Kioxia Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, today announced that it has successfully developed its fifth-generation BiCS FLASH three-dimensional (3D) flash memory with a 112-layer vertically stacked structure. Kioxia plans to start shipping samples of the new device, which has a 512 gigabit (64 gigabytes) capacity with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology, for specific applications in the first quarter of calendar year 2020. The new device aims to fulfill ever-growing bit demands for a wide variety of applications, including traditional mobile devices, consumer and enterprise SSDs, emerging applications enabled by the new 5G networks, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.

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Going forward, Kioxia will apply its new fifth-generation process technology to larger capacity devices, such as 1 terabit (128 gigabytes) TLC and 1.33 terabit 4-bit-per-cell (quadruple-level cell, QLC) devices.

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Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has successfully developed its fifth-generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS5, continuing the company’s leadership in delivering the industry’s most advanced flash memory technologies. BiCS5, built on triple-level-cell (TLC) and quad-level-cell (QLC) technologies, delivers exceptional capacity, performance and reliability at a compelling cost. This makes it ideal to address the exponential growth of data associated with connected cars, mobile devices and artificial intelligence.

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Western Digital has commenced initial production of BiCS5 TLC in a 512-gigabit (Gb) chip and is currently shipping consumer products built on the new technology. Production of BiCS5 in meaningful commercial volumes is expected in the second half of calendar 2020. BiCS5 TLC and BiCS5 QLC will be available in a range of capacities, including 1.33 terabit (Tb).

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today launched the 2-bay TS-251D NAS. Powered by an Intel J4005 dual-core processor, the TS-251D can be used with QNAP’s smart AI photo management application, QuMagie, which integrates AI image recognition to group similar photos together in album “People”, “Things” and “Places”. The 4K media transcoding and streaming capabilities of the TS-251D brings users an excellent and satisfying cross-device multimedia experience. The TS-251D also provides a PCIe slot for expanding its core functionality.

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Powered by an Intel Celeron J4005 dual-core 2.0GHz processor (burst up to 2.7 GHz), DDR4 RAM (up to 8GB), one Gigabit LAN port, and supports SATA 6Gbps drives. The TS-251D provides dependable read/write speeds and Intel AES-NI 256 hardware-accelerated encryption to secure sensitive and confidential data on the NAS. The TS-251D also supports snapshots, allowing users to quickly recover data in the event of accidental deletion/modification or ransomware attack.

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced the availability of a new data center SSD, the DC1000B M.2 NVMe boot drive. The new drive is ideal for servers shipping with one or two M.2 NVMe slots dedicated for boot purposes and thus preserving valuable front-loading 2.5″ drive bays for additional data storage. DC1000B is designed in a 2280 form factor that includes onboard power-loss protection and is engineered with 0.5DWPD4 endurance for extended service life. Kingston’s DC1000B boasts incredible performance with speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and 205K IOPS and is designed for booting, as well as caching and logging applications.

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“While the M.2 form factor was originally designed for client machines, it’s small physical size and high performance make it attractive for server use,” said Keith Schimmenti, enterprise SSD business manager, Kingston. “DC1000B is purposefully built for the latest servers from both white box and Tier 1 server OEMs that utilize M.2 NVMe SSDs for boot purposes, as well as the ability to be configured as a local cache drive.”

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Vinpower Digital (Vinpower), a recognized global manufacturer and distributor of digital duplication equipment and accessories, has worked with Pioneer Corporation (Pioneer) on the BDR-212DBK 16x internal BD/DVD/CD Half Height Optical Disc Drives (ODD). Vinpower partnered with Pioneer, to enhance the DVD±R writing functionality for the BDR-212DBK line, providing increased quality output, especially for the popular single layer DVD5 (4.7GB) media recording.

Vinpower Pioneer BDR 212DBK

Vinpower is exhibiting this newly enhanced Pioneer BDR-212DBK drive at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1st floor, booth # 20439.

“Many of today’s burner drives do not provide the necessary quality when it comes to burning recordable DVD’s, explains Vinpower Digital’s C.E.O., Calvin Chang. The newly enhanced Pioneer BDR-212DBK drive recognizes the importance of the DVD duplication market and in cooperation with Pioneer improved the Blu-ray drive’s DVD capabilities, yet remain competitively priced.”

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Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the release of its latest external storage device – the Portable Solid State Drive (SSD) T7 Touch – which combines sleek, compact design with the fastest transfer speeds currently available based on the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard. The new device also elevates data protection to the next level with an additional hardware security measure in the form of a built-in fingerprint sensor.

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“Consumers who are constantly on the go between work, play and passion projects want to be able to securely carry their content with them,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Brand Product Biz Team, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Now their data is secure thanks to the fingerprint recognition functionality incorporated into the product, which delivers industry-leading transfer speeds in a compact form factor.”

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At CES 2020, Solid State Storage Technology Corporation (SSSTC), formerly LITE-ON Storage SBG, an established leader in the vibrant solid-state drive (SSD) industry, today revealed plans to release a family of PCIe Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drives (SSDs) later this year along with other client and enterprise solutions.

The new PCIe Gen4 drives are expected to keep SSSTC at the forefront of innovation in the SSD space, which is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 91 percent through 2024 when it is forecast to hit $30 billion, according to Forward Insights.

“Demand for this next generation of PCIe drives will ramp up in the second half of 2020 when SSSTC’s offerings become available,” said Gregory Wong, principal and founder of Forward Insights. “SSSTC has a history of coming to market with cutting-edge SSD technology when customers truly need and want it, and this announcement is no exception.”

SSSTC is banking that PCIe NVMe Gen4 will be the future for the SSD industry. The first major change to the PCIe interface since 2010, its x16 slot configuration can reach approximately 32 gigabytes per second (GB/s) of data flowing in each direction. By comparison, the previous PCIe 3.0 format maxed out around 16 GB/s. PCIe 4.0 also doubles the bandwidth of servers, creating “superhighways” to increase their data load capacity to 64 GB/s. All of this clears a path for more powerful SSDs.

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release today, announcing two new external 16x Blu-ray Disc writers, the BDR-X12J-UHD And BDR-X12JBK. Both drives are equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen.1 interface and are capable of 16x BD-R, 14x BD-R DL, 8x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BDR-X12J-UHD And BDR-X12JBK also write to triple-layer (100GB) BD-R media at 8x, quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

Pioneer BDR X12J UHD

The BDR-X12J-UHD ups the ante even further with its ability to play back Ultra HD Blu-ray content. When connected to a Windows 10 PC with the included PowerDVD software and an i7 or i5 Kaby Lake (or higher) processor, users can play back movies at 4K resolutions. The drive also features Pioneer's PureRead 4+ and RealTime PureRead technologies which improve the reading performance of scratched and dirty discs and reproduce the original sound quality of a CD. 

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WD SanDisk 8TB SSDAt the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES 2020) Western Digital Corporation will showcase new innovations in its extensive lineup of storage solutions built for every consumer use, including a demonstration of the world’s highest capacity, pocket-sized, portable SSD prototype featuring a SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps interface. The company is also releasing the 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C drive for smartphones and laptops.

Western Digital’s unmatched portfolio offers a range of storage solutions for everything from mobile to highly specialized performance drives. At CES 2020, Western Digital will show its consumer storage solutions from its G-Technology, SanDisk, WD and Western Digital brands. Highlights include:

Groundbreaking SanDisk 8TB SSD Prototype

Continuing its legacy of technology milestones, the company will demonstrate the world’s highest capacity, pocket-sized SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps portable SSD. Inspired by consumers’ desire to capture rich content and keep it with them, Western Digital continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible with an 8TB SSD prototype. Combining its expertise in flash memory with skillful design, the company continues to be at the forefront of developing revolutionary solutions that keep up with and surpass today’s consumer needs. Western Digital will also showcase its extensive lineup of portable SSDs available today.

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Elgato, the leading provider of hardware and software for content creators, today announced the launch of both Elgato 4K60 S+, a cutting-edge external 4K60 HDR10 capture solution capable of standalone SD card recording, and Elgato Key Light Air, a compact model of the wildly popular Key Light LED panel. Elgato’s parent company CORSAIR also announced the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT mechanical gaming keyboard – the first keyboard to integrate Elgato Stream Deck software, enabling powerful instant control of streaming apps and devices at just the press of a key.

Elgato 4K60 S Plus

4K60 S+ debuts as Elgato’s most powerful external capture device yet. In addition to USB 3.0 connectivity for live streaming via a PC, 4K60 S+ features a memory card slot to record gorgeous 4K60 HDR10 gameplay directly to an SD card without the need for a connected computer. Onboard HEVC encoding keeps file sizes manageable, while true zero-lag passthrough displays high-fidelity Xbox One X and PS4 Pro games in their original format for an uninterrupted, authentic gaming experience.

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