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For those of you who love your SSDs like me, you'll enjoy an interesting blog piece from Corsair. It's done by long time Corsair forum member Rafael Jaimes III, or by his forum name "Synbios". He sent Corsair some documentation of SSD life testing utilizing Corsair's Force F40-A SSDs.
The submission is quite long, so I won't go into it too much (and to avoid spoilers from the results), but it goes into a very lengthy discussion about the lifespan and the general users questions on how long it will be. Because SSDs are a very new technology when compared to the now ageing mechanical platter-based tech, the number of failures of SSDs are currently quite low. But because they haven't been around as long as their competition, its hard to get a handle on what type of return rate they have.
Kingston is starting to add a bunch more functionality to its flash drive lineups via the use of a new app it's now polished off.
Several of Kingston's DataTraveler models are now being pre-loaded with the new app called "urDrive", which provides security features, easier file management, multimedia functions and even a simple web browser that provides "kid-safe" browsing.
In its entirety, urDrive gives quick and easy access to a photo viewer, MP3 player,a PC Checkup tool from Norton to keep virus infections and performance issues at bay, a Maxthon 3 web browser, cloud-based backup service which includes super easy file sync'ing and the "Fooz kids" web browser. There's also a service that throws some entertainment into the mix, allowing access to the latest mini-game titles from EA Games and PopCop Games.
A-DATA has introduced a new family of USB 3.0 flash drives today comprising three models covering entry level, mid-range and high-end segments.
The entry level C103 model runs measurements of 68.6 (L) x 22.2 (W) x 8.5 (H) mm and uses a capless, all black design. Coming in 8 and 16GB capacities, A-DATA says it offers read and write rates of up to 90MB/sec and 10MB/sec respectively.
The mid-range S102 Pro model is 61.8 x 18.7 x 10.7 mm with a capped design and comes in capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB. Performance wise, A-DATA says it tops out at 100MB/sec read and 50MB/sec write rates.
Finally, there's the new top dog USB 3.0 flash drive offering from A-DATA in the N005 Pro, measuring 90 x 20.5 x 11.5 mm and also using a removable cap design. It comes in capacities ranging from 8 to 64GB and offers read and write rates of up to 180MB/sec and 90MB/sec respectively.
The C103, S102 Pro and N005 Pro USB 3.0 flash drives from A-DATA are all backed by lifetime warranties.
You'd think there's only so much that can be done with a desktop HDD docking station and if anyone has managed to provide a feature filled line of them that covers all bases, it's Sharkoon with their QuickPort series. But the company has just found reason to introduce yet another into its QuickPort family - the QuickPort Pro LAN Giga HDD/SSD Docking Station.
As the model name hints, the primary feature of this particular model launched today is its Gigabit ethernet port allowing it to be tied directly into a network for easy sharing between multiple computers. Of course, Sharkoon has included alternative choices for connectivity as well, with both USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces at its base (no doubt the next QuickPort will be both Gigabit and USB 3.0 equipped).
As per previous iterations of the QuickPort family of docking stations, the LAN Giga supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized SSDs/HDDs. There's also a couple USB 2.0 ports easily accessible on the front of the base for plugging in additional flash drives or other storage devices and there's an SD/MMS/MS card reader resident as well.
Deal of the Day: 120GB Corsair CSSD-F120GBGT-BK Force GT Series Solid State Drive 2.5", SATA III, 6Gbps for $169.99 after Rebate
Our Deal of the Day today is the CompUSA - 120GB Corsair CSSD-F120GBGT-BK Force GT Series Solid State Drive 2.5", SATA III, 6Gbps for $169.99 after Rebate.
Offer: CompUSA has the 120GB Corsair CSSD-F120GBGT-BK Force GT Series Solid State Drive with up to 85,000 IOPS and read speeds of up to 555Mb/s and write speeds up to 515Mb/s for just $169.99 plus shipping after $30 mail in rebate (expiring 10/22/11).
After months of complaints from users worldwide, SandForce has duplicated, verified and provided a fix for the infamous BSOD/disconnect issue that affected SF-2200-based SSDs. What was the exact problem? Well, specifics are scarce, but it seems the root cause was a bug in the firmware. OCZ has been testing the fix in-house for the past three weeks and believes that it is fit for public release.
SandForce is also simultaneously releasing the new sturdy firmware to partners, so if you have a non-OCZ drive with these issues, you should contact your drive manufacturer for an availability update. The new OCZ firmware is version 2.15 and 3.3.2 for drives that use SF's standard numbering system. Of course, this is a bug to fix a specific issue, and might not fix all of issues on your drive.
OCZ have launched the Deneva 2 and Intrepid Series mSATA SSD lineup for OEM clients. The small form factor drives are designed for a wide range of embedded applications such as slim servers, tablets, dual drive notebooks, and network security devices. They are set to deliver superior performance over hard drives while meeting the stringent reliability, security and cost-saving needs of enterprise storage environments.
Embedded system designers require small format, cost-effective SSD solutions that do not compromise performance or reliability. OCZ mSATA SSDs, unlike standard drives, are much smaller with no outer housing, making them an easy to deploy storage solution for mobile computing, boot modules for virtualization applications, or HDD caching, allowing for high capacities, high performance, and low power consumption in a very compact form factor.
KINGMAX, a world renowned leading brand of DRAM and flash memory has just unveiled the worldwide first one TB-class SSD, 1TB 2.5-inch SATA II SSD, which leads SSD in an exciting new direction. KINGMAX have applied unique patented packing technology to implement the 8 Stacked Die technology for 1TB SSD. Cheng Qian Zhang, Senior Vice President of KINGMAX said:
In additional to consumer application of SSD products, we have a good prospect on industrial application of SSD in the future, such as, POS, ATM, Arcade Game and other customized request, etc. For industrial application, it requires best reliability, compatibility and to withstand harsh environments.
Buffalo has come up with a new way to provide mass external storage which still plays ball nicely with the many DLNA-capable TVs that don't support 3, or in some cases even 2TB drives.
The multimedia focused HD-ALCTU2/V drive from Buffalo provides a capacity switch whereby you can set the amount of space seen by the 3TB drive inside the unit - 1TB, 2TB or the full 3TB. The way it works is by allowing users to partition their content, so you could for instance have all your larger movie files taking up 2TB, whilst the other 1TB partition would be for housing all your TV shows / music etc.
As for the design of the unit itself, it is of glossy black appearance and measures 121 x 40 x 201 mm. It relies on a USB 2.0 connection for its interface and includes built-in rubber mounts to prevent vibration.
Intel's roadmap for 2011/2012 has been leaked and it is clear that Intel wants to give their SSD portfolio the same non-stop product cycle that their processor lineup enjoys, where we receive generation leaps every year or so. Intel will start 2012 with products that have been introduced just recently such as the SSD 520 "Cherryville", SSD 710 "Lyndonville", SSD 720 "Ramsdale", and "Hawley Creek" mSATA SSDs.
Most of these will launch in Q4 2011 where Intel will allow these products to lead the portfolio for the remainder of the year and until the end of Q1 2012. In Q2 2012, Intel plans to launch "Ramsdale MLC" which is a variant of "Ramsdale" Intel SSD 720 series PCI Express SSDs, which sport 25nm MLC-HET NAND flash memory instead of SLC NAND flash found on the normal "Ramsdale". MLC-HET gives Intel the ability to double capacities, whilst offering the same kind of endurance to SLC, and much higher price per gigabyte.