One thing the storage market doesn't lack is a healthy selection of solid state drives (SSDs), and you can be up to your eyeballs in options when shopping a new drive. How does a company separate itself from the pack? If you're Plextor, you tap Marvell to provide the controller chipset and then boast about "unique enterprise-grade double-data protection technology" baked into each SSD.
LSI Corporation today announced an injection of enhanced features into its SandForce SF-2200 and SF-2100 series of client flash storage processors (FSPs) specifically designed to play nice with Ultrabooks. The new features are said to extend battery life by as much as one hour, cut down on resume times when waking from sleep mode, and "enhance the overall user experience."
With AMD and Intel both fully (and finally) embracing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard, it's almost impossible to pick up a system saddled with just USB 2.0 ports, especially with third-party companies like NEC and Marvell picking up the slack. That's good news, because USB 3.0 peripherals are quick becoming commonplace. One of the newest USB 3.0 products is Patriot Memory's Supersonic Rage XT, a high-performance thumbstick built around a compact form factor.
For those of you paying attention, it's hard not to notice the downward trend in solid state drive pricing, which in some cases has fallen below a buck per gigabyte on high end SSDs. Be that as it may, market research firm IHS iSuppli believes mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) will remain the dominant storage platform now and in the near term future, even as Microsoft's Surface tablet and other competing SSD-only devices enter the market place.
Plextor, which largely built a name for itself with high end optical drives back before you could buy a DVD burner for less than the cost of a movie ticket and tub of popcorn, is largely focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's newest contender in what's now a crowded field is the M5S Series. The M5S line represents Plextor's fastest SSDs to date, boasting up to 73,000 read IOPS and 70,000 write IOPS courtesy of "exclusive firmware."
Congratulations are in order for Dropbox Pro subscribers, who went to bed one night and woke up the next morning to find they had double the online storage capacity to play with at no additional charge. As competition in the cloud sector starts stacking up a mile high, Dropbox bumped its 50GB ($9.99 per month) and 100GB ($19.99) Pro plans to 100GB and 200GB, respectively, and added a 500GB plan that runs $49.99 per month.
If you ever want to experience true elation, try swapping out a fragmented hard disk drive (HDD) that's bogging down performance from an otherwise well equipped PC for a performance oriented solid state drive (SSD). The difference can be night and day, depending on how slow your HDD is. It's also a costly upgrade that usually results in downgraded storage capacity, hence why HDDs are still the popular storage medium of choice. But for how long?
As far as Adata is concerned, an influx of motherboards sporting built-in mSATA slots is going to create a demand for mSATA solid state drives (SSDs). The idea behind mSATA SSDs is to provide a fast cache solution to aid the primary storage device, typically a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD), to achieve system performance comparable to running a standalone SSD at a fraction of the cost. Towards that end, Adata today announced the launch of its XPG SX300 and Premier Pro SP300 mSATA SSDs.
If you haven't already, you can officially stop feeling sorry for the hard drive industry, which took a tremendous hit to its collective operations from last year's floods in Thailand. Those floods contributed to a tight supply of HDDs and higher prices all around, but lest you offer any more sympathy, consider this. HDD makers generated record revenue in the first quarter of 2012, and they did it by raising prices.
Super Talent just announced the newest addition to its TeraDrive solid state drive family, the TeraNova, not to be confused with Terra Nova, the sci-fi TV series that was officially cancelled earlier this year after just a single season. No need to worry about Super Talent's TeraNova SSDs falling from relevancy quite as fast, not if the drives can live up to rated read and write speeds.