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Kingston Wi-Drive now accessible via web and Android app

Many people are upset that Kingston has been focusing strictly on iOS devices with its Wi-Drive device. True, it's not exactly needed for most Android devices as they usually have built in MicroSD card slots, but that's besides the point to these people. Well, no longer do they have to be upset, for Kingston has released a new firmware for the Wi-Drive.

 

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This new firmware expands access to the drive in a pretty big way. Now instead of only being able to access the content from an iOS device, you can access it from any device that has a web browser. Through the web browser, you can stream photos, music, or videos until it has made up for the device starting as iOS only.

 

If you're an Android user like me, you're in for an even better treat. Kingston has made available a native Android app to access the drive with. The apps are free, but you'll still have to shell out at least $50 to join the club. Future Wi-Drive devices should have the updated firmware loaded from the factory.

Seagate nearly ready to unveil its first 12Gbps drive, dubbed Pulsar.2

It wasn't even a week ago that HGST, a division of Western Digital, announced they were working on a new, super-fast storage drive in the form of a 12Gbps-capable SAS SSD. But, don't think for one minute that rival Seagate weren't waiting for the bell to ring on their oven, where they too were baking their own 12Gbps-capable SSD.

 

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Seagate are preparing to show off their 12Gbps SSD at the SCSI Trade Association technology showcase later this week, where they've teased the name of the new product: Pulsar.2. The Pulsar.2 will sport the same SAS 12Gbps interface, with Seagate aiming the drive toward the server and storage solution market.

 

There isn't much more information on the drive, but Seagate are making noise about the fact that using SAS 12Gbps drives versus PCI Express-based SSDs allows for better scalability and serviceability. Seagate have also said that the SAS 12Gbps standard should be finalized by the end of 2012, but no products are expected to hit the market until next year, and most likely 2H of 2013. These products are server-grade, and won't hit consumer markets until then. Still nice to dream, though.

KingMax 1TB SSD hits retail shelves of Japan

Been waiting for that magical 1TB number for your SSD purchase? Well, you won't have to wait long, or you could grab one now if you're based in Japan! A 1TB KingMax-branded SSD has been spotted on Japanese retailer shelves.

 

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The SSD in particular? It's the KM01TBSMI25 from KingMax. This SSD is the usual 2.5-inch form factor coming in at 7mm thick. It's controller and NAND flash memory are unknown at the moment. We do know it supports TRIM, sports the SATA 3Gbps interface (instead of the SATA 6Gbps interface).

 

Spec-wise, it's not too bad: it's able to pump out 20,000 IOPS in random read/write, sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/sec and 200MB/sec, respectively. This drive comes with a three-year warranty and currently has a price of Yen119800 (US$1500).

Hitachi/WD announce the storage industry's first 12Gb/sec SAS drive, even The Flash is impressed

Thought the 6Gb/s limit was fast enough? Well, nope. Most SSDs can hit 500MB/sec without a problem, so a jump was needed. Enter Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) which is now a Western Digital company, where they've proudly announced the storage industry's first technology demonstration of a 12 gigabit per second (12Gb/s) SAS SSD.

 

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Yes, 12Gb/s is what I said. SAS SSDs and hard disk drives have a strong bond with SCSI, and continue to be the building blocks of choice for enterprise and cloud-based storage. 12Gb/s SAS takes this one step further by being a broadly supported industry standard that is capable of delivering twice the throughput compared to today's 6Gb/s SAS solutions, all whilst maintaining established, known enterprise protocols and attributes.

 

One of the features, and limitations, of today's SAS drives is a second interface port that provides additional bandwidth to the drive. With 12Gb/s on each of these ports, a drive could send and receive data at 12Gb/s which would give a total available interface bandwidth of an insane 4.8GB/s per drive. With this speed, you can just imagine what enterprise and cloud datacenters could do, reducing latency, and more.

 

We should see more info on these drives over time, and I'm sure our storage editor Chris will get his paws on one ASAP. I think he blew a fuse when he received this info.

SanDisk releases TRIM fix firmware update for Extreme SSDs

A couple of days ago SanDisk released a new firmware for the Extreme SSD. As you may remember this drive gave us quite a bit of trouble during our testing, so much so that we haven't stopped testing the drive even after two months.

 

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On SanDisk's website it is easy to find references to the new SSD Toolkit, but finding the actual update tool download is a different story. After combing the site for about an hour this morning we managed to locate the Toolkit's hidden location buried deep within the SanDisk vault. Hey guys, maybe a post in your SSD forum, a press releases or even a friendly email the next time you fix a major issue with a product?

 

Anyhow, for those who would like to update the only SandForce based SSD using 24nm Toggle Mode flash on the market today, here is your link.

 

After your drive is updated, this should once again be the fastest 240GB consumer SSD on the planet. If SanDisk was able to fix their TRIM issue, your drive will retain that high level of performance.

ADATA brings additional player to NBA flash drive line

If you haven't heard, ADATA makes a line of NBA-licensed flash drives which look like NBA teams' jerseys. Today brings the announcement that they have added another player to the lineup. This new flash drive which features New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin is available today in the USA at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, NBAstore.com, Newegg.com and Walmart.com.

 

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This newest edition to the to the lineup increases the capacity to 8GB and retains the same attribute of being waterproof up to one meter. The device is designed to be rugged and withstand the bumps and bangs that come with an athletic and mobile lifestyle. If you want another way to support your favorite team or player, ADATA has your back.

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