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Apparently a self-destructing SSD wasn't enough protection for RunCore as they have just announced the global availability of their new Xapear solid state drive. The new Xapear features some even more innovative features to protect a user's data than just self-destructing. It provides both remote data deletion and RFID protection.
The SSD uses a USB 2.0 interface for data transfer. The drive features two partitions: one freely accessible and one that is only accessible after applying a special RFID key. Xapear comes with two RFID keys that are initialized by the user. After initialization, users have two partitions which can be resized to user preference. One swipe of the RFID key and the hidden partition becomes visible and usable. Another swipe and it is gone.
The drive also features a GSM connection:
GSM communication is provided for by an integrated SIM card. User then can link this SIM card one specified and self-defined mobile phone. Only this pre-defined mobile phone will be able to detect drive access. Furthermore, the mobile phone can remotely send a data deletion command to the drive, telling it to overwrite all data, rendering it impossible to recover previous data.
These new data protection features come at a time when more and more sensitive data is being carried with a user. The number one cause of data compromise is physical loss of a device through theft or carelessness.
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NVELO has gained several design wins in 2012 with their Dataplex SSD Caching software. So far Corsair, Crucial and OCZ have paired Dataplex with all of their SSD products used to cache Hot Data on mechanical HDDs.
The software works as advertised, but all is not perfect in SSD Caching Land. Dataplex has a nasty DRM feature that will shut the software down if you change two components in your system. Many of us had to go through these hassles years ago with some video games. It was annoying then and it is just as annoying now.
Over the last month reviewers started to receive their OCZ Synapse Cache, Corsair Accelerator and Crucial Adrenaline products. Easily the number one complaint in many of these reviews had to do with the limits placed on the user by NVELO's Dataplex software.
We've already touched on the two hardware ID change limit before shutdown but if you want to remove your Dataplex software and install it and the caching drive in another system, well good luck with that. You will need to contact support for a new key or remember to jump through the Dataplex hoops of uninstalling the software after disabling the software.
Let's just be honest about it, when you think of high performance solid state drive controllers the Phison name doesn't exactly jump to the top of the list. That isn't going to change anytime soon but Phison isn't looking to take on the SandForce or Marvell's of the world.
Let's break it down like this, 512GB capacity for less than 500 Dollars with 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speed. Given that most other 512/480GB solutions are currently hovering around the 700 Dollar mark this is something to get excited about.
Then there's the performance. We didn't get a quote from the company or a specifications list but the 460MB/s read and 315MB/s write speeds were from our tests in ATTO with the very first firmware build for the new controller (S8FM0001). A performance firmware is expected to hit our lab in early June, just in time for Computex or at the latest July, just in time for retail.
Have you ever had sensitive data that you didn't want to get into the wrong hands? Always marveled over those evil villain's bases which self-destruct? Well, RunCore has brought to market an SSD that self-destructs on command to permanently erase your data. You get the speed of an SSD with the cool features of an evil villain's lair.
In the video above, you can see an explanation of how the self-destruct function works along with the actual self-destruction happening. After the button is pressed, a puff of smoke comes out of the SSD due to how the self-destruction works. The NAND chips are over-volted so that they are physically destroyed.
A less subtle method is the physical destruction of your SSD by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory and thereby physically destroying these. The RunCore InVincible product series is catering to embedded computer systems requiring high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. Delivering optimized storage options particularly in mission-critical fields such aerospace, defense and general industrial applications.
So next time the FBI comes knocking on your door, wouldn't you like to have one of these running in your PC? Well, actually, I have nothing to hide, but it sure is a cool gimmick. Unfortunately, you can only use it once.
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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.
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.