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SanDisk Presents Tiny 128GB SSD

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SanDisk Presents Tiny 128GB SSD

SanDisk squeezes 128GB of SSD storage in the Ultra Fit, a thumbnail-sized USB 3.0 flash drive ideal for use with tablets and smartphones, as well as PCs, notebooks and any other device in need of extra storage.

Designed as a "plug-and-stay" device, the Ultra Fit acts as an always-present storage option customers can simply plug and leave in their devices. And just as well, since being so small it must be pretty easy to actually misplace. Meanwhile USB 3.0 connectivity promises data speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

The drive also includes SecureAccess security software for users wanting to create password-protected private folders complete with 128-bit AES encryption, as well as a free 1-year RescuePRO subscription.

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Super Talent Launches USB 3.1 RAIDDrive

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Super Talent Launches USB 3.1 RAIDDrive

Super Talent Technology announces the USB 3.1 Portable RAIDDrive-- a storage device consisting of a pair of two M.2 SSDs set up in RAID 0, allowing for increased performance within a portable form factor.

The addition of USB 3.1 allows speeds reaching up to 750MB/s read and 700MB/s write. It is also compatible with devices featuring older USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, if without such gains in data transfer speeds.

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The Data Loss Risks of SSDs

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The Data Loss Risks of SSDs

Solid-state drives make for a great upgrade for your customers, but research by Seagate chairman Alvil Cox suggests SSDs might pose data loss risks if left unplugged in an environment with varying temperatures.

According to the study, the period of time "some" SSDs retain data when unpowered can be slashed in half for every 5°C rise in ambient temperature. In other words, if an SSD retains data for 2 years if kept at 25°C, that length of time is cut down by half (to 1 year) if the temperature rises to 30°C.

Surprisingly consumer SSDs appear to perform better at this test than enterprise models-- consumer SSDs tend to retain data for around 2 years when held when held in optimal conditions, while the enterprise SSD data retention period clocks at 20 weeks. As a result, a 5°C increase in temperature can drop that period to just 10 weeks. To think that, in some countries, 30°C is not even too high a temperature…

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Universal Storage via Flex-Card

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Universal Storage via Flex-Card

The Power Company promises a solution for customers wanting to backup, transfer and stream files across all devices with the Flex-Card, a device compatible with different platforms without need for a cloud-based system.

To do so, the portable (55x60mm) storage device features two flexible cables and multiple connectors-- namely USB 3.0, micro USB, Lightning, Apple 30-pin and even USB-C. The result is platform-agnostic storage usable with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices, without need for an internet connection.

"With all the problems people have experienced with the cloud and browser-based storage, the Flex-Card should make technology users feel more secure by not utilizing an Internet connection," the Power Company claims.

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Patriot Intros Dual-Sided Flash Drive

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Patriot Intros Dual-Sided Flash Drive

Patriot launches the a dual-sided USB type-C/type-A flash drive featuring a USB-C connector on one end and a standard USB 3.0 connector on the other for seamless data transfers between traditional and USB-C devices.

“As many MacBook users rely heavily on external storage options, we wanted to be at the forefront with a product that will cater to these consumers,” the company says. “As a leading manufacturer of USB and flash memory, we want to offer solutions for our customers that are easy-to-use and provide seamless experiences across all their devices.”

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Corsair Adds to Force Series LS SSDs

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Corsair Adds to Force Series LS SSDs

Corsair adds 480 and 960GB capacity models to the existing Force Series LS SSD lineup, providing customers with a cost-effective means to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs with solid-state storage.

One can install the 7mm-high Force Series LS SSDs in PCs with standard 2.5- and 3.5-inch drive bays (3.5-inch bays require optional adapter). Connectivity comes through 6GB/s SATA 3, and the drives are backwards compatible with SATA revision 1.0 and 2.0.

According to the company file transfers reach speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write. The drives support TRIM, garbage collection and SMART commands, and include a built-in dynamic and wear-leveling algorithm to extend lifespan further.

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Micron, Intel Intro 3D NAND Technology

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Micron, Intel Intro 3D NAND Technology

Micron and Intel announce the availability of their highest-density flash memory technology yet-- 3D NAND, featuring vertical stacks of data storage cells, allowing for more storage in less space.

According to the two company 3D NAND allows for three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies while keeping flash storage performance gains and cost savings aligned with Moore's Law.

3D NAND is is built out of floating gate cells, a design in use by the regular "2D" flash storage. As the companies put it, 3D NAND "stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers to achieve 256Gb multilevel cell (MLC) and 384Gb triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit within a standard package. These capacities can enable gum stick-sized SSDs with more than 3.5TB of storage and standard 2.5-inch SSDs with greater than 10TB."

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HyperX Intros Predator PCIe SSD

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HyperX Intros Predator PCIe SSD

Kingston's HyperX division launches the Predator PCIe SSD-- the highest-performance SSD range from the company promising speeds of up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write in capacities and capacities of up to 960GB.

The Predator SSDs feature a PCIe generation 2x4 interface in M.2 form factor, and HyperX offers optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapters with both standard and low-profile brackets to fit slim desktop builds. Powering all is a Marvell 88SS9293 controller

“HyperX is happy to soon unleash its fastest HyperX SSD to date. The PCIe form factor showcases extreme speeds while processing both compressed and uncompressed data,” the company says. “We worked closely with Marvell to engineer this HyperX Predator PCIe SSD for higher performance and it more than delivers through its ultra-responsive multi-tasking and faster system performance.”

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LaCie's USB Type-C Storage

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LaCie's USB Type-C Storage

LaCie follows on the new MacBook announcement with the addition of USB type-C technology to the Porsche Design Mobile Drive, making it the first company to offer storage products featuring the latest USB standard.

"This new technology makes the LaCie Mobile Drive incredibly easy to connect, since both ends of the cable are identical and the connector is reversible," LaCie says. "As a result, there is no need to worry about which end goes to which device or about plugging it in upside down."

USB Type-C offers data transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s-- making it slower than Thunderbolt, even if it also carries power and video data.

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