Seagate Technology plc, a worldwide leader in storage solutions, and Virident Systems Inc., the performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, today announced a strategic agreement to jointly deliver solutions for the growing enterprise flash storage market. Under the agreement, Seagate will immediately offer a complete line of flash-based PCIe solutions to its OEM and distribution partners. In addition, Seagate and Virident intend to leverage their mutual strengths to create next-generation hardware and software solutions for the solid-state storage market. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made a strategic equity investment in Virident, and will appoint one member to the Virident Board of Directors.
“Seagate is thrilled to team with Virident, a technology leader in one of the fastest growing markets in enterprise and cloud computing,” said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager, Solid State Drives at Seagate. “Together, we are working to develop the next-generation hardware and software solutions in the PCIe space. Our solid-state strategy is founded on both in-house development and through strategic partnerships with innovative companies to deliver the broadest portfolio in the industry. We believe that this strategic agreement immediately strengthens our leading position in the enterprise storage market by adding a broad line of Seagate flash-based PCIe solutions powered by Virident to our portfolio. We look forward to a long, productive partnership with Virident.”
Intel Corporation announced today the Intel Solid-State Drive 525 Series (Intel SSD 525 Series) in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications.
The Intel SSD 525 is the latest entry to the Intel 500 Series SSD Family aimed at higher-performance, enthusiast solutions. Measuring 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighing 10 grams, the mSATA with PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector delivers the performance of the company’s Intel SSD 520 Series client drive. This makes the Intel SSD 525 suitable for All-in-One desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and workstation upgrades, as well as automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions.
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.
STEC, 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.
KINGMAX 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.