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Micron Closes Lexar Business

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Micron LexarMemory maker Micron announces it is closing down the Lexar removable storage business, the result of company efforts to "focus its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels."

The Lexar unit is best known for memory cards, but it also sells USB flash drives, readers and storage drives to retail and OEM customers. Micron adds it will continue supporting existing customers through the transition period and, in case of specific requirements, customers should contact their Lexar sales representative.

Intel Presents SSD 545s

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Intel announces a lower-cost SSD option-- the SSD 545s, based on 64-layer TLCD 3D NAND flash memory technology allowing Chipzilla to squeeze even more storage on less chips.

Intel 545sThe 545s is a followup on Intel's previous 540s models. It is a similar 2.5-inch drive, with performance reaching 550MB/s sequential read and 500MB/s sequential write. What makes it truly interesting is its being the first consumer drive using Intel's second generation 64-layer 3D NAND, as paired with an SM2258 controller.

Gigabyte Intros AB350N-Gaming Wifi Motherboard

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Gigabyte announces the AMD AB350N-Gaming Wifi-- a mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD B350 chipset featuring a built-in Smart-Fan hybrid fan pin heater and "server-class" components.

Gigabyte gaming motherboardThe board is designed to support the AMD Wraith Max CPU cooler, a high-performance cooling solution for the latest AMD CPUs, including Ryzen 7 processors. The Wraith Max has larger dimensions and weight, and to support it the AB3650N-Gaming Wifi motherboard features larger zones between the CPU socket and DIMM slots. As a result, it also allows users to install memory modules with larger coolers without any interference.

“Gigabyte has been building strong relationships with AMD. When AMD published the latest Wraith Max, we released a corresponding model to meet the demand,” the company says. “Even more so, Gigabyte’s R&D put great efforts on re-arranging the components on the board in order to make mini motherboards achieve optimal compatibility for larger thermal cooling solutions.”

Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

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The Drobo Direct Attached Storage (DAS) portfolio gets an addition-- the 5-bay Drobo 5D3, a storage solution featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for a 2X performance boost over the previous Drobo 5D.

Drobo 5D3According to the company, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows users to connect a pair a 4K monitors (or one 5K display) to the 5D3, or daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices, all with enough power to (slow) charge a laptop. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, together with a USB-C port.

Designed for prosumers and small businesses, the 5D3 fits up to five 3.5-inch SATA II/III drives. It also offers an mSATA accelerator bay for what Drobo claims is a performance boost of up to 30% on frequently accessed data. Further increasing speed and throughput is an upgraded processor, while BeyondRAID technology allows for simple storage and easy expansion.

Survivor Cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Accessory maker Griffin announces a range of Survivor cases for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro-- the Survivor Rugged Folio, Survivor Journey Folio and Survivor Journey.

Griffin Survivor casesThe Survivor Rugged Folio promises to be the toughest case in the lineup, with a polycarbonate exterior and a flexible TPU shell complete with stain-resistant Tactical Grip cover. It includes the Griffin impact dispersion system for drop protection (for up to 1.2m), while built-in magnets allow users to mount the iPad on most magnetic surfaces.

The Survivor Journey Folio is a folio-style case with front and back protection. Made from durable polycarbonate, it has a magetic cover customers can fold into a stand with multiple viewing and typing angles. It also protects the iPad Pro from drops up to 1.2m, and is mountable on magnetic cases.

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