Super Talent has announced the launch of their Exelerator family of ReadyBoost drives. By connecting directly to the motherboard, these internal flash drives can boost the performance of Windows Vista without using up an external USB port.

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched the new Exelerator family of ReadyBoost drives that use an internal 9-pin USB header on the motherboard.

The Exelerator family of drives was designed expressly to elevate system performance in Windows Vista by functioning as a ReadyBoost drive. These innovative new Flash drives plug into a standard 9-pin USB header inside the chassis, on the motherboard, to function as a dedicated ReadyBoost drive. With lightning fast 25MB per second read speeds and sub-millisecond access times, Exelerator drives are the perfect cost effective system upgrade to enhance the Vista experience. These drives are offered with either vertical or horizontal connectors to accommodate space constraints within different enclosures.
Super Talent’s internal ReadyBoost drives will go into production in June. The 2GB models are expected to retail for about $25. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Kingston Technology recently announced two USB microSD card/reader bundles. Designed to make make mobile data transfers faster and easier, the reader included in the bundle features a USB connector and memory expansion slot that accepts the microSD card format.

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced two USB microSD reader plus card bundles designed to enhance mobile consumers' moving data between multiple mobile phones, PCs and digital devices. Available immediately, the new USB readers ship with either a 1GB or 2GB capacity microSD card.

"Kingston saw an opportunity to serve mobile customers with our new USB microSD card/reader bundle," said Wendy Lecot, Flash marketing manager, Kingston. "Consumers now have a handy option to back up contact info when changing phones, move digital music and videos between PC and phone more easily, and download new mobile applications for mobile phones without using additional network time," continued Lecot.
The 1GB and 2GB bundles are available now for $19.00 and $37.00 respectively. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Samsung recently announced that they have developed an 8GB microSD (Secure Digital) memory card. Ideally suited for mobile phones, this fingernail-sized card can store up to 2,000 MP3's or approximately 5 DVD-quality movies.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced that it has developed an 8Gigabyte (GB) microSD (Secure Digital) memory card, a size optimal for today’s multimedia mobile phones. Featuring the highest capacity today for a microSD card, the new fingernail-sized card is capable of storing 2,000 MP3 music files, 4,000 digital photos, or approximately 5 DVD-quality movies...

...With a read speed of 16 Megabytes (MBs) per second and a write speed of 6MB/s, Samsung’s 8GB microSD card well exceeds the Speed Class 4 SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) standard which requires a data write speed of 4MB/s. This is also much faster than the SD Speed Class 2 designation carried by most competing microSD cards currently on the market.
No word on pricing or availability. As we find out more, we'll let you know. In the mean time, Samsung's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Power Quotient International (PQI) has announced that they've released the H series Traveling Disks. Along with faster read and write speeds, these new USB flash drives feature support for ReadyBoost and a built-in offline web browser.

Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. (PQI) have released their performance Traveling Disks series labeling it “H Series”. Current models with H series performances include Cool Drive U310H, U350H and U339H. H series are all Windows Vista ReadyBoost supported to give your PC that extra performance. In addition to performance, Webaroo offline browser comes built-in in every H series Traveling Disk. Webaroo downloads and saves internet packets of the website you choice making it available to the user to browse online contents offline on a laptop, PDA or a smartphone.
The H series is available now in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB. More information is available on PQI's website. Add a comment
At WinHEC 2007, SanDisk announced that their new 1.8-inch UATA solid state drive (SSD) has been certified by the Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL). SanDisk's new SSD also scored very highly on the Windows Experience Index, indicating that Windows Vista will run optimally when installed on the drive.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that the Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL) has certified the new SanDisk 1.8-inch UATA solid state drive (SSD), which is being used as a substitute for hard drives in selected laptop computers. The product also earned a high score on the Windows Experience Index, indicating that it is suited to a variety of Microsoft Windows Vista applications.

The announcement was made at the 2007 Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC 2007) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where SanDisk is showcasing its comprehensive line of storage products for use in computing systems. On display at the exhibition are the SanDisk SSD products - which also include the 2.5-inch SATA SSD - as well as USB flash drives, the SD card family, uDOC memory modules and other flash-based storage products.
If you'd like to read more, SanDisk's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment