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Samsung Develops NAND Flash-Friendly File-System

Samsung developed a new file-system that's optimized for storage devices with multiple NAND flash memory chips. Called "Flash-Friendly File-System" or F2FS, Samsung's newest creation has been submitted to the group governing the Linux kernel, and an implementation of it on derivatives such as Android is possible in the near future. F2FS is designed to take into account the "internal geometry" of NAND flash storage devices, using a log structure approach that overcomes shortcomings of file-systems designed for older spinning-disc physical media (such as floppy, hard drives, and optical discs). There's also promise for F2FS, particularly in future high-density servers using enterprise SSDs.

Source: Phoronix

Spansion Expands Serial Flash Memory Portfolio

Spansion Inc., a leading innovator in Flash memory solutions for embedded markets, today announced production of a new low-density serial Flash memory family to expand its product portfolio and address additional applications in the consumer segment and in Greater China. The new 4 Mb, 8 Mb and 16 Mb Spansion FL-2K family is targeted for code storage applications in consumer electronics such as optical disk drives, cable and DSL modems, printers and routers as well as industrial applications such as smart meters. The family features read performance of up to 85 MHz for fast application boot, industrial temperature range, high quality and reliability.

KINGMAX Launches High Performance SATA III Client Pro SSD

While PC user is more and more concerning high performance and high quality SSD, the world renowned memory and Flash module manufacturer, KINGMAX, recently launches high performance SATA III Client Pro SSD – SMU 32 and SMU35. Adopting Sandforce controller and high speed synchronous Flash memory, Client Pro SSD delivers sequential read/write speed up to 550MB/s, 520MB/s, and 4KB random write speed up to 85,000 IOPS. Its superior performance meets needs for every user, no matter for advanced gaming, multitasking or multimedia computing.

KINGMAX SATA III Client Pro SSD is based on powerful Sandforce controller and the latest firmware technology, which is able to maximize performance, extend product endurance and lifetime and enhance data protection and reliability. Since synchronous Flash is the higher grade memory, it achieves the better performance and the longer lifetime than asynchronous flash does, especially the performance under random write. For general users, synchronous Flash keeps high performance last after long term usages.

OCZ Technology to Showcase Its Latest Enterprise Storage Solutions at FMA 2012

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, will showcase its latest storage products, encompassing a mix of both solid state drives and software solutions, at this year’s Flash Memory Summit, Booth #208, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, from August 21st through August 23rd.

Demonstrating SSD products along with recent partner implementations, OCZ will showcase a comprehensive lineup of innovative solutions for business, server, and OEM clients. This includes product presentations of both the impending Intrepid 3 SATA III-based SSD solution based on the company’s Indilinx Everest 2 architecture, along with the company’s leading PCI Express (PCIe)-based Z-Drive R4 featuring new Linux Acceleration software (LXL) that unleashes the full performance potential of infrastructures that use this popular open source operating system. Live technical demos of LXL and Z-Drive R4 SSDs will include a VDI boot storm, efficient SQL CPU utilization, and vMotion and Fault Tolerance support.

SanDisk Celebrates Flash Memory's 25-Year Anniversary

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today marked the 25-year anniversary of flash memory, the transformational technology used by billions of consumers and countless businesses in smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin laptops, data centers and other electronic devices.

Companies such as SanDisk have increased the capacity of flash memory by 30,000 times while decreasing its cost by 50,000 times over the past two decades. SanDisk’s first product, a 20 megabyte solid state drive (SSD), sold for $1,000 in 1991 but would cost only two cents today. This efficiency has driven the wide adoption of flash memory and enabled the smart digital lifestyle of anywhere, anytime access to digital content. Flash memory fuels the three forces behind this trend – mobile computing, pervasive connectivity and the proliferation of digital content.

Addonics CipherUSB Encrypts All Your Sensitive Data

Identity theft is something many students take for granted until it happens to them. Laptops and notebook computers are a potential gold mine for thieves unless you encrypt your data, according to Addonics Technologies. The CipherUSB from Addonics provides a simple and inexpensive way to encrypt data stored on flash drives, flash media, USB hard drives as well as Blu-ray, DVD or CD media.

A student's mobile device may include your resume, transcripts, school or internship applications, or financial records? Equally, administrators who use a laptop for their job, may have files such as human resources records, student applications, transcripts, research data or payroll information stored on their system. Should your laptop be lost or stolen, you want the data inside to be electronically inaccessible.

Team Group Announces C117 Flash Drive

Team Group Inc. is now rolling out the brand new Team C117 USB 2.0 exquisite flash drive that features a unique design which gives every urban man and woman the confidence he/she longs for. The solid aluminum extrusion plus anodizing and delicate hairline finish present a simplistic, modest and exquisite appearance. The user friendly single piece design completely eliminates the need for cap and complicated instructions, allowing users to freely express with identity.

The design consisting of only a single piece completely avoids the need for a cover and complicated application, giving every user their own handsome and free style.

Strontium Launches USB Drives for Car Audio

Strontium is proud to announce the launch of AUTO USB flash drives designed especially for car audio-video systems. Auto USB drive is small in size and light weight. It is made of engineering plastic body with high thermodynamic properties and high impact strength.

“With the growing popularity of in-car entertainment systems with usb ports, users can now easily enjoy songs from their music library while driving. The ultra-fast write speeds will quickly copy songs and videos from computer and blazing read speeds will deliver stunning sound quality and impressive visual displays” said Mr. Ajay Kogta, Country Manager, Strontium Technology India.

Kingston Digital Ships Next-generation Secure USB Flash Drive for Consumers

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the second-generation of its popular DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB Flash drive for consumers. The new, lower priced DataTraveler Locker+ G2 works interchangeably between Mac OS X and Windows systems and all data is secured with hardware-based encryption.

Users simply setup a password upon first use for access and the drive is as simple as plug and play with no extra software or partitions needed. The DataTraveler Locker+ G2 also features a password manager that allows users to store names and passwords for up to 20 accounts. The stylish, durable metal casing also features a key loop for easy attachment to a backpack, briefcase or purse.

Seagate and DensBits Announce Strategic Agreement for Development of SSDs

Seagate Technology plc the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, and DensBits Technologies Ltd (“DensBits”) the inventor of the world's first Memory ModemTM have announced today a strategic agreement for the development of low-cost, high-performance Solid State Drives (“SSD”) for the consumer and enterprise markets. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits.

Seagate and DensBits are joining forces, to develop future products that are intended to provide customers with significant cost savings, extremely high reliability, and unparalleled performance. Under the agreement, DensBits’ Memory ModemTM controller technology will be integrated with Seagate’s various storage technologies to power a wide range of consumer and enterprise applications including 3 bits/cell (“TLC”) 1Xnm Flash-based consumer-grade SSD, and 2 bits/cell (“MLC”) 1x nm Flash-based enterprise-grade SSD.

JEDEC Updates Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Standard

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the publication of key updates to its Universal Flash Storage (UFS) standard. Specifically tailored for mobile applications and computing systems requiring high performance and low power consumption, the new UFS v1.1 standard is an update to the v1.0 standard published in 2011, incorporating feedback from industry UFS technology implementers. JESD220A Universal Flash Storage v1.1 contains important amendments and references to the latest related MIPI Alliance specifications, and may be downloaded free of charge from the JEDEC website here.

JEDEC has also published a complementary standard, JESD223A UFS Host Controller Interface (HCI) v1.1. JESD223A defines a standard host controller interface on which system designers can create a common host controller software driver layer to work with UFS host controller hardware from different manufacturers. The HCI functionality also enables higher performance and power efficiency by minimizing the involvement of the host processor in the operation of the Flash storage subsystem. JESD223A Universal Flash Storage Host Controller Interface v1.1 may also be downloaded free of charge here.

SK Hynix to Acquire Link_A_Media Devices

SK hynix Inc. (‘SK hynix’ or ‘the Company’) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire California-based storage solution company Link_A_Media Devices Corporation (‘LAMD’). LAMD, founded in 2004, is a leader in the development of semiconductor system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for the data storage market. These SoC solutions, also called controllers, interface with processors to significantly increase the speed and reliability of Flash memory. Upon completion of the acquisition, LAMD will join SK hynix as a business unit focused on customized NAND based solutions.

As various mobile applications such as smartphones and tablet PCs are being rapidly adopted and cloud computing grows in popularity, the NAND Flash market has been evolving from raw NAND memory solutions for USB and memory cards to value-added products equipped with controllers. The role of the NAND controller in premium products such as e-MMC (embedded Multi Media Card) and SSDs (Solid State Drives) has become increasingly important to meet the high memory densities and improved interface speeds required by end users.

KINGMAX Launches World's First Transparent USB Flash Drive UI-05

Computex 2012 (6/5~6/9) has just ended, world renowned memory manufacturer KINGMAX not only launched a series of industrial products and SSD, but also exhibited the world 1st transparent COB(Chip-on-Board) type USB flash drive. Different from other USB flash drives, the transparent flash drive, UI-05, has chip packaged by clear glass above; the inner flash die and wire-bonding structure is clear to see, and the blue LED light also makes convenient to indicate working status while using it.

KINGMAX UI-05 transparent USB flash drive includes capacity of 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB. By adopting KINGMAX’s owned IMLCC package technology, UI-05 is the world 1st transparent USB flash drive and owns qualities such as tiny size, high reliability, and high yield rate and so on. UI-05’s revealing circuit structure gives consumer a whole new experience, and expresses an extraordinary appearance of fashion, stylishness and high-tech touch. The streamlined look is futuristic, and the metal housing gives secured protection; the end of product equipped with LED, emitting blue light to make it even cooler.

Samsung Electronics Announces New 300 mm Logic Line in Korea

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced plans to build a new fabrication line in Hwaseong, South Korea, to meet the growing demands for logic products. Samsung will invest 2.25 trillion Korean won in the new fabrication line, which will break ground this month with a target timeline for completion by the end of 2013.

The new fabrication line will mainly produce highly advanced mobile application processors on 300mm wafers at 20nm and 14nm process nodes. Along with Lines 9 and 14, which have been converted to System LSI fabrication earlier this year, the new line will help supply to the expanding need for smart mobile solutions.

Team Group Launches C123 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Team C123 is a USB3.0 Flash drive designed to let everyone enjoy the sensation of USB3.0 at the minimal cost! Cost/Performance value cannot get any higher than this! On the outside, the design is centered on a simple and slick style with a carefully engineered curved cap to minimize the possibility of losing such a fine piece of work. With the lowest price, you will get easily the extreme speed that USB 3.0 has to offer! Users are allowed to transmit photos, music and video clips in a blink of eye, and that make life so much easier and so much fun. Having C123, life couldn’t have been easier.

C123 comes in 8, 16 and 32GB in volume and “charming white” and “stylish gray” in color. The charming white brings out the extra colors on the tail cap on which the protective cap is secured, thus minimizing the possibility of losing the cap and adding extra convenience for users! The stylish gray is all about a glossy texture and the cool, calm noble fashion, perfect for urban businessmen on the go. Team C123 not only has stylish appearance and extreme speed, but also is the top choice in a time like when the price of everything is skyrocketing. Team Group is here with you for a difficult time like this.

PNY Launches Mini M1 USB Flash drive

PNY Technologies, Inc., a worldwide leader in USB flash drives and a leading manufacture in memory products, today announced the new Mini M1 USB Flash Drive. Featuring a low profile design, this is one of the smallest drives available today.

PNY's new Mini M1 USB Flash Drive comes in a special high quality alloy casing with a mirror finish, providing a shiny, bright and hip appearance. The casing is very durable, rugged, and resistant to wear and tear. It protects the drive against dust and is even water resistant. Sporting a capless design, the Mini M1 does away with the hassle of taking care of the cap. It comes with a handle with a hole at the opposite end from the USB plug, where you can attach a lanyard to secure it to a keychain, purse, belt, bags, etc.

Spansion Unveils SLC NAND Flash Family and Five-Year Roadmap

Spansion Inc., a leading innovator in Flash memory solutions for embedded markets, today announced it has started sampling its first family of single-level cell (SLC) Spansion NAND products using 4x nm floating-gate technology, targeted specifically for data storage in automotive, consumer and networking applications.

Spansion SLC NAND will be offered in densities from 1 Gb to 8 Gb in 3.0V and 1.8V families that feature high performance, extended temperature range, long-term product support and stringent reliability demands, such as 1-bit error correction code (ECC). Additionally, Spansion also unveiled its SLC NAND product roadmap through 2017.

Verbatim’s Store 'n' Go Micro and Ultra Rugged Micro USB Drive Plus Now Shipping

Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology including portable hard drives, USB flash drives, CDs, Blu-ray discs and memory cards, has announced the retail availability of its latest stylish and innovative flash drives - the Store 'n' Go Micro USB Drive and the Micro USB Drive Plus. These rugged portable solutions feature a modern design for go anywhere storage that is tough enough to withstand rough handling.

"The compact, ultra durable Micro USB Drive and Micro USB Drive Plus are the ideal USB flash drives for people on-the-go," said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager, Flash Memory Products. "They are meant to be clipped anywhere for always-ready flash storage, but can be easily removed to share videos, school projects, photos or more. They are also available in multiple color options allowing for easy organization and identification."

Dell Launches 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers

Dell today announced additions to the PowerEdge portfolio with new blade, rack and tower servers designed to deliver value and performance in demanding enterprise and mainstream environments. The new blade servers offer strong performance gains and improved efficiencies from the shared power, cooling and network infrastructure, and professional IT services. The new tower and rack servers are built to enhance customer IT infrastructures with enterprise-class capabilities and tailored chassis designs for small and midsize businesses.

Dell introduced industry-leading innovations in the PowerEdge 12th generation servers based on input gathered from more than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four continents. The company was the first-to-ship servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family with the first wave of PowerEdge 12th generation servers in March 2012.

I-O Data Launches EasyDisk V Series USB Flash Drives with TrendMicro Antivirus

I-O Data launched its EasyDisk V Series (ED-SV3 / C) USB flash drives which, apart from storing your data, come with portable versions of TrendMicro Antivirus. The drives are available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 GB capacities, with 1 year (warranty + antivirus updates), 2 year, and 3 year support sub-variants. Measuring 23.5 x 58.6 x 8.8 mm, and weighing about 11 g, the drives are built in the cap-less slider form-factor. The drives only use legacy USB 2.0 HiSpeed interface. Prices start at 9300 JPY (US $117), and vary by capacity and support period.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Samsung Electronics Purchases CORE Flash Portfolio License

Alliacense today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has purchased a license for its CORE Flash Portfolio Licensing Program. The agreement resolves the ITC Investigation and District Court lawsuit recently filed against the Korean electronics giant. Samsung joins a rapidly growing list of CORE Flash Portfolio licensees, including Lexmark, ASUStek, Philips and Lenovo.

In order to protect the investments of the CORE Flash licensee community, the successful CORE Flash Licensing Program has been dramatically enhanced with aggressive enforcement activities -- including the filing of two separate waves of patent infringement complaints with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and US District Court against nearly 40 companies in the past 9 months.

Team Launches Industrial NAND Flash Card Series

Team Group Inc., a major NAND flash manufacturer in the world, presents the brand new iCF, SD industrial NAND flash cards, which feature not only highly efficient transmission speed, but also the complete compatibility with IPC and other embedded platform, also support multiple transmission modes and functions. In addition to unprecedented ultra high reading and writing speed, they provide guaranteed high durability and reliability for application programs crucial for IPC, medical equipment, military equipment, point of sales (POS) systems and game consoles.

Team Group understands the cries for industrial level memory cards in the demanding storage market, and in response comes up with the high performance and high volume industrial memory cards that meet wide temperature requirements. They read and write at 45/40MBpersec, and support for ECC dynamic and static wear leveling. The features of vibration resistance and low energy consumption provide excellent performance, compatibility and reliability for hand-held barcode scanners, POS terminals, wireless communication devices, embedded systems, medical computers, set-top boxes, monitoring system and hand-held GPS and other application devices requiring frequent data access.

Dane-Elec Releases Marvel Avengers-branded USB Flash Drives and Hubs

Dane-Elec, a global leader in consumer electronics, today announced Marvel's The Avengers USB drive product line with Marvel Entertainment, LLC. The four Avengers characters featured in Marvel's The Avengers movie premiering this May -- Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man -- will be brought to life in the form of 8 gigabyte (GB) flash drives. Users can collect them all with Marvel's The Avengers 4-Port USB Hub and let the Super Heroes transport and protect their data for years to come.

"We are thrilled to offer Marvel fans our second line of USB drives, which is based on the characters in the upcoming Marvel's The Avengers movie," said Sherry Chapman, director of marketing for Dane-Elec. "The Marvel Classics line is extremely popular and we are excited to give movie fans the Marvel's The Avengers drives. Both adults and children can now store and transport data on these replica character statuettes that have a sleek sliding USB drive embedded in the base. Marvel's The Avengers Super Heroes collection is both unique and practical for all ages."

Fusion-io Software Development Kit Enables Native Flash Memory Access

Fusion-io announced the first software development kit (SDK) to provide software developers with native access to the ioMemory flash platform. By integrating applications directly with this new persistent memory tier, developers will be able to optimize enterprise, web, and big data applications through direct programmatic access to the ioMemory computing layer for the first time.

"Our January demonstration of one billion IOPS running on Auto Commit Memory, and Atomic Writes demonstrated the potential power of running applications natively on ioMemory. With our SDK, we are now making these tools available to software developers," said David Flynn, Fusion-io CEO and Chairman. "The ioMemory SDK and APIs reduce application complexity and speed development while accelerating time to market with fewer engineering requirements. When you get rid of that complexity, the resulting application is much more reliable and can leverage the full potential of ioMemory to run much faster."

PNY Speeds Up with the Bar Attaché USB Flash Drive

PNY worldwide leader in USB flash drives, PNY technologies, the leading manufacturer in memory products has introduced the new fast paced Bar Attaché USB flash drive. Its high speed 3.0 data transmission surpasses the standard USB 2.0 drives and accelerates data transfer making it less time consuming to access your digital files and media.

Specially designed to deliver the next generation in high speed connection, the Bar Attaché USB offers read and write speeds up to 44 MB and 65 MB respectively. Encased in metallic bronze finish, it conveys class and sophistication to perfection demanding respect and complementing the personal taste of the user. The cap on design can be attached to the rear end of the drive thus eliminating any worries of misplacing it.
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