The solid state storage market sees a new entry today, this one from Ridata with the new 32GB SATA SSD. As a 2.5" drive it is aimed at the mobile sector and carries an MTBF of four million hours.
Dailytech report that the read and write speeds of this drive are listed at 60MB/sec and 48MB/sec respectively, a little less than its competitors. This 32GB model should become available in a few weeks, with a 64GB variant due late November.
For full details, head over to the Dailytech.
The performance fares favorably with Samsung's mainstream 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively. Mtron's outrageously priced SSDs, on the other hand, put both to shame with read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.
"Our new Ridata SSD offers exceptionally consistent high performance in all environments," said Advanced Media President Harvey Liu. "Compared to a traditional HDD the Ridata SSD is smaller; uses half as much power; is ultra lightweight; offers incredibly fast boot and access times; and operates at a low temperature with no mechanically moving parts. It is the ideal HDD replacement for OEMs, ODMs and system integrators as well as consumers."
Highpoint have just added to their RocketRAID family of controller cards with the new RocketRAID 2522. Highlights of the card include a sustained data throughput of 1.2GB/s (the fastest available to date) as well as support for 40/40 (40 SATA drives up to 40TB) storage configurations.
For further details, grab the press release here.
Milpitas, Calif. - Oct 4, 2007 -announced the availability of the HighPoint RocketRAID 2522 SATA RAID Controller. The RocketRAID 2522 is the world's first SATA RAID controller to deliver unmatched sustained performance throughput at 1200MB/s READ and WRITE.
The RocketRAID 2522 brings a new level of high performance and external connectivity for storage environments. The 1200MB/s sustained data throughput is achieved by striping together drives in a RAID array. Digital media environments gain the most benefits from utilizing the sustained throughput for viewing, editing and saving real time digital content and projects.
Thecus has launched a new home product with the N3200 NAS with RAID 5 support. This is the first product in the 3x00-series from Thecus and it's Thecus first high-end model for home users. It can house up to three hard drives and you'll need three drives to take advantage of the RAID 5 capabilities. The N3200 measures 160 x 170 x 215mm (WxHxD) and it has a completely tool less design. You can fit up to 3TB of storage in it and the hard drives are easily installed and removed.
The N3200 also has a front mounted LCD display that show status information and allows for some system management operations. It also has USB ports and the N3200 can be given a wireless upgrade this way via a USB dongle. Oddly enough the press release didn't mention the speed of the Ethernet interface on the N3200.
Other home features include iTunes server, a browser based photo server and a DLNA compatible media server for video streaming to DLNA compatible video players. You can also attach a web camera to one of the USB ports and use it a surveillance camera without the need of a PC and with the video recorded directly to the N3200.
Finally the N3200 has an expansion slot and this is the first time we've heard about such a feature on a NAS. Thecus didn't say what it was for apart from mentioning that they will be offering expansion cards for in the future to further enhance the N3200's functionality. No availability date or pricing was announced in the press release, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
At the time of writing, the N3200 wasn't on Thecus website, but you can have a look here in case they've updated their site.
LaCie, the somewhat famous external drive manufacturer has got a new designer onboard, Sam Hecht. We can't say that he's familiar to us, but apparently he's into practical design, that's a first. In all fairness, the new drives look quite usable, if a bit bland for something from LaCie.
Rather than using some kind of metallic finish the new Little Disk family as it's know as uses a "oh so in fashion" shiny piano black finish. LaCie's product manager Nolwenn Rozen had the following to say about the new drives "Designed for simplicity, the 1.8- and 2.5-inch drives are extremely portable and are bus powered, eliminating the need for A/C power. So whether you are on a bus, taking the train, or relaxing at the park, your data is always accessible."
Available in sizes ranging from 30 to 250GB the new Little Disk drives should appeal to a wide range of users and the 2.5in models are available as a combo drive with both USB 2.0 and FireWire interface. The 1.8in drives are limited to 30 and 60GB in size with the 2.5in models starting at 80GB for the USB only version and at 120GB for the combo model.
Additionally the drives come with 1-click backup and synchronization software and Windows users can encrypt their data with 128-bit AES encryption. The 1.8in models costs US$99.99 and $129.99 respectively for the 30 and 60GB drives. The 2.5in version starts at $89.99 for the 80GB model and goes up to $104.99 for the 120GB, $119.99 for the 160GB and finally $179.99 for the 250GB version. The combo starts at $119.99 for the 120GB variety, with the 160GB going for $139.99 and finally the 250GB one for $229.99. All models are available now, but not in all sizes.
You can find more info on LaCie's mobile hard drive page, here
In similar style to Corsair's Survivor series of flash drives, OCZ have announced today some very rugged well-built offerings of their own in the ATV and ATV Turbo series.
These flash drives will cop a real beating as they are both shock and water-proof, the Turbo series has extremely quick memory chips in it which allow for read rates of up to 35MB/sec and write rates of 30MB/sec, of course they are Windows ReadyBoost ready as well.
The external casing features a durable and colorful rubber 'tread' pattern which will keep the internals very safe even when submerged in water.
The ATV and ATV Turbo flash drives come in sizes ranging from 2 to 8GB.
Sunnyvale, CA-September 5, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. The all-new ATV and ATV Turbo are ruggedized storage solutions for professionals, students, and gamers on the go, and are built to handle whatever rough terrain you encounter. Developed to compete with the fastest flash drives in the world, the ATV Turbo features unbelievable speed for today's busy lifestyles.
SanDisk have found a way to make solid-state storage more affordable to the entry-level market with its new uSSD 5000 SSD series. These are small USB-based SSD offerings and will be embedded onto motherboards found in sub-$250 systems.
BERLIN, GERMANY, August 31, 2007 - Joining global efforts to bring affordable personal computers to millions of people in developing nations, SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the uSSD™ 5000 solid state drive (SSD), which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk drives in sub-$250 PCs. Among the first computers using uSSD solid state drives will be the Intel-powered classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging nations.
Apacer downunder have just released details of their new "Handy Steno AH421" flashdrive, this supposedly the first in the world with a blade-shaped design which can be swiveled 180 degrees for further convenience.
The USB drive is also Vista ReadyBoost approved and is available in capacities of 1, 2 and 4GB, with the 4GB model priced at $85 AUD.
Grab the announcement here for full details.
Sydney , Australia - 03 September 2007 - A "boutique" USB flash drive was born. Apacer Technology Inc, a global leader in memory modules and digital storage, today announced the new Handy Steno AH421, a USB flash drive that can embed in a notebook or PC. With the world's first blade-shaped design, its revolutionary adaptor can perfectly fit with Personal computer or Notebook, and allows user to carry Notebook everywhere without pulling it out.
ASUS have just released a new SATA based DVD writer which is capable of recording at up to 20X. The DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter includes LightScribe direct disc labeling technology and boasts 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities.
For further details head over to ASUS's website.
Taipei, Taiwan, August 29, 2007 - ASUS, provider of high-performance optical drives, today introduced the DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter with LightScribe direct disc labeling technology. This innovative DVD RW drive provides a high speed of 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities. In addition, users can expect to enjoy five times faster data transfer rates than the current DMA33 standards with the SATA interface.
Toshiba have unveiled a new lineup of 2.5" mobile SATA HDDs this week, with two out of the bunch being especially noteworthy.
One of them (the MK3252GSX) tops the storage capacity limit for 2.5" drives with a huge 320GB, whilst the MK2049GSY is a 200GB drive which is one of the quickest 2.5" drives released to date as it has a 16MB memory buffer and spins at the same speed as mainstream desktop drives, 7200RPM.
For further details on the new lineup you can grab Toshiba's PDF formatted press release here.
IRVINE, Calif., August 20, 2007 - Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced the world's first 320GB1 2.5-inch HDD, as the lead product in a new series of 5,400 RPM notebook drives. The company also expanded into the high-end 7,200 RPM performance class with a family of products offering up to 200GB capacity.
Toshiba's new 5,400 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs feature capacity points from 80GB to 320GB, using both 120GB-per-platter and 160GB-per-platter designs in the MK-46GSX and MK-52GSX families, respectively. The high-end 7,200 RPM MK-49GSY series features capacity points of 80GB to 200GB. All three families support the Serial ATA interface at a 3.0 Gbps data transfer rate, and free-fall sensor options are available on select models.
One of the major highlights of GMail's web-based mailing system was the massive amount of storage space available to each user, with the likes of Hotmail and other competing services struggling to compete.
Well that has now changed as Microsoft have raised the limit of their Hotmail service from what was previously 2GB up to a staggering 5GB!
More than twice the storage isn't the only thing new for Hotmail users. As noted by Hotmail program manager Ellie Powers-Boyle's blog, the webmail should now respond to user commands faster. "We've spent more time in this release identifying what parts of the product are slowest and fixing those. We hope that you notice an improvement when this update is released to your account, and we'll continue our work on performance in future releases," Powers-Boyle wrote.
Hotmail users with multiple contact entries for the same person will find that the new version will have consolidated all duplicates into one. Powers-Boyle gives the example, "If you get a message from 'Steve Kafka' and click "add contact" but there's already a Steve Kafka, we'll let you know and let you add Steve's other e-mail address to your existing 'Steve Kafka' contact entry. We're just trying to be smarter to make your life easier and faster. There's also a wizard you can run to clean up your existing duplicate contacts."
if you're often attaching and removing hard drives from your system manually, you'd be wise to look at getting yourself a removable hard drive tray. Thermaltake have just introduced a new one dubbed the Max4, designed for 3.5" SATA drives and taking up one of your vacant 5.25" drive bays.
Rack technology is another product added to the MAX4 line. The Max4 HDD rack is easily installed in any 5.25" drive bay and supports all of today's mainstream SATA hard disks with a transmission speed of up to 3Gbp/s. Patented designed connectors reduce poor attachments from the HDD to the SATA interface increasing the life of the interface disconnect/removal up to 50,000 times. The smart ejection mechanism provides gentle and smooth insertion and ejection of hard drives.
Newer Technology have announced a neat little portable NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution to the market which can be easily attached to an existing network using ethernet, as well as having USB 2.0 connectivity too.
NDAS technology is also embedded on the miniStack NAS, which means not only is your data protected from unwanted intruders, but it also makes for easier setup without the need for TCP/IP settings etc.
The miniStack NAS comes in a range of capacities from as low as 80GB through to 750GB.
For full details grab the official announcement here.
Based on the award-winning miniStack, winner of Macworld Magazine "Top Product," MacAddict Magazine "Editor's Choice," and 123macmini.com "Accessory of the Year" Awards, miniStack NAS addresses the growing trend of computers as the hub of home entertainment by offering a shared local drive for wired or wireless networked computers for drag-and-drop sharing and storage. It is the ideal server for the digital lifestyle because it offers storage capacities up to 750GB, the ability to stream multimedia and HD files to UPnP(tm) (Universal Plug and Play) compatible media players, and easy set-up by eliminating complicated network TCP/IP configurations.
TwinMOS are showing off a new family of "super-mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1" flash drives this week, these being very slim and convenient (dimensions of 42.6×14.7×2.8mm) but boasting a large capacity of 8GB. Of course they'll work a charm with Windows Vista, and also come in a range of colors.
Grab the official announcement from TwinMOS for full info folks.
?7 August, 2007, Taipei?Following the slim and lightweight trends of current computers, consumer electronics and communication products, consumers are increasingly aware and sensitive to the design, fashion and convenience of products. Based on the operational philosophy of "Value Built on Professionalism" and its superior RD capacity, TwinMOS Technologies has successfully developed the super-mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1 for Windows Vista™ by subverting the style and size limitations of traditional USB disks to fulfill the consumer's expectation.
Western Digital are on a bit of a roll lately in terms of releasing new HDDs. Recently they unveiled both standard and enterprise class 750GB hard disk drives, and now they follow on with a new line of power-efficient hard drives with capacities ranging from 320GB through 1TB.
The new "GreenPower" line of hard drives are said to cut power consumption by up to a whopping 40%, that's a pretty bold claim right there but you never know, WD could be onto a really good thing here. To help keep power usage to a mininum the drives have the ability to adjust their spindle speed on the fly (between 5400 and 7200RPM) depending on whats being asked of the drive at the time.
Other specs are 16MB of onboard cache, support for 300MB/s SATA speeds, and WD's exclusive IntelliPower, IntelliSeek and IntelliPark technologies embedded.
For the full rundown on 'em have a read of the official PR on Western Digital's website.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower™ family of WD® desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year.
Storage specialists "TrekStor" have just fired up details on their website of a new external storage solution they call the "DataStation duo w.u". This unit boasts 1TB of storage capacity which is made possible via two seperate 500GB HDDs enclosed in an aluminium housing. Included is a copy of Nero's "BackItUp2" software suite and the pricing on it is said to be around $430.
Head over to the official website for further info.
3.5" external HDD enclosures flood the market these days, so it's become very hard for companies to make their product stand out.
Thermaltake dont have to worry about that with their new "Muse R-Duo Raid External Enclosure" though, as this one is capable of taking up to two 750GB HDDs in RAID 0, 1, Linear or BIG.
Some of the key features are as follows :-
* Integrated high performance 30mm fan
* Backup & restore software included
* Supports eSATA & USB2.0 interface
* Brushed aluminum housing
* Rotating acrylic foot stands
* Supports plug & play and hot-swapping
For more images and details on on it head over to Thermaltake's website.
Promise has released its first NAS product, the SmartStor NS4300N. It's a rather attractive looking, for a NAS that is, square black box with rounded corners on one side and some silver highlights.
It will take up to four SATA hard drives and it features RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. It connects to the network via a Gigabit Ethernet interface. It also features one touch backup for the clients, however, it doesn't seem to smart that you have to go and press a button on the NAS to backup your systems.
It also supports an external UPS and it has a pair of USB ports that can be used with external USB drivers or printers. It's compatible with the FTP, SMB, CIFS, AFP and NFS network protocols and it works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
You can find out more here
Corsair have always had a tendancy to be one of the first when it came to revolutionising an already saturated market of varying types of USB flash drives.
As further backing to that, they have just introduced an entirely new family of flash drives with a "padlock" feature embedded. What this does is allow users a simple way of protecting their data from being accessible to just anyone, this by means of using a series of buttons on the outer-shell. A 4-digit PIN is required to be entered prior to being given access to the contents on the flash chip.
This feature is entirely independant of any system software manipulation. The drives will be available in both 1 and 2GB capacities, and are set to be released towards the end of this quarter.
For further information on them, head over to TechConnect.
After years and year of impressing us with highly-overclockable memory modules, Corsair has managed to take the flash drive market by storm too with its Flash Voyager line-up. Now, after establishing a few speed records with the Flash Voyager GT and shattering dreams of fragility with the ultra-durable Flash Survivors, Corsair has turned towards a new of flash drive users, security.
Whilst we have the spotlight on Corsair, TechConnect have also acertained that due to the sub-par success rate of Corsair's most recent watercooling kit (the Nautilus 500), they've chosen to put future cooling projects on the backburner. They have put their focus entirely back onto memory products and power supplies. Whether or not they will choose to have another go at the watercooling market down the track is anyone's guess at this stage.
WD have just announced their new AV (Audio / Video) series hard drives in Australia, these designed to suit environments where reliability, low-noise and low power consumption are a requisite for their roles (such as surveillance systems, digital set-top boxes, IP Gateways etc. where they will often be running 24/7.
Capacities of the family are from 80GB through 500GB, and you can get the full rundown on the particular technologies implemented in the AV series in the official announcement here.
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - July 04 , 2007 -Western Digital announced a new family of hard drives for audio and video recording products, one of today's fastest growing digital storage markets. Drawing on its expertise as a leading supplier to major consumer electronics and surveillance manufacturers worldwide, WD has designed its new 3.5-inch WD AV hard drives with technologies that provide the increased reliability, cooler and quieter operation and low power consumption required for these demanding environments. The WD AV drives in capacities ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB are available through the company's distribution network.
Transcend have today added a new product to a quickly growing market of solid state storage solutions, this being a 32GB offering in the form of an ExpressCard for notebooks.
The ExpressCard/34 SSD is fully compatible with Windows Vista and supports Readyboost. An included USB adapter also allows the ExpressCard to operate as a regular USB flash drive.
For further details have a read of the official PR here.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading company in flash memory products, is pleased to announce its latest 32GB ExpressCard/34 SSD. The ExpressCard/34 SSD (Solid State Disk) has a huge capacity and low power consumption, which makes it perfect for use as a mobile storage solution in notebook computers with ExpressCard™ slot. This type of slot is a new standard developed by PCMCIA to carry forward the benefits of plug-in I/O cards to the next generation of personal computing devices.
Samsung has announced that it is mass producing 64GB SSD drives, which it claims is the highest density drives available today. The drive consists of eight 64Gbit single-level cell flash memory chips that are manufactured at 51nm. It looks like the first model is IDE only, although we'd expect SATA drives to follow.
Samsung expects a huge growth in the SSD market and if Computex this year is anything to go by, it looks like a lucrative market that many companies are looking at getting into. Although 64GB isn't the biggest size to have been shown, it seems like Samsung has the biggest available drive. No pricing was given, but you can bet on the fact that it won't be cheap.
Rapid expansion of the 1.8-inch SSD market will spark demand for even smaller SSD formats to be used in mobile consumer electronics. The miniaturization of SSDs will give rise to new types of digital products. Over the next three years, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs will also gain a great deal of momentum for widespread use in standard notebooks and desktop PCs, respectively.
You can read the full press release here