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New Kingston USB drive automatically encrypts data content

With everyone from out employers to the government spying on every aspect of our daily lives, data encryption has become more important than ever before. Kingston Technology knows this and has released an all new USB 3.0 thumb drive that automatically encrypts your data as it is being loaded.

 

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The new DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 from Kingston offers hardware encryption as well as a built-in anti-virus engine for added security. The drive also has features that allows administrators to set security policies that lock the drive into read-only mode which prevents any malware, spyware, or other nefarious data from being loaded onto the drive. Kingston is offering the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 in capacities ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB with pricing starting at $40 for the 4GB stick, and hitting the $355 mark for the 64GB model.

SK Hynix begins full-scale mass production of 16nm 64Gb MLC NAND

This week SK Hynix announced that it has began full-scale production of its new 16nm scale 64Gb MLC NAND Flash Modules. This is the company's second version of 16nm NAND Flash with the first version going into fabrication earlier this year in June. SK Hynix says that this revision is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size.

 

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This is very good news as well as this means that SK Hynix has recovered from a nearly industry devastating fire at one of its fabrication facilities located in China earlier this year. While it is still unclear exactly how much fabrication equipment was damaged in the fire, the ramp up to full-scale production of these new chips should help lower the NAND Flash price per GB some.

 

SK Hynix says that it has also developed a new 128Gb MLC Chip that is based on the 16nm specification and endurance design of its 64Gb MLC. The new 128Gb chips will go into full production in the first half of 2014 which should further lower the price per GB of NAND Flash. This will equate to lower SSD pricing, which is a winning scenario for consumers.

Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 M.2 NGFF Spotted

It's turning into a good night in the Secret Bunker away from the Secret Bunker. After some surprisingly early pics and even a few benchmarks, we now have the first picture of a SF3700 in M.2 form factor.

 

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M.2 is the official name for this form factor and 2280 can run both SATA and PCIe specs depending how the host interface is configured. LSI tells us SF3700 is optimized for low power consumption, up to 1800 MB/s and 150K IOPS performance. Officially the time frame is broad, 2014 but will these exciting new models come in the first or second half is what we want to know for sure.

Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe 2.0 tested, 1800 MB/s

With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.

 

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This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.

 

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It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.

Exclusive: First LSI SandForce SF3700 reference design pictured

The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.

 

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The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.

Silicon Power announces the new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive

Silicon Power announced today the launch of its latest external storage device. The all new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology to alongside an internal SSD to achieve unprecedented speeds in an external storage device. Silicon Power says that the new Thunder T11 is certified by both Apple and Intel, and symbolizes a new era in external storage solutions.

 

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"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility," said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."

 

The new new Thunder T11 is capable of read speeds in the range of 380Mb/s and write speeds top 340Mb/s which more than doubles the speed of USB 3.0. Silicon power chose to power the new Thunder T11 through the Thunderbolt port as well making this external storage device as compact and portable as possible. The entire devices measures in at just 74x62x15mm and weighs in at a mere 65-grams with a capacity of 120Gb. Pricing information was not provided at the time of this writing.

Seagate introduces the Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS

This morning, Segate Technology announced the launch of the companies latest storage product for business. The new Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS is designed for offices, workgroups, and other entities up to 50 employees. This new NAS will allow employees a centralized location to store files as well as offering a secure storage medium for PC backups.

 

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The new Windows Server 4-bay NAS from Seagate allows businesses with existing Microsoft Windows IT infrastructure to seamlessly upgrade office storage capacity while easily integrating users from an existing directory. The device is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor that is clocked in at 2.13GHz. The device utilizes Seagate's NAS HDD drives to ensure a reliable and high-performance experience.

 

"Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organizations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses," said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. "We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures."

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LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s

Paul and I are packing and in two days we'll show more than just pictures of the new LSI SandForce SF3700. The new controller series is nine channels and supports both SATA III and PCI Express. On the latter, the SF3700 can read up to 1800 MB/s if your PCIe 2.0 bus is up to the task. Using four lanes, 1800 is a good starting point but we're more interested in overclocking our enthusiast motherboards to get more and we hear the new controller can handle a bit of a bump to get past the 1800 MB/s hump. Who's ready for SSD overclocking? Can I get a NGFF water block with my order?

 

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The new SF3700 controller's design is for both consumer and enterprise products much like SF-1000 and SF-2000. Early on, we expect to see enterprise products demoed first but in the end, consumer drives may hit the market first due to the long validation period for enterprise products.

Continue reading 'LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s' (full post)

WD is shooting for 60TB HDDs with HAMR technology

I still remember the days of HDDs being in the megabytes category, but moving into GBs was a big thing... TBs now seem like nothing with cloud storage, and storage giant, Western Digital, is pushing the bar much, much higher.

 

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At a Chinese trade show, the storage company demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which should pave the way for some massive increases in HDD storage. HAMR was first developed by WD's rival, Seagate, but WD believes it can hit five times the areal density of current drives using its spin on the HAMR tech.

 

Right now, the highest density HDDs have an areal density of around 750 gigabits per inch, but HAMR could expand this out to a whopping 4 terabits per inch. To you and me, this means we could see 60TB drives within the next couple of years. The way that HAMR works is by heating the hard disk's surface with a laser while the magnetic head is recording data, which causes the data bits to shrink, thus, increasing areal density.

 

This, mixed with nanotube lubrication, allows the magnetic head to get much closer to the surface. This means that HAMR-based HDDs could be just as reliable as standard drives, but with much more data.

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