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Samsung Starts Producing 3.2-Terabyte NVMe SSD Based On 3D V-NAND

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has started mass producing 3.2-terabyte (TB) NVMe PCIe solid state drives (SSDs) based on its 3D V-NAND (Vertical NAND) flash memory technology, for use in high-end enterprise server systems.

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The new NVMe PCIe SSD, SM1715, utilizes Samsung’s proprietary 3D V-NAND in an HHHL (half-height, half-length) card-type form factor, to offer 3.2TB of storage capacity -- doubling Samsung’s previous highest NVMe SSD density of 1.6TB.

“Beginning with mass production of this new V-NAND-based NVMe SSD, which delivers the highest level of performance and density available today, we expect to greatly expand the high-density SSD market,” said Jeeho Baek, Vice President, Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung plans to actively introduce V-NAND-based SSDs with even higher performance, density and reliability in the future, to keep its global customers ahead of their competition.”

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ASUSTOR Launches High Performance AS7008T and AS7010T NAS Devices

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ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of two powerful new NAS devices, the AS7008T and AS7010T which are designed for both enterprise and multimedia use. The AS7008T and AS7010T are the newest offerings in ASUSTOR’s new 70 Series. Both models come equipped with powerful Intel® Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processors and 2GB of built-in SO-DIMM DDR3 memory that can be expanded up to a maximum of 16GB. Furthermore, both also come with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 eSATA ports allowing users to flexibly incorporate the use of different accessory devices.

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In addition to dual gigabit Ethernet ports, the AS7008T and AS7010T are also equipped with a 10GbE network card expansion slot, allowing for flexible expansion in demanding enterprise environments that require greater access speeds and productivity. ASUSTOR’s 70 Series devices also adopt the HDMI port and infrared receiver from previous ASUSTOR models and further incorporate a S/PDIF port that provides high fidelity optical output for unmatched listening experiences. Users can pair their NAS with 4K ultra high definition monitors and multi-channel surround sound for a luxurious and immersive entertainment experience.

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Silicon Power Unveils High-Capacity Slim S80 SSD

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silicon_power_slim_s80_ssd.pngSilicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today unveils the latest 7mm 2.5” SSD-Slim S80 for the new generation of ultra-slim notebooks with incredibly high capacities up to 960GB. Built in an extra slim enclosure, the brand-new Slim S80 unleashes the full potential of the 6Gbps SATA III interface to further improve computing capability and mobility. Along with surprisingly fast transferring speeds, reasonable pricing and wide range of capacity choices, SP Slim S80 SSD is now feasible for users to make flexible configuration to achieve great capability enhancement.

Different from standard 9.5mm SSDs, SP Slim S80 is geared with the super-slim 7mm form factor for easy integration into the latest mobile computing platforms. Featuring ultra-slim exterior, Slim S80 perfectly complements Ultrabooks in design, and its impressive transfer rates make it the ideal SSD upgrade solution for computer enthusiasts, gamers and multitaskers who want to take their computing experiences to a new level. Equipped with high-quality Phison controller and ultra-fast 6Gbps SATA III interface, Slim S80 delivers astonishing transfer rates up to Read/Write 555MB/530MB/sec while offering impressive 4K random Read/Write speeds of up to 80,000 IOPS. With such incredible performances, Slim S80 can significantly reduce boot time, quickly load applications and provide higher reliability over traditional hard drives. For professionals who value the importance of speed and stability, Slim S80 is about to speed up all the operation faster and smoother without any waste in time.

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Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ 4-Bay NAS Server

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Synology today announced the new DiskStation DS415+, a powerful 4-bay NAS server designed to centralize data storage, backup, and file sharing for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enthusiast home users.

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DS415+ features an Intel Atom 2.4Ghz quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, a floating-point unit, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM. The four drive bays accommodate huge amounts of storage capacity, while the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports allow users to connect and access various external storage devices. Dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation, thus improving resiliency and potential throughput.

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Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 5.1 Beta

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Synology today unveiled the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest iteration of its award-wining operating system for NAS servers.

“Storage technologies are evolving fast and so is DSM. Version 5.1 boasts a significant amount of new features revolving around three critical concepts: integrating private cloud, broadening sharing possibilities, and enhancing data safety,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc.

DSM 5.1 delivers many major updates, including:

Protect data with versatile backup and security tools: LUN snapshot is now schedulable and LUN backup performance is 169% faster through network. More packages can be completely backed up. As for system protection, the new Security Advisor scans the system and detects potential vulnerabilities, such as weak passwords, malware, misconfigured services, and pending updates. Packages can now be digitally signed to avoid using tampered executables, while AppArmor enforces stricter file access permissions for programs in DSM. Service-interface binding allows users to assign specific services to dedicated network interfaces for extra security.

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Super Talent Updates 7-pin SATA Flash Disk Module For Advanced Performance

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super_talent_sj1_7-pin_ssd.pngSuper Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, updates its 7-pin SATA FDM with the 7-pin SATA SJ1.

The very popular 7-pin SATA FDM is now available in a SATA III version which allows for read speeds of up to 300 MB/s and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

These modules mount directly onto a mainboard and are perfect for maximizing performance of embedded computing applications. The small form factor along with a left or right facing version allows for space saving solutions where component placement is very important.

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Pioneer Announces BDR-XU03J Portable Slot-Loading Blu-ray Disc Writer

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press today, announcing what it claims to be the world's thinnest and lightest slot-loading Blu-ray Disc writer. Thanks to a magnesium alloy case, the BDR-XU03J weighs in at a mere 245g and measures only 133 × 133 × 12 mm. This stylish, USB powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. The BDR-XU03J also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BDR-XU03J includes features like Pioneer's PureRead2+ technology and noise reducing firmware. The drive is also compatible with the company's APS-WF01J wireless dock, which lets it be used with Windows-based tablets and iOS devices. The BDR-XU03J ships with authoring and playback software from CyberLink and is expected to hit stores in late January for about 23,000 Yen ($211US).

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Nero Introduces The All-New Nero 2015 For Burning Via Smartphone, WiFi Streaming & More

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Today Nero announces the launch of its Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum digital media suites which make it easier to burn, rip, play, edit and share digital content anytime, anywhere, on any device. The software suites feature more than 10 all-new mobile apps and major enhancements to Nero’s flagship PC applications Nero Burning ROM (advanced ripping, copying and disc burning), Nero Video (video editing and authoring), Nero Recode (video ripping and transcoding), Nero Express (easy ripping, copying, and disc burning) and Nero MediaHome (streaming server, audio/photo/video manager, slideshow creator).

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“The major enhancements to Nero 2015 reflect feedback received directly from consumers, who are looking to take their content anywhere and view it across all of their devices,” said Jürgen Kurz, CEO, Nero AG. “Our brand new version not only allows consumers to enjoy their videos, photos, and music more easily on any device, but also offers enhanced media management, video authoring, editing, and burning features which are not available in any other comparable software solution.”

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CyberLink Announces PowerDirector 13 Series

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CyberLink Corp., the world’s leading consumer multimedia software company, today announced the new line-up of its popular video editor series, PowerDirector. Unveiled at Photokina 2014, the PowerDirector 13 series introduces a suite of more than 100 dynamic design tools and effects that users can adapt to their specific creative needs, including uniquely customizable transition, video and audio effects. For the first time, PowerDirector now also integrates the new CyberLink Cloud service, providing an easy way for users to backup and share their creative projects and templates. This new release maintains PowerDirector’s market-leading performance and remains the world’s fastest video editor.

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“Much social expression and interaction today is done via sharing videos and images, and consumers – novice or expert – are demanding ways to create truly unique, personalized content. They want to tell their story without being held back by technological limitations,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “CyberLink’s new PowerDirector series is the first set of video editing tools in the market to remove barriers to creativity by offering the level of flexibility that users demand, without making any sacrifice on performance or ease-of-use.”

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Silicon Motion Announces World's Fastest Single-Channel UHS-II SD Card Controller Solution

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Silicon Motion Technology Corporation ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices, today introduced the SM2704, the world's fastest single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface & UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280MB/s along with a maximum data write speed of up to 260MB/s. By supporting the new U3 Speed Class, the SM2704 delivers ample performance to handle the needs of professional photography, high-definition video recording and compressed 4K video capture and playback.

"Silicon Motion is the number one merchant supplier of UHS-I/II card controllers, which are the majority of our overall SD card controller sales. The SM2704 extends the company's leadership with the highest performance UHS-II controller while utilizing a cost-effective, single-channel design," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "We are pleased to partner with Micron in enabling the world's fastest UHS-II SD cards in the market today."

"UHS-II technology raises the performance levels for professional photographers, videographers and enthusiasts," said Wes Brewer, Vice President of Micron Consumer Products Group. "The SM2704, with Micron's proprietary high-performance NAND flash and card reader combination, enables us to deliver the highest performance solutions at an affordable price in our new UHS-II Professional SDHC and SDXC cards."

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