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Toshiba To Showcase World's First PCI Express Single Package SSD At CES

Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor & Storage Products Company announced it will showcase a reference display of the world’s first PCI Express (PCIe) single package SSD, integrating up to 256 GB in a single BGA package, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), to be held from January 6 to January 9 in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

toshiba pcie ssd single package

The “BG Series” SSDs on reference display will be products under development. Utilizing Toshiba’s cutting-edge packaging technology applied in products like e・MMCTM, it is the world’s first PCI Express single package SSD, available in capacities up to 256 GB in a 16 mm x 20 mm x 1.65 mm BGA package. Also to be showcased will be a reference display of the world’s smallest removable module type SSD, which integrates the BGA single package SSD on a single-sided form factor.

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OWC Introduces Envoy Pro mini Ultra-Portable SSD

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced the OWC Envoy Pro mini, a new ultra-portable SSD that delivers desktop-class performance in a tiny thumb drive form-factor. Envoy Pro mini will be unveiled today at CES 2015 and will be featured for a first-look, hands-on demonstration throughout CES at OWC's booth #30572. The OWC Envoy Pro mini has already received acclaim at CES 2015, winning the Storage Visions 2015 Visionary Product Award for Mobile Consumer storage.

owc envoy pro mini

Envoy Pro mini is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities (480GB coming soon). The Envoy Pro mini features a beautifully crafted aluminum enclosure and is ideal for storing, transferring, and backing up any Mac or PC. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance, the Envoy Pro mini achieves sustained transfer speeds up to 433MB/s, making it the perfect portable storage solution for demanding creative production workflows, IT professionals, students and home users alike.

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Toshiba Launches New Generation Solid State Hybrid Drives

Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor & Storage Products Company announced the launch of its new solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) series, which is equipped with Toshiba's 19nm second-generation NAND flash memory. The new “MQ02ABD100H” SSHD offers 1TB capacity in a drive 9.5mm high, while the “MQ02ABF050H” offers a capacity of 500GB in a 7 mm high form factor. Sample shipments will begin from February.

toshiba sshd

SSHDs deliver better performance compared to traditional hard disk drives (HDD), because the drives feature NAND that is used as the secondary cache during operation. This means users see improvement to the drive’s performance compared to traditional HDDs, while still maintaining the equivalent capacities of traditional HDDs.

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Plextor M7e PCIe SSD Images And Performance Numbers Revealed

One of the biggest announcements to come out of CES so far is Plextor's new M7e PCIe SSD. While the press release was a bit short on details, the drive was on display in Plextor's suite at the ARIA Resort and Casino. Looking at the images below, you can see that, like the M6e, the new M7e is designed to fit in a motherboard's M.2 PCIe slot. At this time, its unknown whether or not the drive will be available with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter.

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plextor m7e installed

Visitors to Plextor's suite are able to view live demos of the M7e and compare its performance to SSDs from other manufacturers. The image below shows how the M7e (on the left) compares to a drive from Samsung (on the right). With sequential read and write speeds in excess of 1000 MB/s, the M7e is more than twice as fast as your average SATA SSD.

plextor m7e performance comparison

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Lexar Announces New Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II Cards

lexar professional 1000x sdxcLexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards, offering read transfer speeds up to 150MB per second. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the new microSD cards leverage Ultra High Speed II (U3) to provide faster capture, play back, and transfer of photo and video files. The cards are also an excellent choice for photographers needing multiple memory cards for extended use to capture aerial content with a quadcopter.

Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards can quickly capture, play back, and transfer extended lengths of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action. As with all Lexar Professional cards, a lifetime copy of Image Rescue® software is included to recover any lost or deleted files, and each card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

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Plextor Unveils M7e PCIe SSD At CES 2015

plextor logoPlextor, a leading developer of high performance storage devices, will be unveiling the new M7e solid-state drive (SSD) with the complete line of solid-state drive products at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Plextor suite at the Aria.

Plextor plans to debut its next generation of solid-state drive, the M7e, which features PCIe Gen 2 x 4, enabling up to 2GB of information to be passed in one second. PCI express drives give gamers and high intensity users the maximum performance and synergy they crave from their devices.

Also scheduled for display is the M6e Black, available January 7, 2015. It boasts random read/write speeds of 105/100K IOPS. The M6e Black gives gamers and advanced users the smooth ultra-fast professional-grade storage and the reassurance of Plextor's legendary quality and rock-solid reliability. The M6e Black will include PlexTurbo 2.0, the latest generation of solid state memory cache solutions developed by Plextor, and will allow increased system memory size of up to 4GB DRAM. Additionally, PlexTurbo 2.0 caching utility features data loss protection during sudden power interruptions or system crashes.

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Corsair Launches New High-Performance USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of new USB 3.0 flash drive families - Flash Voyager Slider X1 and Flash Voyager Slider X2. Corsair also unveiled a rugged new look for the ultra-performance Flash Voyager GS and Flash Voyager GTX families with the addition of a 512GB size for Flash Voyager GS. Equipped with new bold styling and offering a wide range of performance and capacities to suite any budget, these new drives bring the Flash Voyager line up-to-date and ready for the demands of 2015.

corsair flash voyager slider x1

Flash Voyager Slider X1 and Flash Voyager Slider X2
Combining the speed of USB 3.0 with the functionality of a cap-less USB drive, the Flash Voyager Slider X1 and Slider X2 share a sleek, glossy design that allows the USB cap to conveniently slide back into the drive housing. Slider X1 is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities and thanks to its USB 3.0 interface is able to reach read speeds of up to 130MB/sec. Slider X2 knocks the performance up another notch, with read speeds of 200MB/sec in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

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