COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We were able to find one vender who was not too worried about breaking an NDA with SandForce at Computex 2010. Here you can see the SandForce Phoenix (Client Version) controller specs in the newly shown PhotoFast GMonster2 SFV 2. Most of the info you want to see if shown right in the picture.
Just check out those specs, 520MB/s read and 520MB/s write when used with SATA 6G. It looks like engineering samples will be ready in Q4 so we are thinking the launch may come around CeBIT next year. That is all pure speculation at this point though. No official word from anyone looking to keep in good standing with SandForce and PhotoFast has removed the drive from their booth, most likely at the request of SandForce.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Along with all of their new USB 3.0 gear, A-DATA were also showing off its full range of specialized pen drives that the company has been going strong with for some time now.
First up we get a look at the popular fully licensed Disney collection and the latest addition which was added rather quickly considering the movie was only released worldwide recently is Toy Story 3.
A-DATA also has a collection of 2010 South Africa World Cup pen drives on display. We are going to have to have serious words with management at some stage regarding the fact that neither South Africa or Australia was not represented.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - One of stops today was with the friendly folks from A-DATA who gave us some of their time to tell us about their full range of USB 3.0 devices that have either just gone on the market or will go on sale shortly.
Roger spoke about one device in particular called the N004 Combo Flash drive that not only supports super speedy transfer over the USB 3.0 connector, but also extra compatibility by adding in a more standard SATA II connector.
The device should end up providing solid speeds of around 200MB/s on the read and 170MB/s on the write when hooked by over the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector. And it comes in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
If you read Chris Ramseyer's review on the OCZ Vertex 2 E, you'll know that for the money this is the SSD to own right now. Well the deal has gotten even better. MyDigitalDiscount.com has made their deals on the OCZ Vertex 2 E even sweeter by putting together a bundle package including the blazing fast SSD, a USB 2.0 case, and a 3.5" desktop bracket for easy desktop installation all for as low as $178.90 for the 60 GB version after a $20 rebate. Better hurry though, as the rebate will only last until June 10th.
External hard drives are one of the most important pieces of tech for many users who need them for backing up files and for storing data. Iomega is one of the big makers of this sort of gear and the company has announced a new line of external storage solutions for Mac and PCs.
The new eGo Portable HDD has 500GB of storage and has a USB 3.0 port for powering the device and fast connectivity. The drive is sized for portability and sells for $129.99. The company also offers a new USB 2.0 series of portable drives with 320GB for $94.99, the 500GB version is $114.99, and the 1TB version is $199.99.
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - It is now official, TweakTown is now the SSD Authority. What makes us that, well because my new business cards that arrived last night say so and you know they can't be wrong. Moving on to some real news...
In our meeting with Indilinx yesterday we learned that a new firmware for existing Barefoot drives is on the way. We don't have a full change log and didn't ask for one but we do know that performance is going to go up in a few areas. The most significant comes from that dark stage in a SSDs life after it has been installed and hammered with day-to-day usage. Over time performance starts to degrade, it is just a fact of SSD life but Indilinx has changed up a few things to reduce the amount of performance loss.
I have to admit that I am impressed to hear that even after all this time Indilinx has been optimizing their firmware to get the most performance to the customer.
Look for a new firmware coming from your drive manufacture in the next month or less.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Indilinx, a leader in consumer performance solid state controllers has a product that we have all been waiting to see. Code Named Jet Stream, this SATA 6G controller was once thought to be hitting e-tail shelves in early 2010 but has been pushed back to 2011, possibly late 2011.
Replacing the 16 channel Jet Stream in 2010 will be Barefoot 2, a product we know little about. Barefoot 2 will be an 8 channel controller with a maximum capacity of 512GB and well that is really all I have at this time other than 2010 is the ETA and the words very soon came to the surface a few times.
The move to push Jet Stream back actually has more to do with Intel moving support for native ICH SATA 6G than anything else. With Intel out of the 6Gbps game now Indilinx doesn't want the headaches currently playing out with other SATA 6G products on the market already. We have experienced more than a few of those in our test lab already so even though we don't like hearing about a product delay we can understand the reasoning behind the move.
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - It looks like those looking for an affordable SandForce SF-1500 enterprise class SSD with low(er) cost MLC memory will have the opportunity to purchase the OCZ Technology Vertex 2 Pro after all.
The Vertex 2 Pro will ship with the famed Super Capacitor, enterprise SandForce SF-1500 controller that is able to achieve an amazing 60K IOPS and MLC flash that will allow the drive to cost much less than the a SandForce SF-1500 / SLC flash drive AKA Vertex 2 EX.
I didn't get pricing information or when these will be hitting the market but we will be trying to get a final version in for testing as soon as possible. Maybe one of these days Seagate will release their Pulsar and the Vertex 2 Pro can go head to head with it.
I am glad to see USB 3.0 ports finally coming to market in more and more notebooks, desktops, and mainboards. The increase in the number of USB ports making it to the market means that we are seeing more and more USB 3.0 gadgets land as well.
Pretec has announced what it claims to be the world's first USB 3.0 memory card reader called the P240. The official name for the device is the P240 USB 3.0 High-Speed Multi-Card Reader. The card reader supports SDHC, SDXC, CF and other memory card formats.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - A-DATA today gave us a taste of their next generation solid state drive that may one day reign as their flagship product. We can't really start quoting numbers right now since A-DATA has the Marvell SATA 6G controlled drive in RAID 0 at their booth but look for that to change in a couple of days.
I guess it really wouldn't be that fun of a news post without some numbers but I will only show you these with a bit of a disclaimer. SSDs are not all that great in RAID 0 without being optimized. This is early hardware with even earlier firmware. To add to the complications the drives are being tested on an HBA controller with a Marvell SATA 6G chip so none of the numbers are going to be as accurate as what we put up in the lab.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Our storage guru Chris who is also in Taipei for Computex 2010 is going to go into detail about what he saw at OCZ's suite at the Grand Hyatt a little later on.
Once we heard from him that they were showing off an enterprise server system that was able to push almost 1GB/s through its storage system, we had to take the video camera up and get a closer look at what was going on.
Jessica from OCZ introduced their Computex demo system that consisted of eight of its brand new Deneva SSDs. This new model is based on the SandForce SF-1500 controller that is using a custom SAS interface and SLC flash memory.
The system was also installed with LSI's mainstream SAS 2.0 controller card that is critical in being able to push these amazing numbers that OCZ demonstrated to us today at the show.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Gigabyte has two products that they will not be showing on the show floor but will have on hand for private eyes. Since my focus has been on the storage market for the last couple of years now I spotted these gems right away and thought about the possibilities all day.
With 24 memory slots this unnamed workstation / server board has a lot of potential for many things but what is interesting here is the 4x SAS connector in the back that would allow connection to an AIC MiniBOD right out of the box without the need for an additional HBA add in controller.
Silicon Power has a gob of external HDDs that it offers in different styles for different needs. The company has previously offered both flash drives and external HDDs and today it has added the new A80 external HDD to its line.
The A80 is a USB 3.0 external HDD that is rugged and designed to be water resistant to IPX7 standards. That means that the HDD can survive being submerged in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and still operate.
I try to stay away from any function that requires me to wear a suit or a tuxedo. For that reason I don't own a pair of cufflinks and the last time I wore any was years ago when my cousin got married. Geeks that do have to get dressed up frequently might find these USB flash drive cufflinks perfect.
The cufflinks come in silver, gunmetal, or gold colors and each hides a USB connector with 2GB of storage per cuff. The cufflinks can be engraved as well for $8 more for eight letters.
Many a times we've heard the words "rock solid" used to describe the build quality of a technological product. Seldom does that actual term fit literally, however.
But in the case of some new flash drives a design house has been working on, the meaning can be used quite literally here.
Team Group will be displaying a new type of TP series external hard drive at Computex next week. It won't be hard to miss when you look at the boldened, unique external design and colour scheme :-
This is the TP1023. And yes, its design was inspired by a certain super car manufacturer. Might be an eye sore for many, but if its sports/super cars you dream about all day every day then i'm sure you'd be very proud of having this piece of kit sitting on your desk.
The TP1023 is designed to be shock proof with a unique hard drive suspension system and it surpassed the industrial specification for shock proof designs by a good margin in testing. The unit is USB 3.0 ready and is of course backward compatible with USB 2.0.
Team will be selling the TP1023 in capacities of 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB. For further details, you can read the official announcement here.
As many of you know, Seagate launched their first hybrid HDD/SSD-type storage solution for consumers yesterday under its Momentus XT series. These new drives are based on traditional high-performance (7200rpm) 2.5-inch mechanical hard drives, but include a technology Seagate calls Adaptive memory which will move the most accessed files into a much faster solid state flash area for optimal performance that improves over time.
Hitachi Maxell has harnessed perpendicular magnetic recording technology to design an LTO-class tape with a super sized 50TB of capacity. A demo was constructed by Hitachi together with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to show it fully functional.
It's a highly impressive achievement given that the raw capacity of the highest-capacity LTO tape roadmapped to date is 12.8TB.
Whilst it's very unlikely it will be mass marketed with identical principles to how Hitachi achieved 50TB here, it's a sign of what is possible when partnering certain technologies together and using carefully selected materials and methods to push the boundaries significantly.
OCZ pulled the wraps off its new line of Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs a while back. The company also makes a full range of other SSDs. OCZ has announced a couple new capacity SSDs today.
The Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD series now get drives with storage capacities of 400GB and 480GB. There were 400GB versions offered when the two lines initially launched.