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CES 2013 - Corsair is one of those companies that doesn't like to box themselves into a corner, and today has been a perfect example of this. The company have announced their Voyager Air product, which is the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive and wireless hub.
Voyager Air comes with up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Voyager Air will allow so many segments of the market from office-type users, to home theater enthusiasts to experience a consolidated collection of their wares, be it music, movies or documents. Voyager Air is capable of working and being accessed from either Windows or Mac, and better yet - with the free Corsair app, streaming to Android and Apple products.
CES 2013 - Corsair have unveiled the Flash Voyager GT Turbo flash drive line of products, which are the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives. Corsair will release the new zippy flash drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.
The new drivers will offer more affordable, yet super-quick drives with speeds that were only previously capable using a much more expensive USB 3.0 to SATA bridge-based drive. The new Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives find themselves snug in a brushed metal housing with a easy-to-use capless design.
We're talking about up to 260MB/sec read speeds and up to 235MB/sec write on these new drives - some 1.7 times faster than other competing native USB 3.0 flash drives. Pricing on the new drives will be $49.99, $89.99 and $179.99 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB drives respectively.
CES 2013 - Kingston has debuted what they are calling the world's fastest and largest flash drive, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. It is currently shipping in a 512GB model, with a 1TB model just over the horizon later this quarter. Read and write speeds come in at 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.
"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."
CES 2013 - Just after we posted about Marvell's DragonFly NVDRIVE, it looks like OCZ is ready to step into the PCIe ring with their own PCIe-based storage solution using their flagship Vector line of SSDs.
OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD will work on Windows-based desktops, laptops and workstations that sport 4 lanes of PCIe 2.0 in full-height and half-height formats. OCZ's Vector PCIe SSD will be capable of supporting up to 100GB host writes per day for up to five years, which should give plenty of peace of mind to users looking for a super-fast storage upgrade.
The drive will continue to be powered by the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller and will feature improved IOPS burst performance, but no numebrs have been unveiled by OCZ just yet.
OCZ are also set to show off a bunch of other storage solutions at CES, so continue to check back for more news from OCZ!
CES 2013 - Our resident storage editors Chris Ramseyer and Paul Acorn are down in Las Vegas right now for CES 2013 and hit up Storage Visions before the big show kicks off tomorrow. They've just taken a look at Marvell's DragonFly NVDRIVE + SanDisk X100 SSD and we have a video about it below.
The Marvell DragonFly NVDRIVE sports a SanDisk X100 SSD which is an mSSD module that are connected to the drive and will rock up in various sizes. There's a super capacitor strapped to the DragonFly NVDRIVE which protects the drive (and data) in case of power loss, an NDA controller.
The drive connects through a PCIe 2.0 interface, and the drive will be used in server environments, such as Google or Facebook's servers.
CES 2013 - Network attached storage is huge right now, and will only grow in the future, so it was only inevitable that Seagate would push more products in this area. CES 2013 brings Seagate into a position to release their Seagate Central shared storage, which is the first storage device to feature an app for Smart TVs that allow users to access their files on the big screen.
Seagate Central is also capable of automatic backups for the entire house, as well as acting as centralized storage for your digital movies and music. Remote access is also featured, where you can access Seagate Central from any Internet-connected device. Seagate have built Seagate Central with simplicity in mind, where the storage giant have reworked their software and user experience for Seagate Central where it will provide an easy backup solution for each system on the network.
This can be a Windows PC, or a Mac notebook - it doesn't matter - Seagate Central does it all. The network attached storage device is also capable of backing up photos and videos directly from Facebook, which is something the company first unveiled in their award-winning Backup Plus lineup of devices.
CES 2013 - Seagate have announced the next step in their wireless storage products with the Seagate Wireless Plus. The new Wireless Plus device was designed to wirelessly stream content for up to 8 mobile devices, as well as feature enough storage on-board for 500 high-definition movies.
Seagate's Wireless Plus also comes with a 10-hour battery life which will match the battery life of most smartphones and tablets, and comes with 1TB of storage so you won't be bored with the amount of content you can store on the device. The device is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app which is available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices.
Not only that, but it can work with pretty much any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network, and better yet - you can use the Wireless Plus to watch video, photos or listen to music through your TV using Apple AirPlay, DLNA or an application designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.
Today while browsing the booths offered at Storage Visions--a show like CES that takes place just before and just for storage--this M-DISC caught my eye. The company says that their disc, compatible with most newer DVD writers, will allow data stored on a DVD disc to last for up to 1000 years, compared to the 7 years of a normal disc.
They achieve this by etching the data into a "rock-like layer" that isn't affected by light and other damaging elements. The company said that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division tested the disc versus normal discs and found that it was the only one to survive the 85*C/85% relative humidity test.
The other discs didn't survive past two days. One downside to these new discs is that they will set you back around $3 a piece, whereas normal discs are much, much cheaper than that. Other than that, these discs seem to be pretty cool. You can find out more information from the company's website.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has announced that SATA Express has begun the ratification process. Firstly, if you didn't know about SATA Express, it's the specification that will standardize PCIe as an interface for client storage. Secondly, if you didn't know who SATA-IO are, they are the industry consortium that are dedicated to "sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology".
SATA Express entering the ratification process is big news, as this process is the last one before it will be available to the general public in the next version of the specification which is expected to be completed sometime this year. The new standard will enable an ecosystem for client storage which will see SATA and PCIe solutions fuzed together which will usher in a new low-cost solution for the next-generation of SSDs and hybrid drives.
PCIe technology is capable of speeds of up to 1GB/s per lane in the client space compared to SATA's current technology which is limited to just 0.6GB/s (SATA 6Gbps spec). Mladen Luksic, President of SATA-IO, has said:
SATA-IO members have worked together to create the SATA Express specification to bring the scalability of PCIe to client storage. This industry-wide effort has made a new level of performance available to client applications and enables connectivity to SATA Express enterprise hosts via the SFF-8639 multifunction connector.
If you still use CDs for storage or music, now may just be the perfect time to stock up. According to CMC Chairman Robert Wong, prices are expected to increase by nearly 50 percent in the second half of 2013 due to a restructuring of the market that will continue into the first half of 2013.
The restructuring includes producers of optical discs stopping production during 2012. Disc demand isn't predicted to drop by as much as previously thought. Predictions place the global decline in demand for optical discs to be less than 10 percent, a number previously forcasted to be between 10 to 15 percent.
The takeaway? Stock up now if you still need optical discs.