Since when did the enterprise market get a sense of style? That's the first question that comes to mind when spying pureSilicon's new line of enterprise-focused storage devices, the Kage K1 USB Flash Drive and the Kage K1 SATA SSD, both of which bring a little pizazz to the storage sector. The "impossibly thing" (4.5mm) flash drive is especially funky looking and resemebles something you might see in a sci-fi flick.
Aesthetics aside, pureSilicon's taking aim at IT manager and prosumers. The company says its new Kage K1 line leverages technology pioneered in its recently announced Renegade and Nitro device, only less expensive yet still fairly powerful. The K1 USB Flash Drive represents a 240GB SSD shoved into a widened USB 3.0 stick, the most capacity ever in a 4.5mm form factor. It uses MLC NAND flash memory and offers up to 400MB/s of sequential performance. Pricing starts at $230.
The Kage K1 SATA SSD employes eMLC NAND flash memory and features up to 540MB/s sequential read and up to 520MB/s sequential write speeds via its SATA 6Gbps interface. It's a self-encrypting drive and is offered in capacities up to 400GB. Pricing starts at $975.