stec_s840_ssd.pngSTEC, Inc., a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) solutions, today introduced a pair of two-Terabyte (2TB) Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) and Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSD drives – each with select versions supporting unlimited writes – becoming the first supplier to offer 2TB SSDs with both interfaces. Additionally, the company has released a significant update to its EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software. The new STEC 2TB s840 SAS SSD and 2TB s1120 PCIe Accelerator SSD, along with the updated EnhanceIO software, deliver on STEC's mission of providing innovative solid-state storage solutions that solve many of the performance and optimization challenges in the enterprise storage market.

As STEC continues to align with the needs of enterprise customers, the company has chosen to focus more acutely on a specific range of SSD solutions. These advancements in SAS- and PCIe-based SSDs are key to this alignment, as these two interfaces represent the largest segments of the enterprise-storage market opportunity.  The increased capacity, coupled with an array of proprietary STEC features, make the 2TB s840 and s1120 SSDs a clearly differentiated offering.  The company has built high reliability, significant performance improvements and enhanced data protection into each drive, while utilizing unique, STEC-developed ASIC designs that provide low power and unmatched longevity.  In addition, STEC's EnhanceIO software substantially improves the performance, manageability and usability of all drives – the software is drive-agnostic -- while optimizing virtualization applications across Windows and Linux environments.

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Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media and storage equipment, announces the U.S. release of the M5 Pro Xtreme Solid State Drive.  The 100K IOPS M5 Pro Xtreme features several upgrades from the original M5 Pro model, including the recently announced Xtreme firmware update, Toshiba’s latest 19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND Flash, and a newly engineered and redesigned PCB board.


The Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme is the first true professional grade SSD capable of delivering random read speeds up to 100,000 IOPS with improved maximum random write speeds of 88,000 IOPS, along with 540 MB/s sequential read and 470 MB/s sequential write speeds.

The M5 Pro Xtreme uses the latest Marvell 88SS9187 controller modified with exclusive Plextor Xtreme firmware and True Speed technology which guarantees the advertised speed in all stages.  The drive also features Plextor’s True Protect enterprise-grade dual-stage data debugging feature and 256-bit AES full-drive encryption protection technology. This combination sets new standards for accuracy, protection of data, reliability, and sustained —Xtreme— speed.

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Micron Technology, Inc., today announced its next-generation solid state drive (SSD) for data center servers, appliances, and storage platforms that manage the volume and velocity of big data. The new Micron P400m SSD is a high-endurance SATA caching and storage solution that was designed to handle the amassing petabytes of structured and unstructured digital information that is created, stored and accessed every day in data centers.


Data reliability and system uptime have always been primary concerns for data center managers, but the accelerating influx of data and massive demand spikes add new pressures that require different, more responsive storage systems. The Micron P400m was designed precisely for this environment. It offers the high reliability and high endurance that is critical for high-performance storage tiers, accelerating throughput, and responding to the peak demand periods that these new applications create.

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kingmax_bcn_marketshare.pngKINGMAX received “No.1 BCN Award 2013” in memory card sector in honor of its best selling for memory cards (camera and mobile cards) in Japan. KINGMAX has excelled in memory card sales in Japanese market for 3 consecutive years; especially, it is the second and consecutive year to win the “No.1 BCN Award” in memory card sector. Based on BCN survey, KINGMAX led the memory card market by 22.4% market share in 2012.

KINGMAX continuously leads the memory market in Japan because its high quality product and service has earned the trust from many consumers. Furthermore, BCN also indicated, “high speed and competitive price” are key factors that KINGMAX won Japanese memory card market. Especially, many consumers are looking for memory cards with high read and write speed because of the increasing pixels for digital cameras and smart phones. KINGMAX has released many premium high speed memory cards for this need, including the best selling SDHC Class 10 memory cards and KINGMAX pro, promax SD series – which is able to reach a speed even over Class 10.

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Solidata has finally taken the wraps off its new K8 E 1920GB 2.5" SATA SSD. The company announced today that this high-capacity SSD is now available for purchase and that they've already shipped some orders. The K8 E 1920GB is aimed at industrial and enterprise users and includes features like 4x (yes FOUR) SandForce SF-1222 controllers, an SATA II (3Gb/s) interface and high speed MLC NAND from Micron. All this comes packed in a standard 2.5'" form factor that is compatible with both notebook and desktop computers.


According to Solidata, the K8 E 1920GB is capable of delivering up to 240 MB/s sequential read and 210 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 6,000 random read and 4,000 random write IOPS. The drive is covered by a respectable 2 year warranty and is expected to be available worldwide by the end of January. Pricing will be announced at a later date.  

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