Items tagged with Solid State Drive

Windows 7 is undoubtedly the most exciting new operating system to come out of Microsoft within the past decade--and with good reason. The user interface is superb, gone are many of the oddball Vista quirks, and the operating system is light and snappy, marking a massive 180 degree shift away from the heaviness and bloat of Vista. Despite the fact that it's based on many of the same core Vista elements, Windows 7 is a different beast, and should be looked at in a fresh new light.As with any new operating system release, there are a lot of questions with regards to how it will perform on various hardware configurations--one of the more interesting ones being related to disk performance. So, today... Read more...
We know what you're thinking: "Sheesh -- another new SSD that I likely can't afford?" And we're here to say: "Well, sort of." Today, Kingston Technology is indeed offering up two new solid state drives, but not in the fashion you're used to. Rather than announcing the drives alone, the company is introducing its SSDNow M Series Bundles, which include an 80GB or 160GB M Series SSD drive, cloning software, 2.5" to 3.5" rails, a USB enclosure and all the SATA and data power cable extenders you'll need.In other words, this is a kit aimed directly at upgrader candidates, and it should help out notebook, desktop or workstation owners. Essentially, this allows HDD-based machines to switch to an SSD... Read more...
Can the world really handle yet another SSD manufacturer? We'll soon be finding out, as TDK Corporation has just developed a solid state drive line of its own. The SDG2A series -- a range of Serial ATA II-compatible SDDs with a maximum memory capacity of 64GB -- has just burst onto the scene, proving that the company really is capable of pushing out more than just spindle after spindle of optical media.Initially, the compact will focus on 2.5" (notebook sized) drives, but it does plan to eventually push out smaller versions (1" and 1.8") that could be used in minuscule media players like Apple's iPod. In theory, TDK expects this line of drives to be used primarily in low-end laptops, namely netbooks.... Read more...
When a traditional hard drive doesn’t offer enough bandwidth to meet your needs, many users turn to solid state disks, or SSDs. These storage devices are built using memory chips. The downside is that these disks are typically very expensive.  SSDs are available with flash memory that can retain content when power is lost, but the drives often use volatile DRAM memory to achieve the best possible performance. DDRdrive’s latest offering provides users with the benefits of both types of memory. DDRdrive recently introduced the new DDRdrive X1 that incorporates both DRAM and NAND. Each DDRdrive X1 offers 4GB of storage capacity with 4GB DRAM and 4GB of NAND. Both solid-state technologies work... Read more...
It has been quite some time since we've heard of any new wares coming from Patriot Memory, but today the outfit is joining the quickly growing solid state drive market with a trio of devices. The company is debuting its Fusion SSD Series, a name that likely rings a bell for those familiar with the NAND Flash industry."By the addition of the DRAM cache, the Fusion greatly increases the random and sequential read and write transfer rates," according to Meng J. Choo, Patriot's Flash Product Manager. He goes on to say, "The DRAM acts as a buffer and increases the reliability, and lessens the possibility for 'bottlenecks' within the data transfers."The drives are being made available in 64GB, 128GB... Read more...
The more the merrier -- isn't that the saying? As the solid state drive market continues to expand, G.Skill is introducing a few new ones to choose from. The Falcon SATA II 2.5" MLC-based Solid State Drive (SSD) Series based on the latest, cutting edge Indilink controller, and they'll be shipping in capacities between 64GB and 256GB.The drives -- which will be available in 64/128/256GB sizes -- all boast a 64MB DRAM buffer. As for performance, you'll find 230MB/sec read rates and 190MB/sec write rates on the larger two, while the 64GB edition can reach 230MB/sec (read) and 135MB/sec (write). No word on pricing or availability was given, but the full specifications are posted below.G.Skill FALCON... Read more...
Maybe we're just cursed with short memories, but it sure feels like the SSD market place is exploding. Every week or so we're being introduced to a company we'd never heard of before, and while we can't say that solid state drive prices are anywhere close to reasonable yet, adding new competitors to the field certainly can't hurt things. Cactus Technologies (yes, seriously) has today introduced an entire family of 2.5" industrial SATA II SSD drives. The 602 lineup are said to be the highest performing industrial flash storage products that the outfit has developed, but it's hard to say exactly how notable that is. At any rate, the drives will soon be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB,... Read more...
If you're into SSD advancement, International Solid State Circuits Conference 2009 is the place to be. Shortly after hearing of a new power system designed to save energy and cut production costs comes this, a discovery involving wireless communications and a solid state drive composed of 64 (yes, sixty-four) three-dimensionally layered NAND Flash memory chips.The research was showcased by Keio University and its partners, who are utilizing an inductive-coupling wireless communication technology in order to construct SSDs that require less power and less components. In fact, drives developed using this method have the potential of sucking down up to 50 percent less energy, not to mention seeing... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces New Apex Series Solid State Drives, Offering the Ultimate in Extremely Affordable Mainstream Mass Storage Solution Sunnyvale, CA—January 13, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Apex SATA II 2.5” Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the affordable midrange offering for enthusiasts, system builders, and mainstream computer users demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. This cost-efficient SSD offers a reliable upgrade from traditional hard disc storage while maintaining a price point that is truly within... Read more...
CES -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., announced today it is shipping the first two products in its SSDNow line of solid-state drives (SSD) with the SSDNow E Series and SSDNow M Series. Kingston is targeting its SSDs to Fortune 1000 companies and select vertical markets.The SSDNow E Series is specifically designed for the enterprise server environment while the SSDNow M Series is built for the road warrior who demands ultimate performance from a notebook PC. The Kingston SSDNow E and M Series use Intel's solid-state drives, which are the best-performing drives on the market."We are thrilled to enter the solid-state drive market with our... Read more...
G-Technology, a Fabrik company and manufacturer of premium storage solutions for the Apple® Mac® community, today announced a new family of external drives based on 2.5” solid state drive (SSD) technology – the G-DRIVE mini SSD (120GB and 250GB) and the RAID 0/1 G-RAID mini SSD (250GB and 500GB). Known for delivering performance, style and reliability, G-Technology has married its premium design with state-of-the-art solid state drives, making the new G-DRIVE mini SSD and G-RAID mini SSD the most rugged and durable external drives in the market. As high-performance, plug-and-play storage devices, they are ideal for extreme users who capture, offload and edit digital content in challenging... Read more...
In our initial look at Intel's X25-M 80GB solid state drive, we mentioned that the company had plans to introduce 160GB variants a some point in early 2009. According to Intel's PR Chip Shots website, however, 2.5" 160GB SSDs have just begun shipping and a 1.8" model will follow shortly..."Intel is expanding its award-winning Intel X25-M and X18-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD) family by announcing the production release of a 160 gigabyte (GB) capacity drive in a 2.5-inch form factor. The product is shipping now, and a 1.8-inch 160GB version will begin shipping next month." Information listed on the Intel site would lead us to believe the new 160GB SSD and original 80GB model share the same specifications,... Read more...
TOSHIBA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S FIRST 512GB SOLID STATE DRIVE and NEXT- GENERATION SSD FAMILY USING 43nm MLC NAND New SSD Family Achieves High Levels of Performance, Endurance, Capacity and Reliability to Meet Market Requirements for Notebook Computers, Gaming and Home Entertainment Systems IRVINE, Calif., and TOKYO December 18, 2008 — Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, its subsidiary in the Americas, today announced the expansion of their line up of NAND-flash-based solid state drives (SSD) with the industry's first 2.5-inch 512-gigabyte (GB)1 SSD and a broad family of fast read/write SSDs based on 43 nanometer (nm) Multi-Level Cell NAND. The new drives... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces the High Performance Vertex Series Solid State DriveDelivering on the Promise of Ultimate Performance and Affordability Sunnyvale, CA—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vertex SATA II 2.5” Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, a premium offering for enthusiasts demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. The latest high-performance and cost-efficient SSD, OCZ has gained momentum in pioneering flash storage technology while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers."The... Read more...
There's an old cliche' that certainly applies to commodity semiconductor and electronics technology, as well as many other competitive arenas; "go big or go home".  If you look at major semiconductor manufacturers, like Intel, AMD, Samsung and NVIDIA, you'll notice that they generally do not enter a new market lightly.  In addition, they almost never partially resource a new market penetration effort.  Timing is definitely key but it usually doesn't pay off to tread lightly when it's time to execute.  It's simply a question of doing the business case analysis, justifying the ROI and then placing your bets.  Go... Read more...
Though the migration will be gradual, starting first at the consumer level, then moving into the industrial and enterprise space, it's a matter of time before the world literally goes solid state for its storage. In the short term, especially at the consumer level, the SSD market is expected to have explosive growth over the next year or so, some analysts predicting well in excess of 100% annually. It goes without saying, Solid State Storage is a safe bet.Today Intel just bellied up to the table and dropped their chips down on the SSD market, and in typical Intel fashion, they're going in big. The following is a full evaluation of Intel's new consumer-targeted X25-M Solid State Drive. Is Intel... Read more...
Sometimes you've just got to prove a point. The point that Super Talent wants to prove? Just how vibration resistant its line of MasterDrive MX Solid State Drives (SSD) are. And what better could prove the point than to attach a working, 120GB MasterDrive MX drive to a paint shaker, and show Windows humming away normally all the while:  The test consists of a Super Talent MasterDrive SSD mounted on top of a paint shaker. The Windows® Vista® operating system and Tomb Raider game were installed on the SSD and the game was played for over 40 minutes while the SSD was shaking like crazy. Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James said, "It's obvious when you see this... Read more...
Dell is joining the growing list of companies that are now offering Solid State Drives (SSDs).  Though this particular drive is a customer installable PATA drive, it's still a SSD.  At press time Dell doesn't seem to have added this to their notebook configuration tool, but we'll keep an eye out for you.  One would think it'd be just a matter of time. What gets your spindle spinning about storage?  Size?  Speed?  Low power usage?  Let us know by adding your own comments.... Read more...
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