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The 250Gb version of the Xtreem S1 SSD from the Team Group

Solid State Drives (SSD) have many advantages over more familiar Hard Disk Drives (HDD) including low power consumption, silent running and resistance to shock damage but it's when read/write speeds are compared that HDDs get blown out of the water. The Team Group has equipped its new Xtreem-S1 SSD with a SandForce processor to offer the user read speeds of 270Mb/sec and write of 260Mb/sec.  Read More

A schematic of data storage in (left) converntional magnetic memory and (right) thermally ...

Solid state drives (SSDs) should - theoretically - offer energy savings compared to the conventional platter-based variety. They have no moving parts and don’t require the battery draining spinning of platters that leads to excessive heat generation. But researchers have found that random thermal fluctuations in magnetic memory can be harnessed to reduce the energy required to store information on these drives, offering the prospect of magnetic-based computer memory that operates at significantly lower power than platter-based HDDs.  Read More

The HyperDrive Album stores and displays up to 640GB worth of photos

Sanho’s HyperDrive Album is designed for digital photographers on the move who require huge storage space or redundancy backup for their photos and the ability to view them anytime, but don’t want to lug a laptop computer around. With capacities of up to a whooping 640GB of storage the device is also capable of downloading 2GB per minute with full data verification.  Read More

CompactFlash cards with 144PB capacity are still only fantasy - but they are now theoretic...

The body responsible for setting the standards for CompactFlash cards, the CompactFlash Association, has announced the specs for the latest 5.0 revision of the mass storage format. CompactFlash 5.0 adds 48-bit addressing (up from 28-bit) which enables an increased data transfer unit size of 32MB per transfer (up from 128KB) and a maximum capacity of 144PB (up from 137GB)... that's 144,000 terabytes!  Read More

The CubeTube is like a circular indoor solar panel

Although great strides have been made recently to make offices more energy efficient, fluorescent office lighting is still great cause for concern. Installing controllers which automatically switch off lighting when no movement is detected is one method of saving energy but Solaroad Technologies proposes recycling otherwise wasted light energy by placing cylindrical photovoltaic harvesting and storage devices on top of workstation cubicle walls.  Read More

Material scientists at the Nano/Bio Interface Center of the University of Pennsylvania hav...

Turning sunlight into electrical power is all but a new problem, but recent advancements made by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have given a new twist to the subject. While not currently aimed at solar panel technology, their research has uncovered a way to turn optical radiation into electrical current that could lead to self-powering molecular circuits and efficient data storage.  Read More

Seagate's 600GB Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDD has twice the capacity of its nearest rival

Flash-based Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) may have stolen most of the spotlight in recent years when it comes to data storage, but the traditional HDD still has some life left in its platters. For proof of this look no further than Seagate’s new Savvio 10K.4 enterprise hard drive. Seagate bills the new drive as the world’s highest-capacity, most reliable small form factor enterprise drive with its 600GB capacity and two million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) in a 2.5-inch drive.  Read More

EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera with 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and many professional level...

Canon has turned up the heat in the "somewhere between entry level and professional photographer" market with the announcement of its new addition to the EOS family, the Rebel T2i. As well as a new 18 megapixel sensor, the feature and function heavy T2i also includes improved ISO control and better metering, the facility to shoot full HD movies, a brighter 3:2 aspect LCD display and support for SDXC cards.  Read More

The zoomIt dongle connects to an iPhone or iPod Touch via the dock connector

The zoomIt is an SD card reader for an iPhone or iPod Touch that, in conjunction with the zoomIt app, lets users access all iPhone OS 3.0 file types contained on an SD card including photos, music, video and miscellaneous files such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word and PDF files. It also lets users copy files stored on the iPhone or iPod Touch to an SD card without needing to connect to a camera, Mac or PC.  Read More

The composite material releasing electrical energy to power a small light (Photo courtesy ...

The problem is clear. Hybrid cars and EVs rely on batteries for power, but batteries are bulky and heavy, causing the car to use up more energy. But what if a car's bodywork was made of a strong, lightweight material that could store and discharge electrical energy just as a conventional battery does? In pursuing this goal, researchers at the Imperial College London are developing a key building block for the hybrid car of the future, and the implications go way beyond automobiles - think wafer thin mobile phones and laptops that don't need a separate battery because they draw power from their casing.  Read More

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