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Apacer launches SATA 3.0 slim SSDs

Apacer launches SATA3.0 slim SSDs to meet the need for industrial mobility devices   With the trend in terminal products toward mobility, the built-in storage devices have turned to compact design in specification and size, and stronger durability are required for the products. Aiming at industrial computers driven by the trend, Apacer launches two ultra slim SSDs:JEDEC MO-297-compliant SFD 18S6 and MO-300-compliant mSATA A1.The small size equipped with SATA 3.0 high-speed transmission interface, along with the products’ features of low power consumption, durability and high performance, will become the necessary storage solution for the rise of the new mobility devices.It can be speciallyapplied to medical tablet PCs, bedside healthcare, mobile on-board unit and data communication system devices. Adopting SATA 3.0 high-speed transmission interface and equipped with 1x nm Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash chips, Apacer SFD 18S6 and mSATA A1 SSDs boast the maximum sequential read/write speed of 470/470 MB/sec and IOPs up to 70K, with excellent booting performance and highly-reliable SLC solution.They are surely capable of supporting the operation in stringent environment, like industry-level wide-temp (-40°C~85°C) operation.To balance performance with cost, the cost-effective MLC solutionis another option for application, with a maximum sequential read/write speed of 475/430 MB/sec and IOPs up to 65K, both of which are available in capacity up to 256GB, along with large capaci...



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Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 Memory Card & USB 3.0 MobileLite G3 Review

During our visit with Kingston at CES 2014 this year, we had a chance to sit down with them to talk about the new and up-coming flash memory cards that are designed for HD Media use. With the advancing and growing media recording industry, faster and more reliable flash memory cards are on high demand, especially those looking for high capacity to store everything on one card. With the standards of 1080p recording, Ultra HD 2160p and 3D/2K&4K resolutions on the horizon, the number of pixels on recording devices can no longer suffice with the slower and lower capacity memory cards. It has been a couple of months since the initial talk and today we finally got our hands on the Kingston 64GB SDXC Class 3 UHS-I U3 flash memory card. Kingston developed this particular card in three available sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The last one will be the memory card we take a look at today. Kingston was also nice enough to send us the Kingston Mobile Lite G3 SD and Micro-SD card USB 3.0 reader as an extra bonus to be able to test the memory card today. With the speed advancements in the SDXC memory card, we wanted to make sure there are no bottlenecks.



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Transcend Jetflash 380G Review

With technology growing, the size of storage has grown too. We constantly need more space for moving larger files from one system to another, but we don’t always have network accessibility. Whether it is movies, music or a system backup, we don't always have cables on hand when it comes to transferring files between computer and your mobile device. Transcend realized not everybody carries cables around, and introduced the Jetflash 380. The Jetflash 380 is available in 16 or 32GB sizes in either silver or gold. We have the opportunity to test the 380G 16GB version. Continue reading to find out how well these drives do in our testing.



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Samsung Jumps into Memory Card Market

Today, tech giant Samsung announced it’s jumping into the retail memory market, looking to make a big splash with new Samsung-branded memory cards. Expecting to capitalize on its market position as an industry leader, Samsung is launching an entirely new lineup of SD and micro-SD cards geared to mainstream, enthusiasts, and professionals with the Standard, EVO, and PRO models, a naming convention which appears to follow the company’s popular SSD lineup. With capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, and speeds up to a blistering 90mB/s, the products have been branded for easy recognition to consumers, easily identifying the difference between recommended phone, tablet, and camera uses, depending on your needs for various media uses.   Standard The Standard model offers solid mobile performance and is a must-have for mobile phones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and mid-range camcorders. It’s the smart choice for storing more music, photos, videos and apps. EVO The EVO model boasts ultra-high-speed performance and is the preferred memory card for your smartphones, tablets, full HD (FHD) camcorders and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Its ultra-fast performance brings you improved data transfer of more photos and videos on your mobile devices and high-resolution photo and video capturing on your cameras and camcorders. PRO The PRO model delivers extremely high performance speeds and reliability for premium smartphones, tablets, FHD camcorders a...



New Solid State Drive from ADATA Technology

New Solid State Drive from ADATA Technology SATA 6Gb/sec Premier Pro SP920 series SSD utilizes Marvell controller Taipei, Taiwan – April 2, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of the Premier Pro series SP920 solid state drive (SSD). Designed to meet the high-performance requirements of multimedia file transfers, the SP920 comes in a 2.5” form factor, and is equipped with the latest generation Marvell controller implementing the SATA III 6Gb/sec specification. SSDs continue to become mainstream storage selections for a cross-section of user types, largely due to the higher demands placed on primary system disks by operating systems, games, and high definition media. The SP920 is designed for high performance across a wide range of demanding applications, but it is especially fast in the transmission of multimedia files (uncompressed data). 4KB random read / write speeds are as high as 98,000/88,000 IOPS, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 560/500 MB/sec. In addition to these impressive numbers, the SP920 maintains consistently high read and write speeds even when the disk is 90% full. This is in contrast to some solid state drives that suffer performance degradation as the drive nears capacity. The range of capacities that the SP920 comes in is likely to excite enthusiasts and power users. The initial launch of 128GB and 256GB capacities will...



Team Group Inc. presents new mSATA MP1 – First choice of economic and rapid computer upgrade

The key to heighten the computer performance Team Group, the global leading brand of memory storage launched on a brand new mSATA MP1 with only 1/8 size of general 2.5” SSD, which can meet JEDEC mSATA size specification. Focused on the lightest and thinnest volume and outstanding performance, it becomes perfect collocation of Notebook, Ultrabook, Tablet PC and NUC, etc.   Even though a small mechanism, mSATA MP1 SSD combines all the advantages of SSD in one- high speed, low power consumption, high stability and zero noise. mSATA MP1 supports SATA III, having 6Gb/s transmission rate, reading speed up to 530MB/sec and writing speed up to 440MB/sec. Compared with traditional mechanic HDD, it sharply decreases the time to wait for boot up, running program and windows operating and effectively increases operation efficiency. Meanwhile, parts of Ultrabook and PC/Notebook are either changed to built-in small capacity mSATA or installed with mSATA slot to respond market trend of pursuing light mobile device. Consumers have choice to purchase mSATA MP1 as system boot disk or go with HDD, which is used for disk cache to strengthen traditional disk performance. To compare with traditional HDD, mSATA MP1 can save you about 2 times boot operation time and significantly boost overall computer performance. Team Group mSATA MP1 SSD supports Intel® ISRT. Users can use mSATA MP1 as cache memory between HDD and computer to improve overall work efficiency. ISRT can cache application progr...



Micron and Crucial Introduce Next-Generation SSD for Personal Storage, Media and Entertainment Markets

Boise, ID, March 18, 2014 – Micron Technology, Inc. today announced a new personal storage class, solid state drive (SSD), continuing a legacy of developing foundational memory technology into reliable, high-performance storage solutions. The M550 SSD is designed to meet the increasingly demanding needs of high-performance computing, ultrathin, and media/video applications. It is available today to consumers, businesses and system builders under the Crucial® brand and to OEM customers under the Micron® brand. Faster Storage Performance The M550 SSD offers 20 times higher performance1 than a traditional hard drive, while consuming significantly less power. It enables quick boot-up, speedy file and program access, near instant wake from sleep, as well as ultra-efficient power management for increased battery life. In fact, the M550 draws as little as 0.15 watts during normal operation1. The M550 design tightly integrates Micron NAND and firmware to deliver up to 95,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive’s sequential speeds reach up to 550 MB/s for reads and 500 MB/s writes, which maxes out the capabilities of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface.[iii] To understand the benefits of upgrading to an SSD and see the dramatic performance gains compared to traditional hard drives, watch our video. Advanced Feature Set The M550 SSD incorporates a host of advanced features to provide users with a powerful computing experience: · Best-in-Class Hardware Encryption: Keeps...



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Apacer’s SFD 25A Cloud-Based SSD Overcomes Bottleneck of Big Data Access

  Apacer’s SFD 25A Cloud-Based SSD Overcomes Bottleneck of Big Data Access     According to IDC research, business data storage has expanded continuously at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9%. Global data storage is estimated to expand 50 times larger at the year of 2020. Therefore, how to employ “Information Lifecycle Management” (ILM) has become a must-know in developing cloud-based storage technology and big data structure. The concept of Information Lifecycle Management is to store application system and a company’s most heavily accessed data (certain trivial operations such as searching for e-mails and updating database etc.) in the SSD with the fastest response speed as On-Line storage. The secondary information can be stored in low-priced traditional hard disks as Near-Line storage. As for backups and archives, they can be stored in lower-cost storage media, such as magnetic tapes, as Off-Line storage. Through automatizing the Information Lifecycle Management, the company can reduce over 40% of its Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The structurehighlights the balance between information value and storage costs. According to this management structure, corporate demand for storage capacity and transmission speed of SSD will be expanded gradually. For this reason, Apacer has launched a high-end cloud-based SSD – SFD (SATA Flash Drive) 25A, which surpasses SATA 2.0 interface SSD of enterprise server. With adoption of SATA 3.0 transmission in...



ADATA Technology Releases SSD Firmware Update

ADATA Technology Releases SSD Firmware Update Company releases firmware 5.2.5 for SSDs with LSI SandForce controllers Taipei, Taiwan – March 3, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has released a firmware update for the company’s solid state drives equipped with LSI SandForce 2200 series controllers. This update is applicable to SSD models SX910/SX900/SP900/SP800/S511/S510/S396. The new firmware optimizes TRIM completion behavior and SATA stability, and improves disk recovery in instances of unsafe or improper shutdown. Purchasers who wish to update their SSD firmware should go to: http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=ss_main&page=ss_content_driver&lan=en, select the corresponding SSD product, and then download the compressed Firmware 5.2.5 file and extract it. Then locate the executable file ADATA_SF_FieldUpdater and run it as administrator. About ADATA ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germany’s iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams, embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative me...



Transcend Releases Small Form Factor M.2 and mSATA SSDs for Mobile Computing Devices

              Transcend Releases Small Form Factor M.2 and mSATA SSDs for Mobile Computing Devices           February 27, 2014 Transcend Information, Inc. a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade products, today announced the release of its SATA III 6Gb/s N8S750 M.2 and MSA340 mSATA solid state drives (SSD). Featuring ultra compact dimensions and the next generation SATA III 6Gb/s interface, Transcend’s N8S750 and MSA340 SSDs are best suited to address the strict size limitations and high performance needs of today’s advanced portable devices. N8S750 SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 SSD The N8S750 SSD’s space-saving 80mm M.2 form factor (80.0mm x 22.0mm x 3.5mm) is designed to meet future market demands of ultra-thin and light mobile devices that require an SSD, including Ultrabooks, notebooks, tablets, portable gaming systems, and smartphones. It features the latest SATA III 6Gb/s specification, DDR3 DRAM cache, and is comprised of high-quality MLC NAND Flash chips. With exceptional transfer speeds of up to 520MB/s read and 330MB/s write, the N8S750 easily handles everyday computing tasks as well as demanding multimedia applications. MSA340 SATA III 6Gb/s mSATA SSD Transcend’s MSA340 mSATA SSD is 78% smaller than a standard 2.5” SSD and measures a mere 50.8mm x 29.85mm x 4.0mm. As a result, manufacturers can benefit from greater design flexibility when developing space-restricted embedded applications such as tablets, smartphones, Ultrabooks, eBook readers, navi...



ASUSTOR Releases Innovative Upgrades with ADM 2.1

ASUSTOR Releases Innovative Upgrades with ADM 2.1 Unveiling a new cloud storage experience, all ASUSTOR NAS devices are upgrading to ADM 2.1. Exclusive and innovative MyArchive function allows users to use hard disks as removable storage archives; File Explorer now features thumbnail previews and seamless drag and drop file transfers between NAS and computer; New releases include a VPN Server App and streaming video download App, Takeasy along with Chrome and FireFox add-on Download Center Helper; Mobile app AiMusic streams music from the NAS to mobile devices; Newly added support for Bluetooth devices. Taipei, Taiwan, February 25th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that all of its NAS devices (2, 3 and 6 Series) will be upgrading to the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.1 operating system. ADM 2.1 expands the core functionality of the system and includes upgrades to built-in Apps such as Storage Manager and File Explorer along with newly expanded support for Bluetooth devices. Furthermore, a number of in-house developed Apps have been added to ASUSTOR’s App lineup that are sure to please both business and home users alike. “We are very excited to be launching ADM 2.1 with special attention to feedback and suggestions we have been constantly receiving,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “ADM 2.1 introduces some truly unique functions developed by ASUSTOR. We hope our users will enjoy the...



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Super Talent Launches its Next Generation of PCIe SSDs, The RAIDDrive II Plus

Introduction In San Jose, California on February 17 , 2014 Super Talent Technology, announced its RAIDDrive II Plus PCIe SSD! The RAIDDrive II Plus is the next generation of PCIe SSDs developed by Super Talent. It delivers top of the line read/write speeds of up to 2600/3200 MB/s with the PCIe Gen.2 x8 lane host interface and utilizes a 1GB onboard DDR2 SDRAM cache with ECC protection. The RAIDDrive II Plus houses eight discrete SATA SSDs and comes in a custom form factor measuring 231.5 x 94.0 x 20.6 mm.   Capacity Part Number RAID 0 Part Number RAID 5 480 GB FP8480L4R0 FP8420L4R5 1 TB FP81T0L4R0 FP8840L4R5 2 TB (1.6TB RAID 5) FP82T0L4R0 FP81T6L4R5   The architecture of theRAIDDrive II Plus also provides a redundant flash image for adapter availability as well as NVRAM for RAID configurations and a transaction log. There is a system status indicator through a global HDD activity/fault connector, an alarm buzzer, SMTP support for email notifications, and SNMP support for remote management. Specifications Interface PCIe x8 Controller: Form Factor: PCIe (Gen2) Capacities: 480GB – 2TB NAND Flash: MLC Performance: (Access Time) 0.1ms Burst Speed: Read/Write (MB/sec) 2600/3200 RAID Function: 0/5 RAID Cache Size: 1GB Number of Port: 8 port Battery Backup: No (Optional) MTBF: >1,500,000 hrs Dimension: (mm) 231.5 x 94.0 x 20.6 Part Number: FP8xxxxxxx Data Sheet: RAIDDrive II Plus More information about the RAIDDrive II Plus can be found here. About Super Talent...



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OCZ Storage Solutions Announces New Vertex 460 SSD Series

Introduction In SAN JOSE, CA on January 22, 2014 OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company announced its new Vertex 460 SATA III SSD Series, which evolved from the 20nm-based Vertex 450. The Vertex 460 uses the company’s proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller with Toshiba’s 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. This drive offers up to 545 MB/s sequential reads, 525 MB/s sequential writes, 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS. It further features sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS. OCZ’s BF3 M10 controller is derived from the original controller that features AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock. Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty and are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. Specifications PERFORMANCE 120GB 240GB 480GB Sequential Reads1 530MB/s 540MB/s 545MB/s Sequential Writes1 420MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/s Random Read Speed (4K, QD32)2 80,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)2 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS Steady-State Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)3 12,000 IOPS 21,000 IOPS 23,000 IOPS 1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO 2. Small file I/O performance is measured using IOmeter 2010 3. Measured with Iometer 2010, 12 hour precondition to SNIA guidelines Please Note: Current performance specs reflect update to latest firmware. PHYSICAL Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 120GB, 240GB, 480GB NAND Component...



 
 
 
 
 
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Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Big Tower Case

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Big-Tower case, designed by a company well known in Europe for their Legendary Green Nanoxia Nano-bearing fans and peripherals. Nanoxia has now entered the enthusiast arena with a brand new arrival, called the Deep Silence 6. It is the big brother to their well-known Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Chassis, and it is truly a big tower chassis and a huge HPTX case from the next generation of Silent PC cases. It is taller, deeper, and wider than any of their current cases, while still keeping with their simple but classic design. This huge tower offers the user enormous space with new and innovative technologies, such as the "Active Air Chimney" to improve the ventilation of the case. Along with these latest innovations Nanoxia has always focused on minimizing noise and system temperatures. The side panels and top cover are fitted with specially designed, noise reducing insulation materials to minimize and absorb any noises. The solid 1mm left and right doors like the predecessor's. They use sound absorbing materials that contribute significantly to the most effective noise reduction achieved by the Deep Silence series to date. Also responsible for the quietness of the case are the pre-installed 140mm Nanoxia fans of the brand new DS-Series. This most recent Nanoxia fan-series features a new impeller design, optimized for the best possible mix of silence and high CFM cooling capacity. The Deep Silence 6 case i...



 
 
 
 
 
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ADATA DashDrive Air AE400

Ever wish you had a bigger storage device for your tablet or mobile devices? How about sharing media files between a computer and your iPhone without connecting cables? Maybe you wish you bought the Apple device with more storage capabilities. ADATA has the solution. Introducing the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400. With its unique and limitless abilities, it delivers a number of unique functions" it can act as a Wireless Access Point or a USB drive and card reader. That's not the only thing, it's also capable of charging devices on the go with its 5000mAh battery pack. Is it really possible to fit all these features inside a device small enough to fit inside your pocket? Read on to find out!






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