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Getting in on solid state storage is still very much a costly affair, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.
The lads over at Engadget have spotted a Compact Flash to SATA adapter which allows the use of not one, not two, but three CompactFlash cards in tandem to be accessed using the SATA interface.
What's this mean? A much more cost effective solution, 'tis what! - The adapter is said to come in at around $190; add three 32GB CompactFlash cards and you've got 96GB of SSD goodness at a fraction of the cost of an actual (and smaller) 64GB SSD.
Hitachi has just broken new ground in the storage market with the introduction of their Enterprise-Class Ultrastar 15K450 HDD; the world's largest Enterprise-Class drive released to date.
The Ultrastar 15K450 boasts 450GB capacity with 16MB cache, operating at 15,000RPM spindle speed on four 112.5GB platters. Hitachi claim an average seek time of 3.6ms, and average latency of 2ms.
The drive will ship with either Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces.
You can find further information on the drive within the official announcement on Hitachi's website.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - Assuming the reins as the enterprise hard drive performance and capacity leader, Hitachi today announced the Ultrastar15K450. The new drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to deliver 450GB of storage, currently the highest available capacity in 15,000 RPM enterprise-class hard drives. The Ultrastar 15K450 is an ideal solution for mission-critical server and storage applications, such as online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications.
Sharkoon has updated its SATA QuickPort PRO external hard drive caddie. Its original model was made famous due to its stylish and ease of use as well as affordable price. It will allow you to quickly make use of old 2.5" and 3.5" hard disk drives that you have laying around the house or office.
The updated SATA QuickPort PRO includes a front mounted 2-port USB hub and a SD/SDHC/MMC/MS memory card reader. The new model also adds in eSATA connectivity for faster transfer speeds.
Keep in mind if you wish to make use of the front mounted USB ports and card reader slots; you will still need to use the included USB cable.
It should be available for sale around Europe now for $37 Euros. We look forward to getting one in for review shortly as this thing looks pretty damn good to us.
One of the more interesting products to show up at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai this week is clear sign that Intel are shooting for a big piece of the solid-state storage market with some pre-production SSD drives demonstrated.
A fellow by the name of Knut Grimsrud who leads an R&D group responsible for the development of innovative mainstream storage solutions has had some playtime with these upcoming drives in current form, and has kindly shared his thoughts about them with everyone at a blog page here.
It is inevitable that SSD is the way of the future, and with big guns like Intel jumping aboard the SSD bandwagon to drive prices down, this will allow solid state technology to drop within reach for most of us as they become more embedded in the mainstream market as a more future-proof alternative to the now aging mechanical storage mediums we've been used to seeing for decades.
Bring 'em on Intel - The sooner they arrive, the better!
SSDs are based on flash memory chip technology and have no moving parts. Hard-disk drives, in contrast, use read-write heads that hover over spinning platters to access and record data. With no moving parts, SSDs avoid both the risk of mechanical failure and the mechanical delays of HDDs. Therefore, SSDs are generally faster and more reliable. The catch is the cost: SSDs are currently much more expensive than HDDs. Intel is expected to make an announcement during the second quarter.
"I played the part of Guinea Pig and had one of our pre-production solid state drives installed in my IT laptop...I was unprepared for the powerful instant high it gave my system," he wrote in a blog. There was a "dramatic difference in how my system responded," he said.
The folks over at Super Talent sent us a press release earlier stating that they have started shipping what they are calling the world's thinnest 256GB solid state drive.
FSD56GC25H is bound to be a mighty expensive beast offering good performance but sadly it is only using SATA I technology whereas many are companies are preparing SATA II models right now. Even still, it supports 0.1ms access times, a maximum of 65MB/sec sequential read speed and 50MB/sec sequential write speed. It also supports up to 1600G of shock and 16G of vibration, which is said to be about five times greater than typical hard disk drives.
San Jose, California - March 26, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched the world's slimmest 256GB solid state drive (SSD).
The FSD56GC25H uses an industry standard 2.5-inch hard drive form factor and uses an industry standard SATA-I interface, making it 100% interchangeable with conventional 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. This SSD implements Super Talent's patented stacking technology to pack an enormous amount of solid state storage into an exceptionally small and slim case, measuring a mere 12.5mm thick - 40% thinner than any other 256GB SSD available. The signature black case is made from a durable lightweight aluminum alloy.
If you want to know all of the finer details, head on over and look at the product spec PDF right here.
OCZ has had its SATA I 64GB solid state drive on the market for some time now but just today they have introduced their High-Speed SATA II solid state drive.
It comes in 32GB and 64GB models and claims read speeds of 120MB/s and write speeds of 100MB/s, which is a huge improvement over the previous generation drive, which offered 58MB/s reads and 35MB/s writes.
"Sunnyvale, CA-March 12, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing. With blazing access times combined with excellent reliability, the OCZ SATA II 2.5" SSD is the answer for enthusiasts demanding the most advanced storage for their notebooks and systems.
"There are many benefits of solid state drive technology over traditional disk drives including superior speed, reliability, and power savings," commented Alex Mei, Executive VP and CMO, OCZ Technology Group. "Our newest SATA II drives are designed to further extend the advantages of this technology offering enhanced performance for high-end mobile solutions."
We will have a drive in soon for testing but for now check out the product page for more details.
CeBIT in Germany has now closed its doors for another year but news from the largest tech trade show in the world is still trickling out.
ADATA were showing off a range of upcoming solid state drives at its booth which some rather impressive speed claims. The Taiwanese company plans its S25H 128GB 2.5" SATA 2.0 drive with some sort of internal RAID system which is capable 190MB/s read and 110MB/s write speeds.
I'll take two of these in RAID 0 for my personal system master drive!
ADATA was also showing off its smaller 1.8" M18S drive using 64GB of MLC - it is also said to be capable of the same speeds as the 2.5" model. There was also on a 1.8" PATA version on display with a total of 32GB of space.
Storage specialist Thecus have just issued out two seperate PRs, the first of which introduces their new N3200M which is a complete media and storage solution for home theatre setups.
Thecus claim that the N3200M is currently the only 3-bay NAS device available which offers video and audio sharing functionalities for output to a TV in a resolution of up to 1080p.
Full details on the N3200M can be found within the press release here.
Leading storage solution manufacturer Thecus Technology innovates again! This time, Thecus has worked closely with AMD and now introduces the all-new N3200M. Coming this spring, the N3200M features AMD technology and delivers a complete media and storage solution perfect for the home.
Based on the AMD Geode processor, the N3200M's design concept is centered on the home theater. Users can use the N3200M to centrally store, manage, easily access, and enjoy their movie and music files. The whole family can view their favorite blockbuster hits and listen to their favorite tunes without the hassle of having to locate files saved in different locations or multiple machines throughout the house.
Next up is a press release supporting their new i5500 Series iSCSI RAID Device. Running Intel's Xscale IOP80331 CPU and 512MB of DDR memory, the i5500 promises to deliver performance twice that of Thecus' previous flagship NAS, the N5200PRO.
You can get a full rundown of its feature-set within the announcement here.
In 2007 Thecus released its flagship N5200 PRO NAS storage device. Aimed at SMBs, the N5200 PRO offered incredible performance and a feature set that was never before seen on such a compact unit. This year, Thecus is poised to raise the bar yet again with its most powerful storage device yet - the i5500. Delivering unprecedented iSCSI performance, uninterrupted data capacity expansion, and air-tight security in a cost effective package, the i5500 offers an unbeatable value proposition for enterprises looking to store and secure mission-critical data.
Fujitsu have just leveled up with Hitachi in terms of the world's largest 2.5" hard drive to hit the market. The new series of MHZ2 BT 2.5" hard disk drives come in a capacity of up to 500GB. Unfortunately as is the case with Hitachi's recently announced 500GB 2.5" drive, this one also appears to rely on three platters which makes its physical height a few mm higher than standard 2.5" drives; thus making it impossible to fit into some notebook chassis'.
The drives specs include a 4,200RPM spindle speed, 8MB buffer, 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, 12ms read seek time, 21dB noise out and a power consumption of 0.5W at idle/1.8W when reading or writing.
Fujitsu have said that they plan to roll out the MHZ2 BT series of drives into the market at the end of May.
For further details, head over to Fujitsu's website.
Tokyo, February 25, 2008 - Fujitsu Limited today announced the release of its new series of MHZ2 BT 2.5" hard disk drives with world-class capacity of up to 500 GB(1). Sales of the new series will begin at the end of May 2008.
The new series responds to the growing need for hard drives in the 2.5" form factor that can handle high-volume storage for such products as digital video recorders and external hard drives.
The MHZ2 BT series requires only 1.8 W of power for read and write operations, ranking it among the most power-efficient drives in its class. The series is one of many new products announced as part of Fujitsu's Green Policy Innovation program, unveiled in December 2007 to promote energy-efficient products and services as a way to help customers lower their ecological footprint.
South Korean SSD storage maker MTRON has just introduced a new PATA ZIF-type solid state disk into the market for notebooks. The drive is quite large for an SSD at 128GB whilst physically being confined to just 1.8" in size.
Full details on it can be sourced within the official PR here.
SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mtronstorage Technology Co.,Ltd (KOSDAQ 046320), a global manufacturer of Solid State Drive (SSD) products in South Korea, announced today that they have completed the development of a new 1.8 Inch ZIF-type SSD for laptop PC and will begin the production in April.
Mtron has previously launched 2.5 Inch 32GB SSD and Multi Level Cell (MLC) SSD in 2007, and Mtron believes that the addition of the new product will help them to take the next step in mobile SSD market.