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Today Sony unveiled a new 2-in-1 USB Flash Drive that features both micro and normal USB 2.0 connectors. The new flash drive is designed to help consumers easily backup, share, and store files between their computer and mobile devices such as Android tablets and smartphones.
The compact yet stylish flash drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0.3 up to 4.3 that offer USB OTG (On The Go) functionality. Sony has also released a free file manager to help users transfer files from their device to the flash drive. The devices will retail between $19.99 and $62.99.
"Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible," said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. "These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking."
Today Promise Technology began shipping its Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions to the US market. Promise says that the Pegasus 2 is not only the first, but the only data storage system to utilize Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology for systems such as the all new Mac Pro.
"Pegasus2 is truly one-of-a-kind, as there has never before been a storage solution that offered such an incredible combination of performance, mobility, and simplicity," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "We are thrilled that Pegasus2 is the first storage solution available with Thunderbolt 2 -- this further illustrates PROMISE's position as a leader in Thunderbolt technology."
During this mornings 840 EVO mSATA announcement the company also mentioned that owners of existing 840 Pro SSD's are getting an exciting new feature that was previously only available on the 840 EVO line of SSDs. Samsung says that it has applied the Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up.
"RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode is a performance level of approximately twice that of a typical SATA SSD and ten times of an average HDD. Samsung also applied Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up," Samsung said in its official blog post about the new 840 EVO mSATA SSDs.
Today Samsung announced the launch of the worlds first mSATA SSD featuring a capacity of 1TB. The all new 840 EVO mSATA 1TB SSD boast a performance of 98,000 random reads and 90,000 random write IOPS with a sequential read speed of 540MB/S and write speeds of 520MB/s.
"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."
Samsung's new 840 EVO mSATA SSD line features the company's advanced 128Gb NAND flash memory that is based on 10nm fabrication processes. This extreme density allows Samsung to pack in 16 layers of 128Gb chips for a total capacity of 1TB. Samsung says that the new 1TB mSATA SSD is just 3.85mm thick and weighs only 8.5 grams.
2014 is going to be a big year for SSD technology in general, and the second quarter is going to be no exception for Intel's SSD business. Today new official slides have leaked that detail a massive portion on Intel's 2014 SSD offerings, and include new devices in the Temple Star, Pleasantdale, and Fultondale lines.
All three of the SSD families will utilize 20nm MLC NAND Flash memory and will arrive in three form factors. The SSD Pro 2500 Series (Temple Star) will be featured in traditional 2.5-inch and M.2 sizing with performance falling in the 540MB/s read and 490MB/s write speed range. The slide shows capacities from 80GB up to 480GB.
The SSD DC P3500 series (Pleasantdale) will arrive in both PCIe and 2.5-inch form factors, and will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. Read performance is around the 2800MB/s range while writes are a little slower at 1700MB/s.
Today Thecus announced the launch of its latest entry-level home and small office NAS. The all new N2310 is a 2-bay Network Attached Storage device that is packed with features you would expect from Thecus. The new N3210 features support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD and packs in hardware that will ensure speed and reliability.
The N2310 also features a built-in FTP server, BitTorrent Client, and even Plex Media Server support that allows users to stream content to TVs, Xbox 360, and any other device running Plex's streaming client. The device also features two USB ports that enable users to easily copy over photos and files from external drives, as well as a printer, turning the NAS into a central print server. The Thecus N2310 is available now and retails at an MSRP of $169.99.
Today Synology announced the launch of its latest high-performance rack mounted NAS, the all new RackStation RS814 NAS. The system is designed around a 4-bay 1U server design and can scale up to eight total drives with the inclusion of the RX410 expansion module.
Synology says that the new RackStation RS814 NAS is optimized for small to medium business environments and features passive cooling of the CPU which greatly limits ambient noise generated by the device. The RS814 comes equipped with thw award-winning DiskStation Manager OS that allows for easy and efficient management of your storage media. With performance exceeding read speeds of 200MB/s and write speeds of 130MB/s the RackStation RS814 is the ideal solution for SMB and SOHO deployments. The RS814 retails for $599 while the 4-drive expansion RX410 cost an additional $599.
There is one word that you will find in just about every piece of marketing material related to both data storage and networking, and that word is "speed." Today Netgear unveiled a new network attached storage device that just might be worthy of excessive use of the word "speed"
The all new Netegear ReadyNAS 716 is designed to be nothing but a pure speed demon and is based off of a 10-Gigabit Ethernet controller that delivered blazing transfer speeds. The device features two 10GBASE-T ports on its rear and is packed with 16GB of error-correcting code memory. The new ReadyNAS 716 is available in a 24TB capacity configuration and is expandable to 84TB via an eSATA expansion chassis. The new ReadyNAS 716 from Netgear is available now and retails at an MSRP of $4500.
Today Western Digital announced the launch of its all new WD Black2 Dual Drive, a unique smashup of a SSD and HDD combo. The new Black2 Dual Drive is the first of its kind and manages to pack in a 1TB HHD and 120GB SSD into a single 2.5-inch form factor case. This allows for easy integration into notebooks, small form factor PCs, and much more where the speed of an SSD is desired, but massive storage is needed.
"Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's Storage Technology business unit. "The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products."
Western Digital says that the Black2 is free of caching algorithms and greatly benefits from the SATA 6GB/s interfaces speed. The new Western Digital WD Black2 Dual Drive is covered by a five-year warranty, and retails now for $299. Our own Tyler Bernath has just finished up his review of the drive and you can find out how it performs by heading over to the review right here at TweakTown.
And you thought we left the show without getting some testing in on the SF3700. LSI SandForce had a public display at AIS 2013 with IOMeter running. We weren't allow to run other tests but we were allowed to dig through the results screen the existing test running on the demo.
Obviously SF3700 is in the early stages but seeing live demo's from more than one manufacture is a good thing.
When running in PCIe mode the SF3700 drives we saw at the show achieved nearly 150K IOPS. Here we see in our early look at SATA III SF3700 breaking the 91K red IOPS mark.
The average latency for all managers was just .3489ms.
Click the link for the full test with Iometer.