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G-Technology Intros G-Drive Mobile USB-C

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G-Technology Intros G-Drive Mobile USB-C

Storage solutions vendor G-Technology announces the G-Drive Mobile USB-C-- an external HDD featuring USB-C connectivity and a thin, beveled aluminium case in gold, space grey or silver colours.

G-Drive Mobile USB-C carries a 7200 RPM HDD, for transfer rates reaching up to 136MB/s. Being backwards compatible with other USB formats, the drive ships with one USB-C to USB-C cable and one USB-C to USB-A cable, while free G-Technology Windows Format software allows Windows users to easily reformat the drive.

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SanDisk Claims Fastest MicroSD Card

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SanDisk Claims Fastest MicroSD Card

SanDisk announces the Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card-- a microSD card the company claims offers the fastest transfer speeds of up to 275Mbps (or 3x faster than microSDHC UHS-I cards).

Such speeds, the company adds, make the card ideal for customers recording large amounts of video on smartphones, drones or action cameras.

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WD Boosts Storage Solutions with 8TB Drives

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WD Boosts Storage Solutions with 8TB Drives

Western Digital NAS, external storage and video surveillance products launched in H1 2016 get a storage boost with the addition of 8TB capacity drives featuring HelioSeal technology.

As the name might suggests, HelioSeal technology involves sealing the drives in helium. Helium a gas with one-seventh the dnesity of air, causing smaller amounts of turbulence and heat inside the drive-- so much so WD claims HelioSeal drives consume 23% less power, are 38% lighter and run at cooler temperatures than comparable non-helium filled drives.

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Sandberg Presents USB 3.0 Hard Disk Clone Cable

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Sandberg Presents USB 3.0 Hard Disk Clone Cable

Sandberg suggests an accessory ideal for customers buying HDDs or SSDs-- the USB 3.0 Hard Disk Clone Cable, a hardware and software combination promising easy transfer of data from an old storage device to a new one.

The cable features a SATA connector on one end and a USB 3.0 port (making it backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1) on the other. Through the included Apricorn Cloning Software it not only clones everything from the built-in drive, it creates smaller copies, making it ideal for users switching to SSD storage.

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Eternal Storage, Via 5D Glass

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Eternal Storage, Via 5D Glass

The hand in the picture might look like it is holding a simple engraved glass disc, but what it actually shows is a device able to store up to 360TB of "five dimensional" data.

Developed by University of Southampton researchers, 5D data is stored in 5 dimensions-- height, width, depth and two other dimensions produced by glass nanostructuring. Writing data on the glass requires a femtosecond laser able to emit incredibly short (280 femtoseconds, or 280 quadrillionths of a second) optical pulses. In turn the laser burns three layers of nanoscale dots on the glass.

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Intel SSDs Getting Capacity, Speed Boost?

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Intel SSDs Getting Capacity, Speed Boost?

Micron starts volume shipments of 3D NAND chips-- meaning SSD storage products from both Micron and Intel might soon get a boost in capacity, performance and energy efficiency.

Current Intel consumers SSDs offer maximum capacity of 4TB, but Micron 3D NAND should allow 2.5-inch storage devices to "more than 10TB." Meanwhile portable stick-style storage devices should also get a capacity boost, specifically up to 3.5TB.

In addition 3D NAND promises "significantly higher read/write bandwidth and I/O speeds, as well as improved random read performance," together with a sleep mode able to cut power to inactive NAND even when other chips in the same die are active.

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Toshiba Intros OCZ Trion 150 SSDs

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Toshiba Intros OCZ Trion 150 SSDs

Toshiba launches the OCZ Trion 150, an SSD series designed as an affordable mainstream notebook and desktop PC upgrade built using 15nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash technology.

The SSD series features sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s, sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s and random I/O performance reaching 91000 IOPS. Endurance clocks at 240TB total bytes written (TBW), and the range is covered with a 3-year ShieldPlus Warranty.

Further specifications include a built-in Toshiba NAND Controller, 1.5 million hours MTBF, and power consumption reach 830mW when idle and 4.8W when active.

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Samsung Intros Portable SSD T3

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Samsung Intros Portable SSD T3

Samsung announces the Portable SSD T3 at CES 2016-- a palm-size external SSD available with up to 2TB of storage while promising performance up to 4X faster than a standard external 500GB HDD.

The T3 features V-NAND and SSD TurboWrite technology paired with a USB 3.1 interface (with Type-C connector), a combination allowing for write speeds of up to 450MB/s. It is compatible with a wide range of USB-supported device and features AES 256-bit hardware encryption for security.

Users can also use a companion Android mobile device app to change passwords and check remaining capacity.

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DRAMeXchange: SSDs Soon to Reach HDD Prices

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DRAMeXchange: SSDs Soon to Reach HDD Prices

According to DRAMeXchange the Q4 2015 average contract price of mainstream PC-Client OEM SSDs is down by 10-11% Y-o-Y-- marking a 4th consecutive quarter of SSD price declines exceeding 10%.

Thus, the analyst predicts 256GB SSDs will be "close to price parity" with mainstream HDDs in 2016, bringing about an increase of over 30% (an industry first) in notebook SSD adoption.

Global notebook shipments total 43.3 million with 13% growth in Q3 2015-- initially impressive numbers until one points out the shorter Q2 2015 base period. Meanwhile channel distributors proved conservative in Q3 2015 restocking efforts due to expectations of lower NAND flash prices, bringing about just a slight increase in total retail SSD shipments and a notebook SSD adoption rate of 24-25%.

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