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OCZ introduces High-Speed SATA II SSD

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.


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ADATA shows off speedy SSD's at CeBIT

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.


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Two more NAS devices from Thecus

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¬ô 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.


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Fujitsu preps 500GB 2.5" HDDs

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.


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MTRON unveils 1.8" 128GB SSD

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.


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Panasonic to release Class 6 32GB SDHC

SanDisk just recently announced the world's first 32GB SDHC memory card which has a Class 4 speed rating. Now Panasonic have joined them at the top of the pile with another 32GB SDHC card hitting the market, however this one is actually a Class 6 card which is capable of a transfer speed of around 20 MB/s.


As always though, when you want the best of the best, you pay ever so dearly for it. This card is said to carry with it a price tag just shy of $700.


More details at CNNMoney.


Considered as "ideal" for AVCHD High Definition video recording, the 32GB card can hold up to 12 hours of 1440 x 1080i video or 4 hours of 1920 x 1080i content. It will also come equipped with a new labeling feature, which allows users to write titles or comments directly onto labels on the front and back of the card. This beefy Class 6 32GB SDHC card will become available in April and will cost $699.


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QNAP unveils new 4-bay RAID NAS

NAS specialist QNAP has just announced its latest "TS-409 Pro Turbo" NAS device; a 4-bay hot-swappable, online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration network storage solution targetted for SoHo and small to medium businesses.


You can learn all about its feature-set and specifications within the official PR here and also at the product page on QNAP's website.


Sydney, Australia, January 31 2008 - The leading storage solution provider QNAP Systems, Inc. today unveils the new generation 4-bay, hot-swappable network-attached storage-TS-409 Pro Turbo NAS for business users. With high performance, enhanced reliability and expansibility, TS-409 Pro outstands other entry-level models by its powerful features including Hot-swappable HDD design, RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+spare disk redundancy, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, and abundant backup and security functions. The HDD S.M.A.R.T. and complete log systems are supported to minimize the deployment cost and maintenance effort.


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Thecus provide free extra NAS features

Thecus are reknowned for their extensive range of NAS products and they've just announced today that they'd added two new features to several products in their lineup through the means of firmware and software updates.


These two new product features include Stacked NAS and IP Cam functionality. You can learn more about both of these within the official PR here folks.


01/28/2008 - Since the beginning, Thecus has prided itself on showing total commitment to the customer. One of the ways is through frequent firmware and software updates which enhance or extend the functionality of Thecus products. Through constant improvement, Thecus users can enjoy both added performance and features at no extra charge, ensuring that Thecus NAS devices are the best performing, most feature-rich on the market. Today, Thecus is proud to announce that it is adding Stacked NAS and IP Cam functionality to several of its existing NAS models.


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Transcend's 2.5" SSD lineup in detail

Transcend have issued out an announcement today which highlights their presence in the 2.5" solid state storage market with a host of products in capacities of up to 32GB. These products include notebook sized 2.5" SATA and IDE based SSDs as well as ExpressCard¬ô/34 format SSDs.


You can learn more about their full lineup in the press release here folks.


With the ever-increasing popularity of low-priced compact notebooks and lightweight portable devices, the demand for solid-state disks (SSD) is greater than ever. Transcend is poised at the forefront of this new solid-state revolution, offering a full range of SSD products. Compared to traditional hard drives, SSDs are made of solid-state NAND flash memory with no moving parts, and are therefore not susceptible to mechanical failure resulting from vibration, sudden impact or power loss, heat, and other common factors that often cause irrecoverable data loss in portable devices that use regular hard drives.


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eSATA about to get even easier

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has today announced its new "Power Over eSATA" initiative. This new specification provides a solid steady form of power to eSATA devices without the need for a seperate power cord to the system which has been required by the majority of standard eSATA devices to date.


If only they could have done it right the first time and made this a standard to begin with; but as they say, better late than never.


Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology, today announced its Power Over eSATA initiative. SATA-IO has begun work on a new specification that will provide power to external SATA (eSATA) devices without the need for a separate power connection. Led by the organization?s Cable and Connector group, the specification is targeted for completion in the second half of 2008.


Today, eSATA devices require an external power adapter to supply the necessary voltage for operation. The new SATA-IO specification will eliminate this requirement by providing power for a single drive directly from the host system using the Power Over eSATA cable. Key benefits will be to maintain compatibility with the existing eSATA connector form factor and retain high Performance at the current maximum interface transfer rate of 3Gb/s (gigabits per second). External SATA offers the only 3Gb/s bus optimized for storage performance.


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