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More memory, more problems? Can't say that NAND is causing issues for Samsung the way intellectual property lawsuits are, but either way, the company's pushing out a new highly efficient embedded multi-chip memory for the marketplace to pore over. Just this week the company started producing embedded multi-chip package (eMCP) memory for use in the rapidly expanding market segment for entry- to mid-level smartphones. Samsung's new eMCP solutions come in a wide range of densities, utilizing LPDDR2 (low power double-data-rate 2) DRAM made with 30 nanometer (nm) class* process technology and NAND flash memory using 20nm-class technology. "As the need is growing for more advanced software and increased... Read more...
Like flash memory? Like good looks? pureSilicon has plenty of both, as evidenced by their introductions this evening. They're launching launched a new line of enterprise-focused storage devices, including the Kage K1 USB Flash Drive — an “impossibly thin” (4.5 mm) USB 3.0-based SSD drive. It leverages the technology pioneered in pureSilicon’s recently announced Renegade and Nitro devices, making it available at a lower price point aimed at power users in the financial services, science, and engineering sectors, as well as creative professionals who need fast, high-capacity storage for digital media. There's up to 240 GB usable MLC, a USB 3.0 interface, up to 400MB/sec... Read more...
What if the memory card you used each day, only got bigger? Growing memory would be a technology to end all technologies, but until then, we'll just have to settle for buying more of the stuff. SanDisk has introduced the world's fastest 128GB SDXC card at CES 2012, which is capable of capturing up to ten hours of Full HD 3D video. It features a 45 megabyte per second read/write fate, and it'll ship worldwide in 64GB and 128GB capacities with retail price tags of $199.99 and $399.99, respectively. Not surprisingly, the company plans for these to be used by high-end DSLRs and HD camcorders, but you can pop 'em into pretty much anything that'll read the format. SANDISK INTRODUCES WORLD'S FASTEST... Read more...
Ever the vertical marketeer, Apple is reported to be in talks to acquire flash maker Anobit, according to a Reuters report. Anobit already makes some components in Apple products including the iPad and iPhone, so the acquisition would enable Apple to house some of its hardware under its own very protective wing. The price tag for the Israel-based company is said to be between $400-$500 million. The apparent key to the purchase would be Anobit’s MSP (Memory Signal Processing) technology, which is to simultaneously drive down the cost of flash storage and improve its performance and longevity. Anobit MSP2025 embedded flash controller Anobit has both mobile and enterprise-class storage products,... Read more...
SandForce's SF-1200 and SF-2200 controllers have popularized SSD's in recent years by offering excellent performance even in lower cost drives. The company is building on that success now with a new, enterprise-oriented chip designed for cloud computing environments. The SF-2481 is designed to offer SLC levels of reliability while using cheaper MLC NAND flash. "As the SSD market matures, architectures are being developed to satisfy the specific needs of various market segments," said Jim Handy, SSD analyst for Objective Analysis. "SandForce is wisely targeting one of the most important SSD markets by tuning a variant of its high-performance SSD Processor to the needs of the Internet data center.... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security updates for all versions of Flash across all products; Flash licensees are free to continue... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android was an order of magnitude greater. Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO, was an Apple board member... Read more...
Tons of new Windows 8 details are flowing out after BUILD 2011, and the trickle has yet to stop. Adobe's chipping in with a very important tidbit: Flash. Flash remains a huge part of the Web, for better or worse, and with the world's most prominent tablet platform not supporting Flash sites (iOS), but Android supporting it, many were wondering where Windows 8 would position itself. A new post about the Flash Platform Blog has explained that "rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash" will be supported in Windows 8, and the company expects that Flash-based apps will come to the Metro side of Win8 via Adobe AIR. That's a familiar concept; the same has happened with iOS and Android,... Read more...
There's been a lot of hubbub recently surrounding Adobe's newest software reveal, and how it related to iOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't add Flash "support" to the iPod touch, iPad or iPhone. Wouldn't that be nice? That said, we are still moving in a positive direction. Adobe Pass, Flash Access 3.0 and Flash Media Server 4.5 were the flagship products being revealed at the International Broadcasters Convention, and yes, they do tie-in to iOS in a few key ways. But those Flash websites? Still unavailable on the world's most popular tablet... With Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers can extend their already broad mobile reach via Flash-enabled devices, with the new ability to deliver video content... Read more...
Texas Memory Systems, a high-end storage and memory provider, has just announced that they're moving into the enterprise MLC market with the first of a new series of eMLC products. The RamSan-810 is the new guy, and it leverages 33 years of design expertise in record-setting performance and reliability for the eMLC Flash storage market.  It packs 10 Terabytes into a 1U enclosure with 4-GB/s bandwidth and 320K random IOPS.  For read-heavy enterprise applications, the RamSan-810 offers Tier-0 performance and reliability at a Tier-1 price. The 810 also brings Tier-0 performance and reliability to Tier-1 read-heavy workloads, and is rated for a 10-year life with a 50-TB/day Write workload.... Read more...
Speed: can one really ever get enough of it? For those working in the storage industry, the answer is obviously "no way," and Samsung would agree, judging by their newest solid state drive. The new high-performance 512GB PM830 Series SSD was just announced, boasting support for the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions at six gigabits per second. Sample production of the SATA 6Gb/s 512GB SSDs began in May, with volume production initiated earlier this month. The new drives are expected to replace SATA 3Gb/s-based SSDs by year-end. The SATA 6Gb/s SSD shortens system boot-up time to about 10 seconds, while its high-performance allows users to download up to five DVD video files... Read more...
To some users, one of the downsides of the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone is non-expandable memory. Of course, many users buy the higher-capacity devices and assume they'll have adequate storage. But what happens if you run out of space on your iOS device and don't want to delete any files? At first, it may appear that you are out of luck—there isn't the option to pop in a memory card and expand your storage capacity. However, there is another option. Although the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone may not have memory expansion card slots, you can expand the storage capacity of your favorite iOS devices by connecting a Wi-Fi enabled hard drive such as the Kingston Wi-Drive... Kingston Wi-Drive... Read more...
To some users, one of the downsides of the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone is non-expandable memory. Of course, many users buy the higher-capacity devices and assume they'll have adequate storage. But what happens if you run out of space on your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone and you don't want to delete any files? At first, it may appear that you are out of luck—there isn't the option to pop in a memory card and expand your storage capacity like there is on other devices. However, there is another option. Although the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone may not have memory expansion card slots, you can expand the storage capacity of your favorite iOS devices by connecting a Wi-Fi enabled hard... Read more...
Super Talent is working to make USB 3.0 flash drives more affordable and accessible to the average user with the introduction of its new USB 3.0 Express ST2. This dual channel USB 3.0 flash drive offers speeds that are similar to the company's USB 3.0 Express DUO (67MB/s read, 24MB/s write). Like many other USB 3.0 products on the market today, the USB 3.0 Express ST2 is backward compatible with USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 Express ST2 is available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The 8GB model costs about $20. Super Talent Introduces New USB 3.0 Flash Drive Native USB 3.0 Controllers make USB 3.0 affordable San Jose, California – August 5, 2011 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer... Read more...
With HTML5 grabbing a massive amount of support right out of the gate (and Flash still not being supported on the world's hottest selling tablet), there was speculation that Adobe would jump onto something new in time. Now, the company is unveiling an early preview of a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool. It's called Adobe Edge, and is described as a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the... Read more...
Kingston is now shipping its Wi-Drive wireless storage device for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This device uses a built-in Wi-Fi signal and is capable of streaming movies, music, and other content to your iOS device. The Wi-Drive comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities. The drive is compatible with the Apple iPad; iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4G (3G is limited to iOS 4.2.1 or higher); and iPod Touch Gen 3 and Gen 4. You can also use the drive with computers running Mac OS X (10.5.x or higher), Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1, SP2), Windows XP (SP2, SP3), or Linux (v.2.6+ kernel). Kingston Wi-Drive Wireless Storage Solution Now Available in Retail / E-Tail in U.S., Canada Stylish Device Offers Portable,... Read more...
They always say bigger is better, but is it really? When it comes to memory cards, that only works one way. We want capacities to go up, but card sizes to shrink -- not like you want a phone chunky enough to hold a CompactFlash card, right? Samsung just announced the production of its high-performance micro Secure Digital (microSD) cards with advanced data transfer speeds that support the performance requirements on fourth generation phones. That's mostly marketing speak, but here's what really matters. The new 20-nanometer-class microSD cards have a class 10 speed rating suitable for seamless data storage and transmission of full HD video, meaning that they can write at 12 megabytes per second... Read more...
USB sticks have been around forever. No surprise there. But they've been improving in recent years, proving that there's still demand for these little guys so long as capacity increases along with transfer rates. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate is the company's latest, complete with an eight-channel MLC architecture and write speeds as high as 120MB/sec. Read rates are pegged at 200MB/sec, with capacity options of 64GB and 128GB. That's huge for a USB key, and could very well replace some of those old USB hard drives you have been lugging around. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate uses a powerful Single Chip USB3.0 Controller and four eight-channel controlled MLC storage cells. The memory stick... Read more...
The popularity of its iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines have propelled Apple to the top of the charts when it comes to NAND flash consumption. iSuppli reports that the Cupertino-based company has surpassed HP (the former champ), with 2010 purchases coming in at $17.5 billion. That's a massive 79.6 percent jump from 2009, during which Apple bought just $9.7B in Flash. "Apple's surge to leadership in semiconductor spending in 2010 was driven by the overwhelming success of its wireless products, namely the iPhone and the iPad," said iSuppli analyst Wenlie Ye. "These products consume enormous quantities of NAND flash memory, which is also found in the Apple iPod. Because of this, Apple in 2010... Read more...
Guess what? HP's TouchPad seems to be darn good at Flash. Yes, Adobe's Flash. As in, the Flash that no iOS device is capable of handling, despite tons of public backlash. Apple's pretty much set on never supporting Flash, hoping to hold out until most web video is converted over to the more universally accepted HTML5. It's quite possible that HP plans on using this fact (the fact that the TouchPad can play Flash) to set itself apart from Apple's iPad. The TouchStone feature is also an impressive one, but it's one that will be harder to sell to the mainstream. The TouchPad Flash demo was shown at a Qualcomm demo earlier in the week, where the 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor powered through tons of... Read more...
Apple and Adobe have a strained past, at least in recent years. When the iPad first launched, one of the biggest arguments against it was its inability to play back Flash content of any kind. For years, and even now, Flash content was huge on the Web, and many suggested that Apple's refusal to support it would lead to tons of negativity surrounding iOS. Turns out, that hasn't really been the case. Things have been shifting over to HTML5 in a big way, which iOS supports. So now that it's not so necessary, how are things between Apple and Adobe? Let's listen to Adobe's CEO. The company's top executive, Shantanu Narayen, recently stated that the tiff between the two firms is over. His quote: "It’s... Read more...
Micron has just announced a new line-up of PCI Express-based, enterprise-class solid state drives that the company claims are the “world’s fastest”. The new RealSSD P320h is a Gen 2 PCIe x8, full height, half-length card built around Micron’s 34nm SLC (single level cell) NAND flash and uses a high-end controller with customized firmware to achieve up to 750,000 4K random read IOPs and about 320,000 4K random write IOPS, with over 3GB/s of sustained throughput. Part of Micron's special sauce with this PCI Express SSD, is the controller ASIC underneath the black heat sink you see below.  We're very familiar with the underlying technology in that ASIC but can't yet disclose that information... Read more...
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