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Toshiba Introduces EXCERIA 1000x CompactFlash Memory Card

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toshiba_exceria_1000x_cf.pngToshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the EXCERIA 1000x CompactFlash Memory Card, a versatile memory card that allows photographers to shoot and store more photos per second, enjoy smoother high-definition video, plus transfer or share images quicker and easier than ever before.

Ideal for continuous burst-mode photography, Full HD (1080p) video recording, plus high-speed data transfer to other devices, the EXCERIA 1000x CompactFlash Memory Card holds up to 128GB1 of raw high-resolution images and high-definition videos. As the inventor of flash memory, Toshiba incorporates solid construction to help protect digital memories stored on the EXCERIA 1000x from every day wear and tear. Included with purchase is Toshiba’s Data Recovery Software available for download – free for one year2, as well as a five-year Standard Limited Warranty.3

“Toshiba continues to set the bar high with our premium memory card offerings like the EXCERIA 1000x CompactFlash,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “With industry-leading speed storage capacity and Toshiba-proven quality, this product is a great fit for both professional and amateur photographers.”

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Seagate to Acquire LSI’s Flash Businesses From Avago

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seagate logo.jpgSeagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Avago Technologies Limited, a leading semiconductor device supplier to the enterprise storage, wired, wireless and industrial end markets, today announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSI’s Accelerated Solutions Division (“ASD”) and Flash Components Division (“FCD”) from Avago for $450 million in cash.

The acquisition strengthens Seagate’s strategy to deliver a full suite of storage solutions, providing Seagate with established Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller capabilities to deliver solutions for the growing flash storage market. LSI’s ASD business, which is the second largest player in the PCIe flash space, offers a highly differentiated enterprise-grade PCIe flash solution focused on the high-growth cloud and hyperscale markets. LSI’s FCD business, led by its SandForce SF2000 and SF3700 controller products, is driving a multi-product roadmap to address volume markets.

“Seagate is committed to providing our customers with a complete range of storage solutions, and this acquisition will significantly enhance our flash storage offerings to supplement our existing portfolio,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate chairman and CEO. “LSI’s ASD business has the broadest PCIe flash product offering and intellectual property in the market today and the FCD business has best-in-class SSD controllers with proven support for a wide range of applications. This acquisition immediately boosts Seagate’s range and depth of flash storage capabilities today, and these teams bring to Seagate the expertise to accelerate our roadmap in this important and growing market.”

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Samsung Starts Mass Producing Industry’s First 32-Layer 3D V-NAND Flash Memory

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samsung logo.jpgSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, which is its second generation V-NAND offering.

Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND – also referred to as Vertical NAND – requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND, yet delivers much greater production efficiency because Samsung can use essentially the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

In addition, Samsung has just launched a line-up of premium SSDs based on its 2nd generation V-NAND flash memory with 128 gigabyte (GB), 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options. After introducing 3D V-NAND-based SSDs to data centers last year, Samsung is now extending its V-NAND SSD line-up to high-end PC applications, in expanding its market base.

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Plextor To Launch M6 Pro SSD With PlexTurbo At Computex 2014

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plextor logo.jpgPlextor, a leading developer of high-performance digital storage technology, announces the launch of M6 Pro and PlexTurbo at Computex 2014. The show will also mark the debut of other new consumer SSDs from Plextor, who will showcase their IPC and enterprise ranges.

Debuting at Computex is the high-performance Plextor M6 Pro SATA SSD. With hardware operating at the maximum 6 Gbps throughput limit of the SATA interface, the M6 Pro sets new standards for reliability, stability, and performance. With guaranteed stability, the Plextor M6 Pro is the first consumer SSD from Plextor to pass its new ultra-strict enterprise-grade Zero Error standard of 400 units surviving 1008 hours (up from 500 hours). The introduction of DEVSLP mode reduces power consumption.

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PlexTurbo is intelligent SSD caching software, which uses a combination of system RAM, the SSD DRAM cache, and SSD storage. It delivers additional storage speed for real-world applications, intelligently extends flash life, and prevents data loss if power is interrupted. By taking a more intelligent approach to RAM caching, the PlexTurbo is able to outperform competing software whist minimizing RAM use. PlexTurbo will initially only be available with the Plextor M6 Pro.

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OWC Debuts New Aura SSDs For Select MacBook Air And Retina Models

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Today, OWC expanded its award-winning line of high-performance SSDs in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB for the MacBook Air 2010-2012 and the MacBook Pro with Retina display 2012-2013. The new upgrade options deliver even greater affordability and are backed by the support and expertise OWC is known for around the world.

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Corsair Releases Budget-Friendly Force Series LX Solid State Drives

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corsair_force_lx_ssd.pngCorsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the release of the Force Series LX solid-state drives (SSD). Available in either 256 GB or 128 GB capacities, Force Series LX SSDs bring the amazing performance benefits of an SSD to new lower price point - making it easier than ever to move your PC into the SSD fast lane.

The speedy benefits of solid-state drives have long attracted PC enthusiasts, but high prices may have put off some users from making the switch to this faster storage technology. In response to this dilemma, Corsair is bringing all the perks of an SSD to a new, even more budget-friendly price point so everyone can feel the rush. With the Force LX 256 GB costing $129.99 and the 128 GB just $74.99, there's never been a better time to upgrade to faster SSD technology.

Powered by a Silicon Motion SSD controller, the Force Series LX SSDs offer fantastic performance up to 10 times faster than that of a conventional spinning-disk hard drive. Force LX's SATA 3 file transfer speeds of up to 560 MB/sec read and 300 MB/sec write can massively improve system performance. Operating system start-up and application load times accelerate to mere seconds, anti-virus scans complete far faster, and navigating your PC's files feels much more responsive thanks to near-instant access times.

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Plextor Expands M6e Range With M.2 Form Factor SSD

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Plextor, a leading developer of high performance digital storage technology, launches the M6e M.2 PCIe Gen2 x2 SSD, an ultra-fast 2280 (80.0mm × 22.0mm), M.2 PCIe form factor SSD designed to deliver high performance storage to modern gaming notebooks and the new generation of M.2-compatible motherboards.

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The M6e M.2 PCIe is the drive at the heart of Plextor's multi-award winning PCIe gaming SSD. With its release as a stand-alone product, consumers with M.2 PCIe slots gain access to an ultra-fast SSD with maximum sequential read speeds of 770 MB/sec and sequential write speeds of 625MB/sec. Random 4k read speeds reach 105K, and random write speeds attain 100K, IOPS. The M6e range gives gamers RAID-like performance without the space requirements or inconvenience of setting up a RAID array.

Packed into the light, extremely compact M6e M.2 PCIe is a multi-core Marvell PCIe 9183 controller, a fast onboard DDR DRAM cache, and high quality Toshiba Toggle NAND flash memory, with Plextor's own in-house produced custom firmware providing stability and efficiency.

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WD TV Simplifies Personal Content Playback On Any TV

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WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled the new WD TV – Personal Edition, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network.

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"Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers," explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. "WD's ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music."

WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport® Ultra™ and My Book® product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac® computer in the home.

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Marvell Announces 88SS1074 SATA SSD Controller With LDPC Technology

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Marvell today announced its game-changing fifth generation serial advanced technology attachment (SATA 6Gb/s) solid-state drive (SSD) controller. The industry-leading Marvell 88SS1074 SATA SSD controller deploys Marvell’s third generation NANDEdge™ error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC) technology, facilitating use of 15nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash in client and enterprise SSDs. The advanced SATA SSD controller significantly improves total storage system cost and delivers unparalleled performance with lower power consumption.

"As the inventor of a wide range of leading storage technologies, we are very proud of our innovation, leadership, and contribution to the advancement the of storage industry. I am thrilled to see our highly differentiated and advanced LDPC technology continue to raise the performance bar of robust storage solutions. I believe our efforts will enable top global OEMs and partners to accelerate the deployment of the fast growing SSD market," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. "I am very thankful for our dedicated and innovative engineering teams for once again delivering game-changer storage solutions. At Marvell, it is our pride and long term commitment to invest in the most innovative technologies to serve the storage industry and offer the most reliable and secure cloud solutions. Our mission is to drive innovation for better lives for all in the new era of ‘Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle’."

As process geometries continue to shrink and NAND flash technology migrates from MLC (2-bit) to TLC (3-bit per cell), high reliability, uncompromised performance and low power consumption are critical for the widespread adoption of SSD. The game-changing Marvell 88SS1074 delivers all of these benefits to SSD manufacturers, enabling the next generation of storage systems.

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SanDisk Announces iNAND Standard Embedded Flash Drive

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sandisk_inand_standard.pngSanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the iNAND Standard embedded flash drive (EFD), an ideal storage solution for entry-level tablets and smartphones in China and other high-growth markets. The new 1Y nanometer 3-bit-per-cell (X3) NAND flash storage solution enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to quickly introduce new, affordable tablets and smartphones with the reliable performance of SanDisk storage.

“China is the most dynamic smartphone and tablet market today, with state-of-the-art high-end smartphones and new powerful, but affordable, ‘entry-level’ devices,” said Mr. Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile and Connected Solutions, SanDisk. “We leveraged our flash technology expertise to specifically design our new iNAND Standard for the high-volume China budget mobile device market. Because we work closely with mobile systems providers, it offers near plug-and-play capability that enables OEMs to rapidly introduce highly capable entry-level tablets and smartphones that are optimal for the China mass market.”

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