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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.
Today Team Group launches a new member of its Mobile Storage Series dubbed the M131 UFD. The new USB drive features dual interfaces that allow it to be used with existing USB ports on PCs as well as microUSB ports on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The M131 UFD features a USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work with mobile devices as well a laptops and notebooks on the go. The drive comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, and is no larger than a normal USB stick drive. Team Group says that it is covered in an "anti-fingerprint" coating and weighs just 6.6-grams, which makes it perfect for storage in a pocket, purse, or on a key ring.
Kingston took the time to demonstrate their latest LSI SandForce SF37000 Griffin SSDs at LSI's AIS 2013.
Kingston will continue to offer SSDs in the traditional SATA 2.5" form factor, and with the Griffin controller we can expect to see capacities up to 1TB in the market.
Kingston will also provide a PCIe SSD with the SF3700 delivering blistering speeds up to 1,800 MB/s.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013 Paul Goodwin, the CTO of Avant, walks us through their line of products of existing and soon to be products.
The big news is obviously SF3700 products but Avant manufactures several other products like the fastest USB 3.0 thumb drive on the market today.
Here we see the world's fastest USB 3.0 drive.
Kent Smith, the Senior Director of LSI SandForce Product Marketing, took a few moments to personally demonstrate the new SF3700 Griffen controller at the LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) 2013. The original SandForce controllers helped define, and refine, the consumer SSD market.
The SF3700 controller generates up to 1,800 MB/s in sequential throughput and up to 150,000 IOPS in random read performance.
The SF3700 is unique because it offers a unique architecture that supports both SATA and PCIe interfaces.
At LSI's Accelerating Innovation Summit(AIS)2013 Michael from ADATA Technology walks us though their latest M.2 SSD. This SSD utilizes the oven SF-2281 in tandem with L85A NAND.
Micron L85A NAND is making quite the entrance into the consumer SSD market, with many o the manufacturers at AIS 2013 indicating they intend to begin using this new lower-cost flash at the beggining of the year.
Kent Smith from LSI fame walked us through a new complex feature that may tip up in future LSI SandForce products at the retail level. The feature is actually implemented now, but only by companies we the resources to build it own operating systems.
At the time of writing, DVC is not supported by Windows but with enough prodding by manufactures of storage products, the feature may see future implementation. This is where we need Intel to bang the drum and push for dynamic volumes in real-time.
ADATA Technology, at LSI's AIS 2013 event was the first to show working M.2 and SATA III versions of the new SF3700 controller.
We already know that existing SATA III LSI SandForce drives can maximum the SATA bus with compressible data. The new SF3700 should be able to perform better with incompressible data on SATA so we're excited about the SATA products just as much as we are the PCIe versions.
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.
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.