In similar fashion to Kingston with its 30GB SSDNow drives to give more budget conscious users a closer stab at SSD tech, OCZ has just joined the budget sector, introducing today the Onyx series of SSDs which begin at just $99 for the 32GB model.
The Onyx series of SSDs use the Indilinx Amigos controller together with MLC based NAND Flash, 64MB cache, 3.0Gbps interface and TRIM support to give up to 125MB/sec read and 70MB/sec write rates.
While the capacity is indeed quite small, it's good enough as an OS boot drive or for use in netbooks etc. and at the $99 price tag with a 3 year warranty it should be an attractive offering for those not wanting to throw too many pennies at an SSD the first time round while still getting those yummy low access times.
You can get to OCZ's official announcement on the Onyx series of SSDs here folks.
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We have already talked quite a bit about the Crucial RealSSD C300. The C300 is one of the latest SSDs from Crucial and has loads of performance even if it is expensive.
The SSD is now available for purchase on Crucial.com starting at $499.99. The SSD promises read speeds of up to 355MB/s and uses the new SATA 6Gb/s interface. That interface is turning up on many of the new mainboards what have been surfacing at CeBIT.
The drive is offered in 256GB and 128GB capacities. The 128GB version is $499.99 and the 256GB is $799.99. You can also use the SSDs in systems with only SATA 3Gb/s support.
Also stopping by Mushkin's booth, Techpowerup spot a new series of SSD from the company which makes use of SandForce's SF-1200 controller. Mushkin calls this series Calypso and drives will range from 64GB to 256GB.
Mushkin is also said to be working on introducing an SF-1500 enterprise level drive to market which most notably will give more IOPS to the write performance at the same 260MB/sec speed.
Pricing nor availability have been disclosed at this point.
The folks at Techpowerup stopped by QNAPs booth earlier today and spotted a new five-bay NAS on display dubbed the TS-559 Pro which nestles in between QNAPs existing four and six-bay units.
QNAP also gave an intro to a new interface they've been working on for their TS-110 and 210 units which gives the ability to stream movies, music and pictures across a web interface as well as giving access to designated folders and content to certain users using the built-in user management interface. QNAP says this software update should be made available by the end of this month.
For the enterprise crowd QNAP also had on display its new four and eight bay server products (TS-459U-RP and TS-859U-RP respectively) which are designed to fit into 1U or 2U racks; these intended for use as embedded storage for VMWare setups.
I'm sure after seeing our results of Crucial's highly anticipated 6Gbps-ready RealSSD C300 many of you have been itchin' to get a hold of one. They offer unprecedented performance, capable of delivering up to 355MB/s read rates and 215MB/sec write with the use of Marvell's new controller.
For those of you who are happy to pay out $500 for the 128GB model and $800 for the 256GB to get this level of performance, you'll be happy to know these drives are finally reaching etailers and retailers with a three year warranty.
If it has flash storage inside it, you can count on SanDisk probably offering it. The company has a full line of memory cards, flash drives, and SSDs that it offers around the world.
Back at CES in January SanDisk unveiled its latest SSD called the G3. At the time, we didn't know how much the drive would cost or when it would ship. SanDisk has now announced that the SSD is available at retailers in 60GB and 120GB capacities.
The 60GB drive sells for $229.99 and the 120GB drive sells for $399.99. The SSDs promise sequential read performance of up to 220MB/sec and sequential write of up to 120MB/sec. Pricing at retailers will vary, expect to get the drive for less than what SanDisk is asking in stores.
Seagate has made an announcement this week letting us know it has commenced shipments of the industry's first 2TB 6Gbps SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) Enterprise based hard disk, this falling under its new Constellation ES series.
This new 2 Terabyte drive is of course a 3.5-inch form factor drive working at 7,200RPMs. It includes 16MB of buffer memory (whilst the SATA variant uses 64MB cache) and has a dual processor giving a maximum transfer rate of 150MB/sec. Seagate stamps an MTBF on these drives of 1.2 million hours.
An SED (Self Encrypting Drive) option is also available for users wanting optimal security. The drives come with a 5 year warranty as standard.
For further information, you can read Seagate's announcement here.
Strange flash drives are a staple in the tech world. I have seen drives that look like humping dogs, food, and fish before. Today we see three new flash drives from Active Media Products that are in the guise of endangered animals.
The silicone rubber flash drives are offered in polar bear, penguin, and panda bear styles. Each drive is 2.2-inches in length and has a key ring for attaching it to your keys. The drives are PVC, lead, and mercury free.
The drives will work with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports and are compatible with PC and Mac systems. Drive capacities include 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB varieties in each shape. The animal drives can be had in a combo pack with all three styles or individually. The combo pack is under $40 for 2GB drives in each style.
The SD card is the most common memory card format around. You can find a SD card slot on gobs of gadgets ranging from cameras to netbooks and lots more. Many TVs even have SD card slots for uploading new software and viewing photos.
One of the most common places to find SD card slots is in new HD video cameras where capacity is important. Kingston has unveiled a pair of new high capacity and fast SDHC cards that will be perfect for HD video cameras.
The new SDHC card is available in 16GB and 32GB capacity and will ship in February 26. The cards are both Class 10 promising at least 10MB/sec of data transfer. Kingston says the cards are good for read speed of 22MB/sec and write speed of 18MB/sec. The 16GB card will sell for $129 and the 32GB will cost $245.
We first heard about OCZ's plans to bring a SandForce based SSD to market late last month but weren't exactly sure when it would arrive.
Today finally sees the launch of the MLC based Vertex LE (Limited Edition) series which thanks to the use of the new SandForce controller will see excelled transfer rates of up to 270MB/sec read and 250MB/sec write, also said to reach 15,000 IOPS (4K random write). They come in 100 and 200GB capacities and feature TRIM support for Windows 7.
The Vertex LE series are backed by a 3 year warranty and should be available off the self within the next few weeks. Several Euro sites have them listed for pre-order now at 350 Euro and 700 Euro for the 100 and 200GB models respectively.
For further details, check out OCZ's announcement here folks.
Kingston has become the first flash drive maker to bring a drive to the U.S. with 256GB capacity.
While Kingston had already previously released a 256GB flash drive (the DataTraveler 300) to the Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East and African regions back in July of last year, this drive is an updated model, thus dubbed the DataTraveler 310.
The drive uses a removeable protective cap that can be attached to the rear when the drive is being used.
Kingston reports read and write rates of 25MB/sec and 12MB/sec respectively and it is based by a five year warranty. But if its big capacity you want, be prepared for the big price tag as well. Kingston have slapped an MSRP of just over 1100 bucks on it.
For further details, you can locate Kingston's announcement here.
As a result of embracing Fujitsu's hard drive division in October of last year, Toshiba has now introduced its first enterprise class 2.5-inch hard disk operating at 10,000RPM.
Drive capacities in the new series begin at 300GB, with options for 450 and even 600GB models. They are future proof offerings with use of the SAS 6Gbps interface, 16MB of cache and optimized power efficiency. When idle they only output 29 dBA of noise and are capable of reading data at up to 216MB/sec.
You can check out Toshiba's official announcement on the new MBF2600RC family of enterprise level hard disks here. Pricing and availability hasn't yet been disclosed.
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The fewer chips that are needed inside a phone or other device that consume power, the longer a device can run on a single battery charge. SanDisk has announced a new storage solution for smartphones and other mobile devices at MWC today called the iNAND Embedded Flash Drive with 64GB capacity.
The new flash drive is designed to allow the phone maker to install the OS, system code, and can be used as mass storage on one device. Since the device is bootable, the phone maker will no longer need separate storage for the system code and user data reducing the number of chips inside the phone.
This allows the phone to be cheaper and use less power. The iNAND uses Samsung's X3 technology with 32nm 3-bit-per-cell NAND flash technology. The iNAND storage device is aimed at smartphones, gaming devices, and other storage intensive devices.
We recently reported about a new version of WD's 1TB Caviar Black series hard disk that first showed up in Japan which makes full use of SATA 3.0 (6Gbps).
The folks at PC Perspective have obtained a sample in which they compare the drive's performance to a stack of other WD drives currently on the market. They test with Intel's ICH10R as well as making full use of SATA 3.0 in conjunction with a couple controllers from Marvell; one with caching and one without.
The WD1002FAEX can now be found on the market at a price point not far above the $100US mark. This should drop below $100 once the drive becomes more widely available.
A Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black hard disk has been spotted on sale in Japan with a 6 Gbps interface.The codename for this new model is WD1002FAEX.
Like its SATA-II brother, This 3.5-inch drive has 64MB buffer memory, operating at 7200RPM. The drive is priced at about $118 which is a notch higher than the existing SATA 3.0 Gbps model.
Buffalo has released details today on its new microSD-based flash drives. By means of using microSD cards, The drive's dimensions are a mere 15 (W) x 18 (H) x 8 (D) mm and near non-existant weight of 2.3 grams.
The RMUM-H microSD/SDHC drives can be purchased in black or white and they come with a choice of 2, 4, 8 or 16GB cards.
Buffalo intends to release the drives in the Japanese market late April starting at the equivilent of $20 USD for the 2GB model up to $146 for the 16GB.
The flash drive has come from being a simple tool for most people to being a fashion accessory for some. Many of the flash drives available on the market today put as much effort into looking good as they do working well.
Silicon Power has unveiled a new fashion flash drive line called the Helios 101 series. The drives are available in highly polished aluminum cases with opaque caps. The drive can be had in apple green or ocean blue colors.
The line is RoHS compliant and backup software can be downloaded for free to go with the drives. The Helios 101 drives are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. Pricing and availability for the drives is unknown at this time.
Seagate has announced today that it has begun shipments of its new 10K.4 Savvio series hard disks which are 2.5-inch drives positioned at the Enterprise level.
These new drives come in both 450GB and 600GB capacities, running at 10,000RPM. They have 16MB of cache and can be purchased with either 6 Gbps SAS or 4 Gb/s Fiber Channel connectivity and are said to have an average latency of just 3ms.
Seagate has also given the option to pick up these drives with SED (self-encrypting) and PI (Protection Information) for enhanced data protection and integrity. Further to this, the drives come with an MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) of 2 million hours and they're backed by a five year warranty.
For further details, you can find Seagate's official announcement here.
Chaintech has released its Apogee SSD Convertor which makes for an alternative to regular SSDs using high capacity CF cards. It is built using a standard 2.5-inch form factor and SATA-II interface.
Chaintech also offers the unit together with its latest 16GB or 32GB CF 606x high speed memory cards for optimal performance. Up to two CF cards can be housed inside with the option of also running in RAID 0 or RAID 1 modes.
Chaintech's new CF 606x cards have rated read and write speeds of 93MB/sec and 91MB/sec respectively.
For further information on the Apogee SSD Convertor and CF 606x cards, check out Walton Chaintech's official announcement here folks.