Storage (Personal)

The Biggest SanDisk SD Card yet

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The Biggest SanDisk SD Card yet

SanDisk launches the Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-1 memory card, the highest-capacity SD card on the market according to the company at 512GB, making it ideal for industry professionals and prosumers working in video and photography.

“4K/UHD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," the company says. "The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before.”

As well as high capacities the Extreme PRO features write speeds of up to 90MB/s, transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speeds for efficient post-production workflow.

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Mobile Device Storage from Kingston

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Mobile Device Storage from Kingston

Kingston launches the DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 and the UHS-I 90R/45W microSDHC/SDXC card-- two storage solutions ideal for use with both PCs and mobile devices.

The DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 adds storage to OTG-enabled devices, and features both standard USB 3.0 and micro USB connectors. It comes in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities, and can also be used with any USB On-The-Go compatible device to transfer data without need of a PC.

Meanwhile the microSDHC/SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 card (in 16, 32 and 64GB) provides 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write speeds, making it ideal for HD video, 3D video and real-time broadcast applications.

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The First Consumer SSD With 3D V-NAND

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The First Consumer SSD With 3D V-NAND

Samsung launches the 850 Pro SSD range, the first packing the company's Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology to bring boosts in performance, density and durability when compared to normal SSDs.

V-NAND technology stacks 32 cell layers on top of each other into "3D" structure stacks, using a "vertical interconnect process" to connect layers electronically by punching holes from highest to bottom layers.

The result? Samsung claims 850 Pro drives offer twice the durability of regular SSDs (it even offers a 10-year warranty), a 30% decrease in power consumption (or 93% when in die mode) and sequential read/write speeds of up to 550MBps/520MBps.

Reviewers seem to agree, too-- for instance Tom's Hardware describes the drive as "fastest of all time", if one restricted by its SATA 6GB/s interface.

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A SanDisk SSD for Gamers

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A SanDisk SSD for Gamers

SanDisk says the Extreme PRO SSD is a drive ideal for gamers, enthusiasts and media professionals, since read speeds of up to 550MB/sec and write speeds of up to 520MB/s make it ideal for graphics-intensive applications.

"Building off the success of our award-winning SanDisk Extreme II, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache Pro technology to enable 24x7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” the company says.

In fact, SanDisk is so confident in the drive that it even offers a 10-year limited warranty.

According to SanDisk random read/write speeds clock at 100000 and 90000 IOPS, with nCache Pro two-tiered caching technology optimising speed and endurance for heavy workloads.

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Toshiba Claims Fastest MicroSD Cards

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Toshiba Claims Fastest MicroSD Cards

Toshiba launches a microSD memory card series it claims is the first to comply with the high-speed UHS-II standard, the interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard v. 4.20.

According to Toshiba the cards allow high-quality 4K video capture at minimum write speeds of 30MB/s, making them ideal for use with compatible high-performance cameras.

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Sony, Panasonic Team Up in Long-Term Storage

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Sony, Panasonic Team Up in Long-Term Storage

Sony and Panasonic team up in long-term digital storage development and announce "Archival Disc," a high-capacity optical disc format promising to initially hold up to 300GB of data.

The discs will be the same size as current Blu-ray discs, and should be readable for at least 50 years with 3 storage layers per side. According to the two companies larger capacity and higher playback quality is archived via crosstalk cancellation and high-order Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) technologies.

Aiding long-term storage applications further is the discs having no need for constant temperature or humidity, as well as reduced power consumptions compared to magnetic tape formats.

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The Fastest SanDisk SD Card

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The Fastest SanDisk SD Card

SanDisk announces the Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card-- the fastest SD card from the company yet, with write speeds reaching up to 250MB/s and transfers speeds of 280MB/s.

Being UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled the card is handles 4K video recording, allowing for sustained video capture of 30MB/s. The card also optimised for next generation DSLRs and pro video camera supporting the UHS-II standard.

“The Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to 3x faster than current cards,” SanDisk says. “Our goal is to deliver the fastest memory cards on the market, enabling next generation cameras to take advantage of new levels of performance. This is another example of our legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the digital imaging and video industries.”

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LaCie Fuels Mobile Storage

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LaCie Fuels Mobile Storage

LaCie reveals a first collaboration with Seagate at CES 2014-- the Fuel, a 1TB "go-anywhere" AirPlay-compatible wireless HDD for use with iPads, iPhones and Macs, as well as other connected devices.

"Consumers rely on their mobile devices more than any other personal technology," the company says. "The LaCie Fuel enriches mobile entertainment by providing consumers with ample storage and untethered accessibility."

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Sony Intros USB Drive for Androids

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Sony Intros USB Drive for Androids

Android users wanting more storage for their devices get a potential Sony solution-- a 2-in-1 USB flash drive armed with dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connectors designed for smartphone and tablet use.

“Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible,” the company claims. “These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking.”

The drives feature USB On-the-Go (OTG) functionality allowing devices to act as a "host" when connected to other USB peripherals. Other uses include file transfers and as additional storage for larger media libraries.

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SD Cards With 4K Support

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SD Cards With 4K Support

The SD Association announces a high-performance option and symbol for SD cards supporting 4K resolution video-- the Ultra High Speed (UHS) Class 3 (U3) symbol will indicate cards capable of recording 4K video.

The classification will apply on SDXC (UHS-1 and UHS-II) and SDHC (UHS-I and UHS-II) memory cards and devices.

According to the association UHS Speed Class 3 defines minimum write speeds at 30Mbps to ensure high-quality video recording and playback from high-performance cameras and camcorders.

UHS Speed Class 3 devices will remain backwards compatible with existing SD memory cards.

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Connected Data Syncs With Transporter

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Connected Data Syncs With Transporter

Connected Data announces what it claims is a simple means for customers to own an unlimited, private cloud-- the Transporter Sync, a small device handling the syncing, access, protection and sharing of any files.

The Transporter Sync acts as a companion to any standard external HDD (so long it is less than 4TB in size), connecting to them via USB. Once connected it creates a private cloud, allowing the user to in turn synchronise files on any number of PCs, tablets or smartphones via iOS and Android apps.

"With Transporter Sync, we provide an affordable and simple way for [customers] to protect, share and access what matters most, with total privacy, a low one-time price and no hidden monthly fees," the company states.

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