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
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
Advanced Media has announced their new RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive. By using fingerprint verification, this new flash drive protects your data without the need for a password or special software.

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 introduce its RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive. Designed for use in both professional and home applications, it integrates several advanced biometric-verification technologies to ensure user authenticity as well as provide secure data storage. No password or special software is needed.

"Since data stored on the new RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive can only be accessed through fingerprint verification, the unit provides unsurpassed security," stated Harvey Liu, Advanced Media president. "All of its functions are specifically based on one user's fingerprint, eliminating use by anyone else. It is an easy and convenient means of protecting personal as well as business information from unintended eyes or unscrupulous individuals."
The RIDATA Fingerprint USB Flash Drive is available in sizes ranging from 128MB to 4GB and comes with a two year warranty. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Sony has announced that they're working with Sandisk to develop the "Memory Stick PRO-HG" format. With a maximum data transfer speed of 480Mbps, "Memory Stick PRO-HG" is three times as fast as "Memory Stick PRO" media.
"Memory Stick PRO-HG" media offers high performance to meet the stringent demands of end users. This new media format uses an enhanced, 8-bit parallel interface in addition to a conventional serial and 4-bit parallel interface. The interface clock frequency also increases to 60MHz from 40MHz. This means that maximum data transfer speed increases up to 480Mbps, or 60MB/s (theoretical value), three times as fast as that of "Memory Stick PRO" media. The minimum write speed at 8-bit parallel transfer is 120 Mbps, or 15MB/s. These enhancements allow large data amounts of up to several gigabytes to be quickly transferred, as well as the real-time recording of high-resolution video and still images.

Since "Memory Stick PRO-HG" is an extended format of the "Memory Stick PRO" format, "Memory Stick PRO-HG" compliant host devices support the conventional "Memory Stick PRO" media as well as "Memory Stick PRO-HG" media. In addition, the "Memory Stick PRO-HG" media can be used conventional "Memory Stick PRO" compliant host devices as well as "Memory Stick PRO-HG" compliant host devices.
Licensing for the development of "Memory Stick PRO-HG" compliant devices is scheduled to begin in January 2007. More information on the format can be found here. Add a comment
NTI sent out a press release yesterday announcing, NTI Ninja. This new utility gives users the ability to encrypt and password protects the data on their USB flash and other mobile storage devices. Best of all, NTI Ninja will launch with a 1-day free download.
NewTech Infosystems, Inc. announced today, NTI Ninja, a new USB data storage utility that offers user-adjustable public and private partitioning as well as anti-tamper encryption and password protection for users and manufacturers of flash and other portable USB storage devices. To celebrate the launch, NTI is offering free downloads of NTI Ninja for one day only on September 26, 2006. The free download will be available from the NTI Ninja website, www.NTINinja.com, for 24 hours (12:00 a.m. September 26, 2006 - 11:59 p.m. September 26, 2006, Pacific Time). NTI Ninja will have an MSRP of US $24.99.

NTI Ninja was created in response to the growing demand to secure data on mobile USB storage devices. Flash drives are ideal for business people, students, and consumers who want to keep their digital data with them but don't want to carry a notebook everywhere they go. IDC expects the mobile worker population alone to increase from more than 650 million worldwide in 2004, to more than 850 million in 2009.
If you'd like to read more, NTI's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment