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Toshiba's storage products business unit announced the March 2014 availability of its latest generation of highly efficient SSDs. The HG6 is the newest addition to the HG family, which offers high performance and power efficiency, making it suitable for a range of applications from laptops to data center servers. The 6Gbit/s SATA drives are available in a variety of standard form factors including 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2, with capacities up to 512GB.
The HG6 SSD's incorporates Toshiba's error-correction technology known as QSBC, a highly efficient error correction code (ECC). This safeguards customer data from corruption caused by NAND wear, which improves drive reliability and extends the MTBF. It is also the first mainstream SSD product to use Toshiba's A19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC NAND media. These features make it a suitable solution for enterprise class servers.
Toshiba is capitalizing on its unique industry position of being both a NAND inventor and SSD solution provider to provide a highly optimized product. According to Don Jeanette, senior director of marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit, "As inventors of NAND technology, we leverage our NAND expertise to optimize the performance and data integrity of this series, and truly give customers the power of choice with a broad selection of capacities and form factors."
Irvine, Ca. based WD, a Western Digital company, launched its entrance into the surveillance specific drive market today with a new line of HDDs named WD Purple. These 3.5" drives are designed specifically to address the unique requirement of CCTV applications that are always-on and write intensive. With capacities up to 4TB they are capable of supporting 32 high definition cameras.
WD Purple drives can be stacked in an eight bay array, which according to Ying Yang, director of testing, Hikvision, adds "flexibility to expand for future system coverage". In addition to increased flexibility, the company's proprietary AllFrame technology implemented in WD Purple protects against pixilation and dropped frames.
SanDisk has unveiled a massive 128GB microSD card, something that makes it the largest-capacity microSD card on the market. Getting to this point isn't easy, as you can expect.
The company had to use custom manufacturing to stack 16 memory dies, which are each thinner than a strand of hair on that head of yours, within each card. 128GB is enough space to store 24 hours of HD video, so if you were after a beast of a memory card, SanDisk has your back.
Today Seagate announced the launch of its seventh-generation hard drive line specifically designed for use in video surveillance data storage systems. The newly refreshed surveillance HDD is a 3.5-inch drive available in capacities up to 4TB, leading up to a video capacity of 480 hours of full high-definition video content.
The new Surveillance HDD has been designed to support surveillance applications from up top 32 channels at any required resolution, and is the preferred flexible solution in applications where scalability is at the forefront of planning. The drive also features a new time-to-read system that allows installers to custom tailor the drives power settings to better support motion-activated cameras which ensures that not even a single frame is missed when it matters the most. Seagate says that the Surveillance HDD has a 1 million hour MTBF, meaning that on average each drive can be kept in the field longer which equates to a longer service life and increased savings for customers.
LaCie is a company that makes all sorts of storage products that run the gamut for small and portable hard drives that connect via USB ports to high-end multi disk RAID solutions for storing and protecting your data. LaCie has announced that it has added a new 5TB drive options to a number of the external storage products it makes.
The 5TB hard drive is a 7200-rpm unit and can be found in several LaCie product lines. The product lines that will get the larger capacity drive option include the 5big Thunderbolt series, 2big Thunderbolt series, and the d2 Thunderbolt Series. We reviewed the LaCie 5big NAS Pro storage solution last summer.
With the availability of the 5TB drive, shoppers can now get 5big series storage devices with up to 25TB of storage space. LaCie says that the 25TB option makes it the largest 5-bay storage solution on the market. It will also be able to provide data speeds of up to 785 MB/s. The larger capacity drives are available in the LaCie 2big Quadra and d2 Quadra storage devices as well.
For many years now, flash memory manufacturers have been working hard at shrinking USB drives down smaller and smaller, and today Team Group announced the launch of a new ultra-small compact flash drive that is truly the size of your thumb. The new C134 Compact Flash Drive measures in at just over 24mm x 12mm x 6mm in size and weighs only 3.4-grams, making it one of the smallest thumb drives on the market today.
The extremely small size of the C134 makes it ideal for use in applications where a traditional thumb drive could easily get bumped and broken off, or where a very small profile is ideal for discrete operation. The new C134 is available in capacities from 4GB up to 32GB, and is encased in an all metal, gold-anodized zinc body.
"The compact size allows it to stick closely to other lightweight mobile devices while in use, so that it will not interfere or become an obstruction when using two USB devices or when carrying or moving the device.It prevents unnecessary space wastage and avoids possible collisions due to the excessive body size. It also echoes perfectly with the design concept of Ultrabook and tablet PCs, working impeccably together," said Team Group in a statement.
The agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is currently researching the possibility of increasing storage capacity of the Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) storage drives. The A*STAR institute in Singapore conducted investigations iron-platinum (FePt) nanocrystals can be used in ultra high density magnetic drive's performance.
Zhanhong Cen who is working at the A*STAR data institute said that,"Decreasing the size of magnetic particles makes the magnetic information become thermally unstable due to an effect called super paramagnetism. FePt nanoparticles are very promising, because for these nanoparticles, super paramagnetism is suppressed at room temperature." Cen also added that his simulations showed that introducing carbon into FePt nanocomposite boosts optical performance. This also helps to maintain the drive more energy efficient when reading and writing data as it required smaller optical spot for recording data.
Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit has just announced its next-generation of 3.5-inch enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is the industry's first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies, as well as persistent write cache technology.
The new drives arrive with SATA 6Gbps connectivity, with the SAS MG04SCA and SATA MG04ACA available at up to an astounding 5TB. These 5TB HDDs still spin at 7,200RPM, which will give enterprise users plenty to smile about. The new Toshiba MG04 enterprise class HDDs will come in either a SAS or SATA interface - depending on what is required. Samples will begin shipping this month.
SanDisk has just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive, which comes in just one size: 128GB. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive is capable of delivering write speeds of up to 240MB/sec, while reading at an impressive 260MB/sec.
"The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe" explains Philippe Willams, Director of Product Marketing of SanDisk. He continues: "We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data".
SanDisk's ultra-fast Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive features a sophisticated design, made with a durable aluminum metal casing which protects the flash drive from wear and tear. It also comes with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive has
USB flash drives designed for use with mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing segments in personal storage, and today SanDisk has unveiled its first entry into the USB flash drive for mobile arena. Today the company announced the launch of its first Dual USB drive that is designed to work with both laptops and desktops as well a mobile devices running Android.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been designed for Android-based smartphone and tablet users who have been looking for a reliable and fast method of transferring data from their mobile device to their PC. The new Ultra Dual USB Drive allows users to do this by featuring a micro-USB connector as well as a full-sized USB B connector for quick and easy file transfers. This frees up much needed space on the mobile device, and also serves as a way for users to carry additional data that can be easily accessed by an Android tablet or smartphone at moments notice.