PNY Technologies and Ironkey have announced that they've partnered together to deliver IronKey’s Secure USB Flash Drive to retailers. Offering the same features as the IronKey Standard Edition, the PNY 4GB IronKey includes military-grade hardware-encryption, an onboard web browser and internet authentication software to protect online accounts and passwords.
With concerns about identity theft on the rise among consumers nationwide, PNY Technologies, Inc. and IronKey have partnered to deliver IronKey’s Secure USB Flash Drive through retail channels. The IronKey has been designed with military-grade standards for hardware-encryption and tamper-resistant durability. It provides an unprecedented level of data security and protection of online passwords, critical documents, files, and images to consumers. The relationship between PNY and IronKey gives retail shoppers access, for the first time, to a secure USB flash drive that meets the requirements of the nation’s most demanding security experts...

...The IronKey Secure USB Flash Drive, which has a high-speed data transfer rate (up to 20MB/sec. write, up to 30MB/sec. read), is housed in a rugged metal casing that is filled with an epoxy-based potting compound, making it both waterproof (MIL-STD-810F compliant) and tamperproof.
The PNY 4GB IronKey is shipping now and retails for about $149.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
SanDisk recently announced that they filed two lawsuits against 25 card vendors and controller suppliers, alleging that they infringed upon five of their patents. The company also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC), asking that they ban importation of infringing products into the U.S.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the filing of three patent infringement actions against 25 companies that manufacture, sell and import USB flash drives, CompactFlash cards, multimedia cards, MP3/media players and/or other removable flash storage products. The actions, filed in the United States District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin and in the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”), allege that the defendants have infringed various SanDisk system-level patents, and seek damages and a permanent injunction in the federal court actions, as well as a permanent exclusion order from the ITC banning importation of the products into the United States.

“These actions demonstrate SanDisk’s long-term commitment to enforcing its patents, both to protect our investment in research and development by obtaining a fair return on that investment, and out of fairness to third-parties that participate in our patent licensing program,” said E. Earle Thompson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at SanDisk. “Our goal is to resolve these matters by offering the defendants the opportunity to participate in our patent licensing program for card and system technology. Otherwise, we will aggressively pursue these actions, seeking a prompt judicial resolution awarding damages, obtaining injunctive relief and banning importation of infringing product.”
If you'd like to read more, SanDisk's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Transcend recently announced the launch of its latest USB flash drive, the JetFlash T3. This ultra-tiny flash drive measures only 30.2mm x 12.3mm x 2.4mm and weighs in at a mere 2g.

Transcend, a world leader in flash drives and memory products, today launched the JetFlash T3, a brand-new ultra-tiny USB flash drive. Measuring only 30.2mm x 12.3mm x 2.4mm (L x W x D), the T3 is incredibly compact, and only weighs a mere 2g. Unlike other miniature USB flash drives which are fragile and bend or break easily, the JetFlash T3 is designed to be extra-rugged. Using a special COB (Chip On Board) manufacturing technique that molds the memory chip and circuit board into the drive’s unbreakable Polycarbonate casing, the T3 is more solid and robust than even full-sized flash drives. JetFlash T3’s durability and tiny footprint allows it to be carried in places where ordinary flash drives just do not fit. It can be used as a mobile phone dongle or a keychain accessory, and can be stored safely in a wallet without risk of compression damage.
Transcend’s T3 is available now in 1GB and 2GB capacities. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
SanDisk sent out a press release earlier today, announcing an 8GB version of its SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card. Developed for high-performance digital cameras, the 8GB SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card has a maximum read/write speed of 20 MB/s and can store more than 4,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 16 hours of MPEG 4 video.

More capacity and fast transfer speeds are the chief benefits of the SanDisk Extreme III 8-gigabyte (GB)1 SDHC (SD High-Capacity) flash memory card, which was introduced today by SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK). This and other imaging products from SanDisk will be displayed in Booth 1808 at PhotoPlus 2007 International Conference & Expo, which opens Thursday at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 8GB SDHC card will be packaged with a SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader - a $20 value - so that users have a one-stop solution for capturing, storing and transferring their images. The bundled card and reader are expected to ship within the next 30 days to U.S. retailers at a suggested price of $179.99. It will also be available in Europe.
If you'd like to read more, SanDisk's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Advanced Media sent out a press release today, announcing its new 32GB SATA Solid State Disk (SSD) drive. This 2.5" SSD is nearly twice as fast as conventional notebook hard drives and, with no moving parts, is more resistant to vibration, shock and temperature extremes.

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular Ridata brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, announces its new, non-volatile 32 GB SATA Solid State Disk (SSD) drive. The new SSD drive offers performance that is almost twice as fast a conventional Hard Disk Drive. Look for a 64 GB version of this 2.5" SATA drive to be available in late November.

"Our new Ridata SSD offers exceptionally consistent high performance in all environments," remarked Harvey Liu, Advanced Media President. "Compared to a traditional HDD the Ridata SSD is smaller; uses half as much power; is ultra lightweight; offers incredibly fast boot and access times; and operates at a low temperature with no mechanically moving parts. It is the ideal HDD replacement for OEMs, ODMs and system integrators as well as consumers," Liu added.
No word on pricing or availably. As we find out more, we'll let you know. In the mean time, Advanced Media's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment