Storage (Personal)

CompactFlash Gets Speedier Successor

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CompactFlash Gets Speedier Successor

The CompactFlash Association reveals the follow-up to the CompactFlash format-- the XQD specification, using PCI Express technology to reach data transfer speeds starting from 2.5Gbps to up to 5Gbps in the future.

The CompactFlash format currently has a niche in high-end devices, as professional SLR and video cameras.

The association says the card will write data at a minimum of 125MBps, wheras Continue reading...

Adding Wifi to USB Storage

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Adding Wifi to USB Storage

Sanho plans to provide wifi connectivity to any device with a USB port with the HyperDrive CloudFTP, a pocket-size adapter turning any USB storage into a wireless file server.

It not only creates an ad-hoc wifi network (working independently of the internet or other existing wifi networks) to share connected USB data, but also connects automatically to online cloud-based storage services such as iC Continue reading...

Integral Releases Fastest Memory Card

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Integral Releases Fastest Memory Card

Integral Memory says the UltimaPro SDHC card is the fastest yet from the company-- reaching transfer speeds of up to 45MB/s and continuous write speeds of over 10MB/s.

Such speeds makes them ideal for photographers and camera enthusiasts in order to capture high resolution images and HD video recording.

The cards feature a SDHC Class 10 chipset together with a Ultra High Speed 1 (UHS-I/UHS-1) controller, Continue reading...

SATA SSDs to Consume Less Power?

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SATA SSDs to Consume Less Power?

SanDisk announces SATA DEVLSLP-- an new SATA-IO standard proposal lowering current SATA SSD power consumptions.

Joining SanDisk are a number of industry leaders, including Intel, Samsung and Microsoft.

Some current best-in-class SSDs already have low power consumptions of around 50mW-- with SATA DEVSLP, SSDs should remain in a simlar low power state "the majority of the time".

SanDisk has even Continue reading...

Verbatim's SSD-Based IFA

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Verbatim's SSD-Based IFA

Verbatim will debut its next generation SATA SSD range at IFA 2011, offering an alternative to standard HDDs with high data transfer rates and energy efficiency.

The SSDs offer data read speeds of up to 250 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 180 MB/sec, with 64GB, 128GG and 256GB capacities.

Verbatim's SSD kits include cloning software and an enclosure allowing users to turn their previous HDD into Continue reading...

What's Smaller, Rugged and Orange?

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What's Smaller, Rugged and Orange?

LaCie announces its latest Rugged HDD line additions-- the Rugged Mini, now with a smaller (by 40%, according to LaCie) and very orange Neil Poulton design.

Available in three different sizes-- 500GB, 1TB and 1.5TB-- the Rugged Mini is shock-, pressure-, and rain-resistant, while the aluminium casing can also withstand scratches.

All models carry USB 3.0 connections, as well as drive speeds of 7 Continue reading...

SD Memory Card’s Faster Role

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SD Memory Card’s Faster Role

In this last decade, the undisputed leader in consumer electronics has been Apple...people stood in lines just to buy Apple’s i-products, their much-coveted inventory has been often sold out, and their subcontractors regularly ran out of components just trying to keep up with demand.

Nothing has been hotter in CE in the last 10 years than sizzling Apple, right?

So here’s a question for you regarding the last 10 years...Which would you rather have?

1) 5 euro for each iPad sold (25 million as of June 2011), each iPhone sold (100 million as of March 2011) and each iPod sold (300 million at Jan. 2011)...

or...

2) 1 euro for each SD memory card shipped in last 10 years?

You probably guessed right if you read the title of this article: the SD memory card is one of the consumer electronics industry’s most successful innovations with an estimated 2.5 billion SD memory cards shipped in its 10-year history.

Yes, that’s right...the SD memory card...that humble, under-estimated memory card that goes inside mobile phones, media players, computers, televisions, personal navigation devices, digital cameras and many other consumer electronics gadgets.

During those 10 years as Apple polished its fame, SD memory card went quietly about its business. Life is not fair and nor is business... the SD memory card will probably never receive the public acclaim that Apple elicits. Yet inside the CE business, this unsung product hero has outsold Apple’s biggest hits by 5:1.

During the past 10 years, the SD Association has seen an estimated 8000-plus consumer electronics models manufactured by more than 400 brands worldwide rely on SD standards. More than 1000 members give the SD memory card an ecosystem that boosts the removable media market leader to nearly 80% market share today.

And it all started with a first SD memory cards that offered an impressive (at that time) 8MB of storage capacity in the size of a postage stamp.

If that one sales record of 2.5 billion sold was all to be said, SD would still go down in CE history as one of our greatest products...but-- like Apple—the SD Association has had to adopt continuous innovation to succeed.

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External HDD as Personal Hotspot

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External HDD as Personal Hotspot

Hitachi's G-Technology announces the G-Connect-- a portable HDD providing both wireless storage and wifi internet access for smartphone and tablet users.

It carries 500GB of storage, with support for up to x5 simultaneous devices. G-Technology says the drive can handle up to either x5 SD or x3 HD simultaneous media streams.

Protection comes through password options, which include private folders. Continue reading...

SanDisk's Computex SSDs

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SanDisk's Computex SSDs

SanDisk announces 2 new SSDs at Computex 2011-- the U100 and i100, both aimed at the mobile computing market.

The U100 is the successor to the P4 modular SSD series widespread among ultra-thin notebooks. It comes in a number of form factors, including Half-Slim SATA SSD, mSATA, mSATA mini and 2.5" cased.

It delivers SATA III performance (up to 450 MB/sec sequential read and 340MB/sec sequential Continue reading...

New Drives From Buffalo

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New Drives From Buffalo

Buffalo Technology announces the availability of its latest portable storage solutions-- the MiniStation and Drivestation.

The MiniStation is lightweight and comes in a glossy piano-black finish. Being USB-powered, it provides instant storage space for users on the go-- and is comes in either 500GB or 1.0TB versions.

Meanwhile the DriveStation is available in USB 2.0 (with either 1TB or 2TB storage) Continue reading...

Buffalo Takes on Cloud-Based Storage

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Buffalo Takes on Cloud-Based Storage

Buffalo announces Cloudstor, its personal cloud-based device solution, at CES 2011.

Cloudstor is a 1TB 2-bay HDD unit coupled with a free online service (powered by Pogoplug's cloud service). It acts and operates on users' computers like a hard drive (assessible via drive letter on PC and as a device through Mac's Finder) and allows access of users' files from any other PC. It also has easy Facebook Continue reading...

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