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Samsung has announced that it has begun to mass produce the industry's first 3-bit NAND based SSD for servers and data centers. The new and speedy SSD is aimed at improving workload management for social networking, web surfing, email and other operations. The SSD uses 3-bit MLC NAND.
Samsung's drives carry part number PM853T SSD and will be offered in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. All versions of the drive are designed for high levels of random IOPS performance and QoS that are essential in the data center.
ASUS has teamed up with Kingston to build its first SSD, the HyperXpress SSD. The ASUS HyperXpress SSD is built into a 9.5mm-thick 2.5-inch form-factor drive, featuring the SATA Express interface - something that ASUS' upcoming motherboards will feature.
Inside of the HyperXpress is a host-agnostic RAID 0 array of two mSATA-based 6Gbps-capable SSDs, wired together on a host controller built by ASMedia. ASUS has shown this off to various media, stating that future versions of the drive could feature two M.2 SSDs versus using mSATA drives. The drive was tested with sequential rates as high as 778MB/sec. We should see and hear more about the ASUS HyperXpress SSD at Computex in June.
One of many storage and multimedia product manufacturer Transcend has launched JetDrive upgrade kits for MacBook systems. The upgrade kit is made specifically for professional photographers, videographers and graphic artists. Just like standard upgrade kits, these also come with an SSD/HDD to USB 3.0 enclosure, screw driver for T5 and P5 screws and even a travel pouch.
Transcend assures that its upgrade kits can provide up to 560 MB/s transfer speeds via SATA 6Gb/s, therefore promising to provide faster boot up and application load along with increased storage capacity. The drives also support TRIM.
OCZ Storage Solutions has just unveiled a super high-performance SSD, the new RevoDrive 350 Series. What makes OCZ's latest SSD so special is that it uses Toshiba's 19nm NAND flash, thanks to Toshiba acquiring OCZ a few months ago.
The OCZ RevoDrive 350 uses a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot, and thanks to its (up to) four LSI SF-2282 processors, it can offer up to 1.8GB/sec of sequential speeds and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS. These speeds make the RevoDrive 350 Series of products an easy-to-deploy solution, as you can just slot it directly into a spare PCIe slot, enjoying speeds you'd normally only see from multiple SSDs in RAID.
You can choose from multiple sizes as the OCZ RevoDrive 350 comes in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. It is backed up by a great three-year warranty, too.
Toshiba has pulled the wraps off a new wireless hard drive that allows you to back up all the data from your camera or smartphone while on the go. One of the cool things about this storage solution is that it is wireless and you can stream content to your smartphone or tablet a wireless network. The drive is called the Canvio Aeromobile Wireless SSD.
Inside the rugged aluminum enclosure hides a 128GB SSD optimized for performance. The portable drive weighs 4.2 ounces and has a battery inside large enough to power it for up to eight hours of use per charge. Toshiba also builds-in a SD card so you can transfer images from a camera to the drive without needing a PC.
Portable external storage drives have been the saving grace of many consumers who have needed to transfer large amounts of data at one time or another. For the most part, these portable drives have been limited to the 2.5" HDD form factor, and were still a little bulky to toss into a pocket or purse. Today VisionTek has solved that problem forever.
VisionTek says that the mSATA Mini Enclosure has a footprint smaller than a business card and thanks to mSATA SSD technology, the device can store more than a similarly priced thumb-drive, and remain faster. Unfortunately the mSATA enclosure is just that, an enclosure. You will have to purchase and install your own mSATA SSD. Total cost for the enclosure and a decent mSATA drive will be over $100, but if you need to save space while retaining storage, this may be for you.
Today Silicon Power unveiled an updated version of its popular Thunder T11 external Thunderbolt solid state drive. The new Thunder T11 features an enlarged capacity and is now capable of storing up to 240GB of data and deliver it back as blazing Thunderbolt speeds. Silicon Power says that the Thunderbolt T11 is capable of read speeds up to 380MB/s and write speeds of 340MB/s.
Along with evolving technology development and increasing demands for data storage efficiency, Silicon Power introduces the pioneering Thunderbolt external SSD - Thunder T11, which enhances storage solution with Thunderbolt SuperSpeed I/O technology and delivers astonishing transfer rates up to Read/Write 380 MB/340 MB/sec. With such incredibly high transfer speed that is three times that of USB 3.0 HDD, Thunder T11 is ideal for professionals who attach importance to speed performance, such as photographers, videographers, video gamers and businessmen. Moreover, Thunder T11 stands out by its stunning look with extremely tiny and featherweight design. Only weighting 65g and having half the size of ordinary storage devices, Thunder T11 is not only the lightest but also the smallest Thunderbolt SSD on the market. Accompanied with exquisite Aluminum enclosure, Thunder T11 creates a truly hi-tech product with high fashion design and is perfect for trendy professionals on the go.
Today Micron announced the launch of a new enterprise-class solid state drive that has been custom designed for use in data center storage platforms. Micron says that its new MD500DC SATA SSD fills a growing need for high-performing, enterprise-class solid state storage at an affordable price.
"System administrators are realizing that there is a need for an SSD that delivers more enterprise-features than a client drive at a more affordable price than most enterprise drives," said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights. "Products such as Micron's M500DC SSD offer data centers the optimal balance of enterprise class features, performance and price for demanding 24/7 enterprise workloads."
Micron's new MD500DC is built on a 20nm MLC NAND Flash design and utilizes the company's fifth-generation custom firmware. The M500DC ensures high reliability in this advanced media by integrating its Extended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology (XPERT) feature suite. The M500DC is available in 120, 240, 480 and 800GB capacities and 1.8-inch, 5-millimeter (mm) and 2.5-inch, 7mm SATA form factors. The drive is currently in production and is sold direct to OEMs and through Micron's distribution channels.
Today, Toshiba announced the launch of the world's fastest microSD cards. The new Toshiba microSD UHS-II 32GB and 64GB microSD cards were built with 4K2K video in mind, and are capable of achieving maximum read speeds of up to 260MB/s and write speeds up to 240MB/S making them the fastest microSD cards on the planet.
To gain maximum performance users will need to purchase the new UHS-II 32GB microSD card from Toshiba, with the larger 64GB card boasting a slower speed of 140MB/s read and 130MB/s write. None-the-less, these new UHS-II cards perform more than 2.7 times faster than their previous UHS-I counterparts. Toshiba says that it will begin shipping samples to smartphone and device manufacturers soon, and the retail launch will take place later this year.
Toshiba has announced that it has launched some very fast microSD memory cards. In fact, Toshiba claims that these are the world's fastest microSD cards. Considering that microSD cards are used in a wide range of tablets and smartphones, having faster offerings is a big deal for many people.
Toshiba says that its new microSD cards are the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II interface standard. The cards are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The higher read and write speeds for the memory cards are ideal for 4k video recording according to Toshiba.