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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.
We have talked about BitTorrent Sync in the past. This is a feature that launched to the public last year and allows users to save and access data on a storage device in the home over the web. BitTorrent Sync has now gained support for NAS devices.
The first NAS maker that is offering a BitTorrent Sync app for their storage devices is Netgear. The company has an app available right now for several of its home, business, and enterprise NAS units. BitTorrent says that Sync support will make it easy for users to create a simple path between their NAS and desktop or mobile devices.
Last week our own Chris Ramseyer and Paul Alcorn, our storage editors, joined SanDisk to host a live SSD webinar to the advantages to running a solid state drive.
The webinar is embedded above. We hope you enjoyed the webinar, and if you're watching it for the first time, please enjoy it.
Today Miron Technology announced that it has secured a licensing deal with Avago Technologies to utilize its 28nm Low Power 30Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) IP for use in Micron's next generation Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) devices. Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is recognized throughout the industry as a breakthrough technology that had changed the landscape for future memory solutions.
"Avago is an established leader in the development and delivery of high-speed SerDes cores with an offering that is very well suited for integration into our HMC product line," said Tom Eby, vice president of Micron's Compute and Networking Business Unit. "Based on its advanced performance and low power, we are confident that our customers will benefit from the presence of the Avago SerDes on both sides of the memory channel."
Greenliant unveiled its mSATA ArmourDrive SSDs last year. The company has announced an update to those drives is now shipping with a feature to help protect data. ArmourDrive SSDs with built-in power interrupt data protection are now shipping.
The small SSDs measure 29.85mm x 50.80mm x 4.85mm. These SSDs are offered with 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND flash memory in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity. Operating temperature range for the drives is -40 to +85C making them appropriate for use in most industrial situations.
Greenliant also offers the drives in 8, 16, and 32GB with 1-bit-per-cell SLC NAND. All of the SSDs use the BGA form factor and an internal flash controller. Pricing is unannounced on the drives.
Micron Technology has teased that it would offer up triple-level cell NAND flash made using the 16nm process, which could see consumers enjoying cheaper flash-based goods, including cheaper SSDs going into 2015.
Mark Adams, President of Micron, said during a conference call with investors and financial analysts: "Our 16nm NAND yields have been very positive and position us well from a cost perspective. We are currently planning to ship 16nm TLC [NAND flash] in calendar Q4 in order to better position our portfolio from a cost perspective in the retail and consumer segments".
The reason why this is important, is that with current NAND flash storage devices, such as SSDs and more, is that they based on MLC (multi-level cell) tech. Where TLC NAND on the other hand, has been used for memory cards, audio players, USB drives and more. MLC is much more durable than TLC, with typical MLC NAND cells lasting for 3000-10,000 erase/write cycles, where TLC-based NAND usually lasts for under 1000 of those same erase/write cycles. In order for TLC NAND to take off, durability and reliability need to be much higher than what we have now - something Micron is working on, hard.