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PNY Launches Duo-Link OU2 On-the-Go USB Flash Drive

PNY, the leading manufacturer of memory products and PC peripherals, has recently launched the newest addition to their OTG flash drive range, the Duo-Link OU2. This thumb-sized adapter packs performance and speed in its petite size. It comes with dual USB connectors with USB and micro-USB ports, providing convenient data transfer and storage for PCs, notebooks, and Micro-USB OTG-compatible Android phones and tablets.

PNY's Duo-Link OU2 flash drive enables transfer of videos, music, and photos from and between OTG-compatible Android devices while the USB 2.0 connector enables easy and fast storage of those files to and between desktop and laptop computers. The drive also doubles up as a convenient storage expansion for OTG-compatible Android phones and tablets to free up precious device memory.

Toshiba Offers World's Smallest-Class e-MMC Embedded NAND Flash Memory Products

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced the launch of a class of e-MMCTM embedded NAND flash memory products that are among the world's smallest.The new products integrate NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's cutting-edge 15 nm process technology and a controller to manage basic control functions for NAND applications into a single package.

Fully compliant with the latest JEDEC e-MMC standard, the new chips are designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and wearable devices. Sample shipment of the 16 gigabyte (GB) products begins today, with 8GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB products to follow. By utilizing the 15nm process technology, the new product's package size is approximately 26 percent smaller than comparable Toshiba products and offers faster read/write performance due to improvements in basic chip performance and controller optimization. The read speed is approximately eight percent faster (max.), while the write speed is approximately 20 percent faster (max.).

Corsair Releases Flash Voyager Vega USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Corsair, a world leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the ultra compact, low-profile Flash Voyager Vega USB 3.0 flash drive. The slim, thumb-sized drive is less than 5mm thin and 24mm long including the built-in key ring loop, making it a perfect keychain companion for data transfers on the go, or an ideal plug-and-leave storage solution for notebooks, car audio systems, game consoles, and other devices. The new drive is available immediately in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities from Corsair.com and retailers around the world.

Protected in a gleaming scratch-resistant hard chrome plated zinc alloy enclosure, the Flash Voyager Vega drive is as eye-catching as it is rugged. Thanks to high-speed USB 3.0 support, file transfers complete in a fraction of the time of previous generation flash drives, with a discrete blue LED showing when data transfers are active. The drive also supports USB 2.0 for compatibility with older PCs, and Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are all supported with no additional software required.

Silicon Motion Announces the Fastest Single-Channel UHS-II SD Card Controller

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices, today introduced the SM2704, the world's fastest single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface & UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280 MB/s along with a maximum data write speed of up to 260 MB/s. By supporting the new U3 Speed Class, the SM2704 delivers ample performance to handle the needs of professional photography, high-definition video recording and compressed 4K video capture and playback.

"Silicon Motion is the number one merchant supplier of UHS-I/II card controllers, which are the majority of our overall SD card controller sales. The SM2704 extends the company's leadership with the highest performance UHS-II controller while utilizing a cost-effective, single-channel design," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "We are pleased to partner with Micron in enabling the world's fastest UHS-II SD cards in the market today."

Toshiba and SanDisk Celebrate the Opening of the Second Phase of Fab 5

Toshiba Corporation and SanDisk Corporation today celebrated the opening of the second phase of the No. 5 semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab 5) and the start of construction of the new No. 2 fabrication facility (Fab 2) at Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba's NAND Flash memory plant in Mie prefecture, Japan.

Toshiba started construction of the second phase of Fab 5 in August 2013, and Toshiba and SanDisk have overseen installation of production equipment in the expanded facility since July this year. Production in phase 2 began at the start of this month, with 15 nm NAND flash memory process technology, the world's smallest and most advanced node. Toshiba and SanDisk announced deployment of this jointly developed 15 nm NAND flash process in April this year, with initial production in part of Fab 5 phase 1, and now target conversion of the remaining capacity in phase 1 to the new process technology.

Flash-Based Storage System Adoption Is on the Rise in Enterprises: IDC

Flash-based storage continues to move from being an expensive niche technology targeted at a few workloads to a more mainstream technology. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the broader availability of products, a growing level of familiarity with the benefits of solid state technologies, and declining prices are all adding to the momentum behind flash-based storage.

To gain end-user insights into how flash-based storage is being adopted, IDC conducted a survey of more than 1,000 storage administrators across the globe as part of its biannual Storage User Demand Study (SUDS). This study provides essential details on current and future deployments of storage systems as well as more forward-looking opinions of end users about emerging technologies or market developments.

Enmotus Showcases Its Flash/HDD Hybrid Storage Solutions at Flash Memory Summit

Enmotus Inc. announced that it is demonstrating its FuzeDrive hybrid storage software solutions at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA. The product and technology demos highlight the versatility of Enmotus' hybridization technology, which enables high performance, cost effective hybrid storage utilizing storage media such as Flash/HDD and Flash/Flash as well as next generation Storage Class Memory such as NVDIMM.

FuzeDrive targets applications that require high performance such as databases and analytics as well as content delivery solutions. The demonstration can be seen at the Flash Memory Summit, booth 219, taking place in the Santa Clara Convention Center on Aug. 5-7.

ATP Introduces advancedMLC (aMLC) Technology

ATP, the leading manufacturer of embedded Flash and ruggedized SSD and DRAM modules, introduces its latest technology, advancedMLC, also known as "aMLC". Developed by ATP, aMLC is an advanced firmware technology uniquely implemented onto ATP's NAND Flash products to vastly improve the endurance and performance of these storage devices while using mainstream MLC NAND to provide the best cost effective solution for any read/write intensive applications.

ATP will showcase this technology and related products at the Flash Memory Summit 2014 from August 5 to 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, booth# 516.

Toshiba Launches SDHC Card with Embedded WLAN Communications

Toshiba Corporation's Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced that it will start the sales of SDHC memory cards with embedded wireless LAN communications for third-party solution providers.

The new product, THNSW008GAA-B(QB6) has the same hardware composition as "FlashAir", the SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN communications, currently available in the consumer market. Since the card itself has embedded wireless LAN and web server functions, its insertion into an SDHC memory card slot adds wireless functions to various devices.

NAND Flash Brand Supplier Revenue Falls 6.6% in First Quarter

The shipment performances of Smartphones, Tablets, and Notebooks were relatively weak in the first quarter due to seasonality. As a result of the entire NAND Flash market's oversupply in 1Q 2014, the branded suppliers' Q1 revenues saw a 6.6% drop compared to the previous quarter, and slid to approximately US$ 7,244 million, according to Sean Yang, Assistant Vice President at DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage research division of TrendForce.

Looking at the branded supplier revenue ranking, Samsung managed to retain its lead in the market with approximately US$ 2,175 million in sales, but saw its market share dip slightly to 30.0%; Toshiba came in second with a revenue total of US$ 1,548 million and an improved market share of 21.4%; SanDisk ended up in third place with US$ 1,367 million in revenue, while Micron came in fourth with US$ 1,050 million; Affected by its capacity allocations, SK Hynix's revenues slid to approximately US$ 594 million, resulting in market share of 8.2%.

Seagate to Acquire LSI Flash Businesses From Avago

Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Avago Technologies Limited, a leading semiconductor device supplier to the enterprise storage, wired, wireless and industrial end markets, today announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division ("ASD") and Flash Components Division ("FCD") from Avago for $450 million in cash.

The acquisition strengthens Seagate's strategy to deliver a full suite of storage solutions, providing Seagate with established Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller capabilities to deliver solutions for the growing flash storage market. LSI's ASD business, which is the second largest player in the PCIe flash space, offers a highly differentiated enterprise-grade PCIe flash solution focused on the high-growth cloud and hyperscale markets. LSI's FCD business, led by its SandForce SF2000 and SF3700 controller products, is driving a multi-product roadmap to address volume markets.

Toshiba to Replace Fab 2 at Yokkaichi Japan for Transition to 3D NAND Technology

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will demolish the No. 2 semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab 2) at Yokkaichi Operations, the company's NAND Flash memory plant in Mie prefecture, Japan, and replace it with a new fab on the same site. Toshiba also entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with SanDisk Corporation to invest jointly in the new facility. The primary purpose of the new wafer fab is to secure space for converting existing Toshiba and SanDisk 2D NAND capacity to 3D NAND beginning in 2016.

Demolition work on the current Fab 2 will start in May with construction beginning in September 2014, with a target completion date of Summer 2015. The clean room within the new fab will be built in phases to align the clean room investment with the timing of conversion of 2D NAND capacity to 3D NAND. Construction of the initial cleanroom will be complete in time for 2016 output. Decisions on capacity conversion ramp and equipment investment, the start of production, and production levels in the new fab will reflect market trends.

Toshiba Starts Mass Production of World's First 15 nm NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has developed the world's first 15-nanometer (nm) process technology, which will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND flash memories. Mass production with the new technology will start at the end of April at Fab 5 Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba's NAND flash fabrication facility (fab), replacing second generation 19 nm process technology, Toshiba's previous flagship process. The second stage of Fab 5 is currently under construction, and the new technology will also be deployed there.

Toshiba has achieved the world's smallest class chip size with the 15nm process plus improved peripheral circuitry technology. The new chips achieve the same write speed as chips formed with second generation 19 nm process technology, but boost the data transfer rate to 533 megabits a second, 1.3 times faster, by employing a high speed interface.

Spansion Introduces Industry's Highest-Performance 1.8V Serial NOR Flash Memory

Spansion Inc., a global leader in embedded systems solutions, today expanded the company's high-speed Serial NOR portfolio with a high-performance family of 1.8V flash devices, the Spansion FS-S Serial Flash family.

With read speeds up to 133 MHz in Single/Dual/Quad I/O mode and 80 MHz in double data rate (DDR) mode, the FS-S family delivers up to 80 MBytes/second (MB/s) of read throughput and is 50 percent faster than competing solutions. In addition, industry leading programming performance of up to 1.08 MB/s - twice the programming speed of competing solutions - accelerates manufacturing throughput and lowers programming costs dramatically. Spansion's FS-S family also offers the fastest erase time in the industry of up to 0.5 MB/s.

SK Hynix Started Full-Scale Mass Production of 16 nm NAND Flash

SK Hynix Inc. announced that it has started full-scale mass production of 16 nm 64 Gb (Gigabit) MLC (Multi Level Cell) NAND Flash, which uses the industry's thinnest process technology.

SK Hynix has been mass producing its 1st version of the world's first 16 nm NAND Flash since June and recently has started to mass produce the 2nd version which is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size. In consequence, the Company geared up for strengthening its competitiveness in NAND Flash.

Silicon Power Launches Touch T03 Flash Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions launches the brand new designed stainless steel USB flash drive - Touch T03. Along with the trendy Northern Europe style and exquisite metal casing, Touch T03 is designed to be the perfect combination of technology, fashion and extraordinary living style. Featuring the eye-catching look and delicate faceted-body, Touch T03 is more than an ordinary storage device but a great fashion accessory for users to show their charm and taste.

SP Touch T03 stands out with its stunning appearance which delivers great sense of luxury and elegance. Furthermore, Touch T03 is extremely tiny and featherweight that allows an easy and convenient way for carrying and storage. With the application of COB (Chip on Board) technology, Touch T03 ensures great durability and offers high protection for the drive body, promising complete resistance to water, dust and vibration. Moreover, Touch T03 shines with the sleek stainless steel casing with stylish groove design at the end of the body, which can be easily attached to the key rings, purses or bags.

Micron Unveils Serial NOR Flash Interface for Future Ultrathin Devices

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced the availability of a replay-protected monotonic counter (RPMC) feature for their SPI NOR Flash memory devices, which are validated for future Intel Ultrabook platforms. The cost-effective 64Mb density is the sweet-spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities.

The RPMC feature in Micron's SPI NOR device is the first in a family of cryptographic primitives that will significantly enhance preboot security in cost-sensitive embedded, mobile, and personal computing architectures. The RPMC-enabled device facilitates critical nonvolatile data storage, while making systems resistant to rollback and replay attacks. It enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to further strengthen code/data storage in the boot memory and deliver more secure systems to customers.

JEDEC Publishes Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Standard v2.0

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the publication of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) version 2.0. Developed for mobile applications and computing systems requiring high performance and low power consumption, the new UFS v2.0 standard offers increased link bandwidth for performance improvement, a security features extension as well as additional power saving features over the prior version. JESD220B Universal Flash Storage v2.0 may be downloaded free of charge from the JEDEC website: http://www.jedec.org/standards-documents/results/jesd220b

UFS is a high performance interface designed for use in computing and mobile systems requiring low power consumption such as smart phones and tablets. Its high speed serial interface and optimized protocol enable significant improvements in throughput and system performance.

Lexar Introduces Its New Professional Workflow Reader Solution

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution, the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using just one USB port. The solution includes a four-bay reader hub compatible with popular card formats, such as XQD, UDMA 7 CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) UHS-I.

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution allows users to mix and match readers in the hub. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs:

PNY Introduces StorEDGE Flash Memory Expansion Module

PNY Technologies Inc, announces the introduction of StorEDGE: a revolutionary new Flash Memory Expansion Module designed exclusively for use in MacBook computers to quickly and easily increase available storage capacity while keeping you mobile. Engineered as a semi-permanent storage solution, StorEdge simply plugs directly into your MacBook to radically upgrade your flash memory without compromising your notebook's sleek design. StorEdge hosts a small form factor and unobtrusive patent pending design, allowing it to sit nearly flush to your MacBook. Available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, StorEdge allows users to store even more images, videos, music, and files - without compromising system speed or performance.

Scythe Announces The Multi-Platform Card Reader Kama Reader USB 3.0

Japanese cooling expert Scythe expands its wide variety of PC accessories by a brand new card reader. Scythe's new 5-in-1 card reader supports all common media standards and comes with the extremely fast USB 3.0 interface. Thanks to the USB 3.0 port in the front of Scythe Kama Reader USB 3.0, users are able to utilize the full speed of externally connected devices such as USB sticks and Hard Drives.

The biggest advantage of the USB 3.0 interface is the high speed it allows. Compared to the USB 2.0 standard, storage media can surpass the limitations and finally unleash the real potential thanks to USB 3.0. Most USB 2.0 card reader were limiting the read and write speed to approximately 30 Megabyte per second, although the theoretical transfer-rates are often labeled with 60 Megabyte per second. USB 3,0 on the other hand allows theoretical transfer-rates above 600 MB/s, which pushes the limit higher, allowing really fast transfer of files.

Transcend Releases Fastest Half-Slim SATA III Solid State Drive

Transcend Information, a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade products, today introduced the HSD740 half-slim SATA III 6Gb/s solid state drive (SSD). Featuring the latest SATA specification, Transcend's HSD740 SATA III half-slim SSD delivers peak performance in industrial grade standards, yet offers significantly smaller dimensions and superior long-term reliability than 2.5" form factor hard disk drives.

Transcend's HSD740 half-slim SATA SSDs are comprised of high-quality toggle-mode MLC NAND Flash chips, providing excellent solid-state performance in a lightweight compact package that measures just 54mm x 39mm x 4mm. In addition to their convenient compact size, the HSD740 SSD modules feature a high-bandwidth SATA III 6Gb/s interface that helps deliver fast transfer speeds reaching 510MB/s read and 185MB/s write. As a result, Transcend's new half-slim SATA SSDs offer significantly improved performance benefits, greater design flexibility, and cost savings to manufacturers of mobile computing applications such as Ultrabooks, Industrial PCs and notebooks, gaming systems, and handheld devices.

Micron Unveils 16-Nanometer Flash Memory Technology

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced that it is sampling next-generation, 16-nanometer (nm) process technology, enabling the industry's smallest 128-gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory devices. The 16 nm node is not only the leading Flash process, but it is also the most advanced processing node for any sampling semiconductor device. It solidifies Micron's leadership position in storage technology development and delivers on the company's vision to provide the most advanced semiconductor solutions.

Micron's 128 Gb MLC NAND Flash memory devices are targeted at applications like consumer SSDs, removable storage (USB drives and Flash cards), tablets, ultrathin devices, mobile handsets and data center cloud storage. The new 128 Gb NAND Flash memory provides the greatest number of bits per square millimeter and lowest cost of any MLC device in existence. In fact, the new technology could create nearly 6 TB of storage on a single wafer.

Biwin Introduces Half Slim H6201 Embedded SSD

BIWIN, a world-leading expert in the development and manufacture of flash and advanced NAND flash memory, has launched a new business-grade SSD that is perfect for the digital signage market, the half slim H6201. There are many different industrial applications for digital signage and the field is growing. To operate in public and outdoor environments, it is critical that the components are reliable, scalable, efficient and of low maintenance cost.

Flash memory is suitable for industrial grade products for a variety of reasons. By comparing with traditional HDD, SSDs are far more reliable because they have no moving parts. This makes them an ideal solution for deployments where heat, cold, dust, humidity and even shock and vibration are common. BIWIN SATA II Half-slim SSD H6201's MTBF of 2,000,000 hours is more than doubled comparing with mechanical hard drives, leading to lower maintenance costs. H6201 is extremely fast with the ability to handle high IO data throughput such as multiple data streams suitable for graphics and video in a very small package. SSDs are much more energy efficient. For example, H6201's maximum power consumption is 0.97W, which eliminates the dependency on system fans for cooling. The result is a quieter design with lower annual energy costs.

LSI Expands its Nytro Product Portfolio of PCIe Flash Adapters

LSI Corporation today announced it has expanded the LSI Nytro product portfolio of PCIe flash adapters with a new, high-capacity 3.2TB Nytro WarpDrive accelerator card, and expanded capacity, connectivity and software capabilities across the Nytro MegaRAID product family. The new offerings extend the industry's broadest portfolio of PCIe flash adapter products, allowing customers to choose the optimal solution to uniquely address their challenges across a wide range of enterprise applications and datacenter workloads.

LSI Nytro products are being deployed to deliver the ultra-low latency and high-bandwidth performance required for Big Data applications, hyperscale web and cloud datacenters, financial services, and virtual desktop and server workloads. The products also help customers shrink their overall storage footprint and power requirements, leading to increased datacenter efficiency and lower IT costs.
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