Advanced Media has announced a new converter that allows a CompactFlash card to function as a Solid State Drive (SSD). Using the converter, two Ridata CF cards can be configured into a RAID 1 array and mounted in a drive bay or a slot on the rear of a PC or notebook.

Advanced Media, Inc., is a manufacturer and marketer of the Ridata brand of electronic storage products, and digital accessories. The company is pleased to announce Ridata 233x Lightning Series CompactFlash® cards plus a SATA Converter RAID 1. Compatible Ridata CF cards range in capacity from 512MB to 32GB. The adapter allows a CF card to function as a Solid State Drive (SSD). In the case of a hard drive failure, the CF card via the converter appears as an ordinary hard drive to any OS and can be configured as a boot device.

"Many of our portable device customers would like to try an SSD without the bigger price tag. Our industrial customers face the problem of waiting for long hard disk drive (HDD) rebuilds that may cause over heating issues. By using our CF card and SATA converter, users can hot swap the HDD with the card and converter saving storage rebuild time with low temperatures and high transfer speeds," commented Harvey Liu, president of Advanced Media, Inc.

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Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular Ridata brand of recordable DVD, flash media, electronic storage products, and digital accessories, has introduced its eSATA external flash drive. The product, one of the first of its kind to hit the market, will be on display at the upcoming 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in South Hall 3, booth #31761.

“Our new dual-end eSATA or USB flash drive is at home in either business or general-use applications,” stated Harvey Liu, president of Advanced Media, Inc. “It is the perfect answer for anywhere a large capacity, ultra-fast portable storage device is desired. Offering true plug-and-play connectivity and fast boot up, it provides the best of both of these popular storage technologies.”

The new Ridata storage device will be especially popular with users of the latest generation of notebooks that feature an eSATA and USB combination port. No external power or battery is needed, as it is powered by either the eSATA or USB bus. As a result, there is very low power consumption.

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IronKey announced today that its USB flash drives are now available with anti-worm malware protection. This patent-pending technology prevents AutoRun malware from infecting IronKey devices and corporate or government networks.

IronKey, maker of the world's most secure flash drive, today announced the availability of its patent-pending USB anti-worm malware protection capabilities. AutoRun worms are one of the fastest spreading new types of malicious software, with over 70 million computers infected in 2008. Even the U.S. Department of Defense computer network was infected in November 2008, prompting a temporary ban of USB flash drives and other removable media. IronKey's new USB anti-worm malware protection technology ensures that USB AutoRun worms cannot install themselves onto IronKey devices, or spread onto corporate or government computers from IronKey devices.

Unlike other USB flash drives and memory sticks, IronKey devices are intelligent, secure storage devices with on-board security co-processors, which allows IronKey devices to provide active anti-malware protection. IronKey Enterprise devices are managed remotely, and IronKey provides regular, automated security and anti-malware updates over the Internet or corporate network. IronKey devices are FIPS 140-2, Level 2 validated, ensuring the highest levels of compliance with government security regulations. IronKey devices are available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB storage capacities.

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Intel announced today that it has begun shipping a 160GB version of its X25-M solid-state drive (SSD).  While offering twice the storage, space this new MLC-based SSD delivers the same level of performance as Intel's 80GB M-series drive. Along with a read latency of 85 microseconds, the drive is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively.

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Intel is expanding its award-winning Intel® X25-M and X18-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD) family by announcing the production release of a 160 gigabyte (GB) capacity drive in a 2.5-inch form factor. The product is shipping now, and a 1.8-inch 160GB version will begin shipping next month.

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Micron announced this week that ithas worked with Sun Microsystems to developa new single-level cell (SLC) NAND technology that dramatically extends the lifespan of flash-based storage. With this new technology, the companies have produced devices capable of achieving one million write cycles.

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced it has worked with Sun Microsystems, Inc., to develop a new single-level cell (SLC) enterprise NAND technology that dramatically extends the lifespan of flash-based storage for enterprise applications. The result of the collaboration has yielded production devices capable of achieving one million write cycles, a milestone that will help prepare the industry for new uses in solid state storage set to come from Sun, Micron and others. The new technology delivers the highest write/erase cycling capability of any NAND technology available on the market.

"Micron is pleased to work with Sun on this landmark achievement, enabling the use of flash in new applications that were previously not possible because of the inherent write/erase cycle limitations of standard SLC and MLC NAND," said Brian Shirley, vice president of Micron’s memory group. "We expect this technology to revolutionize the enterprise storage hierarchy and be adopted by a wide range of transaction-intensive applications, including solid state drives and storage systems, disk caching, as well as networking and industrial applications."

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