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NVIDIA Announces Xavier, Volta-based Autonomous Transportation SoC

At its inaugural European edition of the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), NVIDIA announced Xavier, an "AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transportation." An evolution of its Drive PX2 board that leverages a pair of "Maxwell" GPUs with some custom logic and an ARM CPU, to provide cars with the compute power necessary to deep-learn the surroundings and self-drive, or assist-drive; Xavier is a refinement over Drive PX2 in that it merges three chips - two GPUs and one control logic into an SoC.

You'd think that NVIDIA refined its deep-learning tech enough to not need a pair of "Maxwell" SoCs, but Xavier is more than that. The 7 billion-transistor chip built on 16 nm FinFET process, offers more raw compute performance thanks to leveraging NVIDIA's next-generation "Volta" architecture, one more advanced than even its current "Pascal" architecture. The chip features a "Volta" GPU with 512 CUDA cores. The CVA makes up the vehicle I/O, while an image processor that's capable of 8K HDR video streams feeds the chip with visual inputs from various cameras around the vehicle. An 8-core ARM CPU performs general-purpose compute. NVIDIA hopes to get the first engineering samples of Xavier out to interested car-makers by Q4-2017.

Seagate Demonstrates 10 GB/s SSD Flash Drive

Seagate Technology plc today unveiled a production-ready unit of the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards. The 10 GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance.

"Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use," said Brett Pemble, Seagate's general manager and vice president of SSD Products. "Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains." The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium vendors to replace the legacy Serial AT Attachment (SATA) standards and eliminate informational bottlenecks. NVMe helps reduce layers of commands to create a faster, simpler language between flash devices.

Western Digital Announces Energy-efficient WD Re+ Hard Drive

WD, a Western Digital company and world leader in storage today introduced new datacenter hard drives that deliver to today's modern datacenter architects the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity 3.5-inch hard drive available today. The WD Re+ hard drive family is the newest component of WD's full, tiered portfolio of high-capacity datacenter storage devices. Further expanding that portfolio will be 6 terabyte (TB) capacities for WD's popular WD Re and WD Se datacenter product lines, providing customers a spectrum of capabilities, tiered to their varied demands of application intensity, power optimization and cost efficiency.

In the modern datacenter, the total cost of ownership (TCO) formula is comprised of capacity, price, power consumption and the relationships between these variables. The WD Re+ drive provides the most power efficient and high-intensity high-capacity platform available today. With power consumption a primary consideration in today's large web-scale cloud infrastructures, and the WD Re+ drive consuming only 6 watts for 6 TB, customers' TCOs increase and savings for large deployments could be millions of dollars per year.

VisionTek Introduces Wallet Drive Portable Enclosure

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the new VisionTek Wallet Drive leather external drive enclosure. Designed for ultra-portable convenience, the Wallet Drive's leather cover with magnetic flap closure conceals a hot-swappable, screw-less drive tray with an integrated 7" long USB 3.0/2.0 connecting cable. Any SATA hard drive or solid state drive can simply be slid into the Wallet Drive to deliver data transfer speeds up to 600 MB/s with nearly any Windows or Mac OS X based computer with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

To start storing, sharing, and/or backing up documents, music, videos, photos, and other data with the Wallet Drive, just slide any 2.5" 7mm or 9mm SATA I/II/III hard drive or solid state drive, including VisionTek's Go Drive and Racer series of SSDs, into the hot-swappable drive tray. The snap tight, pressure fit tray securely holds the drive without the need for tools or screws.

Kingston Releases FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Encrypted USB Flash Drive

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a pair of next-generation encrypted USB Flash drives designed to safeguard an organization's valuable data. The DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 and DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 Management Ready protect sensitive information with high-level encryption.

DataTraveler 4000 G2 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified so it provides a tamper-evident seal for physical security to detect and respond to attempts to access, use or modify the cryptographic module. Data is protected by hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode and the drive casing is made of titanium coated stainless steel. The drive is designed to reduce the possibility of successful brute force attacks as it locks down and reformats after 10 failed password attempts.

Corsair Launches New High-Performance USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of new USB 3.0 flash drive families - Flash Voyager Slider X1 and Flash Voyager Slider X2. Corsair also unveiled a rugged new look for the ultra-performance Flash Voyager GS and Flash Voyager GTX families with the addition of a 512GB size for Flash Voyager GS. Equipped with new bold styling and offering a wide range of performance and capacities to suite any budget, these new drives bring the Flash Voyager line up-to-date and ready for the demands of 2015.

Patriot Launches Second Generation of Supersonic Magnum and Rage USB Flash Drive

Patriot, a leading manufacturer in mobile accessories, computer and USB/flash memory, today released the Supersonic Magnum 2 and Supersonic Rage 2, 3.0 USB Flash Drive. Leading the industry in capacity and speed, Patriot has set the new standard in the flash memory world boasting record speeds of up to 400MB/s and 300MB/s read and write times.

Living up to its name sake, the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 will be available in extreme capacities of 256GB and 512GB making the frustration of not having enough room to store data virtually non-existent. With impressive maximum read and write speeds reaching 400MB/s and 300MB/s it's the fastest high capacity/high performance USB flash drive on the market. Designed with a sturdy matte black, industrial grade metal housing that enables shock resistance up to 15Gs to protect stored data and laser etched, the Magnum 2 doesn't compromise appearance and class for safety. A detachable cap covers the USB connector to prevent damage and debris from entering the port.

ADATA Launches HC500 External Hard Drive

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the Choice HC500 2.5" Hard Drive with TV recording support features. The HC500 external storage hard drive attaches to your smart television or PC via a super-fast USB 3.0 cable, and sports a sandblasted titanium or gold casing. Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, the Choice HC500 Hard Drive comes with smart backup software that allows you back up data, and then set up your very own personal data cloud using a PC or smartphone.

Flawlessly crafted in either titanium or gold matte, the HC500 Hard Drive offers both the easy connectivity of directly attached personal data and TV media storage. For those who require direct connectivity, simply plug the hard drive into your PC or smart TV. Store and manage any kind of personal media via super-fast USB 3.0 on your PC, and then connect the HC500 to your smart TV to enjoy full-featured video capabilities such as playback, rewind and fast-forward. Too busy to enjoy your favorite TV programs? Just leave your Choice HC500 Hard Drive plugged into your television and record hours of movies and programs to enjoy later.

ICY DOCK Black Vortex MB074SP-1B Announced

Every PC builder wants to customize their system to be aesthetically pleasing, and they want components that are elegant yet unique --but looks can only get you so far. There's a demand for unique looking parts that can also deliver performance and we have just the thing! We're proud to introduce the Black Vortex MB074SP-1B.

The Black Vortex MB074SP-1B is a hot-swappable 4 bay 3.5" SATA HDD cooler cage built robust from durable metal. It has many configurable options such as fan speed control, fan LED brightness control and power button for each of the drive bay. The hot swap function and EZ-Grip handles give you the ability to swap drives without breaking a sweat. The quiet 120mm cool blue LED fan combined with all metal ventilated design keep your drives cool, lowering your overall system temperature and thus increasing your hard drives' life span. The removable dust cover prevents dirt and dust from entering the case. The Black Vortex MB074SP-1B is a must-have HDD cooler cage for any PC builder seeking quality components with a ton of features and rugged good looks.

Apricorn Introduces FIPS Version of the Aegis Padlock DT External Drive

Apricorn, a leading designer and manufacturer of data security products for business, military, and government, has raised the bar by elevating the security level of their workhorse desktop drive. The combination of USB 3.0 speed, high-capacity storage (up to 6 TB), and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated security makes this drive one of the most user-friendly/hacker-hostile data storage units in existence.

"Reports of lost or stolen unsecured drives are a daily occurrence," said Mike McCandless, VP of Sales and Marketing at Apricorn. "A seemingly small breach like a single unsecured drive that's lost or stolen from a medical office can translate to tens of thousands of private confidential records becoming anything but private and confidential."

Silicon Power Launches 240 GB Thunder T11 External Thunderbolt Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today presents the upgrade solution of its revolutionary Thunderbolt external solid state drive - Thunder T11 with great capacity of 240 GB. In addition, Thunder T11 gets the new color variant-starlight blue to brighten up itself with more elegance and flavor.

Featuring advanced Thunderbolt technology and exceptional product design, SP Thunder T11 has acquired great attention and support from worldwide professional designers and Apple fans since its debut last year. Thunder T11 also proved its superiority with the recognition from red dot award: Product Design 2014, which is the most influential and prestigious design award all over the world.

MSI Releases AM1 Socketed Kabini Mini-ITX AM1I motherboard

MSI, world leader in motherboards, debuts its first AMD AM1 Socketed Kabini Mini-ITX motherboard, the MSI AM1I. With Kabini being sold separately, the MSI AM1I is fully upgradable and gives the user flexibility when looking for a ultra-low power dual or quad core solution. With MSI AM1I's rich feature set and support for the powerful power efficient Kabini APU, packed with high performance DirectX 11.2-support, it is the ideal motherboard to use in a compact desktop, HTPC or other multimedia solutions.

Kabini is the first x86 quad-core System on a Chip solution for mainstream use with improved performance per watt and best-in-class graphics. Now being sold separately, instead of soldered to a motherboard, the AM1 platform offers a complete, customizable package together with the MSI AM1I motherboard.

Other World Computing Introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Dual External RAID Drive

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC upgrade and storage technology company, expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt interface will be featured at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas this week, at Other World Computing's booth #SL14016, in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

High-Performance Two-Bay Design
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual, available in capacities up to 8 TB of total storage, adds tremendous storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups are enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 389 MB/s read, 351 MB/s write.

G-Technology Expands Its Thunderbolt External Hard Drive Family

G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced that it is shipping its new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt and G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt external storage solutions. Supporting the growing base of Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and PC computers, the two new drives set the standard for consumers and professionals looking for one of the fastest desktop or mobile Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 storage solutions on the market. Both drives incorporate a high-performance 7,200 RPM hard drive, come with a sleek, durable aluminum enclosure, and are plug-and-play on Mac but can be easily reformatted for Windows.

Team Group Launches the P200 Portable SSD, Minimalistic USB 3.0 Drive

Team Group Launches the PD200 Portable SSD, Minimalistic USB 3.0 Drive

Team Group Incorporated, the global leader in memory storage products released the PD200 Ultra-speed portable drive. Equipped with SSD and USB3.0 high-speed transmission interface, it is only the size of a name card, 8.6mm in thickness. The lightweight product brings ultra-speed convenience beyond imagination.

The 1.8" Team PD200 small portable drive with SSD features high quality built-in flash memory and uses a new generation of USB 3.0 high-speed transmission interface. Compared to the traditional hard drives, it is without a mechanical structure, thus greatly reducing the probability of product failure, while featuring temperature resistance, anti-shock, mute and low power consumption. The PD200's read and write speed reaches up to 250MB/120MB per second. Take the time needed to transmit a 2GB file for instance, the speed is 2.3 times faster than the traditional USB3.0 external disc and 11 times faster than a USB3.0 flash drive, thus indicating its stunning performance. Notebook and Desktop users can now enjoy the ultimate performance of SSD when accessing files through the portable PD200.

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.

Western Digital Announces New Line Of External Desktop Drives

WD, a Western Digital company, has redesigned its popular My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4 TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.

With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for the largest content collections. At any point in time, anything can happen to one's data. Whether it's a lost notebook or destructive virus, it's critical to keep data safe and maintain a backup of important documents and valued content.

Team Group's New Artistic Approach to the Ubiquitous USB 3.0 Thumb Drive

Hundreds and thousands of storage products are now selling everywhere in an immense variety of shapes and sizes. There are also so many different types of new generation USB3.0 flash drives which have top line performance. However, performance alone can only partly satisfy consumer needs and demands; not only do people favor access speed, they must also be able to display personal style and uniqueness. This is the kind of perfect product that the Team Group T132 is! The designers from Team Group started with the idea of using the lines from a bird's nest with fine zinc alloy to create a refined look. The material they used for surface is processed with sandblasting; emitting a low-key and introverted silver glow, which further displays the calm tone of natural craftsmanship. It uses hollow interlaced lines that soften the hard metal design and comes along with slip-proof function. On the other hand, it also uses a one-piece cap-less design, totally eliminating the worry of losing the cover.

In addition to having a natural and meaningful design, the T132 also uses the new generation COB packaging technology, vastly reducing the weight and volume of the flash drive. It uses the high speed USB3.0 interface, with the addition of the newest control chip model, allows its read performance to easily reach 85MB/s. Also, in order to satisfy the data storage needs of different user groups, the T132 comes with many capacity selections including 16 / 32 / 64GB. It also has water-proof and dust-proof protection, allowing the user to have a stress free experience experience with the drive.

Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe PCIe Solid-State Drive Now Available

Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, announced today the global availability of the powerful and highly anticipated Scorpion Deluxe PCIe Solid-State Drive.

Built with a sleek black design, the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is a rising player that outpaces its competitors in speed and performance. The Scorpion -- equipped with Quad Sandforce SF-2281 and un-throttled IOPS -- clocks in at 2150 MB/s read and over 1900 MB/s write. All storage capacities of the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD -- which include 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB -- will boast just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS as well as 1 million hours MTBF with a 3-year warranty.

Apricorn Debuts New Aegis Padlock Fortress Encrypted USB 3.0 Drive

Apricorn (, a leading designer and manufacturer of secure encrypted USB drives, debuted its Aegis Padlock Fortress, a secure drive designed specifically for the stringent requirements of the Government, Military and Healthcare.

The first USB 3.0 hardware encrypted, PIN authenticated drive to receive FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation, the Padlock Fortress meets and exceeds 11 cryptographic security metrics, covering physical security, cryptographic key management and design integrity, making it one of the most secure USB 3.0 drives on the market.

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.

Toshiba Announces Slimmer 7mm Solid State Hybrid Drive

Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the slim, 7 mm MQ01ABFH solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) series. Equipped with Toshiba's NAND flash and available in 500GB1 and 320GB capacities, the MQ01ABFH series is the first Toshiba SSHD drive family in 7 mm. The series continues Toshiba's legacy of providing world-class storage products, and offers customers a complete lineup of 2.5-inch solid state hybrid drives with the previously announced 1 TB and 750 GB MQ01ABDH series 9.5 mm SSHDs for ultrathin and thin and light notebook PCs, multimedia and gaming applications, and traditional laptop PCs.

Drawing upon its knowledge and experience in NAND flash, Toshiba optimized the NAND flash performance into a tiered-storage approach that uses the speed of the DRAM and NAND components with the high-capacity of rotating media. The SSHD delivers SSD-like performance without dependence on external drivers or assistance from the host system. The PCMark Vantage Average HDD Score, the established industry method for measuring SSHD read/write performance and responsiveness, for the MQ01ABF500H is approximately 20,000, surpassing the 16,000 industry standard result.

Axtremex Unveils MicroSSD Portable USB 3.0 Drive

Axtremex Technology is pleased to announce a MicroSSD, the new portable high performance external solid state drive with USB 3.0 interface. The MicroSSD is designed in a small form factor that is lightweight, durable and convenient to carry and use. It offers blazing fast data transfer rates and achieves a read speed of up to 420 MB/s and Write speed of up to 400 MB/s.

The device draws power directly from the USB port and requires no external power cord. It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports. The MicroSSD will be available in 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB capacities. 512 GB and 1 TB capacities are being planned.

Intel SSD Data Center S3500 Series Gives Cloud Computing Major Boost

Intel Corporation today announced the Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series, its latest solid-state drive (SSD) for data centers and cloud computing. Designed for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization, the Intel DC S3500 Series is an ideal replacement for traditional hard disk drives (HDD), allowing data centers to save significant costs by moving toward an all-SSD storage model.

Intel SSDs, including the Intel SSD DC S3500 Series, enable transformational improvements in cloud infrastructure, fostering new and enriching Web experiences. End customers experience quicker Web page loads and improved response times as a result of dramatically improved data access times and reduced latency. IT managers and cloud developers are rewarded with improved total cost of ownership as a result of reduced power consumption, more consistent performance and smaller space requirements. More than half of U.S. businesses now employ cloud computing applications, and IDC predicts that worldwide spending on cloud services will reach $44.2 billion this year. Data centers powering these cloud applications need to quickly, efficiently and reliably scale to handle the tremendous growth of connected users and data traffic.

Buffalo Ships High Capacity DriveStation DDR USB Hard Drive

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced that its DriveStation DDR, a high performance external USB 3.0 hard drive with 1 GB DDR3 RAM cache for accelerated transfer speeds, is available for purchase today at select retail partners. Ideal for a variety of users including tech enthusiasts, digital photographers and videographers and media buffs, DriveStation DDR offers extremely fast file transfers, comparable to SSD, with the high capacity and value of a traditional external HDD device.

The DriveStation DDR utilizes Buffalo's MegaCache Accelerator, a 1 GB DDR3 RAM cache system, to greatly accelerate file transfer rates, notably outperforming other USB 3.0 hard drives. Compared to a standard USB 3.0 hard drive, the 1 GB DRAM cache of the MegaCache system efficiently caches data as it's transferred to automatically boost performance for transfer speeds up to 408 MB/s, 2.3x faster than USB 3.0 hard drives and more than 10x faster than USB 2.0.
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