Transcend has quite the assortment of USB Flash Drives on offer under its popular JetFlash lineup, but this new T5 series is the company's most compact yet.
Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), with a weight of just 2 grams, the JetFlash T5 series has highly rugged plastic casings with retractable USB connectors which are both water and shock resistant; they'll take a major beating before anything nasty can happen.
The orange/black drive has a 2GB capacity whilst the white/black one is 4GB. You can read further details about the T5 series of Flash Drives here folks.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of flash memory products, today introduced a new ultra-tiny USB flash drive, the JetFlash® T5. Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), the T5 is incredibly compact, and only weighs a mere 2g. Unlike other miniature USB flash drives, the T5 is constructed with non-breakable plastic and is rugged enough to resist bending, stress, vibration, shock, and even full water submersion. Its retractable connector design and eye-catching two-tone color schemes with intricate hexagon patterns not only make the drive easier to handle and use, but also give it a unique fashion accessory look.
Western Digital has just unveiled its new ShareSpace line of storage solutions, marketed towards the business/corporate sector where centralized mass storage is the key to a smoother operation.
The ShareSpace allows for up to four HDDs and is available in either 2 or 4TB configurations. It can be connected either by USB 2.0 or Gigabit ethernet and its residing GreenPower series hard disks can be set to operate in either RAID 0 or 1, with the 4TB version also allowing for a RAID 5 config.
The unit comes bundled with WDs own automatic backup and remote accessing software and also features support for Microsoft Active Directory. It is now available for purchase at select retailers and WDs online store at an MSRP of $699.99 USD for the 2TB model and $999.99 USD to shift up to 4TB.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sept. 30, 2008 - WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new WD ShareSpace high-speed network storage systems that provide cost-effective, centralized storage for small office and home networks. WD ShareSpace represents WD's first entry into the small-office network storage market, where it plans to bring to a new class of users the ease-of-use, design and value enjoyed by millions of WD My Book® and My Passport™ customers.
I'm sure some of you can relate when I say that the more storage you invest in for your server/main PC, the faster you tend to fill it. With that said, I bet many of you were drooling when Seagate announced they were working on a whopping 1.5TB desktop drive as a new member to their Barracuda 7200.11 lineup. Some of us can never have "enough" space, so bring on the big drives!
The new 1.5TB monster is set to hit retail channels over the course of the next few weeks, with Newegg reportedly advertising it with stock in hand at a highly attractive price point of just $190.00 USD.
The first known review of the drive and its performance characteristics has gone live over at XTREME CPU where he pits the drive up against a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB drive and also WDs Velociraptor 150. Naturally its access times can't touch the 10,000RPM Raptor, but the dense platters allow it to dish out some pretty nice transfer rates.
As soon as I saw the announcements on Seagate's 1.5TB drive I was intrigued. When I saw the price on Newegg (a mere $189.99) I assumed that this drive would be slow. I'm not even sure why... I guess it just seemed like a brand new 1.5TB drive for a reasonable price would have to have some sort of catch.
So, I decided that XCPUs.com should do a review. But, doing a review on a single hard drive would be pointless, so I had to get some contenders. I had a limited budget, so I had to pick my hard drives carefully. I decided on a Velociraptor 150 (since they an undeniably fast drive) and a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB drive (since it's an industry standard 1TB drive).
SSDs are certainly in fashion, judging by the number of advancements and offerings we have been seeing over the past few months.
Buffalo Technology, states this article from TechConnect Magazine, will be introducing three 2.5" SSD SKUs later this month.
Forming part of Buffalo's SHD-NSUM family, the drives will offer both SATA 3.0 Gbps and USB interfaces, whilst weighing in at, a svelte, 70 grams.
MLC NAND flash chips, as expected, do the honours, yet information regarding transfer speeds is sparse at this time.
Shipping in 30, 60 and 120 GB flavours, expect a pricing range between $153 and $459, respectively.
OCZ is obviously looking at clearing stock of its older Core Series 64GB SSD SATA-II drives at the moment.
Newegg is the closest retail partner of OCZ in the US and it shows from what we are seeing here today. You can pick up yourself one of these older version and a bit slower (than the newer Core V2 drives) Core Series 64GB drives for just $99 USD after the massive $70.00 mail-in rebate offer that they have on at the moment.
If you are looking to get in on the SSD action and possible RAID 0 a couple of these now cheap suckers for some kick ass performance, head on over to this website and pick up a couple while they are at this really wicked price.
I might just do the same!
Super Talent have made big strides in the SSD market since the birth of their MasterDrive family. Today they have unveiled two new "OX" and "PX" series drives to the lineup which take performance to a whole new level.
The OX series are MLC NAND Flash based solid state disks which use an all new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller to help push transfer rates up to 150MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write), with the drives' capacities available in 32, 64 and 128GB.
Looking at the more advanced (and expensive) PX series, these are SLC NAND Flash based SSDs with incredible transfer rates on tap. The PX series is capable of 170MB/sec sequential reads and 130MB/sec writes. Capacities for these come in at 32 and 64GB.
Super Talent reveal the RRP on its 128GB MasterDrive OX drive to be $419. You can find out more details on the two new series of SSDs within the official PR here folks.
San Jose, California - September 16, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.
Super Talent Director of Marketing, Joe James commented, "In this, our third generation of SATA SSDs, we've taken performance to incredible new heights, with sustained read and write speeds that will leave any hard disk drive in the dust. At the same time, our MasterDrive SSDs are among the most cost effective solid state storage solutions available."
Here I was thinking that a 32GB pen drive was pretty insane and over the top, Corsair has unofficially launched a massively-sized 64GB version of its popular Flash Voyager pen drive.
64GB is enough to store around 13,000 MP3 songs or about eight 720p movies.
If you need that amount of storage in your pocket, you can pick up one of these drives for £127.65 ex VAT from CCL over here. That works out to be around $229 USD.
A quick report over at the ChannelRegister says that we should be seeing 2.5" hdds with capacities of 1TB+ by early 2010. Unnamed sources are confident that both Western Digital and Fujitsu will reach the milestone by such time.
Seagate doesn't get a mention as recently WD has been dominating the top-end capacity field with 250GB, 320GB and just now the shipment of 500GB 2.5" drives while Seagate plays catch-up. Though, this trend could change quickly as Seagate are reknowned for bringing sudden surprises to the storage market.
Toshiba's storage devision has just reached a new milestone, delivering the world's first dual-platter 1.8" HDD with a whopping 240GB capacity. Being just 1.8" in size, it allows for massive amounts of storage in devices such as portable media players, camcorders and ultra-mobile PCs. Codenamed MK2431GAH, the drive measures 54 (W) x 71 (D) x 8 mm (H), features a PATA interface and spins at 4,200RPMs.
Additionally, Toshiba has also introduced two more single platter HDDs with 120 and 80GB capacities, each bearing similar specs to their big 240GB brother.
All drives are said to be in full production by the end of the month. You can find the press release here for further information.
A little known memory company, Ao-LAB, has had an innovative idea that, now we've seen it, we can't imagine why no one came up with it before. The company has taken your average USB flash drive and stuck an eSATA interface on one end. Simple, yet brilliant.
USB has certain benefits particularly in terms of its ubiquity, but with more and more motherboards and notebooks being fitted with eSATA connectors specifically designed for plug & play storage applications, why aren't we making the most of them and instead using the much slower USB bus for transferring data?
Thanks to the eSATA connection, Ao-LAB's flash drive is capable of read speeds of 75MB/s and write speeds of 25MB/s, which for point of reference significantly outperforms all of the USB flash drives tested in our recent roundup review. However, don't expect performance levels to match a high-end notebook SSD. Those drives typically use significantly more expensive SLC flash (versus the Micron MLC chips in this device) and/or more complex memory controller ICs which is why they cost several hundred dollars each.
Other nice touches Ao-LAB added to the drive are the ability to get operating power through the eSATA port (the product would be a lot less appealing if we had to carry around a separate power supply), and a mini USB port on the other end in case you find yourself needing to transfer data with a system that doesn't have eSATA.
Dimensions of the drive are 79x29x8mm, so slightly wider than a typical USB drive. It is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities priced at $295 HKD, $450 and $790, a slight premium over average flash drive prices, but still cheaper than some "high-speed" models from brand vendors.
The only downside is that the product doesn't seem to be available outside of Hong Kong unless you are prepared to run the gauntlet using a certain online auction site. We have contacted the company to ask what its plans are for selling overseas.
An analysis of Intel's blueprint for its SSD offerings, was the subject of this recent report.
Not only has an 80 GB X25-M model taken its place on the launch pad today, but it has also got off to a highly acclaimed start, judging by some of the evaluations it has been subjected to.
The flavour which, is endowed with sustained Read/Write speeds of up to 250 MB/s and 70 MB/s respectively, received a coveted Editor's Choice award at HotHardware, who deemed its real-world write performance, as the fastest they've seen to date.
The Tech Report, on the other hand, found that whilst Intel's offering was exceptional at its best, the situation wasn't as impressive when stressing its slower write rate.
A Gold Award later from PC Perspective, the X25-M is deemed a success and it is expressed that Intel's SSD offerings are apparently causing waves amongst the company's competitors too.
Finally, the anticipated 160 GB offering is at the forefront of ExtremeTech's thoughts as the X25-M powers its way into the marketplace.
Intel is clearly set to re-ignite the SSD marketplace with its blazing portfolio and this, can only be good for end-users.
Buffalo has updated its range of USB and NAS external storage products with new designs for its DriveStation TurboUSB, LinkStation Live and LinkStation EZ series.
The LinkStation EZ is available at $169.99 USD for a 500GB version and $269.99 for 1TB. It comes pre-installed with a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and supports Gigabit Ethernet. As per the name, setup takes just four steps, the first of which is "take it out of the box and plug it in".
Moving up the range we have the LinkStation Live available at $199.99 (500GB) and $299.99 (1TB). The extra coin gets you iTunes and DNLA media sharing, web access, expandability via USB as well as printer sharing among other features. As with the EZ series, Live models include a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and Gigabit Ethernet port.
On the other end of the scale we have the DriveStation TurboUSB available in a range of capacities from 320GB ($89.99) to 1TB ($229.99). Buffalo says that these boxes are able to transfer files over USB up to between 20% and 37% faster (40bps) than other USB hard drives, but we'd have to test this out in our labs before we can back that claim.
Finally, Gizmodo has details of an upcoming LinkStation series box with support for up to four 3.5" drives in RAID 5. This device is said to include iTunes/DNLA media sharing etc. as well as support for Apple's Time Machine backup system.
Expect these to hit late September in $560 (1TB), $710 (2TB) and $1,300 (4TB) versions.
Patriot has just announced that it has upgraded its Warp Solid State Drives with a really nice speed boost to both read and write transfers.
The second version of the Warp drive claims read speeds of up to 175MB/s and write speeds of up to 100MB/s, putting Patriot upgraded SSD right up the top of the food chain.
These 2.5" form factor drives use the SATAII interface and come in sizes of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. At press time there was no information available on how much they would cost or when they would go on sale.
Nevertheless, we cannot wait to get our hands on one and put it through its paces! You can check out the full press release here for more information.
Tim Smalley of bit-tech fame recently managed to spend some quality time with Intel's upcoming X18-M 80GB SSD during the IDF show that is being held in San Francisco.
X18 is the mainstream SSD from Intel based on SATA interface operating at 3GB/s. Tim was presumably able to convince Intel to allow him to open up the drive and get an inside look at the chips and PCB. The controller chip was actually removed to prevent the drive from making its way into competitors' hands well ahead of the planned availability date.
There are a grand total of ten 8GB NAND flash chips (it was not mentioned if they are SLC or MLC) with five chips on each side of the PCB. There is also an additional Samsung K4S281632I-UC60 SDRAM chip which is probably used for buffering and Advanced Dynamic Write Leveling, according to the story.
For a close up look inside Intel's upcoming 80GB SSD, head on over to this link for the goods.
Following its collaboration with memory giant, Micron Technology, Intel is gearing up to unveil SSD solutions with blazing read/write speeds of 240 MB/s and 70 to 170 MB/s respectively, according to this report from TG Daily.
The above image, courtesy of Expreview, adds that Intel's 'Extreme' moniker will find a home with the X25-E, which as expected, boasts the highest performance figures.
The 'Mainstream' parts, go for low power consumption territory, with an impressive figure of 0.25W.
Two size options are in play too, ranging from 1.8" to 2.5" whilst capacity choices, will also be a bag of tricks. The X25-E, expected in Q4 2008, will offer 32 and 64 GB flavours, whilst a 160 GB X25-M 'Mainstream' part, will share centre stage at the same time.
Preceding this however, X25-M and X18-M 80GB options are expected in Q3, with a 160 GB X18-M coming in Q1 2009.
How far end-users may have to dig into their pockets is unknown, at the time of going to press but, SSD storage appears to be making some encouraging headway towards mainstream adoption.
OCZ have really revved up the solid state storage market with the introduction of their Core series drives a couple months back, which brought excellent performance at fantastic prices.
Since then, they've kept working on Core to make it even better; thus, today we see the introduction of a new breed dubbed the Core V2 Series.
Where the first units featured read speeds of around 120 to 140ish MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 95MB/sec, the new V2 series pumps out 170MB/sec and 98MB/sec read and write speeds respectively. Furthermore, we see OCZ's largest capacity SSD drive enter this new series, a 250GB model.
Thinking ahead, OCZ have also wisely added a built-in mini-USB port to the V2 series drives, allowing for potential performance improvements through future firmware upgrades.
Sunnyvale, CA-August 14, 2008-Responding the demands of enthusiasts and high-performance mobile computing consumers, OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the newest addition to their industry-leading OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives. The Core Series has established OCZ as a pioneer in the SSD market by offering consumers the benefits of solid drives technology at an affordable price. With the industry continuously shifting in this direction, OCZ strives to place its Core Series at the forefront.
Seagate has just wow'ed the masses by reaching a milestone we didn't expect to see for quite some time yet; the company has just announced a whopping 1.5TB desktop hard disk under its existing Barracuda 7200.11 Series.
They have accomplished this by cramming four 375GB platters into the usual 3.5" desktop form factor. Other specs are fairly standardized for todays drives; 7200RPM spindle speed, 300MB/sec SATA-II interface and NCQ support. Cache size was not not mentioned in the PR but it's expected the drive would carry the same 32MB cache as its smaller 1TB brother.
Not forgetting about the latest in storage for notebooks, Seagate has also launched two new 2.5" Momentus Series drives. The Momentus 5400.6 range uses a 5400RPM spindle speed, 8MB of cache and is available in capacities of 120 to 500GB. The faster Momentus 7200.4 Series spins at 7200RPM, has 16MB of cache and comes in sizes from 250 to 500GB.
The new 1.5TB monster is expected to ship at the beginning of August whilst the Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are being promised sometime during Q4 of this year.
You can locate Seagate's press release for more information here.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-July 10, 2008-Seagate (NYSE:STX) today unveiled the industry's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.
The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate's flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives - a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.
The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.
Whilst Blu-ray still hasn't fully embedded itself as the mainstream optical storage of choice, technology keeps on moving forward and efforts to push the barriers of limitation are always in place.
With that said, Pioneer has successfully found a way to put no less than 16 layers on what looks like a standard optical disc. What makes this even more impressive is that each layer is the same size as a standard Blu-ray's; 25GB.
Pioneer said the biggest challenge in accomplishing this was finding a way to stop crosstalk/interference between each layer as it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain a clear signal when more layers are packed onto the disc.
For multilayer optical discs, it has been difficult to obtain clear signals from each recording layer in a stable manner due to crosstalk from adjacent layers and transmission loss. Utilizing the optical disc production technology that it has developed in the DVD field, Pioneer solved these problems by, among other things, using a disc structure that can reduce crosstalk from adjacent layers, resulting in a 16-layer optical disc that can playback high-quality signals from every layer.
As for the read-out system, Pioneer achieved stability in the playback of recorded signals by employing a wide-range spherical aberration compensator and light-receiving element that can read out weak signals at a high signal-to-noise ratio in the optical pick-up mechanism. Since the optical specifications of the objective lens, such as NA (Numerical Aperture)*2, are the same as those for the existing BD discs, it is possible to maintain compatibility between the new 16-layer optical disc and the BD discs.
More details here.
Renowned aluminium chassis extraordinaire, Lian-Li, has announced its new, EX-H33 HDD rack mount kit.
Keeping within the boundaries of its usual forte, the Lian-Li EX-H33 features an all-aluminium chassis and boasts, ample capacity to cater for as wide a market segment as possible.
Requiring the use of three 5.25" drive bays, the solution deftly supports the installation of three, 3.5" HDDs, providing support for, what the company classes as, most modern SATA HDD configurations, in a Hot Swap Plug & Play scenario.
Ease of use appears to be high up on the list of priorities, with the EX-H33 allowing for a, seemingly effortless, installation procedure. Security conscious end-users will also welcome the lockable front panel door, whilst cooling duties are not compromised, courtesy of the 120 MM fan that aims to cut down on maintenance efforts, thanks to the washable nylon filter.
As the above image of the EX-H33 fitted into a Lian-Li PC-A77 chassis shows, the company goes to great lengths to strike a balance between form and function, stressing the attention to detail and effort taken to provide the end-user with a solution that delivers the best of both worlds.
While it's taken quite a while to start seeing any form of significant decrease in the cost of owning a solid-state HDD, more so just recently we've begun to see them slide down towards the real world. One of the first signs of this came in the form of Super Talent's new MasterDrive MX SSDs, which had the top model (a 120GB variant) sitting at $699.
OCZ has now stepped in with the Core Series 2.5" SSDs which boast even more aggressive pricing with a 128GB model sitting at just $479. Other drives in the lineup include a 32GB model at $169 and 64GB at $259. Read below for OCZ's promised performance figures :-
Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
The SSD market never looked so good.
Sunnyvale, CA-July 1, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs). OCZ has gained momentum in this pioneering technology, which uses NAND flash instead of rotating platters as the storage medium, and is a high-performance, highly reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives.
The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a 50% less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. For the first time, OCZ is putting SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and delivering on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.
World reknowned flash storage specialist Silicon-Power has just launched a new 2.5" 128GB SATA-II solid-state drive which uses a differential-signal-amplified-system to help push transfer rates through the roof.
Silicon-Power state read rates of 120MB/sec and a writing speed of 70MB/sec on this particular SSD. You can find more details on it within the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan-Silicon-Power, the leading brand in Flash Memory Manufacturers, today launches its SATA II 128GB 2.5-inch Solid State Disk. The SATA II interface has 3.0Gbps bandwidth which is doubled compared with the previous SATA I interface. Also, with the new "differential-signal-amplified-system", the transfer rate can up to 300MB/s while executing the huge amount of data. Unlike the traditional hard drive, The Silicon-Power SSD has no physical contact with the storage device or moving parts, and it equipped with the most advance Wear Leveling technology to ensure the durability of usage. Furthermore, it carries shockproof and anti-vibration features, and provides user with high efficiency and gigantic capacity. The Silicon-Power SATA II 2.5" SSD can be widely used in various purposes with any critical working environments.