Building on the success of the industry leading Bullet Proof line of mSATA SSDs, we at MyDigitalSSD are proud to announce two highly anticipated SATA III (6G) mSATA drives that reach up to 256GB capacity at a price that's right for any budget.

MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 (BP3) SATA III (6G) 50mm mSATA Solid State Drives

mydigitalssd_bp3_msata_ssd.pngLike their predecessors, Bullet Proof 3 SSDs offer the performance and reliability you've come to expect from MyDigitalSSD while boasting improved Read/Write speeds of over 500/300MB/sec with Random 4K speeds of over 20/40MB/sec. Featuring Asynchronous NAND Flash and the new Phison S8 Controller, BP3 drives are the perfect upgrade solution for anyone looking for the best price to performance ratio on the market. For those who like to push their devices to the max, MyDigitalSSD will be releasing an IOPS minded Firmware in mid to late July.

Estimated Retail Street Prices : 32GB - $49.99 | 64GB - $79.99 | 128GB - $159.99 | 256GB - $279.99

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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 that its SAS-based Talos 2 SSDs will be showcased during Microsoft’s North American TechEd (technology education) conferences. With this partnership, TechEd participants will get a firsthand look at the upcoming Windows Server 2012 and how it delivers the enterprise-class storage capabilities that IT departments require. OCZ Talos 2 drives will be highlighted in various Windows Server 2012 demonstrations showing their leading application performance and data access, high endurance and reliability, seamless integration of 2.5-inch form factors, and true dual-ported SAS capabilities.

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TechEd event is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education of Microsoft's current and future suite of products, solutions, and services, and utilizes hands-on learning, in-depth product exploration, and other opportunities that build relationships within the Microsoft community. TechEd begins June 11 in Orlando, Florida, and continues on to Europe in late June for IT professionals and developers to keep their fingers on the pulse of the latest Microsoft technologies and platforms. In conjunction with the TechEd events in North America and Europe, OCZ Talos 2 SSDs will be featured in a permanent demo display rack at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City.

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LSI Corporation is committed to delivering the highest quality and most reliable Flash Storage Processors (FSP) in the marketplace. As part of a detailed validation and quality assurance analysis of the security implementation in the SF-2000 series FSP, it was discovered that the AES-XTS engine was restricted to 128-bit encryption.

This issue affects the limited set of users who currently require 256-bit encryption. The necessary hardware and firmware updates are currently in process to enable full 256-bit encryption for those customers who need it.

“AES-128” and “AES-256” refer to encryption key lengths of 128 and 256 bits respectively; the higher the number of bits in a key, the stronger the level of encryption.

LSI believes AES 128-bit encryption meets the data encryption requirements of most customers. Customers that believe they require 256-bit encryption should contact their SSD manufacturer to obtain specific information about their SSD.

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, along with LSI, its SSD processor partner, have recently been in discussions related to the encryption capabilities of the SF-2000 platform. It was discovered that the ’self encrypting’ feature that Kingston® markets on both the SSDNow V+200 and KC100 lines runs in 128-bit AES encryption mode, not the originally stated 256-bit mode. Both AES modes encrypt and secure the data on the SSD from unauthorized access ― just to different encryption standards.

Kingston is working with LSI to correct this and to ensure that future production of the aforementioned drives delivers 256-bit AES encryption mode.

Feedback from Kingston's customer base regarding the SSDNow V+200 and KC100 model SSDs does not indicate that the encryption feature is critical or widely used in most deployments. Kingston’s teams will work closely with customers who require 256-bit AES encryption to ensure that they are taken care of, and are able to swap out their current drives for ones with the correct encryption level when it becomes available. Kingston customers with further questions are encouraged to contact Kingston technical support for additional clarification.

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As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a limitation of the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption feature in the Intel SSD 520 Series, code-named Cherryville. Intel has published a specification update for the Intel SSD 520 Series product, updating the specification from AES 256-bit encryption to AES 128-bit encryption. Other Intel Solid-State Drives with data encryption, such as Intel SSD 320 Series, also feature AES 128-bit encryption.

The AES feature in the Intel SSD 520 Series, when used in combination with a strong user and master HDD password (if supported, consult your system manufacturer), helps secure the data from access by anyone that does not know the password. AES 128-bit refers to the length of the key used for data encryption. In the Intel SSD 520 Series, the key length is 128 bits. The higher the number of bits in a key, the stronger the level of encryption. Intel believes AES 128-bit encryption meets the data encryption requirements of most customers.

Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality, and is working to bring AES 256-bit encryption to future products. If, however, our customers are not satisfied with the 128-bit encryption in an Intel 520 Series SSD purchased before July 1, 2012, they can contact Intel customer support prior to October 1, 2012 to return their product and Intel is offering to provide a full refund of the purchase price. For further information or questions about this specification change, consumers should contact Intel Customer Support.

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Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD), a leader in the development of semiconductor SoC (System on Chip) solutions for the data storage market, today unveiled its flagship high-performance LM87800 SATA 6G SSD controller with proprietary eBoost technology. The highly-integrated device brings enterprise-class performance and endurance enhancement to the rapidly growing client SSD market.

Designed to deliver superior performance, the architecture deploys extensive hardware acceleration, dedicated host-side and NAND-side ARM® microcontrollers and a 6Gb/s SATA host interface, enabling the LM87800 to deliver industry-leading performance of 90K sustained random read/write IOPS and 550 MB/s sustained sequential read/write throughput. The LM87800 is fabricated on a low-power and low-leakage process technology and employs sophisticated power management techniques to achieve ultra-low power consumption.

The LM87800 features highly robust data recovery capability based on Link_A_Media Device's eBoostTM technology. eBoost significantly enhances the endurance of current and future generation NAND flash to bring enterprise-class reliability and lifetime to client SSDs while maintaining superior performance throughout the life of the SSD. eBoost achieves these key system objectives through the use of proprietary adaptive signal estimation techniques coupled with powerful on-the-fly error correction technology.

With 8 NAND channels supporting the high-speed ONFi 2.3 and Toggle 1 flash interfaces, the LM87800 can access up to 1 terabyte of commodity NAND flash while also cost-effectively supporting today’s mainstream SSD capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The LM87800 supports NAND flash from all major vendors including SLC, MLC and eMLC flash families.

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Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today that its SSD 830 Series advanced internal solid state drives (SSDs) will include a downloadable version of the highly anticipated game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier with purchase of the 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB models (while supplies last) in the U.S. and Canada. 

For a limited time, consumers that purchase those drives will find a code inside the box to enable a download of the full PC version of the newly released game from Ubisoft (see URL for terms and conditions).

Samsung 830 Series SSDs incorporate a high-performance Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface, which provides twice the data bandwidth of previous-generation interfaces. The drives are an ideal option for users who want to upgrade their computing experience without purchasing an entirely new PC, or for anyone building a system and wanting maximum performance.

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that Lenovo has selected SanDisk to provide the solid state drive (SSD) caching technology for the new Lenovo® ThinkPad Edge E430™ and E530™ laptop computers.

The SanDisk® U100 mSATA SSD is used in Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E430 and E530 along with Condusiv™ Technologies ExpressCache® software. The hardware and software combination from SanDisk delivers up to four times the performance of a standalone hard disk drive (HDD). This means that consumers and business users will experience significantly faster start up and application loading times without frustrating delays.

"ThinkPad users expect a laptop that delivers everything they need to enjoy a versatile computing experience-innovative solutions, time-tested, intelligent design and, of course, high performance," said Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Edge Business Unit, Lenovo. "The ThinkPad Edge E430 and E530 laptops with SanDisk's SSD technology exceed those expectations, particularly for small-to-medium businesses looking for an advantage with a productivity-enhancing PC that's equally suited for use at home, in the office or on the road."

A 16GB SanDisk U100 SSD and the Condusiv caching software work alongside the HDD in the ThinkPad Edge E430 and E530 to store data that is most frequently accessed. This allows a significant boost to performance because information is processed more quickly.

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RunCore, the leading manufacturer of high-performance and rugged solid state drives (SSDs), today introduced its new Pro VI 2.5in 7mm SSD for Ultrabooks, offers a higher and more stable performance than Pro V 2.5’s 7mm SSD.

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By some observations from multiple authoritative research institutions, it believes that more than a million Ultrabooks will be bought this year because the price of them are expected to drop into the $799 to $899 range. Recently SSD price declining encourages PC suppliers to use SSDs in their products and the development of Ultrabooks. In addition to the Pro V Ultra SSD, RunCore once again introduce another new 7mm SSD – Pro VI 2.5in 7mm SSD - to enrich its product lineup for Ultrabooks.

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Biwin, an industry leader in flash storage products, will showcase a working PCIE based solid state drive (SSD) in a technology demo system in their booth at the Computex convention this week in Taipei. Although this product will not be released for sale, it is the precursor to the company’s future line of PCIE-based enterprise class SSDs.

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Today's SATA SSDs deliver sequential and random performance that is dramatically faster than HDDs. But enterprise applications demand ever greater performance, requiring storage solutions with far greater bandwidth than SATA can provide. PCI Express, or PCIE, offers three big advantages as an SSD interface:

  • universal availability;
  • massive bandwidth in a single volume;
  • general freedom from compatibility issues.

As Gen3 PCIE servers are deployed, available bandwidth to accelerate access to data in a single physical volume increases exponentially compared to SATA, with up to 8GB/sec of bandwidth for the PCIE x8 Gen3 bus.

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