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Computex Taipei 2011 - Like most companies Apacer have jumped on the SATA III bandwagon via the new Turbo II series. Offering up to 7x the performance of conventional 5400 RPM mechanical drives SATA III does a great job of getting us excited.
Compared to SATA II we're seeing up to twice as much performance, when you consider the amount of performance we're able to get out of SATA II, it's indeed a very cool technology for people who demand speed.
The Turbo II series will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB using MLC flash supporting up to sustained Read / Write times of 550 / 520 MB/s...
Computex Taipei 2011 - SSD was indeed a big thing at Computex this year with SATA III drives gaining more and more momentum as we see more and more companies jump on the SSD and SATA III bandwagon. If you're one of those people that whinge about SSD drives being too small well Memoright have come to the rescue.
Releasing a 800GB SATA II drive in the 2.5" format no longer do you have to worry about buying multiple drives to get massive amounts of storage. With In-Drive UPS, Security Erase and MLC NAND, the 800GB SSD looks like the perfect option for people who need speed, security and a large single drive...
Computex Taipei 2011 - One of our final stops for the show this year was with Runcore who was naturally showing off a bunch of its newest SSD, but one new toy that caught our eye was the Xapear.
The Xapear is a USB 2.0 portable SSD storage device that comes in MLC flash up to 128GB and SLC flash up to 64GB and should offer maximum USB 2.0 performance up to 36MB/s. We really hope to see Runcore come out with a USB 3.0 performance to take full advantage of their SSDs that sit inside the device.
What is rather cool about the Xapear is that a SIM card can be installed into the device that accepts SMS text commands such as "kill", "destroy" and so on which instruct the device to immediately remove all data if you misplace the drive or it is stolen. Runcore being a Chinese company sell this drive to the Chinese army and you can imagine it would be popular with the remote erase feature and impressive data access security provided by the RFID encryption.
Two keys are provided with the Xapear - by default there is a public folder that anyone can access and to enable access to the secure private folder, you need one of the keys to unlock that area of the drive. This drive is only selling in China at the moment, but with enough interest from global, Runcore may start shipping to other regions around the world.
Computex Taipei 2011 - We managed to meet up with the folks from Kingston at a lovely Taipei tea house and there we got introduced to their full range of current and upcoming products.
One that got our attention was the Wi-Drive. This is a phone looking device and at the right time you may even confuse it for an iPhone 3G without the screen. It will go on sale probably around the September timeframe and start off at 16GB of storage. It is estimated to have a retail price of around $120, but Kingston suggested you might see it around the $99 mark. We hope it does hit this price or lower, as it is rather costly for only 16GB of storage.
So, a little more about the Wi-Drive. We saw a prototype version earlier this year at CES, but the latest version we saw this week at Computex looks to be more mature and almost complete from what we could see. The Wi-Drive offers wireless additional storage for your iPhone. You will need to download the Wi-Drive app that connects the device to your iPhone over wireless. Within the app you will be able to access and view the data that you copied to the device from your desktop or laptop.
One thing that we aren't too happy about is that the Wi-Drive is read only from the iPhone itself. That means you cannot copy data from the iPhone to the Wi-Drive and that is a bit of a bummer...
I felt like a big man with my TS-859 Pro+ up until about 30 seconds ago when I saw the new TS-1079 Pro. This 10-Bay hot swap NAS looks the goods for anyone that's looking for some serious storage space, be it at work or at home.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: I'm a massive fan of QNAP, so much so I bought myself a TS-859 Pro+ NAS to replace my aging server. I couldn't be happy with it; coming in at 8-Bays, though, it's hardly a cheap device. If you're looking for something a bit smaller, though, that can stream your media the MS-2000 might hit the spot.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we stopped by the Thecus booth where we got a look at some upcoming NAS devices from the Taiwanese company that are still in development, but are due to go on sale later this year.
The prototype NAS devices we saw are codenamed TopTower and they had three models on display including the N6, N8 and N10. The big daddy N10 comes with no less than 10 drive bays with SATA III support for full performance.
Each of these NAS devices is based on the Intel Sandy Bridge platform, so expect very good performance. They come with not only gigabit LAN, but also USB 3.0 support for high speed transfers if you intend to hook one of them up directly to your PC that also has USB 3.0 support. Not only that, but these devices also add in HDMI output which means you will be able to use these devices as somewhat of a media player, too. We didn't get to see that part of the interface, but it will be interesting to see what Thecus come up with.
At this stage we do not have any details on pricing or availability, but expect them to be popular once they come up. Vincent from Thecus did say to expect them to be reasonably priced - not cheap, but not ultra expensive.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: The new SandForce SF-2000 Series of controllers allow SSD manufactures to go crazy with customized options this year. So far we've seen Toggle, Async and Sync flash but the next chapter is starting to unfold before our eyes at Computex.
To data we've only seen new SF-2200 drives in 60, 120, 240 and 480GB configurations but that is about to change. Part of the customization options for the new controller is the ability to turn RAISE off via programming at the factory. It looks like Silicon Power will be the first to off a RAISE free SSD based on the new SF-2200.
The new RAISE free drives will allow users to take advantage of more capacity. In the future you will have access to SandForce drives with 64, 128, 256 and 512GB user capacity. At this time we're not sure how the RAISE free drives will perform or what their long term endurance will be. Hopefully manufactures are only going RAISE free on 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle flash and not 25nm IMFT that only has 5,000 write rating. When RAISE is enabled a space NAND flash chip is reserved for background functions and spare capacity for when blocks fail.
It's going to be a slippery slope but we'll get out the rain tires and go for an intense test drive as soon as a drive hit the Secret Bunker Labs.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Silicon Power has shown us their new V30 drive and it's looking the goods at the moment. Utilizing SATA3 and the Sandforce SF2281 controller the V30 SSD has read times up to 520 MB/s and write speeds up to 500 MB/s.
Silicon Powered showed ATTO Disk Mark performance comparing both the previous V20 drive and the new V30 and if you look closely you can see there's some serious performance to be had with the new V30 drive.
Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, there's sure to be a size to suit any user and budget.
Anyway, that's all for now. Jack from Silicon Power was letting everyone know that Memory is Personal via his T-Shirt. That's great, but it's time for us to get personal with some of the other goodies we found hanging around the Silicon Power stand...
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: I'm taking my normal TT categories hat off and putting on my Storage one; which is more like a paper pirate hat that I've made and drawn a skull on to look mean. With our storage man Chris and his wife on the edge of having a baby, (Congratulations BTW!) I'd thought show you what else G.Skill are showing off at Computex.
Alongside some awesome RAM, G.Skill is showing off the new Phoneix II Pro SATA3 SSD drive powered by the Sandforce SF-2200 Controller.
If you've been following what's going on in the SSD world, you'll of course know this is the latest Sandforce controller supporting SATA3, in the hand of G.Skill this translates to a S#&T load of speed. Up to 550 MB/s Read speed and 510 MB/s Write speed, these drives are so fast they should be illegal.
Above you can see some benchmarks that are being displayed at Computex showing just what the drives are capable off. No doubt G.Skill will be hooking Chris up with a drive soon for review and maybe they'll remember me and my paper pirate hat. For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.