new specification makes way for such advancements as a more slimline cable and connector arrangement, and some performance improvements with regard to NCQ etc.
You can learn more about it via this article over at the DailyTech.
The Serial ATA International Organization, also known as SATA-IO, today announced its latest Serial ATA specification - SATA revision 2.6 (PDF). The latest SATA revision 2.6 adds new physical and performance features to the previous SATA revision 2.5, also referred to as SATA 3.0Gbps, specification.
New physical features added to the SATA revision 2.6 include internal cable specifications for small-form-factor systems and mobile PC applications. SATA revision 2.6 specifies a new internal slim-line cable and connector. The new Slimline cable and connector target tightly packed small-form-factor systems. SATA-IO also defines the internal micro SATA connector with ultra mobile PCs in mind. The new internal micro SATA connector specification is for 1.8" hard drives only right now.
Western Digital have made an announcement a short time ago which makes light of their new My Book Premium ES Edition External Hard Drive having both USB 2.0 and eSATA (external Serial ATA) connectivity.
Sydney Australia, March5, 2007 - As consumers increasingly rely on digital media to secure their important documents and valuable personal content, they often fear that changes in technology may render their data inaccessible. Western Digital Corp. the leading consumer external storage brand worldwide, today announced that its new My Book Premium ES Edition external hard drive incorporates eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0. eSATA is a new technology that transfers data between the external device and the computer at higher rates than ever before and USB 2.0 is today's most common method of connecting external devices to personal computers.
DEAL OF THE DAY - Maxtor Ultra 200GB ATA Hard Drive for Only $39.98 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!
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Offer: A few nice hard drive deals. The Maxtor 200GB ATA drive is great for those of you who have older computers (basically not S-ATA drives) and want to upgrade. Great for the parent's computer (like I've done because they don't care for the latest and greatest) or that old office unit. They've also got a 250GB external hard drive for only $79.98 which is the lowest I've seen it. Everything is set to expire on 2/2407, but I don't think these will last that long.
As the world of solid state storage continues to grow, a company by the name of "Century" have developed a 2.5" SD to parallel ATA SSD adapter, essentially allowing for 4 seperate SD cards of up to 2GB each in size to be paired up together and used as a solid state storage solution for your operating system via the IDE interface.
Solid State Drive will certainly be one of the hottest terms on the PC market the coming years and the SSD units that will certainly grab more and more market shares of the mechanical harddrive market brings many advantages. The primary is that it is a form of electric storage, I.e. there is no mechanics which can fail or introduce delays. The SSD units which are made today commonly use NAND flash for storage, which results in both fast access times and relatively good transfer rates. But regular flash memory works as well and this is something GeekStuff4U has taken advantage of. It has namely launched "SD to SSD."
DEAL OF THE DAY - Newegg - Samsung SpinPoint T Series 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache S-ATA300 Hard Drive for $139.99 with FREE Shipping
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Offer: These big 500GB hard drives are falling in price. How in the you fill up a 500GB drive is beyond me.
This is awesome! Fujitsu are certainly pushing the boundaries with their new LifeBook N6420 notebook, giving it dual 200GB hard drives, 17" WS, HD DVD drive, and Intel Core 2 Duo goodness.
Sydney, Australia February 14 2007 - Fujitsu PC Australia today introduces the LifeBook N6420 targeted for serious entertainment, gaming and power users. The LifeBook N6420 delivers the ultimate experience on a 17-inch Colour Enhanced Crystal View Display. It features the new Fujitsu Visual Optimizer, a special image processing subsystem that amplifies video from any source for unsurpassed sharpness and offers genuine colour realisation for perfect color matches. To realise absolute entertainment, turn up the volume and hear the amazing juxtaposition of sounds emerge from two impressive internal speakers and a powerful subwoofer.
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The folks at Sharkoon in Germany have just come out with a new product which allows you to connect up most recent IDE or SATA hard drives directly to your system via USB and nifty adapter.
I've personally had use such devices many times before when needing to move data from a desktop hard drive to my notebook.
Sharkoon is presenting a simple solution for users who need quick access to the data on their de-installed hard drives, or who want to be able to alternate easily between several data mediums. The Sharkoon DriveLink lets users connect hard drives of all current formats directly to a PC or notebook without the trouble of having to first install them in an external HDD case. The external hard drive adapter offers an interface for both IDE and SATA drives in sizes 2.5", 3.5", and 5.25", and connects simply to a USB port to allow data access. The hard drive connected to the DriveLink is supplied with power by the included power adapter.
The Sharkoon DriveLink doesn't just provide a time-saving way to read out data, but also offers a convenient back-up function. Data can be saved and synchronized with the push of a button, and the back-up settings can be entered beforehand using the included software. So that the externally operated hard drive isn't left completely unprotected and users don't have to worry about accidentally damaging sensitive components, Sharkoon also delivers two sturdy silicon frames for 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives. The drives can simply be inserted into the handy cover, where they are securely protected against shocks and vibrations and easier to handle.
Under MS Windows ME/2000/XP the DriveLink functions with Plug&Play. Drivers for Windows 98SE are included in delivery.