Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of highperformance and mission-critical computer products, today announced the worldwide launch of its new 960GB Chronos solid-state drive (SSD), slated to start shipping this month.

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The newest addition to the Chronos line of SSDs offers 960GB of space, almost double the storage capacity of typical 2.5‐inch form factor drives. The much higher storage capacity, combined with the performance and reliability benefits of an SSD, make the 960GB Chronos an ideal choice for disk intensive applications like workstations and servers.

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SMART Storage Systems, an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, today announced that the company has extended its CloudSpeed product line with the introduction of two new drives, the CloudSpeed 1000 and CloudSpeed 1000E. While leveraging cost-effective 19nm consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) Flash and enhancing its base endurance with SMART Storage Systems award winning Guardian Technology Platform, the new CloudSpeed SSDs deliver up to 5x better endurance than competing MLC-based SSDs, resulting in the lowest cost per terabyte written (TBW) in the industry. This enables enterprise customers to better control their storage total cost of ownership (TCO).

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"By 2017, SSD prices will fall 35 percent annually, but the reliability of the Flash used will decline nearly 30 percent1," according to a recent Gartner conference presentation. The anticipated drop in Flash reliability poses as a significant challenge in the enterprise market as SSD manufacturers further leverage MLC Flash to meet cost reduction goals, while real-time applications and cloud computing services increase the amount of data being written to drives. Until today, data center managers frequently deployed SSDs leveraging consumer-grade MLC Flash to provide the performance required at a low price-per-gigabyte. However, SSDs that leverage standard, non-endurance enhanced consumer-grade MLC Flash wear-out quickly in enterprise environments. This results in storage TCO skyrocketing as organizations need to replace SSDs multiple times during the warranty period.

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lexar_microsdhc_uhs-i_card.pngLexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I card with transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second). Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of sports camcorders, smartphones, and sports tablets, the Class 10 UHS-I card allow users to capture and store up to 4 hours of HD video; 12,900 photos; or 7,400 songs.

“With each new high-definition camera introduced to the market there are enhanced capabilities added, enabling people to capture more of the action than previously possible, especially photos and videos captured on today’s popular HD sportscams.  Additionally, mobile phones have become an essential tool to help capture those unexpected moments people just don’t want to forget,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I card provides consumers with a complete solution to efficiently store and manage their important mobile content, no matter the mobile device used to capture it.”

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Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, today officially announced the worldwide launch of its new enterprise class ProSpec series solid-state drives (SSDs).

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"We have time after time demonstrated to PC enthusiasts how Mushkin's solid-state drive solutions can dramatically improve performance and reduce data transfer times, delivering levels of performance that have earned Mushkin its place as one of the top SSD manufacturers," said Brian Flood, Director, Product Management at Mushkin, Inc.

Designed for the enterprise environment, Mushkin's ProSpec SSDs deliver random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560MB/s, and are available in useable capacities ranging from 100GB to 400GB. Mushkin's enterprise class drives come equipped with commercial MLC Flash to achieve 10x the write endurance levels while also delivering no performance degradation over the life of the drive, making it suitable for the enterprise environment. Equipped with Mushkin's Power Safe Technology, ProSpec SSDs also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware and firmware-based features that prepare the SSD for an unexpected system power loss.

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Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the Flash Voyager GT Turbo flash drives, the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives. Available in 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB capacities, the new flash drives deliver affordable, leading-edge file transfer speeds previously only available in far more expensive "USB 3.0 to SATA bridge" based drives.

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The Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives are housed in a sleek, sturdy, brushed metal housing with a convenient capless design. The new flash drives deliver transfer speeds never-before-seen in a native USB 3.0 flash drive, with read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds of up to 235 MB/s, 1.7 times faster than other native USB 3.0 flash drives.† The drives connect with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and work with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with no additional software required.

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