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Earlier today, Innodisk announced a new patented technology that is aimed at protecting SSD data integrity in the event of sudden power outages. Dubbed Power Secure, the new technology is hardware and firmware-based and uses a low-power detector on the SSD to trigger a safe power-down recovery algorithm to help prevent data loss and ensure data integrity.
The new controller will complete the current operation by using residual power that is stored in capacitors on the SSD. The power monitor will continue monitoring external power conditions and will prevent further access to flash memory while the voltage levels are abnormally. When power is restored, the firmware will scan the SSD for errors and restore the drive to a readable state. Data that otherwise would of been lost in an SSD not equipped with Innodisk's Power Secure technology is then recovered.
Today, Greenliant Systems announced that it has started volume production of its 16GB and 32GB industrial grade SATA NANDrive embedded SSDs. The modules feature 1-bit-per-cell NAND flash memory and are ideal for long-life products that need high-endurance storage to ensure user data and applications are safe and secure.
Available in the ball grid array (BGA) form-factor, Greenliant says that the addition of the GLS85LS1016P and GLS85LS1032P NANDrives to the company's industrial grade SATA NANDrive portfolio allows customers a wider range of capacities ranging from 2GB all the way up to 32GB. The new drives feature Greenliant's internally-developed NAND controller that incorporates error correction code alongside advanced wear leveling algorithms.
"To address applications with long lifecycles, SLC SATA NANDrive will be available up to 10 years through Greenliant's Long-Term Availability (LTA) program," said Chen Tsai, senior vice president, manufacturing operations, Greenliant Systems. "With the LTA program and new SLC NANDrive products, Greenliant is reiterating its commitment to customers in markets with stringent requirements, such as automotive, avionics, industrial, medical, military and transportation."
Today, ASUSTOR announced the launch of a brand new budget-friendly, entry-level NAS. The AS 2 Series NAS is designed to fill the storage needs in a personal home network and is subdivided into two different lines.
The AS-20XT series is designed around the idea of creating a personal cloud for customers who just need network storage. The AS-20XTE series is designed to give users both personal cloud storage as well as digital entertainment functionality. Both series feature a 2-Bay and 4-Bay solution, which were designed to meet the needs of consumers as well as provide an entry-level product for those using a NAS for the first time.
All four of the ASUSTOR 2 Series NAS feature Intel's latest dual-core Atom processor running at 1.2GHz, with the AS-20XT featuring 512MB of DDR3 RAM while the AS-20XTE boasts an impressive 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The AS-20XT includes powerful cloud storage software that allows users to quickly set up their own backup server, file server, video surveillance solution, or even a web server.
The AS-20XTE features an HDMI port, IR receiver, and an XBMC App that can be downloaded to turn the NAS into a full-featured media player. ASUSTOR also features an optional remote control that will allow users to control the media center functionality from their recliner. Optionally, users can download the XBMC remote app to their mobile device for easy control as well.
Today, HighPoint launched the RocketU 1144E, a new 4-port HBA that it says is the most versatile storage HBA in the industry today. The new RocketU 1144E features USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s eSATA connectivity and uncompromised per-port architecture. HighPoint says that the new device is designed for PC and Mac platforms and is the perfect solution for external eSATA and USB 3.0 storage.
HighPoint says that the RocketU 1144E benefits from the company's per-port architecture, which gives it an exclusive advantage over other HBAs on the market. With this technology, each port remains fully independant and is powered by a dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 or 6Gb/s SATA controller. Additionally, the inclusion of a PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface ensures that customers experience nothing but the highest level of performance from this new 4-port HBA.
HighPoint says that the new RocketU 1144E is capable of supporting all of the industry standard USB and SATA storage devices and is compatible with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.8.3 or later. Linux support is also available and drivers can be downloaded from the company's website.
Anyone who has ever attempted to shoot HD video knows that anything above 720p requires massive amounts of storage for high frame rates and good quality. With 4K video quickly becoming the norm, SanDisk has responded to this need for high-capacity, high-speed storage for 4K compatible video recording.
Today, SanDisk announced its new 256GB Extreme Pro CFast card that has been designed with 4K videographers in mind. The card has write speeds of up to 65MB/s and fast shot speeds up to 140MB/s. SanDisk says that the card has been designed to support Cinema-quality 4K and full HD video capture.
Unfortunately, this is not a card you just walk down to Walmart and buy when you forget your other one at home. Retailing at $1810, this card is a little pricey for your everyday average shooter. As an ex-professional photographer, the price does strike me as being a little high.
Today, Mushkin announced the launch of its highly anticipated Scorpion Deluxe PCIe solid state drive. Mushkin says that the new Scorpion Deluxe outpaces its competitors in both speed and performance thanks to quad SandForce SF-2281 controllers and unthrottled IOPS. The new drive clocks in at 2150 MB/s read and 1900MB/s write, making it an extreme performer in any system you throw it in.
The new Scorpion Deluxe is available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB capacities, of which all boast just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS and 1 million hours of MTBF. The PCIe SSD also includes a three-year warranty and is available now in the US at RAMExperts.com and will roll out worldwide on September 16 at select electronic retailers.
"The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is a result of the desire to create and produce revolutionary components that maximize performance. We are looking to enhance and accelerate the work process -- be it for creative production or database applications," said Nicolas Villalobos, the Director of Global Marketing for Mushkin, Inc. "We are pleased to be able to add the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD to our existing line of now available innovative technologies."
In its current form, Blu-ray only holds 25GB and 50GB, for single- and dual-layer discs, respectively. But the Blu-ray Disc Association has teased the world with a 4K-capable disc format.
German-based Singulus has revealed more than the Blu-ray Disc Association, announcing that it has finished production tests of Blu-ray discs that hold 100GB on three layers, which makes it "ideal" for 4K movies. Singulus haven't revealed many details on the new discs, so we don't know if it has BDA support just yet.
IDF 2013 - This week Western Digital has been showing off their new Ultra Slim 500GB single-platter HDD alongside their NAS friendly WD Red HDDs. The highlight of the booth however, is a completely built-from-scratch model of an F1 race car. The car is built entirely out of Western Digital HDD parts and features LED lighting, and a spinning motor.
IDF 2013 - Promise Technology showed off several different devices equipped with Thunderbolt 2. Promise's Pegasus line of storage devices are ready to ship, though the ones seen in the video may not be the final physical form. However, Promise says they are ready to ship the devices as soon as Thunderbolt 2 is officially launched by Intel and partners.
Promise has also updated their SANLink product with 8Gbps Fiber connections and Thunderbolt 2. This product will be important for users who purchase the new Mac Pro and need to connect to a Fiber SAN as the new Mac Pro doesn't feature available PCIe expansion ports.
IDF 2013 - Intel showed off how to overclock an SSD today at IDF 2013 in San Francisco. While this certainly doesn't prove that they are working on releasing an overclockable SSD to the public, it certainly shows that they've been toying with the idea. The general idea is that there are several knobs inside the SSD that can be adjusted, resulting in gains of up to 25%.
When pushed, Intel Product Manager James Slattery would only say that, "Intel is not announcing an overclockable SSD product at this time." As we all know, this phrase all but confirms that Intel is working on an overclockable SSD product to be released later. While not confirmed, we'd put more than a grain of salt towards this rumor.
Despite further pushing, I was unable to get any further information about a possible product, though I expect we might start seeing K-edition SSDs that will feature unlocked "knobs" for overclockers to play around with. It's important to note that you will not want to put important data on an overclocked SSD as reliability and validity of data is not guaranteed.