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OCZ Technology Completes Transition To 2Xnm NAND Flash For Consumer SSD Products

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OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announces it is the first SSD manufacturer to successfully complete the transition to 2Xnm NAND flash-based storage solutions with the goal of significantly driving down the cost of client SSDs.

“OCZ is constantly exploring ways to not just advance solid state drive design but also make the technology more affordable, while maintaining high performance and reliability standards” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. “We are excited to complete the transition to the next generation 2Xnm NAND components which reiterates our strategy of producing high performance SSDs at the most attractive price point available for consumer applications.”

As the industry transitions to a 2Xnm fabrication process, OCZ remains focused on delivering a high-performance solution at a lower price point, continuing to pave the way for SSDs to become more accessible to the complete range of consumers, and to ultimately replace traditional mechanical hard drives over the next few years.

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SandForce Ships More Than 1 Million SF-1500 And SF-1200 SSD Processors In First Year Of Production

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SandForce announced today that the company shipped more than one million of its SF-1500 and SF-1200 SSD Processors since they were released into production in 2010. SandForce Driven™ SSD Manufacturers shipped over an estimated 100 Petabytes of NAND flash into the mainstream computing markets – enough to store two billion four-drawer filing cabinets full of text, or over 5,000 years of continuously played standard DVD movies. This milestone marks the rapid and broad acceptance of the SandForce SSD Processor family in the marketplace – a trend that SandForce continues to build on with the recent introduction of the second-generation SF-2000 SSD Processor family.

The new SandForce SF-2000 SSD Processor family extends the momentum established by the first-generation products by offering up to double the read/write performance along with enhanced error correction, built in double encryption, and a 6 Gigabits per second SATA III interface. SandForce has already signed up 27 SSD manufacturers and system vendors for its prominent SandForce Driven™ program, which brands manufacturers’ SSDs as having the highly awarded processor inside. They also recently announced the new SandForce Trusted™ program to identify suppliers of equipment, tools, and services compatible with SandForce SSD Processors to improve overall time-to-market with SandForce-based SSD solutions.

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Silicon Power Announces SandForce-Based V20 SSD

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silicon power v20 ssd.jpgWorld leading flash memory manufacturer Silicon Power today announces the new 2.5" SATA Velox V20 series Solid State Drive (SSD). Instantly boosting PC performances, it uses the latest SandForce controller, featuring a maximum read-speed of 285MB/s and write-speed of 275MB/s so enthusiasts can sit back and enjoy the speedy transfer rates!

Silicon Power’s V20 SSD uses the latest SandForce controller, it boasts a continuous read / write speed up to 285MB/ 275MB per second, respectively. An actual test using a 40GB V20 required only 13 seconds to boot into Windows and open up a program. It is the perfect enterprise office PC storage solution or the ideal boot-up disk in any PC! In addition, V20 SSD also supports TRIM Command and Garbage Collection technology to counter performance drop issues due to long period of use and continuous write actions.

Using SandForce controller’s patented DuraClass technology, it can extend the SSD lifespan up to 5 years! The DuraWrite technology optimizesthe to-be written data to a reserved 7% flash memory storage block that acts as an intermediate station before data are written with an amplification less than 1 to their final storage blocks. This vastly reduces the occurrences of bad sectors and thus extending the lifespan.

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Kingston Digital Delivers Cost-Effective Secure USB Flash Drives For The Enterprise

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Kingston Digital today announced a series of portable data security solutions — the DataTraveler® 4000 (DT4000) and DataTraveler Vault — Privacy Managed (DTVPM) — offering enterprises the most flexible, cost-effective USB options that also deliver unmatched security control. A leader in memory solutions since 1987, Kingston® delivers these new products as part of the industry’s only secure USB family ranging from general purpose business use to flexible, managed enterprise offerings, and to platforms for the most secure and rigid government standards.

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While many organizations depend on the portability and simplicity of USBs for data management, removable media became an unfortunate focal point in 2010 for some of the most troubling security events — from Stuxnet to Wikileaks  — and consumerization only served to raise further issues of control. However, when deployed correctly, the portability and simplicity that characterize USB risk can be its greatest asset, enabling it to serve as a strategic security tool.

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Acer Selects SanDisk SSD P4 For Iconia Tab Windows 7 Tablet

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SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that Acer has selected the 32-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk® SSD P4 modular solid state drive for use in its Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet. SanDisk SSD P4's combination of capacity, size, speed and reliability offers a compelling storage solution for OEMs who design high-performance ultra-thin notebooks and tablets.

The SanDisk SSD P4 fits Acer's thin design and low power consumption requirements for its newest tablet. Solid state drives (SSDs) use flash memory technology, and with no moving parts SSDs offer improved durability that helps prevent data loss from drive failure. SSD-equipped devices generate less noise due to their fan-less design and come in smaller form factors than are possible with conventional hard disk drives (HDD).

"The SanDisk SSD P4 is designed for thin, high-performance productivity tablets such as Acer's Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet," said Kevin Conley, senior vice president, solid state drives, SanDisk. "As the tablet and mobile markets converge, cost-effective modular SSD solutions from SanDisk allow OEMs to create high-quality products that are tailored to their customers' needs."

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SanDisk Announces Next Generation iNAND Embedded Flash Drives

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SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced its next generation of iNAND™ and iNAND Ultra™ embedded flash drives (EFDs) featuring smaller and thinner form factors. Available in packages as small as 11.5mm x 13mm x 1mm, SanDisk's new iNAND and iNAND Ultra e.MMC products support the increasing demand for slimmer and more compact smartphone and tablet designs. Mobile World Congress attendees can visit SanDisk at Hall P8, Stand 8B91.

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SanDisk reduced its iNAND package sizes by using advanced 24nm generation NAND memory chips, which are more compact than previous versions, and reduced its iNAND package heights by using advanced packaging technologies. iNAND EFDs are based on SanDisk's three-bit-per-cell (X3) NAND flash technology and iNAND Ultra EFDs are based on SanDisk's two-bit-per-cell (MLC) NAND flash technology.

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Mimoco Unveils Batman x MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive Collection

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At the 2011 Toy Fair, Mimoco, creator of the MIMOBOT line of designer USB flash drives, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, the world's largest publisher of comic books, introduce their first Batman wave of flash drive designs comprised of Batman, Robin, Catwoman, and The Joker.

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The ultimate crime-fighting/data-storing duo, Batman and Robin MIMOBOT flash drives, boast designs based on recent comic book appearances—Batman in blue and gray, and Robin in red. With their identities concealed beneath mask and cape, the dynamic duo battle evil villains like The Joker, sporting his trademark maniacal grin, yellow teeth and green hair; and Catwoman, smirking from beneath her skin-tight suit.

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Super Talent Announces DataGuardian Secure USB Flash Drive

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Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the DataGuardian, a password protected USB flash drive that makes data security easy, affordable and usable.

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By now almost everyone who owns a PC is familiar with USB flash drives. They are incredibly useful and have become an indispensible part of our computing environments. We all know that we should be using a secure solution, but the fact is security solutions are expensive, cumbersome and limit the usefulness of a flash drive. Most security solutions require the installation of a program, managing public/ private partitions and administrative rights. These limitations often create more problems then they solve and have dramatically slowed the adoption of secure USB devices.

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JEDEC To Standardize Hybrid Memory Modules

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JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in standards development for the microelectronics industry, today announced that its JC-45 Committee for DRAM Modules intends to form a new Subcommittee focused on the standardization of hybrid memory modules.  To be chaired by PNY Technologies, Inc. and Cypress Semiconductor, the JC-45.6 Hybrid Modules Subcommittee will hold its first meeting in Munich, Germany on February 28, 2011.  JEDEC invites interested companies worldwide to participate by visiting www.jedec.org or calling 703-907-7560 for more information.

Hybrid memory modules are comprised of different types of memory technologies and leverage some of the beneficial characteristics of each, operating as a system instead of as individual components.  “I am optimistic about the potential benefits of hybrid modules,” said Chris Socci, Chairman of the new JC-45.6 Subcommittee.  “For example, modules with a DRAM interface that also incorporate the non-volatile characteristics of NAND flash could provide new options for data security in a variety of storage and backup systems in the event of power loss.  This new family of modules has the potential to help entire segments of the market ‘go green’ by reducing the need for batteries, and may one day extend to all applications that demand memory.”

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Sharkoon Introduces Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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Sharkoon has expanded their SuperSpeed interface product line and presents another USB 3.0 stick: The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo provides a read rate of up to 110 MB/s and a write rate of up to 70 MB/s. Therefore this memory stick is around ten times faster than the average USB 2.0 models.

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The high data rates of the Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo is owed to its efficient USB 3.0 Single Chip Controller with Quad Channel Architecture. The memory stick is cased in a high-quality, dark grey aluminum housing with protective cap and keychain eyelet, measures 72 x 19 x 8 and weighs 16 grams. Both 32 GB and 64 GB memory sizes are available.

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