Regional carrier MetroPCS managed to get its 4G LTE network up and running before Verizon, and now they are out the door with the first LTE smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge packs LTE data and a free copy of Iron Man 2 on the MicroSD card. How nice. Of course, that SD card is phoning home to the carrier, but what could go wrong?
On the software front, SanDisk used CES to announce it's now offering encryption and online backup features across its entire retail USB portfolio. This includes the company's SecureAccess software, which creates a password-protected folder or "vault" on the USB drive, and up to 2GB of storage in the cloud offered by Dmailer.
"Business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops each week in U.S. airports, and more than half of those laptops contain confidential or sensitive information," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Data security has become an absolute necessity, and SanDisk USB drives with SecureAccess software offer an easy to use vault protected by AES encryption."
SanDisk is also expanding its USB flash drive offerings with the introduction of the Ultra and Cruzer Edge. The Ultra serves up transfer speeds up to 15MB/s and comes in 8GB ($45) and 32GB ($110) capacities, while the Cruzer Edge sports a compact slider design and is available in 2GB ($13), 4GB ($32), 8GB ($45), and 16GB ($80 capacities).
Hit the jump to read about SanDisk's CompactFlash announcement.
The CompactFlash Association only recently released the CF6.0 specification, which calls for a maximum transfer rate of 167MB/s. That's fast, but not nearly fast enough for SanDisk, Sony, and Nikon. The tech trio is proposing a new specification that will essentially triple transfer rates to 500MB/s via PCI-Express.
"This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers," said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the Board, CFA. "This next generation formation is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs."
The proposed specification isn't just about speed, but capacity as well. According to the three companies, capacities beyond 2TB would be possible, which would better allow for continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images and HD video applications.
Honey, SanDisk shrunk the SSD. How small, you ask? The memory card maker's new 64GB SSD is smaller than a postage stamp and weighs less than a paper clip, SanDisk claims.
This isn't a standard SSD that you'd pop into your desktop or notebook, but an integrated SSD (iSSD) designed for embedded applications. Capacities range from 4GB to 64GB, with the 64GB variant ranking as the world's smallest at that capacity.
"The new category of embedded SSDs should enable OEMs to produce tablets and notebooks with an unprecedented combination of thin, lightweight form factors and fast performance," said Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk. "With our embedded flash storage leadership, SanDisk believes it is uniquely positioned to deliver the ultra compact SSD solutions needed by OEMs."
These tiny iSSDs offer 160MB/s sequential read and 100MB/s sequential write speeds, so they're not going to break any SSD speed records, but as SanDisk points out, the real benefit here is in portability.
SanDisk has already started sampling iSSDs to OEMs and expects top-tier manufacturers to follow.
Do you love flash drives, but are constantly feeling exhausted from lugging them around? If so, this is your lucky day, because SanDisk would like to sell you the "smallest USB flash drive in North America". We assume this means there are smaller drives elsewhere - probably in Japan. The drive is called the SanDisk Cruzer Blade, and weights in at about 2.5g, or the same as a penny. Physically, it's the size of a paperclip.
SanDisk hopes you'll see fit to attach this bit of tech to your keychain, or a cell phone lanyard ring. To be hauled around in such a way it would have to be sturdy, and we are unconvinced. The drives will come in capacities from2GB up to 16GB, and will sell for $14.99-$77.99. This product definitely falls into the "hey, that's cool" category, but we're also worried it will fall into the "I didn't realize it was in my pocket, and I washed it" category. Are you planning to pick one up?
SanDisk this weekend announced a new memory card capable of storing data for up to 100 years, though you'll have to be careful what you put on there because it can only be written to once.
The "write once read many" (WORM) card is now shipping in volume in 1GB capacity to Japan's police force where the card sees use as a storage medium for tamper-proof forensic image archiving.
"Japan's police force is one of the world's largest and most respected law enforcement agencies, and a leading adopter of cutting-edge technologies," said Christopher Moore, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Working closely with police around the world and our partner camera vendors, we have created a one-step system for tamper-proof data acquisition and archiving. This essential memory solution greatly simplifies the digital evidence handling process while exceeding the government's requirements for data integrity and longevity."
The WORM cards offer a superior storage solution to 35mm film, which degrades over time, is slow, and is both inconvenient and increasingly difficult to use, SanDisk says. Though the card is seeing volume shipments in Japan, SanDisk says it's available worldwide in 1GB capacity. Pricing depends on the quantity ordered.
Memory storage maker SanDisk made some headway in the solid state drive space today by introducing two new families of SSDs, the G4 (drop in replacements for HDDs) and P4 (for use in thin netbooks and tablets). Both families are built around an advanced 32nm multi-level cell (MLC) process technology and now come in capacities of up to 128GB for the P4 and up to 256GB for the G4.
"We designed our new SSDs with long-term consumer usage in mind," said Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk. "Our drives offer faster boot times and improved system responsiveness while maintaining our uncompromising reliability standards. In addition, the drives utilize our Adaptive Flash Management (AFM) technology, which enables them to bridge the gap between demanding market requirements and increasingly challenging raw NAND flash characteristics."
On paper, performance is bit of a mixed bag. Sequential read and write speeds top out at up to 220MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively. That's a bit faster than the 120MB/s write speed threshold found on the G3, but not quite up to par with a number of new SSDs built around the vaunted SandForce SF-1200/1500 controllers that have started to appear.
Nevertheless, SanDisk did equip the new drives with a handful of performance-enhancing technologies, such as a page-based algorithm called ExtremeFFS designed to increase random write speeds and efficiency, and nCache acceleration technology, which SanDisk describes as a large non-volatile write cache technology intended to boost burst random write performance for shorter boot times, as well as to help present lag.
SanDisk says the new drives will start to show up in the third quarter. Pricing will depend on how many units top tier OEMs put on order.
Transcend can now focus all of its attention on putting out products rather than worrying about defending itself in court. That's because the memory maker said it has received notification from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that rival SanDisk has withdrawn its patent infringement lawsuit.
The suit dates back to October 2007 when SanDisk went on a suing spree, accusing 25 companies of patent infringement through three separate lawsuits. These were all companies that either made, sold, or imported USB flash drives and other memory related products.
SanDisk had sought both damages and a permanent exclusion order from the International Trade Commission (ITC) banning importation of the products in the U.S.
It's unclear whether SanDisk dropped its patent suit against all 25 companies or just Transcend.
Another solid state drive (SSD) hits the streets today. This one, the G3, is from SanDisk, which claims the G3 offers “a compelling alternative to a 7,2000RPM hard disk drive.”
The G3 comes in capacities of 60GB and 120GB. SanDisk claims the drives will open files up to twice as fast as a 7,200RPM HDD, allowing for faster boot times and snappier system performance. The drives will allow read speeds up to 220MB/s, and write speeds up to 120MB/s.
SanDisk uses a proprietary smart flash management system, called ExtremeFFS, to accelerate random write performance, which SanDisk says increases performance and endurance of the G3. SanDisk estimates the 120GB drive can endure up to 80TB of data written to it during its lifetime. This, plus “rigorous shock and vibration testing”, allows SanDisk to offer the drives with 10-year limited warranties.
The G3 drives are Windows 7 certified, and compatible with XP and Vista, as well as Linux and Apple’s OS X Snow Leopard.
As with all other SSD offerings of late, this new technology doesn’t come cheap. The 60GB drive will cost you $229.99, while the 120GB drive will set you back $399.99.
We probably have a ways to go before anyone releases a 2TB SDXC memory card, but in the meantime, SanDisk has brought to market its 64GB Ultra SDXC card, the company's highest capacity SD card ever.
"SDXC is the successor to the popular SDHC card format," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "The 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC card delivers the speed and capacity consumers need for extended HD video recording and improved rapid shooting of still images. The card is an ideal complement for recently-announced SDXC-compatible cameras and camcorders."
With a Class 4 speed rating, SanDisk's new 64GB boasts a read speed of up to 15MB/s. SanDisks says you'll be able to store more than eight hours of HD video with recording speed of 9Mbps (HD standard).
You have to pay to play, though, and this one will set you back $350.