Super Talent sent out a press release earlier today, announcing its new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA solid state drives (SSD). Developed for laptops, MasterDrive KX SSDs are available in capacities up to 120GB and are capable of 120MB/sec read and 40MB/sec write speeds.

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today released a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA SSDs.

At merely 5mm thick, these Micro-SATA SSDs are slimmer than most 1.8-inch hard drives, and hold up to 120GB of data. “In terms of performance, power consumption, and shock and vibration resistance the MasterDrive KX is substantially better than hard drives. The MasterDrive KX is an excellent upgrade for laptop users looking for greater reliability or to accelerate bootup and load times”, Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James explained.

Built with MLC NAND Flash, the MasterDrive KX is offered in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities. With 0.1ms access time and 120MB/sec and 40MB/sec max sequential read and write speeds, these SSDs provide lightning fast access to files. The Micro-SATA connector in a 1.8-inch form factor makes these SSDs an ideal upgrade for UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs).
MasterDrive KX SSDs are available now. Prices range from $299 to $679, depending on the capacity. If you'd like to read more, Super Talent's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
SanDisk recently announced the latest addition to its family of Extreme flash cards. The SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo is available in 4GB and 8GB capacities and is capable 30 MB/s read and write speeds.

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced the fastest card in its Memory Stick product family: the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with read and write speeds of 30 megabytes (MB)1 per second. The card, available in June in 4-gigabyte (GB)1 and 8GB capacities, is ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs who use Sony digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras.

SanDisk and Sony jointly developed Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo as an extension of the existing Memory Stick PRO format, to offer faster read and write speeds for PRO-HG capable Sony digital SLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and digital camcorders.
SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards will be available worldwide in June. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 4GB card is US $89.99 and for the 8GB card is US $149.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
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
EDGE Tech recently announced the release of its new secure flash drive, the DiskGO Secure GUARDIAN. This new drive feaures mandatory 256-bit AES hardware encryption and is capable of 25MB/s read and 16MB/s write speeds.

EDGE Tech Corp (, a leading U.S.-based supplier of DRAM and flash memory upgrades, portable computing products, storage devices, and other experience-enhancing technology solutions, introduced its rough-and-tough, hardware encryption-secured flash drive, the DiskGO Secure GUARDIAN.

Utilizing mandatory 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the DiskGO Secure GUARDIAN exceeds the government standard for encrypting data. The GUARDIAN features absolute security and mega-fast transfers, including dual-channel SLC flash that boasts read speeds of 25MB/s and write speeds of 16MB/s. The GUARDIAN is encased in an incredibly rugged, anodized-aluminum housing that withstands rough treatment and extreme elements such as water, dirt, and sand.
The DiskGO Secure GUARDIAN is available now in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities with prices ranging from $69.95 to $249.95. More information 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