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Corsair intros new Marvell-controlled Performance Pro SSD family

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Corsair has just further expanded its line of SSDs with the new Performance Pro series. These drives rely on Marvell's latest 6 Gb/s SSD controller and come in 128 and 256GB capacities. The drives are of course 2.5-inch sized, sporting a naked metal casing.

 

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The drives use MLC (multi-level cell) based NAND Flash memory chips and include TRIM support. Performance figures quoted by Corsair in todays announcement on the new drives are up to 515MB/sec read and 440MB/sec write rates.

 

We are pleased to provide a fast SATA 3 SSD that's designed specifically for real-world performance," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "High-performance PC users work heavily with media files, and unlike some other SSDs, the Performance Pro can save, load and move music, photos and movies without significantly reduced performance. It offers consistent, reliable speed regardless of whether you're running Windows, OS X or Linux, and whether you're using a single drive or a RAID configuration.

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Kingston reveal entry-level, budget SSDNow V series

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Kingston have just announced a new range of Solid State Drives that are set to target consumers in the entry-level, budget segment. They come in the form of the SSDNow V series, with the SSDNow V200 bringing value and performance to consumers who are looking for an inexpensive upgrade option to boost their computer (desktop or notebook) performance.

 

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The SSDNow V200 features the SATA 6Gbps interface and is nearly twice as fast as the previous V100 SSD drives. It's also priced lower than the SSDNow V100 drive, which makes it one of the best price/performance SSD solutions on the market.

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RunCore updates Kylin II SSDs with SATA 6.0Gbps interface

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RunCore is back in the limelight with an upgrade to their existing enterprise-grade SSDs - the Kylin II series. Where the Kylin II originally came out using the SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interface, RunCore is now bringing Kylin II to market with the much more popular SATA 6.0 Gbps interface and a second-gen SandForce controller.

 

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The new 2.5-inch sized Kylin II drives have an MTBF of 2 million hours and come in either SLC (single level cell) or MLC (multi level cell) form. RunCore states that they are capable of 4KB random read/write performance of 45,000/60,000 IOPS, whilst they give sequential read and write rates of up to 540MB/sec and 500MB/sec, respectively.

 

The updated line of Kylin II series drives from RunCore include both MLC and SLC versions of the 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 300GB, and 400GB models.

Sharkoon shifts up a gear with USB 3.0 on its QuickDesk Pro

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While their upright standing "QUickPort" range of HDD/SSD docking stations tend to be more popular, there is another similar type of docking station Sharkoon has on the market dubbed the "QuickDesk" which primarily differs in that the drives are inserted into it laying flat, as opposed to standing up.

 

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In keeping with the times, a new version of the QuickDesk has just been launched today - the QuickDesk Pro complete with USB 3.0 connectivity and stacking feet.

 

Both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives can be inserted horizontally into the front, open end of the QuickDesk Pro. For 2.5-inch sized drives, a rail fixed to the floor folds up to secure the drives in place. An ejection lever makes it simple to detach the drive from the QuickDesk.

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OCZ unleash RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS Edition, capable of 1900MB/sec reads

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Forget just wanting my two front teeth for Christmas, this puppy has just gone straight to the top. All I want for Christmas is OCZ's newly announced RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS solid state drive. This devil combines a proven cutting-edge PCI Express-based architecture and OCZ proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 flash virtualization layer with premium NAND flash components that deliver exceptional 4KB random write performance of up to 245,000 IOPS, as well as increased transfer rates of 1900MB/sec reads and 1725MB/sec writes.

 

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Daryl Lang, VP of Product Management for OCZ Technology Group says:

 

The new RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS solid state drives further expand on our original PCIe series, and are designed to deliver even more bandwidth for the most demanding applications. Engineered to leverage the benefits of multi-threaded processors and applications, the Max IOPS provides both the performance and features required by clients to address the most intensive workloads common in high performance computing and workstation environments.

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Buffalo readies up its BDXL supporting portable Blu-ray writer

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Buffalo is now preparing shipments of its BDXL-format supporting "BRXL-PCW6U2-BK" external/portable Blu-ray writer.

 

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The unit connects via USB 2.0 and includes support for both 3-layer (100GB) and 4-layer (128GB) BDXL discs. The drive runs measurements of 145 x 19 x 153 mm with a weight of 340 grams. It will ship with a couple built-in USB cables whereby one acts as the data path and the other for power.

 

As for write speeds, the drive can do up to 4x for BDXL media, 6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R/+R/+RW, 6x for DVD-R DL/+R DL/-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD-RW.

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LSI's SandForce acquisition was for the best

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Referring back to the recent acquisition of bigtime SSD controller maker SandForce by LSI, it looks like this was most probably a best case scenario being played out considering what could (and most likely would) have happened had LSI not swallowed them up.

 

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It's been said that some of the other, much more aggressive, consumer focused mobs were really eyeing off SandForce as well; this including the likes of Intel, Micron, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital. A piece written by Fuad of Fudzilla gives good insight to the (much uglier) scenario that would have likely taken place had one of these other mobs snapped up SF.

 

If one of these big boys had picked up Sand Force, a possible scenario was to push out Sand Force partners and use the technology only for their own drives. LSI will let the other players have it and OCZ Technologies told us this in a brief talk we had with some of the managers.

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Seagate to intro 1TB platters spinning at 7,200 RPM

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Seagate currently have their GoFlex external drives using the 1TB platter technology, but they feature 5400 RPM and are not as fast as the usual 7200 RPM drives. But, with 7200 RPM drives, there's usually less GB per platter. Seagate don't want this, and neither do we.

 

Seagate will now intro a bunch of new drives sporting the 7200 RPM spindle rate, with 1TB platters on a SATA 6Gbps interface. The new drives will have a model number ending in M00x which represents the new drive and its 7200 RPM speed.

 

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Tech wise, platter capacity plays quite a big role in just how much storage a hard drive can hold, but it can also impact performance. Areal density is key, which is a measurement of how many bits are squeezed into each square inch. The more bits per square inch, the more data passes under the drive head with each revolution of the platter.

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QNAP expands Turbo NAS peripheral compatibility list

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QNAP Systems, Inc. have extended the number of compatible peripherals for their Network Attached Storage line up of products, the Turbo NAS range. They now include two external storage devices, two 3.5-inch hard drives, four IP cameras, and three third-party backup applications.

 

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The Turbo NAS series models are now compatible with the Astone RD-230 Dual Bay and Tandberg Removable Cartridges (160 and 640GB) external hard drives and two models of Hitachi-branded 3.5-inch internal hard drives, Hitachi HUA723020ALA640 and HDS5C3030ALA630. On top of this, three new third-party backup applications from FarStone are now compatible with QNAP Turbo NAS models including Total Recovery Pro, Total Backup Recovery Advanced Server, and Total Backup Recovery Advanced Workstation.

 

IP camera options added to the compatibility list are: D-Link DCS-900(A) and DCS-900(B1/ B2), Panasonic BL-C111 and Vivotec IP 7330.

 

Jason Hsu, QNAP product manager says:

 

The QNAP development team works continuously to grow the range of peripheral compatibility and to ensure our users have flexible selections.

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