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As solid-state drives (SSDs) continue to drop in price they also continue to improve in performance. A perfect example is Intel's latest SSD 510 Series, which improves upon the company's previous X25-M SSD by adding SATA 6 Gbps performance to take advantage of the higher SATA bus interfaces found on recently introduced 2nd Generation Core processor-based platforms. This allows the 510 Series to boast sequential read speeds of up to 500 MB/s – double that of Intel's current 3 Gbps SSDs – and sequential write speeds of up to 315 MB/s – more than triple that of its current SSDs. Read More
While hard disk storage solutions currently have the affordability and the capacity edge over solid state drives (SSD), as far as performance is concerned there's no contest. Micron Technology has announced a new RealSSD portfolio with drives that are more than 10 times faster than standard HDDs, benefit from lightweight construction, consume less power, and are more durable. The new 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factor C400 drives are being made available both as part of ready-built systems and direct to the consumer. Read More
Gizmag is no stranger to USB storage innovations from LaCie so we took the opportunity to have a closer look at the company's FastKey drive on display at CES. The combination of USB 3.0 and SSD technology in a palm-sized form factor is claimed to result in a drive that can transfer small files up to 100 times faster than a hard disk drive connected via Hi-Speed USB. Read More
Greenliant Systems has announced that it is currently sampling a new SSD storage solution that's been combined with a SATA controller. The embedded NANDrive form factor is suited to deployment in mobile computing products, set-top boxes and networking systems and includes advanced security features, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, and low power consumption. Read More
Toshiba has announced that its new mSATA SSD storage solution, that was recently found inside Apple's new 11-inch Macbook Air, is being made available to other product developers. The super-slim Blade X-gale series comes in three capacity options and users can expect a fast read/write performance and a long life expectancy. Read More
If parting with a whole suitcase full of cash for solid state drive storage doesn't really appeal then Angelbird's PCIe card solution might be worth a look. Designed to allow users to add storage modules as and when they can afford to, the Wings card comes with its own fairly small amount of SSD storage where the operating system can be placed for fast booting, plus four expansion slots where additional capacity can be added. Angelbird is producing its own expansion cartridges but will include clips and couplers so that users can slot in whatever SSD solution they want. Read More
EMC subsidiary Iomega has announced the creation of a pocket-sized external SSD storage solution with hardware encryption, write speeds said to be twice as fast as a 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, and a special feature to help protect the unit if dropped. The new unit also benefits from SuperSpeed USB connectivity, hardware data encryption and a long usage lifespan. Read More
Viking Modular has unveiled a novel approach to adding a solid state storage boost to a computer or server. Instead of being bound by the familiar 2.5 or 3.5 inch (63.5/88.9mm) form factor, the company has introduced SATADIMM - storage on a memory module. It's shaped like system RAM and slides into DDR3 slots on the motherboard but connecting up its onboard SATA interface results in up to 200GB Enterprise Class Solid State Drive storage being made available. Although likely to find its way into business systems and data center servers in the immediate future, system designers may well find the module useful for creating even thinner mobile devices, such as tablet computers. Read More
Ultra-thin tablets, laptops and other mobile devices could be set to look even slimmer with the development of SATA solid state drives no bigger than a postage stamp. SanDisk's new integrated SSD (iSSD) device is just 0.072 inch (1.85mm) thick, tips the scales at a mere 0.029 of an ounce (0.83g) and is currently available in sizes up to 64GB. It's not the fastest SSD solution currently available but hey, it's got to be the smallest. Read More
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced that super fast data transfer rates have been achieved during performance testing using four of its SSDs. Its drives were simultaneously connected to a Mac Pro via a couple of FirmTek eSATA controller cards, and 10GB read and write tests were performed. The test configuration managed to notch up some rather brisk data transfer rates of 853MB per second write and 1GB per second read, which should be more than enough to keep even the most active high definition video editors relatively grumble-free. Read More
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