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
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
Ridata has announced that they've added a 32GB model to its 233x Lightning Series of CompactFlash cards. This high capacity card features dual channels of data throughput, allowing it to read at 35MB/s and write at 12MB/s.
Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular Ridata brand of recordable DVD, flash media, electronic storage products, and digital accessories, has introduced a 32GB model to its 233x Lightning Series of CompactFlash cards. Proving size does matter in memory cards, it boasts one of the largest capacities, fastest transfer rates available in a CF card. It joins existing 233x Series models featuring 2GB - 16GB storage capacities.

"Mobile digital products continue to get more and more sophisticated," commented Harvey Liu, president of Advanced Media, Inc. "To that end, they require more data storage and faster read times. Our new 32GB 233x Lightning Series CompactFlash card delivers both. In today's digital flash media world, size matters. And Ridata has it."

The new Ridata 32GB/233X CF card is perfect for users of higher megapixel digital cameras. Its large 32GB capacity allows the user to store more photos, while virtually eliminating nagging wait time for data to record. Consumers are strongly urged to check the hardware device specifications to ensure the device used will work with higher capacity CF cards using the FAT32 file system.
The Ridata 32GB 233x Lightning Series CompactFlash card is available now for a suggested retail price of $199.99. 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
Traxdata recenly announced the availability of its new 16GB SDHC card. This Class 6 rated card is capable of 6MB/s writing speeds and can hold six hours and 40 minutes of MPEG-2 video. Traxdata also announced that it has expanded its product lineup to include both miniSDHC and microSDHC memory cards.

Traxdata's SDHC 16GB allows users to store approximately 5000 four-megapixel images or approximately six hours and 40 minutes of MPEG-2 video on the one card. Rated Class 6 for data transfer speed, it is the highest speed class currently available, and means data can be written at a minimum speed of 6MB per second, perfect for high-definition video and images...

...In addition, Traxdata has also announced the availability of two new formats to its existing range - both a 4GB and 8GB version of the miniSDHC memory card alongside a 4GB microSDHC card, one of the smallest memory cards in the world. Both the miniSDHC and microSDHC are ideal for people who use their mobile phones for taking photos, download and store music on their phones or for those that use their mobile device for more complex use such as email, office documents and the internet.
If you'd like to read more, Traxdata's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment