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Today, Western Digital announced the launch of its latest edition to the company's long-standing My Passport line of external storage devices. The all new My Passport AV-TV is a high-performance compact media drive that is designed to store and playback hundreds of hours of TV entertainment. What makes the drive most unique though is its ability to record from your TV via USB.
Available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB, the new My Passport AV-TV is capable of recording up to two channels at once on TVs that are "Dual-Tuner" equipped with the recordings being saved in full HD format. Western Digital says that the My Passport AV-TV is engineers for high-speed AV applications and features error recovery and continuous streaming command support for accurate recording and playback of video content.
"TV lovers want to enjoy their shows at a time convenient to them," said Jim Welsh, WD executive vice president, Branded Products and Worldwide Sales. "Timeshifting, plus the popularity of global events and international sporting events, is increasing consumer demand for recordable TVs and optimized drives. Our customers want a fast and reliable solution. The high-performance My Passport AV-TV - specifically-designed for this application - is the result of their requests."
During CES 2014 back in January LaCie showed off a number of new storage products. Among the new products was the impressively fast Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive. During the show, most of the specifications for the drive were announced.
What wasn't announced at the show was when people could buy the drive and how much it would cost. LaCie has announced today that the LBD Thunderbolt 2 is now available to purchase. As you might expect for any drive promising performance in the area of 1375 MB/s, the LaCie drive is not cheap.
The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive with 1TB of storage inside sells for $1299.99. Inside the single enclosure are a pair of 500GB SSD drives. If the performance offered by a single LBD isn't enough, you can daisy chain two of them for even more performance
Sony and Panasonic have made a joint announcement about its new optical disc standard made specifically for long term storage, called as 'Archival Disc'. One of the features of this drive is that has the ability to storage large amount of data per disc.
A single archival disc can store up to 300GB of sata, but also mentioned that its future implementations should allow 500GB to up to 1TB storage per disc. These drives will also be dust and water resistant with durability that can withstand changes in heat and humidity.
This disc standard is made for professional use who need larger storage solutions than the currently available discs.
Today KINGMAX, a manufacturer of flash-based storage, announced that it has released a new PRO Extreme line of SDXC / SDHC SD memory cards. The new Pro Extreme line adheres to UHS-I Speed Class 3 specifications ensuring that users get the fastest experience possible when used in compatible devices. KINGMAX says that the UHS-I rating allows the card to transfer images from the users camera's image buffer to the SD card much faster than non UHS cards.
"In order to record with high quality at any time and during important moments, a good memory card has become an important accessory for photographers! Everyone now can use the PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC to access ultra-high quality Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D or 4K2K videos on D-SLR, D-SLM, digital camcorders and other high performance models. The PRO Extreme SDXC/SDHC memory card is compatible with SDHC and SDXC devices, and currently comes in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities for consumers to choose from. More excitingly, the 128 GB and 256 GB are also about to be released, so to use one memory card to record all scenarios of a micro-film is no longer a dream," the company said in a release.
Plextor is gearing up to unveil its new high-performance M6 series of SSDs at the upcoming CEBIT 2014 conference being held next week in Hannover, Germany. Plextor's M6 line-up consist of several form factors of solid state drives including mSATA, M.2, PCIe, and 2.5-inch SATA drives, and the company says that attendees can check out the full lineup on March 10 - 14 in its showcases in the Business Center (Hall 15, Stand A18, Room 18) and at Planet Re-seller (Hall 15, Stand D21, Number 66).
Plextor will show off the new M6S 2.5-inch SSD which features new sustained sequential read / write speeds up to 520 MB/s and 440MB/s and random read / write speeds up to 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS. The M6S will also feature the latest generation of advanced 19nm Toggle NAND flash from Toshiba. The new M6M mSATA SSD will also be on display and features read/write speeds of 520 MB/s and 440MB/s, and random read/write speeds of 94,000 and 80,000 IOPS.
WD has been offering a wide range of external storage solutions for years. The company has unveiled a new storage product today called the My Cloud EX2. This external storage solution is a personal cloud storage device that is available in several capacities.
The dual bay enclosure can be purchased empty or with up to 8TB of storage inside. The EX2 comes out of the box configured with RAID 1 to protect your data. It can be configured for RAID 0, JBOD, or Spanning modes as well. The device can be hooked to LAN/WAN networks or accessed via a USB cable.
Inside the enclosure are WD Red drivers that are designed to 24/7 uptime and use. WD designed the EX2 to be a backup device that can be used for all the devices in the home or office. It supports Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. Both Android and iOS is supported for mobile device backups.
Kingston has unveiled a new storage device that will make getting large video files off your Android device quick and easy. The storage device is called the DataTraveler microDuo. The duo in the name comes from the fact that the flash drive is able to work in a USB port or a microUSB port.
If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user, odds are that microUSB port is all you have. If your device supports USB OTG, you can plug the microDuo directly into that port and use a free app to move files to and from the storage device.
The drive is offered in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. The flash drive is very small and compact and should be easy to take with you on the go. Since it works with regular USB ports as well, transferring files to and from your smartphone and computer will be easy.
Intel is apparently working on 750 Series PCI Express interface based solid state drives for performance enthusiasts and professions, according to a news report. Recently, Intel released 730 Series SATA III SSDs recently, but it seems that Intel plans to introduce a PCIe version for the next series of SSD lineups.
Intel plans to release its 750 Series SSDs code-named 'August Ridge' which will use current gen MLC flash NAND with PCIe x8 interface. It will also have a M.2 form factor. These SSDs will come with storage variants of 180, 240, 360, 480 and 600GB. The performance of the 750 Series is said to be up to 1500 MB/s read and up to 1100 MB/s with random 4K IOPS to be 180/24k reads and writes.
Earlier, Intel had a demo about SSDs where you can bump your controller clock speed and its NAND chips. However, the chipmaker ditched the plan of doing so as they couldn't offer full warranty support on a product where its performance can be manipulated by the users. Intel calls its 730 Series as a flagship model for digital content creation, video editing, capture and for gaming.
Intel instead introduced 730 series SSD with a 50% boost in controller speed compared to its former models. The 730 series SSD has a bump from 400 MHz to 600 MHz, and a 20% bump in NAND flash NAND's speed from 83MHz to 100 MHz.
Apricorn, one of the industry's leading designers of secure mobile storage solutions has just unveiled its latest rigged mobile storage solution. The Aegis padlock SSD has been designed to specifically meet the stringent and rigorous need of government, military and law enforcement needs when it comes to strong and secure mobile storage.
The Aegis Padlock SSD features a crush-resistant aluminum enclosure that is able to withstand more than 6500-pounds of force and is water-resist, dust proof, and shock proof. With no moving parts, the device is able to withstand the extremely harsh environment of everything from a combat zone, to day-to-day law enforcement use. The device is invincible to key logging attacks, and with all data on the drive being protected with real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, access to the drive is permitted only by the user's unique PIN via an on-board keypad.