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WD Claims Fastest 256GB microSD Card

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WD Claims Fastest 256GB microSD Card

Western Digital claims the 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card is the fastest microSD card in its class, making it ideal for 4K video recording.

According to the company the card holds up to "14 hours of 4K UD video," while transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s make easy work of transferring large files to PCs. Write speeds are also speedy at 90MB/s.

Also launched by WD is a slightly slower card-- the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition. Described as a 256GB card optimised for mainstream consumers, it offers maximum transfer speeds of 95MB/s and enough space for over 24 hours of HD video.

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WD Intros My Passport Wireless Pro

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WD Intros My Passport Wireless Pro

Western Digital announces a heavier duty version of the 2014 My Passport Wireless external HDD-- the My Passport Wireless Pro.

Available in 2 or 3TB capacities, the My Passport Wireless Pro retains the same features as its predecessor. It connects to PCs via USB 3.0 for use as a regular external HDD, but the addition of wifi connectivity turns it into a miniature private cloud, allowing wireless uploading and downloading of files.

A browser-based dashboard provides access to drive battery life, remaining capacity and settings, and WD provides companion iOS and Android apps for smartphone and tablet file access. Also included is an SD card slot, making the drive ideal for photographers wanting to feed files from a camera to an HDD without need for a PC.

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Crucial Gives 3D NAND Some TLC in MX300 SSD

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Crucial Gives 3D NAND Some TLC in MX300 SSD

The MX300 is something of an SSD first according to Crucial-- it features 3D NAND arranged in a triple-level cell (TLC) configuration, a design the company says allows for larger capacity and improved performance.

Initially available in a limited-edition 750GB version (275, 525 and 1050GB will follow at a later date), the MX300 carries 8 memory chips, each housing 2 dies of 96GB capacity. Also included is Crucial dynamic write acceleration technology turning a portion of TLC memory into functioning as faster SLC, a Marvell 88SS1074 controller and protection via AES 256-bit, eDrive and TCG Opal 2.0.

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Toshiba Launches OCZ RD400 NVMe SSDs

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Toshiba Launches OCZ RD400 NVMe SSDs

Toshiba combines NAND flash with OCZ enterprise-grade storage with the OCZ RD400-- a high performance NVMe SSD series featuring the M.2 form factor and capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB.

The company even caters for customers with motherboards lacking the required slots with optional PCIe x4 M.2 adapter cards.

In terms of performance Toshiba claims the series is one of the fastest yet-- sequential read/write reaches up to 2600/1600MB/s, while random rad/write (4kib) is up to 210000/140000 IOPS. Providing such performance according to the company is a combination of the PCIe Gen3 x4 lange interface and 15nm MLC NAND flash memory.

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Synology Updates DiskStation NAS Offering

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Synology Updates DiskStation NAS Offering

Synology announces a pair of DiskStation NAS products-- the DS916+ 4-bay scalable NAS aimed at professionals and small businesses, and the 1-bay DS116 ideal for home users and small workgroups.

A successor to the DS415+, the DS916+ supports up to 9 drives through compatibility with the DX513 expansion unit. It carries an Intel Pentium N3710 quad-core CPU complete with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, and either 2 or 8GB RAM, while speeds reaches a link aggregate average 225.91MB/s read and 221.04MB/s write (or 225.83MB/s and 209.35MB/s encrypted read and write).

In professional-friendly features the DS916+ supports real-time H.264 single-channel 4K/UHD or triple channel HD video transcoding, while power consumption reaches up to 30W when accessing drives and as little as 13W in HDD hibernation mode. Also included is DiskStation Manager OS software.

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Samsung MicroSD Cards Go Up to 256GB

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Samsung MicroSD Cards Go Up to 256GB

Samsung launches what it claims is the highest capacity microSD card (in its class)-- the EVO Plus 256GB, packed with 3D V-NAND to provide more storage for mobile devices, drones and 360-degree video recorders.

According to the company the card holds up to 12 hours of 4K/UHD video or 33 hours of HD video. Read and write speeds reach up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s respectively, while the card is IEC60529, IPX7 certified waterproof and can withstand x-rays and magnetic fields.

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AMD Brings Back Radeon SSDs

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AMD Brings Back Radeon SSDs

Radeon returns to the storage game with the launch of the Radeon R3 drives-- a series of entry-level SSDs available in 120, 240, 480 and 960GB capacities.

Manufactured by Taiwanese OEM Galt, the Radeon R3 SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor, are 7mm thick and are compatible with the SATA III 6GB interface. Inside are TLC NAND and a Silicon Motion M2256KX controller.

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Emtec Presents Weya Wireless Storage

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Emtec Presents Weya Wireless Storage

Emtec announces WEYA (WherEver You Are)-- a lineup of portable wireless multimedia storage devices consisting of the GoPhoto, GoMusic and GoMovie products, all complete with rechargeable batteries and companion apps.

Designed to allow file access while on the go, WEYA devices create an own wifi network for the easy file backups without need for an internet connection. In addition users can also access and organise files, as well as stream audio or video, through free apps.

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Toshiba Updates Q300 SSDs With 15nm Flash

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Toshiba Updates Q300 SSDs With 15nm Flash

Toshiba announces an upgrade of the Q300 and Q300 Pro series 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs-- one filling the drive with 15nm flash (instead of 19nm) for capacity, performance and power consumption improvements.

Announced back in September 2015, the SSDs offer 120, 240, 480, 960 or 1024GB capacities in the Q300 version, with the updated Q300 Pro version adding a previously unavailable 1TB option. The Q300 Pro also offers an increase in endurance, with the 1TB model claiming a maximum write of 640TB over a 5-year warranted lifetime.

Otherwise in terms of performance both SSD series offer 550MB/s sequential read and up to 530MB/s sequential write (dependingĀ on range and capacity). The Q300 series claims maximum read/write IOPS of 87000 and 83000, while the Q300 Pro clocks at 92000 and 63000 maximum read/write IOPS.

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