Earlier today, Memorex unveiled a new version of the TravelDrive for 2007. Boasting a "sport utility" inspired look, the new TravelDrive features a jack-knife design, security software and Readyboost capabilities.

Memorex, a portfolio brand of Imation Corp (NYSE: IMN), today announced a new addition to its popular line of USB flash drives. The latest Memorex TravelDrive combines today’s most popular flash drive features in a distinctive sport utility design. Sporting a range of off-road inspired colors, Memorex equipped its new TravelDrive with a jack-knife design, security software and Readyboost capabilities for use with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. With up to 8GB of capacity, the all-new TravelDrive allows consumers to capture, save and share their digital files in an ultra-portable, stylish and secure device.
Memorex's new TravelDrive will be available beginning in May in capacities of 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. Prices range from $19.99 to $129.99 depending on capacity. If you'd like to read more, Memorex's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Lexar sent out a press release this morning, announcing their new ExpressCard SSD. While smaller in size than other PC card solutions, the ExpressCard SSD offers capacities as high as 16GB and is enhanced for use with Windows Vista's ReadyBoost technology. To top it off, it comes bundled with auto-backup software.

Lexar Media, Inc., a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today announced the introduction of its new ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software. Roughly half the size of current PC Card solutions, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD is a high-capacity removable solid state drive (SSD) that promises to set a new standard for delivering high-performance, lower-cost storage expansion to notebook computers. The Lexar ExpressCard SSD comes bundled with auto-backup software, an innovative solution for protecting laptop computer files and data that allows for automatic regular (daily, weekly, or monthly) backup without user intervention after the initial setup. During this setup, the user will be able to set the folder and specific file types to be included or excluded from the backup process. In addition, this automatic backup software can also support multiple computers by recognizing the computer name and the appropriate backup setting for each computer.
No word on pricing or availability yet. As we find out more, we'll let you know. In the mean time, Lexar's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Imation sent out a press release this morning, announcing that they've made some enhancements to their Pivot and Clip series of flash drives. The security of the Pivot Flash Drive has been upgraded to use 256-bit AES Encryption and theClip Flash Drive is now available with a capacity of 4GB.
To deliver extreme protection for critical business and personal data, Imation improved the security of the Pivot Flash Drive by upgrading to 256-bit AES Encryption. The added security of the new Pivot Flash Drive makes it the ideal solution for today's mobile business professional. With its innovative jackknife design, tough rubberized casing, password protection and up to 4GB of capacity, the compact drive protects important files and applications on the go. Current Pivot Flash Drive users can upgrade from 128- to 256-bit encryption by registering online at http://www.imation.com/flash.

For those seeking a sportier flash drive, the Imation Clip Flash Drive is now available with up to 4GB of capacity. Featuring the smallest of USB flash drives safely encased in a durable, rubberized shell, the Clip Flash Drive 4GB can store more than 8,000 digital photos, 1,200 songs in MP3 format, or tens of thousands of text files. A genuine carabiner clip lets you attach the drive quickly and easily to laptop bags, shoulder bags or belt loops. The Clip Flash Drive also is available with 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB of capacity.
The Imation Pivot Flash Drives with 256-Bit AES Encryption and Clip Flash Drive 4GB are available now. The Pivot Flash Drive has a suggested retail price of $19.99 to $119.99, depending on capacity, while the Clip Flash Drive 4GB has a suggested retail price of $99.99. More information on both can be found on Imation's website. Add a comment
Thanks to our friends at Everything USB we've learned that the Taiwanese manufacturer InnoDisk has come up with an internal USB drive. Developed with Vista's ReadyBoost technology in mind, the drive connects directly to the motherboard, freeing up your computer's USB ports.

According to Everything USB, the drive operates at 3MB/s for 512KB random read/write and 5MB/s for 4KB which is more than enough for ReadyBoost. InnoDisk's new internal drive is available in 2GB and 4GB capacities with prices starting at $15. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Advanced Media has announced they will be adding Solid State Disk (SSD) flash memory to its RIDATA line. Available in capacities of 16GB and 32GB, the RIDATA Flash SSD can fully replace the hard drive in a notebook or portable device.

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, is set to add a non-volatile Flash Solid State Disk (SSD) storage medium to its RIDATA line. It is available in 16 GB and 32GB capacities. It will be on display in the Advanced Media 2007 International CES booth, South Hall 3 (Upper Level, S3) Booth 31573.

"Based on flash-memory technology, our new RIDATA Flash SSD offers highly reliable data storage and rugged, high-performance," remarked Harvey Liu, Advanced Media president. "When compared to a traditional HDD, the RIDATA SSD requires less power, weighs less than half as much, offers faster boot and access times, and operates at a lower temperature and no mechanical movement part. It is the perfect HDD replacement for any notebook, sub-notebook, or tablet PC."

Since it has no moving parts, the RIDATA Flash SSD produces virtually no noise, no heat generation, and no vibration, while offering more reliable temperature and humidity that assures long-lasting storage. It is engineered with semiconductor components and uses NAND flash memory. Importantly, it also has the same host interface as a hard disk drive, so there is no issues with compatibility or upgrading. It simply plugs into a device's IDE slot.
The RIDATA Flash Solid State Disk will be available around the middle of December for a suggested retail price of $169. More information can be found here. Add a comment