Samsung Electronics announced this week that it has begun mass production of its new multi-level cell (MLC)-based 64GB and 128GB solid state drives (SSD). Samsung's 1.8- and 2.5-inch MLC-based SSDs offer 70MB/s write and 90MB/s read speeds are are expected to last 20x longer than traditional notebook hard drives.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing 1.8- and 2.5-inch multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSD) with a 128 Gigabyte (GB) storage capacity. Mass production of the Samsung MLC-based 64GB SSD also began this month.

With the 64 GB and 128 GB MLC SSDs, we are satisfying the density requirements of most business users and many PC enthusiasts, who will appreciate not only the performance gains and added reliability, but also the more attractive pricing,” said Gerd Schauss, Director Memory Marketing EMEA, Samsung Semiconductor Europe.

Samsung SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. Power consumption for the Samsung SSD is exceptionally low in standby mode at approximately 0.2 watts and in active mode at 0.5 watts.

The Samsung MLC-based SSD has a write speed of 70MB/s and a read speed of 90MB/s - performance levels that approach those of single-level-cell (SLC)-based SSDs now in mass production. Moreover, the new 128GB SSD will last approximately 20 times longer than the generally accepted 4-5 year life span of a notebook PC hard drive.
No word yet on pricing or availability. If you'd like to read more, Samsung's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
OCZ Technology recently announced its new OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5” Solid State Drives (SSDs). The OCZ Core Series SSDs are available in capacities up to 128GB and is capable of 120-143 MB/s read and 80-93 MB/s write speeds. Best of all, they are priced 50% less than comparable high performance SSDs.

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5” Solid State Drives (SSDs). OCZ has gained momentum in this pioneering technology, which uses NAND flash instead of rotating platters as the storage medium, and is a high-performance, highly reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives.

The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a 50% less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. For the first time, OCZ is putting SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and delivering on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.
OCZ has not announced when then the Core Series will ship. However, they have stated that the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions will be priced at $169, $259 and $479, respectively, at the time of launch. If you'd like to read more, OCZ's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
OCZ Technology recently announced its latest USB flash drive, the OCZ Diesel. Developed with students and professionals in mind, the OCZ Diesel offers up to 16GB of storage in a sleek and compact design.
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Imation sent out a press release this morning, announcing the availability of its new paperclip-sized Atom Flash Drive. The ultimate in data storage portability, the Atom measures less than 1.5 inches long and .5 inches wide, and weighs in at less than an ounce.

Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, continues to deliver the ultimate in flash drive technology and design with the availability of its smallest USB flash drive in the United States, the Imation Atom Flash Drive. Featuring a unique ultra-compact design, performance and high storage capacities, combined with password protection, partitioning software, and Windows(R) Vista ReadyBoost compatibility, the Atom Flash Drive is an essential and secure portable storage accessory for those transporting their digital life.

Roughly the size of a paperclip, the Atom Flash Drive is the smallest among Imation's flash drives, measuring less than 1.5 inches long and .5 inches wide, and weighing less than an ounce. The ultra-compact and unique design allows users to attach the drive directly to other mobile devices making it easy to manage and transfer digital files. A sleek black and aluminum finish make it a stylish and professional choice for professionals on the go.
The Imation Atom Flash Drive is available now in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. Prices range from $17.99 to $99.99, based on capacity. If you'd like to read more, Imation's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Avalon Technology Group sent out a press release this morning, announcing what they claim is the world's fastest 8GB USB flash drive. The 8GB Speedster offers support for 256-bit AES encryption and is capable of 34MB/s read and 20MB/s write speeds.
Avalon Technology Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AVLN) announced today that the Company has introduced the fastest available 8GB USB flash drive that features 256 AES Encryption. The Avalon Technology Group's 8GB USB Speedster is compatible with virtually all operating systems including the latest editions of Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is currently being released to retailers worldwide.

Avalon Technology Group's main competitor is the market leading Sandisk® Cruzer® Titanium, which is limited to speeds of 15 MB/s (read) and 9 MB/s (write) and sells for approximately $99.00. The 8GB Speedster offers consumers more than twice the speed of Sandisk Cruzer Titanium with 34MB/s (read) and 20 MB/sec (write) at a suggested retail price of $79.00. The 8GB USB Speedster combines blazing speed, stainless steel water resistant casing, with no cap to lose and 256 AES encryption.
If you'd like to read more, Avalon Technology Group's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment