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Patriot Ships SandForce Powered Wildfire Series SSDs

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patriot_wildfire_ssd.jpgPatriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announced it is now shipping their new Wildfire series solid-state drives powered by a new SandForce® SSD processor. The Patriot Wildfire series obliterates expectations of storage devices and delivers enterprise-like performance to consumer desktops and notebooks.

The Wildfire series utilizes the new SandForce® SF-2200 processor enabling it to shatter previous SSD performance records with up to a blazingly-fast 555MB/s sequential read and up to 520MB/s sequential write speeds all backed by a SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface.

"The Patriot Wildfire is the fastest SSD drive we have ever released," says William Lai, Patriot Memory's Product Manager. "Although we are a bit late to market, we wanted to ensure that the technology was rock-solid. We are confident with the latest firmware, Patriot’s reputation for quality and performance stand second-to-none."

"We are happy to see Patriot Memory is expanding their current SandForce Driven™ product line with the new SandForce SF-2200 client SSD Processors," said Kent Smith, Sr. Director of Product Marketing of SandForce. "Patriot has won numerous awards and we anticipate they will win even more with our latest generation 6.0 Gb/s client processor."

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Super Talent Announces TeraDrive PT3 SATA 6Gbps SSD

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Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their next generation SSD, the TeraDrive PT3.

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Featuring the SandForce 2200 processor, SATA3 interface, and Double Data Rate, ONFi flash, the new TeraDrive PT3 offers a significant leap in performance over drives offered just a few months ago. The union of these 3 new technologies has forever changed the storage landscape. Right out of the gate, this new generation SSD stretches well within the new found bandwidth promised by the SATA 3.0 bus and breaks the 500MB/s barrier in both Read and Write scores. The comparisons between SSDs and HDDs just became a little harder to justify.

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Mimoco Introduces Transformers MIMOBOT USB Flash Drives

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Mimoco, creator of the MIMOBOT® line of designer USB flash drives, under license from Hasbro, Inc., is introducing the new TRANSFORMERS character-based MIMOBOT drives featuring retro TRANSFORMERS styling. Debuting at the 2011 CEA Line Show at the Mimoco booth (#T35), the collection includes popular TRANSFORMERS characters in classic MIMOBOT form: OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON. The drives come preloaded with bonus media including digital editions of classic comics, videos, and scripts alongside the MimoDesk™ suite of screensavers, avatars, and more.

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"We are stoked to welcome the iconic TRANSFORMERS characters OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON to the MIMOBOT family," said Evan Blaustein, CEO of Mimoco. "We hope fans worldwide enjoy the collaboration which also features our most extensive preloaded media suite assembled to date."

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OCZ Launches Enterprise-Class Deneva 2 Series SSDs

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OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today launched the Deneva 2 SSD line for enterprise clients. Taking full advantage of the cutting-edge SATA 6Gb/s interface, Deneva 2 SSDs are designed for a wide range of enterprise applications including servers, cloud computing, and data centers. The Deneva 2 series delivers maximum performance while meeting the stringent reliability, security, performance and economical needs of enterprise storage environments.

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"Data centers are one application where the speed benefits of a fast SSD visibly fall straight to a company's bottom line," said SSD analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis.  "This has driven the enterprise to be the fastest-growing market for SSDs - Objective Analysis forecasts for enterprise SSD unit shipments to grow at an average annual rate of 83 percent, nearly doubling every year."

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SanDisk Launches Lightning 6Gbps SAS Enterprise SSDs

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today expanded its Lightning Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) family with six new 2.5-inch 6Gb SAS (6 gigabits per second Serial Attached SCSI) models. The Lightning products are part of the new Enterprise Storage Solutions (ESS) division that SanDisk created following its recent acquisition of Pliant Technology.

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The new drives include three SLC (single-level cell) flash drives with capacities of 100 gigabytes (GB), 200GB and 400GB; and three MLC (multi-level cell) flash drives with capacities of 200GB, 400GB and 800GB. The new drives extend SanDisk's position as the industry leader in EFD performance, performance predictability and reliability. SanDisk also confirmed today that HP has qualified and integrated the new Lightning 6Gb SAS drives into its HP Qualified storage drive offerings.

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ADATA Ships SandForce-Based S511 SATA 6Gb/s SSD

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adata_480gb_s511_ssd.jpgADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the first shipments of its highly anticipated S511 solid state drive (SSD).

ADATA is hardly a newcomer to the SSD field; however the S511 is the company’s first foray into the latest SATA 6 Gb/sec specification that employs the SandForce™ SF-2200 series controller. The timing of this release is consistent with the company’s historical balance of speed and thorough testing of new technologies.

According to YJ Choi, Senior Vice President at ADATA. “ADATA does comprehensive testing and review before bringing products to market, to ensure that our customers enjoy a worry-free experience for their systems and data. We are confident that the S511 will provide dependable performance at industry-leading transfer speeds.”

The S511 utilizes the new generation SandForce SF-2200 series chip, with native support for the SATA 6Gb/s platform. Extensive internal testing has confirmed read and write speeds twice that of SSDs using the older SATA II specification, with all hardware and firmware elements working flawlessly. In simulation trials, the S511 reached 550/520MB read and write speeds respectively, with 4K random write speeds as high as 60,000 IOPS.

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OWC Announces Mercury Electra 6G SSD

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Other World Computing today announced the OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD, a new consumer/prosumer targeted SandForce Driven SATA Revision 3.0 6Gb/s Solid State Drive. Designed and built in the USA utilizing the highest quality components available like Tier 1/Grade A NAND, the OWC Mercury Electra delivers 556MB/s read and 523MB/s write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers.

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Offering the SATA Revision 3.0 performance of a 6G SSD, but aggressively priced like a SATA Revision 2.0 3G SSD, the OWC Mercury Electra 6G is ideal for high speed personal computing, home office environments, gaming, and production workstations and can be incorporated into a RAID 1 or SPAN configuration.

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Mushkin Announces SDHC And microSD Cards

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mushkin_class_10_sdhc.jpgMushkin, Inc., a global leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the availability of new SDHC and microSD cards.

"We have very carefully prepared and tested our SDHC and microSD product offerings to ensure that they deliver the superior level of quality for which Mushkin products are known. Both amateur and professional photographers will value the data reliability and speed of our Class 10 SDHC cards, and those shooting video will appreciate the ability to save hours of high-definition video to them. Owners of the latest smartphones and tablets now have an elite option with our microSD products to upgrade storage capacity and get more from their mobile devices." – Wade Shiflett, director of marketing, Mushkin, Inc.

Mushkin Class 10 SDHC cards are compliant with the SD Association specification and guarantee and minimum data transfer rate of 10MBs per second for stutter-free operation with high-definition camcorders and cameras. Mushkin Class 4 microSDHC products transfer data at a minimum rate of 4MB/s and are the ideal solution for mobile phones and tablets.

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Lexar Ships Echo MX And ZX Backup Drives

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lexar_echo_zx.jpgLexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced that the Lexar Echo MX and ZX backup drives are now available at traditional and online retail channels. The Lexar Echo MX can be purchased at Amazon.com, Office Depot, and Target, while Echo ZX drives are offered at Amazon.com and Office Depot stores nationwide. Both drives can also be purchased from www.lexar.com/echo.

The Lexar Echo MX backup drive comes in a range of capacities, from 8GB to 128GB, allowing users to back up and protect large volumes of files and data on the go. With fast transfer speeds up to 30MB/s read and 17MB/s write, based on capacity, coupled with the easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter powered by E Ink® technology, users can quickly access data while easily checking available space. The Lexar Echo ZX, an always-ready backup drive, provides the protection users are looking for in a low-profile, plug-and-stay design. The drive is available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, with transfer speeds up to 28MB/s read and 15MB/s write, based on capacity.

Thanks to the Lexar Echo backup software functionality, saving and protecting valuable documents, presentations, photos, and video files are no longer tedious tasks. Unlike traditional backup software, it allows users to define the number of versions it saves, preserving multiple iterations of a file for later use, gives access to previous versions of a file, and protects against data loss, even if a file was inadvertently modified or erased on the user’s computer. Both drives also provide 128-bit AES encryption.

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Apacer Rolls Out Modular SSDs For Industrial Mobile Devices

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As portable devices become all the rage, compactness and thin profile have gone mainstream. Apacer —the global leading memory manufacturer— stays ahead of the market by introducing today two industrial SSDs (solid state disks) targeting industrial tablet PCs and rugged mobile devices. The new offerings include the 2.5-inch SAFD 25M3 and the 1.8-inch SAFD 18S3, both of which are storage solutions boasting thin profile as well as high speed.

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The two next-generation ultra-slim SATA modular SSDs deliver high read/write speed of up to 115/90 MB/sec in half the size of typical 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch ones. Due to noiseless, shock-resistant and power-saving features, they not only meet customer demand for portable devices perfectly but also offer mobility and reliability for industrial tablet PCs and rugged mobile devices. 

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