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Besides looking at the new TJ11 case from SilverStone, we also got pulled into a small meeting room to get an exclusive look at SilverStone's upcoming DC01 NAS.
The Taiwanese company is still finishing off the design and some other tweaks to the software, but the DC01 looks to have some potential as a small, light weight NAS. The hardware is protected by a stylish looking small aluminum casing measuring 123mm (W) x 123mm (D) x 33mm (H). It houses a single 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD along with the tiny little PCB inside. The system is powered by a 750MHz dual-core ARM processor.
Like other NAS devices, there is a web-based control panel you can go into and control various aspects of your storage. SilverStone made us of a Linux based operating system which allows you to do just that, but it has the feel of an operating system like the Apple Mac OS. You can do things like view photos and videos and listen to music. While we didn't see it in action, you can also get social with Facebook and others. I am not exactly sure why you would run Facebook through the web-based interface of the NAS, but it is there anyway.
Later down the track SilverStone also told us that they will be releasing an iPhone app to the App Store which will allow you to control the NAS from your phone. That is a pretty nifty idea. In the video above, Tony Ou from SilverStone gives us a quick rundown of the DC01. CONTINUED...
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Storage just keeps getting smaller yet larger as mobile devices get more and more popular. Toshiba's usually one of the big dogs when it comes to OEM storage, and now they have a new line of 1.8 inch drives for PMP devices like tablets and media players.
Available in 160GB, 200GB and 220GB flavors, these are the first drives of their size featuring low-insertion force (LIF) SATA connectors. With a 16MB cache Requiring just 0.35 watts at idle, they should be both snappy and battery-friendly. These drives should find themselves in manufacturer's hands sometime in February.
There are many small notebooks out there that use tiny 1.8-inch PATA HDDs inside that owners might like to update. The catch is that the small HDDs that the machines use don't have a ton of upgrade options available. Active Media Products has added a new upgrade path for owners of the machines that is a line of fast SSDs.
The new line is called the SaberTooth ZF Turbo ZIF SSD and it is offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. All of the SSDs use the same thin 1.8-inch 5mm thick form factor. The drives use special power saving circuits that will help extend the battery life of the notebook the drive is used inside.
The drives use MLC NAND flash and have ECC for better reliability. They also use wear leveling algorithms and ship with the screwdriver and instructions needed for the install. The SSDs will fit a number of small and portable notebooks that are on the market including the original MacBook Air, Acer Aspire One, and machines from Dell, Asus, Samsung, Sony, and a lot more. Prices are $129.95 for 32GB, $189.95 for 64GB, and $349.95 for the 128GB SSD.
The brand of DSLR camera you purchase has a lot to do with the sort of storage format that the camera needs. The closer you get to a true professional DSLR the more likely you are to need pro storage rather than the more consumer focused SD cards. Silicon Power has unveiled a new larger capacity CF card for DSLR shooters that has lots of speed and storage space.
The card is called the Silicon Power 600x compact Flash Card and the thing has been around in capacities of 8GB to 32GB already. The latest update to the line brings a new 64GB capacity to the family. The memory card promises file transfers of up to 90MB/s. The cards use the ATA interface and consume little power when in use.
The new memory card supports 8-bit and 16-bit host data transfer. It also supports PIO mode6 / MWDMA4 / UDMA6. The memory card also has ECC and wear leveling for longer life and less errors. Pricing and availability on the new card is unknown.
Western Digital has more storage solutions for different needs than you can shake a stick at. If you need a fast HDD for your notebook or desktop, WD has it. If you need a HDD for a server, WD has it. if you need external storage, WD has it. You get the idea. The company has added a couple new offerings to its line of pro storage solutions for enterprises.
The new drives are the WD S25 and the RE SAS HDD. The S25 is the speed demon of the two offerings with a rotational speed of 10,000 rpm. The S25 is a 2.5-inch HDD and it uses the SAS 6Gb/s interface. The S25 line has been offered for a while now in 147GB and 300GB capacities. The drive is now offered in 450GB and 600GB capacities as well.
The other new HDD is a larger 3.5-inch SAS 6Gb/s HDD with a rotational speed of 7,200rpm. The HDD has storage capacity of 1TB or 2TB. The larger capacity drive is aimed at storage arrays and surveillance systems among other uses. The drives are shipping now to OEMs at undisclosed pricing.
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SanDisk is huge in the flash storage market with all manner of flash drives and memory cards for digital cameras and other devices. When it comes to shooting lots of high-resolution images in fast bursts using high-end DSLR cameras a slow memory card will really mess things up for the camera user. SanDisk has announced a new memory card that promises to be fast and deliver all the speed that people with fancy cameras need.
The new memory card from SanDisk is called the Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I and it promises up to 45MB/sec read and write speeds. The specification also cause for a minimum of 10MB/s continuous write speed. To take advantage of the speed the card offers the user needs to be shooting with a UHS-enabled Digital camera like the Nikon D7000.
The video card will also work well for writing large file size HD video and even 3D video according to SanDisk. The card uses a proprietary Power Core controller to hit the fast speeds it is capable of. The cards will be offering 8GB to 32GB capacities with prices ranging from $109.99 to $349.99 and they are available right now.
Flash drives are one of those things that are so common today that most of us have a bunch of them lying around that we use when needed. There are a lot of folks out there that like to collect flash drives, especially of the novelty variety that Active Media Products is famous for. The company has unveiled a new larger-than-life .22 caliber silver bullet flash drive.
The drive looks like a .22 bullet with a silver colored case. The flash drive is much larger than a tiny .22 though with dimensions of 2.6" x 0.6". Like all flash drives, most computers won't need drivers to use the storage device. It will work on USB 2.1 and 1.1 ports on Mac and PC computers.
The drive is plug-and-play capable and has a metal case that is rugged and shock resistant. The case also has a rubber seal that keeps water from getting to the storage media inside the bullet case. You can order the Silver Bullet USB Drive on Amazon right now with a 4GB version for $13.95 and an 8GB version for $20.95.
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