Imation announced this week that its new Nano flash drive is now available in the United States. The Nano measures less than 1.75 inches long and half an inch wide and is available in capacities up to 8GB. It also offers password protection and drive partitioning as well as support for Vista's ReadyBoost technology.

Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, today introduced in the United States its smallest, never-lose swivel cap USB flash drive, the Imation Nano Flash Drive. Combining a professional design with the performance and storage capacity needed to easily manage and transfer digital files, the drive offers security features, Windows(R) Vista ReadyBoost compatibility, recyclable packaging, and up to 8GB of storage capacity in a durable yet lightweight design.

Featuring the smallest form factor among Imation's swivel flash drives, the Nano flash Drive measures less than 1.75 inches long and half an inch wide, and weighs less than an ounce. The compact design provides a convenient and simple way for mobile consumers and business professionals to access and transport digital files such as presentations, email, audio and video even in tight spaces like airplanes. The 360-degree rotating, never-lose swivel cap protects the USB connector and data stored on the drive from loss. Further, Imation's environmentally-friendly Nano Flash Drive package is made from 100 percent recyclable paperboard.
The Nano is available now through resellers located in the United States. Prices range from $14.99 to $89.99, depending on the capactity. If you'd like to read more, Imation's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
TDK Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its HS1 series of 1.8" µSATA Solid State Drives (SSD). These new drives are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and feature a SATA interface capable of 100 MB/s burst read and 50 MB/s burst write speeds.

TDK Corporation announced today that it has completed development of the GBDriver HS1 solid state drive (SSD) controller for SSDs used in laptop PCs and industrial system hardware that employs PC platforms and completed commercialization and began shipments of the HS1 series of SSDs equipped with this controller.

Currently, SSDs that use NAND flash memory are employed in industrial system hardware and laptop PCs, but in addition to high prices, there are limits to NAND flash memory reliability and technology, and many users including PC manufacturers are hesitant to use NAND flash memory for applications that require the highest levels of reliability. Against this background, TDK focused on providing security and reliability adequate for memory systems and developed the original NAND flash memory control system. The result was development of a controller that can provide high-speed, high-reliability storage functions and the commercialization and start of shipments of the HS1 series of SSD equipped with that controller.
TDK plans to produce 10,000 units a month, with sample prices ranging from $900 for the 16GB drive to $2000 for the 64GB version. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
SanDisk recently announced the launch of its Mobile Ultra line of premium mobile phone storage cards. The Mobile Ultra microSD, microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards come bundled with a MobileMate Micro Reader and are available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities.

A must-have product for consumers who embody the digital lifestyle, the SanDisk Mobile Ultra high-performance cards are “best of breed” premium cards that provide fast side-loading speeds. This means that users will experience accelerated transfer rates of digital files to and from their mobile memory card and their computer. In addition to speed, SanDisk Mobile Ultra cards allow consumers to “wake up” the multimedia features of mobile phones by increasing the phone's storage capacity for maps, music, videos, photos, games and other essential applications. For avid mobile phone videographers, events and experiences captured by the phone's video camera can be quickly and efficiently transferred to social media or video-sharing websites. For added value and convenience, the card is bundled with a MobileMate Micro Reader that plugs directly into a USB 2.0 port to assist in this quick transport and easy management of digital content.
SanDisk Mobile Ultra memory cards will be available at various retail outlets in early June. More information, including pricing, can be found here. Add a comment
Samsung announced this week that it has developed the world's fastest 256GB multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD). This new 2.5" SSD is equipped with a SATA II interface which allows it to read at 200 MB/s and write at 160 MB/s.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world's fastest, 2.5-inch, 256 Gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) using a SATA II interface, at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum held here today. Samsung's new 256GB SSD is also the thinnest drive with the largest capacity to be offered with a SATA II interface.

With a sequential read speed of 200 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write speed of 160MB/s, Samsung's MLC-based 2.5-inch 256GB SSD is about 2.4 times faster than a typical HDD. Furthermore, the new 256 GB SSD is only 9.5 millimeters (mm) thick, and measures 100.3x69.85 mm.

Once introduced, the Samsung's 256GB SSD will mark the largest capacity SSD from the global market leader in SSD sales, effectively eliminating density as a barrier to SSD adoption in the consumer space.
Samsung is expected to begin producing its new 256GB SSD by year end, with customer samples available in September. A 1.8-inch version of the drive is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Verbatim Europe sent out a press today, announcing two new USB drives. Along with an updated version of the standard Store ´n´ Go, Verbatim has introduced a new drive aimed at business users. The Store ‘n' Go Executive features 128-bit AES encryption and is capable of 30 Mbyte/s read and 12 Mbyte/s write speeds.

The newly developed Store ´n´ Go generation comes in the colour blue. It combines functionality with a smart design. The Retractable System is the perfect alternative to the tiresome cap of the past. “The Retractable System protects the USB interface and is more convenient for our clients”, explains Hans Christoph Kaiser, Business Development Manager Flash and USB Memory Verbatim EUMEA. Software for secure data encryption and a blue LED-light are part of the package which is all rounded off with a free European Hotline Support telephone number. The support of Microsoft ReadyBoost enables Windows Vista users to work faster. The USB drive is available with capacities from 1GB to 16GB. Weighing just 10 grams, it can read data at a speed of 11 Mbyte/s and write data at 8 Mbyte/s.

The Store ‘n' Go Executive USB drive is the star of the Verbatim USB Range. For business users and professionals who need access to large volumes of data, its 4GB to 16GB storage capacity offers the perfect solution. The Store 'n' Go Executive delivers first-class read and write speeds of up to 200x (30 Mbyte/s) and 80x (12 Mbyte/s). The stylish, silver-colored design with its protective rubber coating looks perfect with any model of laptop or PC. Confidential data is secured to the satisfaction of all professional users thanks to 128-bit AES encryption. With the special design of this Store 'n' Go product range, the USB connection is protected by simply sliding the jack in, making the protective cap obsolete here too.
The Store ´n´ Go Standard and Enterprise are available now in capacities up to 16GB. More information on both drives can be found here. Add a comment