At the beginning of August, Plextor announced the first details for the M5 Pro. Plextor now confirms it will start rolling out the M5 Pro series in several European countries in September and reveals more details about the new SSD line.


The M5 Pro is designed and engineered with prosumers, businesses, and small / medium enterprises in mind. The combination of the latest generation Marvell 88SS9187 controller and quality Japanese Toshiba Toggle NAND flash gives M5Pro enterprise-class performance. The M5 Pro boosts sustained random read / write speed up to 94,000 / 86,000 IOPS as well as continuous read/write speeds up to 540/450 MB/s. The drive also makes use of True Speed technology, which prevents the drastic performance drops seen in some SSDs after intense or long-term usage.

The Plextor M5 Pro introduces True-Protect: a unique protection system consisting of two layers to protect the integrity of your data. To confirm that each piece of data is correctly stored with 100% accuracy a 128-bit error correction code (ECC) built into the latest Marvell controller is used. This is complemented by a second layer of read protection offered by the Robust Data Hold-out algorithm in Plextor's exclusive firmware, allowing the drive to achieve total data accuracy even in the long-term.

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verbatim_uhs-i_sdxc_card.pngMeeting the increasing demand for high-performance memory cards, Verbatim introduces a range of SDHC and SDXC Cards with UHS-I specification – the fastest category of high-performance SD cards available today with bus interface speeds up to 104MB/s.

Conforming to standards set by the SD Association, the UHS-I SDHC and SDXC Cards from Verbatim offer extremely fast read speeds of up to 600x (90MB/sec) and very quick write speeds of 166x (25MB/sec).

With a write protect feature to prevent accidental erasure of data and generous data storage capacities of up to 64GB available to capture and transfer high-definition (HD) movies and high-resolution digital photos, the memory cards from Verbatim enable professional photographers and videographers to use SDHC or SDXC-based cameras and camcorders rather than relying solely on CompactFlash or SSD. The increasing use of mobile applications also demands higher storage capacities and faster data transfer rates.

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PNY Technologies, Inc. today introduced their new line-up of high-performance Solid State Drives (SSDs) for enterprise to consumer storage solutions, while at the Flash Memory Summit 2012 in Santa Clara, CA, booth #827. The PNY Prevail Series includes Prevail Elite and Prevail Solid State Drives -- designed for workstation use; while the XLR8™ Series includes XLR8 Pro and XLR8 Solid State Drives -- designed for consumer use.


Featuring a comprehensive line-up of innovative products, PNY's Solid State Drives support a wide host of customers, applications, and industries. With essential benefits, such as high reliability, accelerated performance, lower power operations, extreme ruggedness, and overall efficiency -- all of these latest SSDs are backed by the PNY Endurance Promise. With endurance ratings of either 10K or 3K Program/Erase cycles, PNY's SSDs provide a wide gamut of use cases for customers' needs.

All of PNY's SSDs are also designed and manufactured in the USA at a brand-new state of the art manufacturing facility featuring the latest in SMT capability. PNY performs rigorous testing on every Solid State Drive -- for the utmost in quality and reliability.

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Marvell, a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced general availability of the Marvell® DragonFly™ platform, featuring DragonFly NVRAM and DragonFly NVCACHE. DragonFly is the storage industry's first intelligent NVRAM SSD accelerator – essentially a low-latency write-back cache running embedded software in a PCIe adapter form factor. Marvell is demonstrating DragonFly in booth #800-802 at the Flash Memory Summit, taking place today through August 23.

Marvell's revolutionary DragonFly platform is designed to remove the complexity associated with high-performance caching – while the rest of the industry continues to cobble together a hodgepodge of expensive DRAM, capacitors, SSDs, generic software and custom professional services. With DragonFly, Marvell has designed from the ground up a compelling fully integrated enterprise adapter solution that leverages the company's world-class chip technology and delivers the highest IOPS and lowest latency performance on the most consistent basis.

As the first in a new category of NVRAM-powered write-back caching solutions, the DragonFly platform plugs directly into commercially available servers with a PCIe slot. Moreover, it combines Marvell's SoC technology with its newly designed circuit boards. The result is a leading-edge sub-system solution that can consistently achieve 10-100x improvements in latency and server I/O performance while reducing power, space and storage capital costs in the datacenter. DragonFly is sold as a PCIe Gen2 x8 adapter with up to 8GB SODIMM ECC DRAM and up to 1.5 TB of external SSD storage; read, write-back and write-thru caching; synchronous low-latency peer-to-peer write-back mirroring; virtual machine migration and management tools; 3.2GB/s throughput; less than 22us latency; sustained 4K random performance of 220K IOPS read and 220K IOPS write; integrated onboard ultracapacitors to protect data in the event of power loss; and a wide variety of host operating system support, including RHEL, KVM, Xen, VMWare and Windows.

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is working with Microsoft to create a Windows To Go-compatible USB Flash drive. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB drive, enabling users to boot and operate from multiple PCs. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device capable of SSD-like performance and achieves all Windows 8 certification requirements.

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash drive, to be released this October, is designed for enterprise environments that want to use Windows To Go to support their mobile workforce and contingent staff for scenarios such as bring your own device and sharing PCs. The drive is fully bootable and incorporates SSD technology in a small USB form factor so users can access their enterprise system from a portable device.

“We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive,” said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Marketing, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft.

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