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Mushkin unveils its highly anticipated Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD

Today, Mushkin announced the launch of its highly anticipated Scorpion Deluxe PCIe solid state drive. Mushkin says that the new Scorpion Deluxe outpaces its competitors in both speed and performance thanks to quad SandForce SF-2281 controllers and unthrottled IOPS. The new drive clocks in at 2150 MB/s read and 1900MB/s write, making it an extreme performer in any system you throw it in.

 

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The new Scorpion Deluxe is available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB capacities, of which all boast just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS and 1 million hours of MTBF. The PCIe SSD also includes a three-year warranty and is available now in the US at RAMExperts.com and will roll out worldwide on September 16 at select electronic retailers.

 

"The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is a result of the desire to create and produce revolutionary components that maximize performance. We are looking to enhance and accelerate the work process -- be it for creative production or database applications," said Nicolas Villalobos, the Director of Global Marketing for Mushkin, Inc. "We are pleased to be able to add the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD to our existing line of now available innovative technologies."

100GB, 4K-capable Blu-ray discs? Yes please, Singulus!

In its current form, Blu-ray only holds 25GB and 50GB, for single- and dual-layer discs, respectively. But the Blu-ray Disc Association has teased the world with a 4K-capable disc format.

 

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German-based Singulus has revealed more than the Blu-ray Disc Association, announcing that it has finished production tests of Blu-ray discs that hold 100GB on three layers, which makes it "ideal" for 4K movies. Singulus haven't revealed many details on the new discs, so we don't know if it has BDA support just yet.

Western Digital shows off new Ultra Slim drives at IDF 2013

IDF 2013 - This week Western Digital has been showing off their new Ultra Slim 500GB single-platter HDD alongside their NAS friendly WD Red HDDs. The highlight of the booth however, is a completely built-from-scratch model of an F1 race car. The car is built entirely out of Western Digital HDD parts and features LED lighting, and a spinning motor.

 

 

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Promise shows Thunderbolt 2-equipped devices

IDF 2013 - Promise Technology showed off several different devices equipped with Thunderbolt 2. Promise's Pegasus line of storage devices are ready to ship, though the ones seen in the video may not be the final physical form. However, Promise says they are ready to ship the devices as soon as Thunderbolt 2 is officially launched by Intel and partners.

 

 

Promise has also updated their SANLink product with 8Gbps Fiber connections and Thunderbolt 2. This product will be important for users who purchase the new Mac Pro and need to connect to a Fiber SAN as the new Mac Pro doesn't feature available PCIe expansion ports.

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RumorTT: Intel working on overclockable SSD

IDF 2013 - Intel showed off how to overclock an SSD today at IDF 2013 in San Francisco. While this certainly doesn't prove that they are working on releasing an overclockable SSD to the public, it certainly shows that they've been toying with the idea. The general idea is that there are several knobs inside the SSD that can be adjusted, resulting in gains of up to 25%.

 

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When pushed, Intel Product Manager James Slattery would only say that, "Intel is not announcing an overclockable SSD product at this time." As we all know, this phrase all but confirms that Intel is working on an overclockable SSD product to be released later. While not confirmed, we'd put more than a grain of salt towards this rumor.

 

Despite further pushing, I was unable to get any further information about a possible product, though I expect we might start seeing K-edition SSDs that will feature unlocked "knobs" for overclockers to play around with. It's important to note that you will not want to put important data on an overclocked SSD as reliability and validity of data is not guaranteed.

LSI demos new NVM Express Solution for next-gen SandForce Controllers

IDF 2013 - Today LSI announced that they will be demonstrating their NVM Express Solution for Next-Generation SandForce Flash Controllers at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. LSI says that NVMe "is an optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise and client systems using PCI Express (PCIe(R))-based flash devices"

 

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"Personal computing platforms, big data applications and hyperscale web and cloud datacenters are driving IT adoption of PCIe flash devices to optimize the user experience and contend with faster and more efficient access to massive amounts of data," said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "LSI's host NVMe driver expertise and flash controller leadership is the ideal combination to enable industry-wide, volume adoption of PCIe flash storage."

 

The LSI solution being demoed consistent standard drivers, target silicon and full implementation of the protocol. The demo is a test program to show a host device sending NVMe commands across a PCIe bus to LSI Target Silicon. LSI says that this demo is a major milestone in achieving NVMe host driver and target controller optimization and validation.

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Adaptec shows off their 12Gb/s Series 8 RAID Adapters at IDF 2013

IDF 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan had the opportunity to stop by the Adaptec booth today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco California. While at the booth, a company representative walked us through their Series 8 of RAID adapters.

 

 

Adaptec said that the Series 8 RAID cards features five different models that all feature high-port connectivity and that the 7 Series is the only cards in the industry to feature up to 16 ports on a low profile form factor card. Series 8 also features MaxCaching Plus technology.

 

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Addonics launches Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array with eSATA and USB 3.0

Today Addonics Technology unveiled its new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array, an external storage device that is aimed at the high-performance segment and features easy expandability and RAID capabilities. Addonics says that the new Sapphire Array is a great portable solution for applications that demand high-performance and large storage quantities.

 

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The new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array comes equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance including an eSATA port, USB 3.0 and even a mini SAS connection. The Array allows users to hot-swap up to four 2.5-inch storage drives for quick and easy changes. Before drives can be configured as for individual drives, a single large volume or high-performance RAID grouping with redundancy for reliability.

 

Users are able to configure the RAID settings by using the bundled RAID utility software or by flipping DIP switches on the back of the device. Software for monitoring the device on Windows, Mac and Linux is also available. Addonics says the new Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array will retail at an MSRP of $245.

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ASUSTOR brings new live demo site online for ADM 2.0

Today ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new live demo site that will allow its customers to test its newest version of the ASUSTOR Data Master, ADM 2.0. ASUSTOR says that the new demo will allow users to experience the company's specialized software firsthand without the need to make a purchase first.

 

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ADM 2.0 is the next-generation of the company's proprietary NAS operating system, and features a heavily optimized user interface that is both powerful and easy to use. The company says that newly added features will now allow users to upload their own desktop wallpaper, choose between 16 different languages, and even pin frequently used applications to the ADM menu bar. ADM 2.0 also features a new APP Central store where users download over 100 apps that can be ran on their NAS running ADM 2.0.

Micron debuts Serial NOR Flash interface for Ultrathin Devices

Today micron unveiled its new Serial NOR Flash Interface with Replay-Protected Monotonic Counter designed for use in Ultrathin Devices. This new NOR Flash Interface has already been validated for use in future Intel Ultrabook platforms. Micron says that with this announcement, it is well-positioned to support the growth of Ultrathin applications with its large portfolio of DRAM, NAND, NOR and SSD solutions.

 

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"This first-to-market RPMC feature, developed by Micron for our SPI NOR device, is an additional demonstration of our commitment to continuously meet application requirements and customer needs," said Jeff Bader, vice president of Micron's Embedded Solutions Marketing. "Our NOR Flash excellence, coupled with the leadership and expertise of Intel, make this device the best-in-class solution for the Intel Ultrabook and other future Intel-based platforms."

 

Micron says that it's 64Mb density is the sweet spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities, and that its 64Mb RPMC-enabled SPI NOR device supports nonvolatile storage and authentication needs that are critical to the chipset security implementation for future Intel Ultrabook platforms and is compliant with Intel's Serial Flash Hardening Product External Architecture Specification.

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