You know a technology’s starting to make it big when kinder, gentler, easier to install versions of it begin hitting the streets. Looks like we’re getting there with SSDs; just last week, Crucial said it planned on releasing a stand-alone SSD cache solution to give PCs a speed boost, and today, Corsair followed suit, announcing an SSD/software tandem that can perk up your PC with a minimum of muss and fuss.
LG has a need for speed, and it's not the kind that Electronic Arts or Goose or Maverick can satisfy. Instead it's OCZ's subsidiary, Indilinix, that's providing LG with a shot of adrenaline by injecting its Super Ultrabook Z300 with a fast 256GB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) based on Everest. The Z330 will ship with a 256GB SSD that will be anything but a bottleneck.
After OCZ snatched up SSD controller-maker Indilinx back in March of 2011, it took them nearly nine months to work the company’s speedy new Everest controller into an actual product. (The Everest-sporting OCZ Octane launched back in the beginning of November.) It’s going to take them less time than that to roll out an Everest update; at CES, OCZ is showing off its new Everest 2 controller, which doubles up on the first-gen’s random IOPS performance and should hit the streets in June.
There’s no denying that SSDs are blazing fast and an all-around pleasure to have in your system, but for many folks, being limited to 128GB or 256GB just isn’t going to cut it. Enter Crucial: today, the memory maker announced the “Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution,” which hopes to solve that problem (as the name implies). It could’ve been called the “SSD Band-Aid;” it’s basically an itty-bitty SSD that teams up with your HDD to deliver quick access speeds while keeping the high storage capabilities of traditional drives intact.
You can take off your aluminum foil deflector beanie, the bad guys aren't interested in what you have stored on your PC. That is, unless you work in the enterprise, in which case data thieves looking to swipe company secrets are a real threat. You may wish to know that Samsung's PM810 solid state drive (SSD) just attained Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) validation for conformance to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 based on the drive model's heightened data security.
We like solid state drives (SSDs) because of their blazing speeds. We like SuperSpeed USB 3.0, also because of its speed. And we like external form factors for their convenience (and speed, if you happen to be a fast runner). Super Talent wanted to find out what happens when you put the three together and what the company came up with is its new Storage POD Mini, "a portable SSD that will change how you think about external storage."
Peel open an ultra-slim notebook, Ultrabook, or tablet PC and you might discover an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) tucked inside. These compact drives are much smaller than a regular 2.5-inch SSD, and should you retire your ultra-slim down the line, or otherwise run across an mSATA drive, your options for plopping them into your desktop or full size notebook are few and far between. One option, however, is an Addonics 2.5-inch flash drive kit.
Samsung is kind of a big deal. In addition to manufacturing everything from tablets to televisions to turbines, the Korean giant is one of the world’s largest producers of DRAM and NAND flash memory, and it has long provided SSDs to OEMs and systems integrators. Samsung entered the retail SSD market in late 2010, with its 470 Series SSD delivering performance on par with the first-gen SandForce drives that owned the top end of the market. It’s now late 2011, and the goalposts have shifted. Samsung’s Series 830 drive boasts a slimmer look, a refreshed controller, and a 6Gb/s SATA interface. Can the new part compete with today’s top SSDs?
The race is on to see who can release the first solid state drive to close the gap on hard drive pricing, only nobody seems to be in the running. Until now. OCZ is putting its Indilinx acquisition to good use by launching an Indilinx Everest-based solid state drive series, called Petrol, that's supposed to reduce SSD deployment costs by thirty percent and close in on HDD price points.
Anyone who's been around PCs for a length of time remembers when Plextor had a reputation for building top-shelf optical drives. For the most part, they were fast performing and reliable, and of course more expensive than your average bargain-bin burner. Plextor still sells optical drives, but like everyone else, the company also dabbles in solid state drives. The company's newest SSD product is the M3 Series with "True Speed" technology and a comparatively lengthy 5-year warranty.