SanDisk Corporation today announced that the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) has approved the acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation.

All necessary regulatory approvals for the acquisition have now been received and the transaction is expected to close on Thursday, May 12, 2016. SanDisk stockholders previously voted to approve the transaction at a special meeting of stockholders held on March 15, 2016.

“We are pleased that the final regulatory approval has been received and we can now proceed with the planned combination with Western Digital,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. “We thank our stakeholders for their support of this transaction and look forward to contributing to the success of Western Digital as it transforms into the leading storage solutions company.”

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I have bad news for those of that own one of SanDisk's Ultra +Cloud USB 3.0 flash drives. The company sent out an email earlier today, letting +Cloud customers know that the online storage service would not be available after Friday, May 13th.

Hi SanDisk +Cloud customer,

Unfortunately, the SanDisk +Cloud online storage service will no longer be available after Friday, May 13, 2016. You are receiving this message because your email address is listed as a registered user of this service. We very much regret and apologize for this disruption.

If you have data stored in your SanDisk +Cloud account, please download your data to a separate storage source before Friday, May 13, 2016, after which point it will no longer be available.  If you are having trouble retrieving your data, please contact our customer support team.

At this point, we're not really sure why SanDisk would shut down the service after only a few months. The company is trying to make it up to +Cloud users by providing them with a prepaid debit card to cover the cost of the product as well as a 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO USB flash drive.

Update: We've learned that this is due to Bitcasa's decision to discontinue their Drive service, which was the basis for SanDisk's +Cloud service.

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The SD Association (SDA), a global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards, today launched its fastest speed class, Video Speed Class, which also delivers real-time multi-file recording for many applications and supports the highest video resolutions and qualities available today. With Video Speed Class, 4K, 8K, 3D and 360 degree video recordings are now assured and accessible to consumers and professionals alike.

Consumers will easily capture memories at their devices' best quality by following device manufacturer recommendations and matching the Video Speed Class mark on their device to an SD memory card with the same Video Speed Class mark. The new marks will appear on SDHC and SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards.

The new Video Speed Class maintains the tradition of ensuring guaranteed minimum performance levels as the familiar Speed Class and UHS Speed Class systems do today. Minimum speeds will range from 6MB to 90 MB per second. The fastest options, V60 and V90, support 8K resolution, while V6, V10 and V30 capture high-definition and 4K resolution. All speed classes guarantee minimum video recording speeds to ensure smooth video playback, so actual recording performance may be even faster.

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Broadcom Limited today announced it is now sampling the industry’s first NVMe/SAS/SATA controllers and its unmatched NVMe software portfolio, underscoring Broadcom’s leadership and commitment to data center innovation and excellence. NVMe brings latency improvements in SSD technology. As the market leader in SAS/SATA storage connectivity, Broadcom is delivering on its strategy to enable data centers to take full advantage of NVMe SSD performance. The portfolio includes:

  • PCIe Switches: Leading provider of PCIe Switches with over 120 Million ports shipped.
  • NVMe Server/JBOF Management Software: Used with our NVMe Switches, the solution software accelerates and simplifies the development of robust NVMe based servers/JBOF.
  • NVMe Storage Adapters (HBA/RAID): As the leading provider of SAS/SATA storage controllers, HBA, and RAID adapters, Broadcom is sampling the industry’s first combined NVMe/SAS/SATA storage controllers.
  • NVMe SSD Controllers: Leading manufacturer of custom SSD controllers with greater than 50% share of the enterprise NVMe SSD's deployed and over a dozen NVMe SSD controllers in production.

Broadcom’s 6th generation PCIe Switches (PEX 9700) provide a robust and scalable solution to deploy NVMe drives in servers and external storage systems. The PEX 9700 series offers seven models from 12 to 97 lanes and industry-first features including NVMe surprise add/remove, sharing across multiple hosts with failover, and advanced QoS capabilities. Combining advanced management software and a proven software development tool kit, Broadcom PCIe switches enable server and storage OEM/ODMs to quickly deliver enterprise-ready NVMe storage connectivity solutions.

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Addonics Technologies ( today announced the Addonics 2.5 inch Disk Array, a high density removable hard drive system that allows you to install up to six 2.5 inch SATA hard drives or SSD's into one standard 5.25 inch drive bay.

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Its compact form factor makes the Addonics Disk Array an ideal solution for mounting large numbers of 2.5" HDD or SSD into small computers, mini ATX systems or for applications that require a lot of storage in a very small foot print.

By using Addonics' family of 2.5 inch flash drive kits, various form factor SSDs such as CFast, mSATA, M2 or CF can be easily loaded into this Disk Array, creating a large capacity, low power and shock resistant solid state storage system.

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lexar jumpdrive c20i flash driveLexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive. Featuring two connectors – Lightning and USB 3.0 – the new flash drive is designed for the iPhone or iPad and lets users easily offload content, add storage, back up files, and charge iOS devices on the go with no battery or network required.

“Today’s iOS users are capturing and storing immense amounts of high-quality content on their devices every day,” said Yeon Kim, product marketing manager, Lexar. “According to research by Magisto, iOS mobile device users capture an average of 182 photos each month. To help ensure those memories are preserved, we’ve created the new JumpDrive C20i, which features both Lightning and USB 3.0 connectors, so users can easily add storage, transfer content, and charge their iOS devices on the go.”

The Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive offers USB 3.0 performance with read speeds up to 95MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. It enables users to automatically and securely sync photos and videos, as well as back up files, with the use of a free file management app from the App Store. For added versatility, the JumpDrive C20i is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

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sp apple storageSilicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today introduces the comprehensive lineup of Apple storage products to meet increasing iOS users’ demands for storage expansion. Incorporating wide range of products including USB flash drives, expansion cards, portable hard drives and external SSD, the SP Apple Series is about to satisfy all kinds of memory expansion needs with ease and little cost.

Instantly Add More Space for Apple Handsets with Multiple Interfaces

According to Gartner, the well-known research and advisory company, Apple’s iOS mobile platform saw its great slice of the smartphone pie with 17.9% for the first quarter of 2015. Moreover, the research corporation-IDC also addressed that Apple sold around 48 million iPhones during the third quarter of 2015, which outperformed the sales during the same period in 2014. However, the Institute for Information Industry recently released a report indicating that more than 35% of iPhone users claimed that the biggest problem they have encountered is “No enough storage available”. Additionally, the big price gap between iPhones/iPads with different capacities also troubles many users for they have to spend much more money to upgrade the storage. The problems of “Space Shortage” and “High cost” imply that there are more and more users looking for cost-effective iOS-supported memory storage devices. In response to such booing demands, Silicon Power offers the SP xDrive Z30 Lightning USB drive that enables easy storage expansion for iOS handsets. Furthermore, the Z30 features dual-interface design with Lightning and USB 3.0 connectors that make the drive a perfect bridge to move photos and videos among iOS handsets, desktops and laptops. In addition to Lightning-interface application, SP also takes the upcoming trend of USB Type-C into consideration and therefore introduces the Mobile C80 dual USB drive, which incorporates two connectors with Type-C and USB 3.0 interfaces. Equipped with the dual-connector design, the C80 enables data backup and transmission between devices with USB Type-C or USB Type-A ports.

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ASUS today announced Strix Raid DLX, Strix Raid Pro, and Strix Soar, gaming sound cards that deliver sensational, high-definition 192kHz/24-bit audio, 7.1-channel surround-sound, and Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for incredible gaming experiences.

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Strix Raid DLX is a premium soundcard built with high-end components to satisfy gamers who demand the ultimate audio performance. Strix Raid DLX features an ESS SABRE9016 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) — the world’s highest performance 32-bit and 24-bit audio DAC — to deliver rich, immersive, and clear sound with an incredible 124dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Designed for enthusiast gamers, Strix Raid Pro and Strix Soar come with the high-performance ESS SABRE9006A DAC for pure, full-sounding audio with an impressive 116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Low-dropout (LDO) regulators and Hi-Fi-grade Nichicon FineGold, Nichicon Muse, and German WIMA capacitors ensure optimized power delivery.

Strix Raid DLX, Strix Raid Pro, and Strix Soar each have a built-in 600-ohm headphone amplifier to drive a wide range of headphones and deliver clear, detailed sound with deep, tight bass.

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Addonics Technologies today announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.

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When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it is backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage. It comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can easily be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket.

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Addonics Technologies today announced the Addonics USB 3.1 PCIe controller, a simple and economical solution for adding the latest high speed 10 Gbps USB 3.1 port to desktop computers or servers. Designed to install into any PCI-Express 2X slot, the USB 3.1 controller can handle data rate up to 10 Gbps on the PCIe 2.0, doubling the speed of USB 3.1.

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One of the key features is a maximum speed of 10 Gbits/sec, which is twice the speed of USB 3.0 and 20 times the speed of USB 2.0. It is capable of SuperSpeed (10 Gbps, 5Gbps), HighSpeed (480 Mbps), FullSpeed (12 Mbps), and LowSpeed (1.5 Mbps) transactions.

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