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Intel SSD 520 Client Series 6Gbps SSDs imminent

By: Array

A freshly obtained roadmap slide from Intel indicates that a succeeding family of SSDs to the SSD 510 series is already in the works and slated to start rolling out within the next quarter.

 

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Intel codenames these new high-end client SSDs "Cherryville", with the formal series name taking a jump to "SSD 520". The primary changes when comparing to the SSD 510 series is most notably the broader range of capacity size models in the lineup. Where the SSD 510 series was restricted to just two capacities of 120 and 250GB, the SSD 520 series gives a complete range of options including 60 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB.

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Corsair updates Voyager and Survivor flash drives with USB 3.0

By: Array

A little later than some would have expected, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Corsair has just updated its good ole' Voyager GT, Voyager and Survivor families of Flash Drives to USB 3.0, giving a significant boost in transfer rates across the board.

 

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While the Voyager GT and Flash Survivor series stick to their traditional designs externally, the Voyager (non GT) in USB 3.0 form is more compact in stature. The Voyager GT USB 3.0 gives read and write rates of up to 135MB/sec and 83MB/sec, respectively, featuring a rubber housing to make it water resistant and coming in two capacity sizes of 32 and 64GB at respective pricing of $59 and $129.

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Seagate outs first 4TB HDD, but in external GoFlex form

By: Array

We knew they were coming soon, just not sure exactly when. Today marks the day the world's first 4TB capacity HDD hits the scene with Seagate beating its competitors out to the milestone. However, the it isn't in naked form at this time and comes as part of their GoFlex Desk external HDD family.

 

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The official announcement from Seagate on the new unit doesn't go into specifics about the 4TB 3.5-inch drive itself, but we are presuming it uses a 4x1TB platter arrangement. As for specific features on the 4TB GoFlex Desk, it uses USB 3.0 for its connectivity and comes pre-loaded with software to assist in automatic, continuous data backup (with encryption) and the included adapter has an illuminited gauge that makes it quick and easy to look at the available space remaining on the drive.

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Samsung covers new turf with 2-in-1 ODD and wireless access point

By: Array

It's been a busy week for Samsung with several announcements coming out, and in closing they have introduced quite an interesting device like no other.

 

While at first it looks to be your run of the mill slim, external optical drive, the SE-208BW has some other features lurking that you'd never normally associate with such a device. It doubles up as a wireless access point or repeater.

 

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In efforts to highlight these exclusive features, Samsung actually refers to this device as a "Smart Media Hub" as opposed to an optical drive. As well as being able to connec to a PC via WiFi, it also has the ability to work with tablets and smartphones.

 

It has DLNA compatibility allowing for easy streaming to other electronic devices (phones, TVs, tablets etc.) and gives support for Dynamic DNS which helps turn it into a private server. The residing USB port can be used to plug a flash drive in which can then have its contents shared across the network.

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Samsung caters to portable users with slim, well featured Blu-ray writer

By: Array

Think you'll be able to make good use of a neat, compact portable Blu-ray writer? Samsung has just launched one dubbed the SE-506AB. It features a sleek, slim design using a hi-gloss anti-scratch coating.

 

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While Samsung's announcement does not mention exact dimensions, they say it's a good 12% smaller than their conventional Blu-ray drive, making it a much more friendly Blu-ray partner on the go. Conveniently, the drive only needs USB connectivity, also sourcing its power from the same cable.

 

Samsung has implemented error-safe features such as Buffer UnderRun technology to prevent errors regardless of any possible heavy multi-tasking going on during the burning phase that may otherwise result in a coaster. Samsung ODD's exclusive AV connectivity tech is also featured on the SE-506AB that gives users the ability to plug it directly into a multimedia TV's USB port for direct playback of content.

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Deal of the Day: 2TB Fantom GD2000EU32 GreenDrive eSATA/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $69.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

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Fusion-io launches ioCache, powered by IO Turbine

By: Array

Fusion-IO are hot off the press from the acquisition of IO Turbine and three weeks after said acquisition already have a retail ready product called ioCache. ioCache is set to compete in the market of products that boost the performance of virtualized apps. The secret herbs and spices of this product is IO Turbine's software that helps virtualized servers manage their access to Flash memory, and enables companies to put workloads such as databases that require fast access to memory in the cloud.

 

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As Flash memory becomes more common inside corporate data centers, we're seeing more and more competition in the market, with companies such as FlashSoft competing too. Because Fusion-io [who primarily builds hardware] purchased a company that does software, they were two peas in a pod. With companies such as Facebook deploying servers with Fusion-io cards inside, this creates a network of distributed storage that needs to be managed.

 

It just so happens IO Turbine's software can do that, the software works with any solid state drive that uses flash (or even hard drives) and Fusion-io will offer it bundled with its components or on a standalone basis.

Crucial m4 SSD update, 20% more performance

By: Array

Crucial have released a new firmware revision for their m4 SSD, version 0009. It is for the 64, 128, 256 and 512GB flavors of m4 SSDs and you can grab it here. The new firmware includes performance increases of which Crucial say are 20% faster for sequential read speeds, throughput is up and according to the official release notes, you can expect quicker boot times and lower write latencies.

 

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0009 firmware will also improve the m4 SSD's PCMark Vantage score if that tickles your fancy. The new firmware also addresses issues with chipset compatibility and a bug that caused teh drive to fail intermittently on a cold boot. Although those problems didn't affect everyone, it's good to see Crucial on top of things.

Sharkoon packs latest QuickPort SSD/HDD Dock w/ 3-port USB Hub

By: Array

An announcement from Sharkoon today details the release of an update to their QuickPort series of hard drive docking stations - the QuickPort H3 USB3.0.

 

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This variant is the first in the series to include a built-in USB 3.0 hub, providing three ports at the front of the unit for convenient access.

 

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The docking station can accomodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized SSDs/HDDs and gets more than enough bandwidth to transfer data to and from it at a respectable rate via its USB 3.0 connectivity.

 

Pricing on the QuickPort H3 USB3.0 sits at a SRP 49.99 euros. Refer to the source link below for Sharkoon's full announcement folks.

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