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Kingston Extends Class 10 microSDHC Card Family

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kingston 16gb class10 microsdhc.jpgKingston Digital  today announced it is shipping a 4GB and 8GB Class 10 microSDHC card, joining the previously released 16GB Class 10 card. Kingston will add a 32GB capacity to the family in Q2. The Class 10 cards have a fast minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/s.

“Kingston’s Class 10 microSDHC cards are compatible with many of the latest mobile phones including Android™ smartphones and BlackBerry® devices, hi-def cameras and the increasingly popular tablet PCs,” said Mike Kuppinger, Flash card business manager, Kingston. “The Class 10 speed provides faster data transfer rates and the various capacities help satisfy storage needs for users with both light and heavy memory needs.”

Kingston takes mobility and versatility a step further when it makes these cards part of the Mobility Kit, which includes an SD adapter and a USB card reader. The SD adapter allows users to capture continuous images or videos in digital cameras while the reader provides a simple and fast way to transfer data to a host PC. The Class 10 microSDHC cards will ship as part of the Mobility at the end of March.

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TYAN Validates Fusion-io 160GB and 640GB ioDrives in Dual-Socket Server Platforms

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TYAN, an industry-leading server platform manufacturer, and a subsidiary of MiTAC International Corp., has completed validating 160GB and 640GB ioDrives from Fusion-io in two of their most powerful HPC computing platforms: the S7025, a dual Socket 1366 motherboard supporting Intel® Xeon® 5500/5600 series processors, and the S8232, the company’s newest dual Socket G34 board supporting AMD® Opteron™ 6100 series processors.

TYAN’s rigorous validation process included testing ioMemory technology from Fusion-io with a full range of operating systems and applications, as well as comprehensive hardware testing to ensure complete compatibility. Tyan engineers also performed some cursory benchmark tests. “Validating Fusion ioDrives with Tyan’s leading HPC platforms gives Tyan and our OEM partners total confidence in Fusion’s game changing technology. We’re looking forward to expanding our relations with Fusion-io in the future,” stated TYAN’s Senior Director of Sales, Joe James. Both motherboards are available now through TYAN distributors worldwide. OEM pricing is available on request.

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SuperTalent Announces JEDEC Standard mSATA SSD

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Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new mSATA interface SSD that conforms to new JEDEC MO-300V standard.

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SSDs are fast, reliable, non-volatile storage devices used in a variety of portable devices. The recent proliferation of netbook and tablet designs has created the need for a standard to enable easy and efficient integration possibilities. The mSATA JEDEC standard MO-300B is one such standard. It is a SATAII interface SSD using a mini PCIe formfactor.

This full sized mSATA, supports SATA-II, 3.0Gb/s speeds and measures a mere 50.80mm x 29.85mm x 4.85mm. This new embedded interface supports capacities ranging from 16GB to 256GB.

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Verbatim Announces Store ‘n’ Go Audio USB Flash Drive

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The majority of music nowadays is mainly stored and played using MP3 files. With car radios increasingly supporting USB ports, Verbatim has specially developed a USB drive that can fit perfectly into a car radio USB slot, making it the ideal way to store and listen to all your favourite MP3 music while motoring. No bigger than a Euro coin, the innovative USB drive is barely noticeable once inserted into a USB port and can store up to 2000 audio tracks – more than enough for any road trip.  The 8GB Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go Audio USB is available in stores now at €18 (8GB) (RRP).

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In being only 17.15mm long x 14.85mm wide x 7.7mm deep, when inserted into the USB port only 5mm of the Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go Audio USB is left protruding, meaning that it can be kept in the car radio on a semi-permanent basis and used as a long-term storage extension. No damaged USB or USB Port any longer hitting the Storage exidently. And as with any standard USB drive, Verbatim’s Audio USB can also be used in any computer or gadget with a USB 2.0 port - anything from netbooks, table PCs, digital picture frames to desktop PCs.

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Super Talent Announces USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH Flash Drive

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super talent express duo 2-ch.jpgSuper Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new USB 3.0 flash drive, the USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH.

Featuring a cap-less industrial design, the USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH, now features a black "piano finished" plastic housing that twists to reveal and conceal the USB 3.0 port inside.

The 2-channel design of the Express Duo 2-CH can top over 67MB/s when plugged into a USB 3.0 port, yet remains fully-backward compatible to USB 2.0 and for about the same price.

This new flash drive also comes pre-installed with Microsoft Security Essentials, real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Our USB 3.0 drive makes it easy to install this software on all of your PCs.

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Plextor Ships M2S Series SSDs To European Market

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Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance storage and digital media solutions, announces the first shipment of the fast M2S series has arrived in Europe. Plextor starts rolling out the M2S series in several European countries. The first quantity of the Plextor SSD is available now in the UK with Scan.

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Last month Plextor introduced the M2S Series as one of the first brands to offer SSD with the latest SATA 6Gb/s interface for fast transfer times, boasting sequential read speeds up to 480 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 330 MB/s. The SSD is boasted by its server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 control chip, currently the industry’s most advanced control chip, which is also used in central processors. The M2S series SSD is available in 3 different capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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Lexar Ships 64GB And 128GB Professional 133x SDXC Memory Cards

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Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it is now shipping the Lexar® Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB, an industry first, and 64GB. The Lexar Professional SDXC cards are available in B&H Photo and Video, and Adorama Camera stores across the U.S, as well as on www.lexar.com.

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These large capacities make Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards an excellent choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images and extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video on a single, high-performance solution. Also, the Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x, or 20MB per second, and accelerate professional workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images and HD video from the memory card to the computer when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader.

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Active Media Products Adds Write Protection Feature to SATA DOMs

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Active Media Products, a leading manufacturer of DOMs and small form factor SSDs, announced that two of their low-profile 7-pin SATA DOM (Disk on Module) drive types now feature a write enable/write protect switch, which is useful in many embedded applications to prevent inadvertent deletion of files.

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Most embedded computers are optimized to run a single application reliably year after year. Once deployed they are usually expected to operate continuously, maintenance free. DOMs are perfect for such applications because they are very reliable and have outstanding endurance, with a MTBF up to two million hours. The write protection switch improves reliability by allowing embedded system makers to write protect the drive after loading the OS and applications onto it. Write protection adds an extra level of security against viruses, file corruption, or inadvertent file deletion which could cause a failure of the embedded system. This improves field reliability of embedded computers and helps keep maintenance costs to a minimum.

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OCZ Technology To Acquire Indilinx

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OCZ Technology Group, Inc.,a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd, a privately held fabless provider of flash controller silicon and software for SSDs.

Indilinx is headquartered in South Korea and currently sells its line of flash controllers to SSD manufacturers and Tier One OEMs for use in a broad array of products addressing multiple markets, including embedded and industrial as well as laptops and PCs. Indilinx controllers have been deployed within OCZ's SSD products since December 2008, and are currently featured in the Z-Drive series of PCIe-based SSDs. Indilinx's technology is expected to enable OCZ to expand its presence into the embedded, hybrid storage, and industrial markets.

OCZ will gain substantial intellectual property from Indilinx including approximately 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction. For example, the acquisition is expected to extend OCZ's capabilities with advanced controller technology including Tinkerbell™, a high performance eMMC 4.4 x controller that replaces SSDs in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, GPS units, and netbooks. Tinkerbell improves the user experience in consumer mobile devices for applications such as internet browsing, gaming, social networking applications, emails, and multimedia play.

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InnoDisk Releases E-Class SSD Series

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Enterprise storage capacity keeps growing up and performance of it is demanded to be faster. One key stimulation is cloud computing. It comes with an advantage for SSD booming up. In order to provide better solution to replace traditional HDD, there are numerous challenges for SSD venders to overcome.

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InnoDisk, as a leading industrial storage solution vendor, has just launched E-Class SSD Series, E-Class SAS SSD and E-Class SATA SSD. E-Class SSD is developed for enterprise computing application and is designed within eMLC (enterprise NAND flash). The most critical difference between eMLC, MLC and SLC is the program/erase cycle. SLC provides 100,000 cycles and MLC provides 3,000 to 5,000 cycles, while that of eMLC (or Enterprise MLC) can reach up to 30,000. 10 times better write endurance, but little higher price than MLC, this makes eMLC more attractive and more value-added.

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