ASUS ROG Strix Arion SSDASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix Arion, an external solid-state drive (SSD) enclosure that lets gamers create their own high-speed mobile storage solution. Compatible with M.2 NVM Express® (NVMe) SSDs with 2230, 2242, 2260 and 2280 form factors and featuring USB-C™ 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity, ROG Strix Arion enables transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps for ultrafast performance when working with media and other large files. To ensure sustained performance with no throttling, the enclosure is made from aluminum alloy and features integrated thermal pads for effective heat dissipation.

ROG Strix Arion features an innovative design that lets gamers quickly and easily install an SSD without a screwdriver. Sporting futuristic looks with ASUS Aura Sync lighting effects, the enclosure blends perfectly with any gaming setup. ROG Strix Arion comes with a protective holder with a detachable hook for hanging as well as both USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables to ensure out-of-the-box connectivity with a wide range of PCs and devices.

Ultrafast performance and effective heat dissipation
ROG Strix Arion features USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity to ensure ultrafast performance with high-speed M.2 PCIe NVM Express SSDs. With data rates of up to 10 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 enables transfer of large 4K videos, game files and more in just seconds. Built from aluminum alloy with integrated thermal pads, ROG Strix Arion quickly dissipates heat, reducing its operating temperature for faster sustained transfer speeds and an extended SSD lifespan.

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it shipped over 13.3 million SSDs in the first half of 2019, according to data compiled by market research firm TrendFocus. The astounding amount places Kingston as the third-largest supplier of SSDs in the world behind semiconductor manufacturers Samsung and Western Digital, showing its strength and position in the market place as the world’s leading third-party SSD maker. Kingston’s total accounted for a whopping 11.3 percent of the total number of SSDs shipped globally during the first half of the year among all manufacturers.

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“TrendFocus’ research shows continued growth in total SSD shipments for all categories this year,” said Don Jeanette, Vice President, TrendFocus. “Our research finds that client SSDs make up the majority portion of units shipped while NVMe PCIe also saw gains due to demand in hyperscale environments. The storyline for the first half of 2019 is NAND shipments are increasing and pricing has bottomed out, thus driving SSD demand.”

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kioxia logoKioxia Holdings Corporation, formerly Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation, today announced that it is officially operating under its new corporate identity, effective immediately.

“Kioxia’s official brand launch is an important step in both our evolution as an independent company and our commitment to lead the industry into the new era of memory,” said Stacy J. Smith, executive chairman of Kioxia Holdings Corporation. “The company will build on its history as a world leader in memory solutions to not only meet the memory demands of the future, but to also fulfill our mission to uplift the world with memory.”

With its official launch, Kioxia has unveiled its new corporate logo and brand identity.

The silver of Kioxia’s new logo will be the company’s official corporate color, meant to represent the superior quality of its memory technology. In addition to silver, the company will have communication colors including, light blue, magenta, light green, orange, yellow and light gray.

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As the industry’s leading provider of SSD controllers and storage solutions, Goke Microelectronics was invited to the 2019 Flash Memory Summit to demonstrate an ultra-low latency NVMe SSD based on Toshiba Memory’s XL-FLASH memory.

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One year ago, Toshiba Memory announced XL-FLASH at the 2018 Flash Memory Summit, promising to use ultra-low latency 3D SLC flash to reduce read latency to 5μs, which is equivalent to 1/10th of read latency of 3D TLC NAND.

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Lexar CFe 512GBLexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B memory card.

Designed to meet the most demanding needs of today’s videographers and photographers, the Lexar Professional CFexpress card supplies powerful performance to capture high-quality images and seamless RAW 4K video. As it leverages the capabilities of next generation high-definition cinema and DSLR cameras, this rugged card supports both PCI Express Gen 3 and NVMe protocol while providing high-speed performance, durability, and reliability, with a read transfer speed of up to 1750MB/s.

“We are proud to announce the Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B Card, the world’s fastest CFexpress card on the market today,“ said Joel Boquiren, Senior Director of Global Marketing. “This announcement is representative of our mission to continue creating solutions capable of next generation performance for professional videographers and photographers, so they can continue capture high quality images and seamless RAW 4K video.”

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Creative Technology today announced the release of Sound Blaster X3, its latest addition to the illustrious Sound Blaster line-up of sound cards which ignited the PC audio revolution 30 years ago. A high-resolution USB DAC with multi-channel audio playback, it combines Creative's multiple award-winning technological breakthroughs – the famed Sound Blaster digital processing technology and game-changing Super X-Fi headphone holography – for a compelling solution which audio enthusiasts simply cannot ignore.

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Sound Blaster Enters New Dimension with Super X-Fi
Sound Blaster's audio revolution began with the creation of the first Sound Blaster 1.0 sound card in 1989, when it transformed PC audio forever. Since then, over 400 million Sound Blasters have been sold, with the brand etching several milestones in sound card development. Sound Blaster users have been fascinated over the past 30 years with innovation and technology benefits.

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Elgato, the leading provider of hardware and software for content creators, today announced the launch of HD60 S+, an external video capture card that lets content creators play high-fidelity console games in stunning 4K60 HDR10 while simultaneously streaming or recording gameplay in 1080p60 HDR10. It’s easy to get set up and streaming with HD60 S+ thanks to a simple USB 3.0 connection and full compatibility with today’s most prominent streaming applications including OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, and XSplit. Accompanied by powerful Elgato 4KCU recording software, HD60 S+ is ideal for content creators looking to grow audiences on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer.

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Building upon the original hugely popular HD60 S, HD60 S+ allows 4K60 HDR10 zero-lag passthrough, with onboard video downscaling to enable streaming to any platform in industry standard full HD 1080p60 quality and recording unlimited 1080p60 HDR10 footage to your hard drive. HD60 S+ also benefits from ultra-low latency Instant Gameview technology, keeping gameplay, mic, webcam, and other sources perfectly synched.

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of the ADATA SC680 external solid state drive (SSD). The SSDs features a stylish and compact form factor for easy portability and implements the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface for excellent read and write performance.

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Lightweight and Fast
Lightweight (35g), and only 10mm thick, the SC680 is very portable, slipping into pockets and bags with ease. Utilizing the USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface it’s also fast too, sporting read/write speeds of up to 530/460MB/s, making it over 6.6 times faster than external hard drives. This performance not only benefits users when transferring stored data, but also when loading game titles. What is more, it is shockproof, operates quietly, and consumes less power than many other external SSDs.

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of the XPG SX8100 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (SSD). Utilizing PCIe Gen3x4, 3D NAND Flash, and featuring 3500/3000MB/s read and write, the SX8100 M.2 2280 SSD gives DIY enthusiasts, overclockers and graphics professionals the performance they seek.

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Supporting PCIe Gen3x4 and the NVMe 1.3 standard the SX8100 delivers read and write speeds of up to 3500/3000MB per second and random read and write of 300K/240K IOPS. Along with 3D NAND Flash, it offers high capacities, efficiency, and durability, while the M.2 2280 form factor supports the latest Intel and AMD platforms. With SLC caching and a DRAM cache buffer the SX8100 accelerates PC performance for quick access to files and game loading.

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QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading computing, networking and storage solution innovator, today officially released QTS 4.4.1. In addition to integrating Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS to support next-generation hardware platforms, QNAP is advancing NAS usability by incorporating highly-anticipated services, including a cloud storage gateway that makes hybrid cloud storage and applications easier, source-based deduplication to optimize backup and recovery efficiency, a Fibre Channel SAN solution, and much more.

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“We gathered valuable user feedback from QTS 4.4.1 beta testing that helped us complete the official release,” said Ken Cheah, Product Manager at QNAP, adding “Our focus in this recent QTS update was integrating cloud storage services to help organizations seamlessly leverage the cloud for storage, while securing on-premises data and applications for more usage scenarios.”

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