Wow, I bet most of us didnt think the industry would catch up so soon, however PQI have managed to pump out a 2.5" solid-state hard disk with 256GB capacity; thats bang smack in the same league as the biggest of current mechanical notebook drives on the market.
Apparently this drive is also pretty damn quick, being able to dish out transfer speeds of around 60MB/sec. The only inevitable downside will be the pricetag, there's nothing official on that yet but it's not hard to believe it'll end up retailing in excess of $1k USD.
More info at the Dailytech.
Taipei, Taiwan ~ Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. (PQI) officially announced high speed 226X Industrial CF Turbo+ card, 256GB SSD Turbo+, 32GB PCI-E SSD and 1.8" 32GB ZIF - SSD storage mediums. The high speed 226X Industrial CF card Turbo+ is available with a maximum capacity of 16GB and a transfer rate of 38MB/sec.
Bob Chu, PQI DiskOnModule Manager states, with growing popularity of flash drive hard drive due to SSD's shock proof, high stability and low power consumption properties, SSDs have made it's debut in some of the world's renown PCs replacing traditional hard drives. Apart from the advantages described, SSDs also have longer average data storage time of 10 years and faster seek times compare to traditional hard drive read / write heads. PQI expects SSD to become the hard drive of the future and in 2008, SSD may replace up to 30% of traditional hard drive market.
Memory marker Transcend have just extended their solid state storage family of 2.5" IDE drives with a 32GB model, doubling the capacity of their previous top-end SSD drive. These drives are only 7.44mm in thickness and will easily fit into a notebook of choice.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
Transcend is very pleased to announce its 32GB 2.5-inch IDE Solid State Drive (SSD), which is compatible with most mainstream PC and notebook computers. The 2.5-inch IDE interface SSD has a tough outer metal case, enormous capacities, high reliability, low power consumption and anti-shock features that make it ideal to replace Hard Disk Drives. Transcend's 2.5-inch IDE SSD series has a distinct advantage over standard 2.5" HDDs in that it is a solid-state memory with no moving parts, and therefore not susceptible to mechanical failure as a result of vibrations. It is now available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory capacities.
OCZ have unveiled a new family of flash drives today. Dubbed the VBoost series, these are optimized for Microsoft's ReadyBoost feature in Windows Vista. They range in size from 1GB to 4GB capacities.
For full details, have a read of the press material here folks.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 30, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced an exciting new addition to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. VBoost USB 2.0 Flash Drives are optimized for Windows® Vista™ ReadyBoost™. Vista ReadyBoost enables the OCZ VBoost to double as supplemental cache memory for faster retrieval and storage of system data and applications. By providing an instant supply of additional memory, this drive is a cost-effective alternative to expensive RAM upgrades.
Samsung have today brought the best of both worlds to the 2.5" enterprise storage market in terms of capacity and performance, having announced a new 200GB drive which spins away at 7,200RPM.
Although Fujitsu may be looking to solid-state storage (SSD) to replace 1.8" hard disc drives (HDDs), the market for fast 2.5" HDDs is still alive and well. Just last month, Fujitsu and Seagate announced 160GB 2.5" hard drives spinning at 7200RPM. Samsung has today upped the ante with a 2.5" enterprise 7200RPM HDD that boasts a capacity of up to 200GB.
The new SpinPoint MP1 Series utilizes perpendicular recording to achieve a density of 100GB per platter. The MP1 Series will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 200GB and will support cache sizes of 8MB or 16MB.
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Western Digital have just launched a new family of 3.5" hard drives with ultra quiet operation being the main characteristic. These new AV series drives are aimed for use in devices like digital set-top boxes, personal video recorders, IP gateways and surveillance systems.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - April 9, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today 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.
If you're wanting to get some solid-state storage happening in your system but the big bucks needed turns you off? Addonics make it more appealing with their new 2.5" CompactFlash-to-IDE SSD Adapter. This nifty little device allows one to use CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards in conjunction with a standard IDE interface to provide a bootable SSD capable of running an Operating system off.
The best thing about it? Price! DailyTech report that there will be both a single-slot and dual-slot model, at a mere $25 and $30 USD respectively.
Addonics has introduced a new CompactFlash to IDE adapter that will give users a relatively cheap and simply way to add solid-state storage (SSD) to their notebook computers.
Addonics' single-slot AD44MIDECF and dual-slot AD44MIDE2CF accept CompactFlash cards and plug into a standard 2.5" IDE connector. The adapter features an LED light for drive access, supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, is bootable and supports almost any operating system imaginable.
Word from Samsung has it today that they've released a new breed of desktop hard drives dubbed the SpinPoint S166 series. The main focus with these is silence, they sport Samsung's proprietory SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Samsung believes these drives to be roughly fifteen percent quieter than other competing 80GB and 160GB models currently in the market.
For full details, have a read of the announcement here.
Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The 3.5" SpinPoint S166 hard drives are currently shipping in 80GB and 160GB capacities and will be available worldwide in April.
The new SpinPoint S Series of hard drives offer upgraded versions of Samsung's proprietary SilentSeekTM and NoiseGuardTM technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Benchmarking tests on sound power have shown that competing hard drives (80GB and 160GB models) generate on average 2.8 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels) in idle mode and 3.2 bel in seek mode, while Samsung's S166 series generate just 2.4 bel and 2.75 bel respectively. This significant fifteen percent noise-level reduction makes the drives ideal for use in office computers, as well as in home consumer electronics such as DVR/ PVRs, or any other hard drive equipped products intended for use in a quiet environment.
Transcend are one of many companies getting aboard the quickly growing solid-state storage market, having today announced their new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. These are ExpressCard slot based solutions for notebook computers, they range from 2GB to 16GB in size.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading company in flash memory products, is pleased to announce its brand-new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. The ExpressCard/34 SSD (Solid State Disk) has a huge capacity (up to 16GB) 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.
Phwoar! If money's of little to no object and you're big on storage, Iomega have just announced their new Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive Tower which offers 2 whopping terrabytes of space via four hot-swappable SATA hard drives. The tower sports hardware-based RAID including RAID 0/0+1/5/5+ configurations, and weighs in at a hefty RRP of $1,699.95.
For more details head over to Iomega's website.
San Diego, March 29, 2007- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today announced the new Iomega® Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive, a 2TB* drive powered by four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with hardware-based RAID security features, giving users a cost-effective but powerful storage solution for the large data and image files created in today's business environment.
A total solution featuring high capacity, high performance, a versatility in connections, redundant data security choices and backup software, the new Iomega Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive allows business professionals to easily expand their current storage capabilities and archive important files all in a single device.
According to ChileHardware, Seagate are gearing up to compete with WDs Raptor lineup with some 10,000rpm desktop hard drives of their own. It'll be nice to finally see a bit of competition in the market with these 10k beasts.
Last week we have a meeting with a Seagate engineer, he told us that Seagate is readying a 10.000rpm hard drive to compete directly with Western Digital Raptor hard drives, they feel that the demand for this disks for the desktop market is big enough and that also the cost of producing such a hard drive is low enough.
As solid-state storage continues to rapidly expand in the market this year, Samsung add to the list with a new 1.8" 64GB SSD which is said to offer sustained read speeds of 65MB/sec and write speeds of 45MB/sec, these performance figures up slightly from their previous 32GB SSD drive which was released late last year.
For more details on it head over to the DailyTech folks.
The battle in the solid state disk (SSD) arena continues to get fiercer as Samsung has announced a new 1.8" 64GB SSD to accompany the existing 32GB unit. The new drive offers read and write performance that has been increased 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the latter offering.
Samsung's new 64GB SSD takes advantage of SLC flash and offers read speeds of 65MB/s and write speeds of 45MB/sec. The older 32GB SSD drive introduced last year puts up numbers of 53MB/sec and 30MB/sec respectively.
Antec have announced today a new external hdd enclosure which has advanced active cooling with minimal noise. Dubbed the MX-1, this enclosure can be connected either by means of USB2 or eSATA and is of course covered by Antec's 3 year warranty.
For full details grab the press release folks.
Fremont, CA - March 27, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched MX-1 as part of its VERIS Media Components line. MX-1 is a high performance portable hard drive enclosure with advanced active cooling and ultra-quiet operation.
MX-1 is equipped to continuously operate with a blower fan that directs air from the top vents and channels it around the hard drive (HDD) for maximum cooling to prevent overheating and protect data. This improves on less advanced systems by funnelling cool air around the hard drive as opposed to customary fans that blow air without strategic paths. The channelled air keeps the hard drive up to 15 degrees Celsius cooler, improving the hard drive's stability and increasing its long-term reliability.
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Stardom Storage Solutions are in attendance at CeBIT this year and as such have forwarded on a press release to support the unveiling of their 2.5" SATA RAID 0,1 Module, the first of its kind to hit the market.
Learn all about how it works within the PR here folks.
STARDOM, a small & medium storage solution provider, is pleased to introduce the world first and smallest 2.5" SATA RAID module in March, 2007 at CeBIT exhibition, Hall 21, Stand B20. With patented and magically engineering design, the SR2760-2S-S2 -2.5" SATA RAID module not only unites RAID 1 technology and enables to accommodate 2 x 2.5"SATA hard drives, but conforms perfectly to the dimension of a standard 3.5" SATA hard drive!
Super Talent are joining in on the quickly growing solid state storage market with the release of a top to bottom lineup of SSDs using the SATA interface.
Ranging from 16GB through 128GB, these drives come in physical sizes of 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5" depending on the drive's capacity.
You can get all the details on 'em within the official PR here.
This new line of SATA drives is offered in industry standard 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch form factors, making these drives 100% compatible with conventional hard disk drives. However, these products are built with only solid state Flash components. Since they contain no moving parts, SSD drives have the advantage of being far more rugged and reliable than regular hard drives, while using 85% less power. Moreover, because SSD drives are built using Flash technology, they offer sequential transfer speed comparable to magnetic drives and dramatically faster access speed. Super Talent's 1.8-inch SATA drives are offered in up to 32GigaByte capacities; 2.5-inch drives are available in up to 64GigaBytes; and for high capacity requirements Super Talent offers a 128GigaByte 3.5-inch drive.
With USB flash drives now flooding the market, some companies are really trying hard to stand out amongst the rest. Kingston are certainly one of them, having just launched their new Kingston DataTraveler Reader which is far from your typical USB flashdrive as it allows you to shove an external SD/MMC flash memory card into it.
Photo Marketing Association/PMA Expo, Las Vegas, NV - March 8, 2007 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its new DataTraveler® Reader, a USB 2.0 Flash memory drive that provides up to 4GB of Flash storage, and includes an onboard SD/MMC expansion slot for reading nine different Flash memory card formats, including the new Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) format.
"Consumers today are more mobile than ever before and the need to store and share digital information has increased dramatically," said Joe Teng, Flash product manager, Kingston®. "The DataTraveler Reader is a powerful way to capture, save and share pictures, videos and documents in a safe and ultra-compact form factor," added Teng.
The Serial ATA International Organization (or SATA-IO) have just upped their SATA specification to 2.6. With small form factor systems being the main focus this time around, the new specification makes way for such advancements as a more slimline cable and connector arrangement, and some performance improvements with regard to NCQ etc.
You can learn more about it via this article over at the DailyTech.
The Serial ATA International Organization, also known as SATA-IO, today announced its latest Serial ATA specification - SATA revision 2.6 (PDF). The latest SATA revision 2.6 adds new physical and performance features to the previous SATA revision 2.5, also referred to as SATA 3.0Gbps, specification.
New physical features added to the SATA revision 2.6 include internal cable specifications for small-form-factor systems and mobile PC applications. SATA revision 2.6 specifies a new internal slim-line cable and connector. The new Slimline cable and connector target tightly packed small-form-factor systems. SATA-IO also defines the internal micro SATA connector with ultra mobile PCs in mind. The new internal micro SATA connector specification is for 1.8" hard drives only right now.
Western Digital have made an announcement a short time ago which makes light of their new My Book Premium ES Edition External Hard Drive having both USB 2.0 and eSATA (external Serial ATA) connectivity.
Sydney Australia, March5, 2007 - As consumers increasingly rely on digital media to secure their important documents and valuable personal content, they often fear that changes in technology may render their data inaccessible. Western Digital Corp. the leading consumer external storage brand worldwide, today announced that its new My Book Premium ES Edition external hard drive incorporates eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0. eSATA is a new technology that transfers data between the external device and the computer at higher rates than ever before and USB 2.0 is today's most common method of connecting external devices to personal computers.
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As the world of solid state storage continues to grow, a company by the name of "Century" have developed a 2.5" SD to parallel ATA SSD adapter, essentially allowing for 4 seperate SD cards of up to 2GB each in size to be paired up together and used as a solid state storage solution for your operating system via the IDE interface.
Solid State Drive will certainly be one of the hottest terms on the PC market the coming years and the SSD units that will certainly grab more and more market shares of the mechanical harddrive market brings many advantages. The primary is that it is a form of electric storage, I.e. there is no mechanics which can fail or introduce delays. The SSD units which are made today commonly use NAND flash for storage, which results in both fast access times and relatively good transfer rates. But regular flash memory works as well and this is something GeekStuff4U has taken advantage of. It has namely launched "SD to SSD."