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Briefly: QuickTime security update for Windows, rugged encrypted SSD

02/26, 9:15pm

QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses

Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.

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Samsung launches 840 EVO mSATA SSD range with 1TB offering

12/09, 1:40pm

Claims first 1TB mSATA SSD storage in industry

Samsung has launched a new collection of mSATA solid state drives that includes a number of high-capacity offerings, despite their small size. Continuing the naming convention of its full-sized stablemates, the 840 EVO range introduces a 1-terabyte drive, something which Samsung claims to be the "industry's first 1TB mSATA SSD," along with 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB versions.

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Intel launches line of SSDs for business to ease IT maintenance

09/09, 5:53pm

New 1500-series drives available in M.2, 2.5-inch form factors

Intel today announced the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family, including the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series. The new business-class SSDs are engineered specifically for easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership with enhanced performance over previous Intel SSD models.

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Samsung debuts server-oriented 3D V-NAND SSD

08/13, 9:47pm

New drive comes in 480GB, 960GB capacities

At the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) based on its industry-leading 3D V-NAND technology. The new drive uses a new fabrication technique, giving the drive an over 20 percent performance increase and over 40 percent drop in power consumption. The new line of drives is tailored for enterprise uses. Samsung said it began producing its new V-NAND SSDs earlier this month.

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Android 4.3 implements TRIM, breathes new life into old Nexus 7

07/30, 6:54pm

New utility optimizes file structure, fixes performance on first Nexus 7

While Android 4.3 at first glance contained few outward-facing improvements, reports have surfaced that the new revision has implemented a SSD maintenance routine, TRIM, responsible for controlling which storage blocks are not currently in use by the file system. This implementation has revived some previously poorly functioning original Nexus 7 tablets, and has boosted performance in other devices.

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Samsung intros '840 Evo' entry-level SSDs

07/17, 9:00pm

Capacities range from 120GB to 1TB

Samsung has introduced a new range of solid-state drives, the 840 Evo series, which will be available in several capacities ranging from 120GB to 1TB. The company suggests the new notebook-size offerings are aimed at the general consumer market, marketed under the slogan "SSDs for everyone." Despite the entry-level theme, the new drives are claimed to boost performance over current budget SSDs.

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SanDisk buys Smart Storage Systems for $307M for enterprise technology

07/02, 11:46am

Acquisition to bolster existing SanDisk enterprise storage devices

Storage manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring enterprise solid state drive developer Smart Storage Systems. The "definitive agreement" to purchase the company sees SanDisk paying approximately $307 million in cash and "equity-based incentive awards" to Silver Lake Partners, with the boardroom-approved deal expected to be completed in August.

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WD uses SanDisk iSSD flash in 5mm-thick solid state hybrid drives

05/07, 11:34am

Uses iSSD to cache data for faster transfers

Western Digital has revealed it is working with SanDisk for its 5mm (0.2-inches) thick solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that it revealed last month. The WD Black SSHD storage, aimed at notebook manufacturers aiming to create thinner devices, uses SanDisk's flash memory technology for the solid-state portion, which works alongside the WD-created hard disk.

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Crucial unveils M500 SSD line with up to 960GB capacity

04/10, 12:00am

New Crucial drive line noted for speed, capacity, price

Memory and storage purveyor Crucial today announced the availability of the Crucial M500 series of solid state drives (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times over previous models, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.

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Mushkin ships 1.8-inch high capacity SATA 3 SSD

04/04, 8:18pm

New drive features same capacity, smaller footprint than previous model

Computer product designer and manufacturer Mushkin today announced the worldwide availability of its new line of 1.8-inch Chronos GO SATA 3 (6Gbps) solid-state drives (SSD), now shipping in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.

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ADATA deploys pair of server grade SATA-3 SSDs

04/02, 8:31pm

Drives estimated at 1,500,000-hour mean time between failure

DRAM and interface card manufacturer ADATA today announced the launch of the enterprise grade SX1000L solid state drive (SSD) series. Available in 2.5-inch standard SATA drive form factor, the pair of SX1000L drives implement the advanced controller technology to enhance read/write performance.

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Foremay puts world's first SATA 2TB 2.5-inch SSDs on sale

01/15, 12:44pm

First high-capacity SSDs using SATA instead of PCIe

Manufacturer of industrial solid state drives Foremay has released what it claims to be the world's first two-terabyte (2TB) SSD drives with a standard 2.5-inch SATA connection. The two drives, the SC199 for industry and the TC166 for desktop computers, does away with the previous high-capacity SSD requirement of a PCI Express card-based interface, as seen in Super Talent drives in 2009.

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Mushkin launches first 480GB capacity mSATA SSD device

12/07, 7:10am

Drive pushes mSATA capacity higher than 256GB ceiling

Mushkin has started shipping a new high-capacity mSATA SSD aimed at ultrabook and thin notebooks. The single-module Atlas 480GB drive manages to fit eight NAND flash chips and a Sandforce controller onto a single mSATA PCB, letting it catch up with the 2.5-inch form factor SSD drives in offering capacities over 256GB.

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OCZ debuts new SSD line with in-house developed controller

11/27, 5:40pm

OCZ Vector SSD promises longer life, faster data transfers

Provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, OCZ Technology Group, today announced the availability of the new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the companyís next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZís worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap.

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Kingston ships SSDNow V300 solid state drive series

11/14, 12:45pm

SandForce SSD capable of 450MBps sequential write speed

Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.

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Samsung tempts gamers to 840 Pro SSD drives with free game

11/07, 9:17am

Assassin's Creed III bundled with Pro version of drives

Samsung is hoping to attract gamers to its new 840 SSD line by bundling Assassin's Creed III with the 840 Pro. The promotion mirrors a similar offer earlier in the year, where the company offered Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, another Ubisoft title, at no charge to purchasers of its 128GB, 256GB and 512GB 830 series solid state drives.

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Intel pushes out 20nm flash-based SSD 335

10/30, 7:08am

Intel delivers next-gen SSD using 20nm NAND flash fab process

Intel is now shipping its first SSDs based on its new 20nm NAND Flash memory fabrication process. Although shifting to the new process delivers manufacturing, power efficiencies, and the potential to ramp up the capacity of its SSDs, the first 335-series drive only comes in at 240GB size with no performance boost. It does, however, signal the first time Intel has been able to successfully apply its HiK/metal gate stack used in its CPU designs to NAND production.

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OCZ founder and CEO Ryan Peterson steps down

09/18, 7:26pm

No reason given for departure, poor financial results suspected

SSD manufacturer OCZ Technology Group has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer and founder Ryan Petersen. Filling in is Chief Marketing Officer Alex Mei. Mei will do double-duty at the company, retaining his current duties as marketing head and executive vice president until a permanent replacement is found. No reason for the executive's departure has been offered.

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OWC ships OWC Mercury AccelsiorM PCI-E mSATA card

09/05, 9:41pm

Driverless card hosts standard SATA SSD, boosts IO speeds

Computer upgrade vendor OWC introduced the OWC Mercury AccelsiorM, a PC and Mac bootable PCI-E controller card that will accept any single 50mm mSATA SSD. The half-height card can utilize any open PCI-E slot, keeping drive bays free for higher-capacity storage. This controller card only model joins the Accelsior PCIe SSD line, which has mounts for two SSDs, versus one in the AccelsiorM.

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Sonnet rolls out pair of Tempo PCI-E SSD mount cards

09/02, 10:19pm

Nearly 1GB per second on Tempo SSD Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the release of the Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro PCI Express cards, the latest in the Sonnet Tempo family of SATA host controllers. The Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards allow users to purchase up to two SSDs separately and mount them directly on the PCI-E card, requiring no bay or cabling for the drive.

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Toshiba reveals 2.5-inch 1.8TB server SSD

08/21, 7:28pm

Part of three-product announcement

Drive manufacturer Toshiba has launched three new series of 2.5-inch SSDs. The PX02AM series is intended for the consumer market. Performance and capacity are primary in the PX02SM line, with one drive reaching 1.6TB. Entry level servers are boosted with the PX03AN series using a new fabrication technique.

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DealNN roundup: SanDisk 240GB Solid State Drive, now $154

08/21, 11:19am

Deals on storage devices, HDTVs, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on storage devices, HDTVs and more. Amazon.com now has the SanDisk Extreme 240GB 2.5-inch Solid State Drive listed as one of its Deals of the Day, complete with built-in noise reduction technology, read speeds up to 550MBps, and write speeds up to 520MBps. Currently featured at DealNN, this item has now dropped an impressive $245 off its once $399.99 list price, and can be purchased for only $154.99.

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Plextor adds enterprise-grade M5 Pro series SSDs to roster

08/07, 6:14pm

M5 Pro uses double-data protection for high data integrity

Plextor has extended its M5S series of SSD storage with an enterprise-grade "Pro" line. . The M5 Pro Series Solid State Drive uses a Marvell Monet controller for sequential read and write speeds of up to 540 and 450 MB/s respectively, and up to 94,000 read and 86,000 write IOPS. Additional use of "True Speed Technology" supposedly prevents performance drops seen in some SSDs after long-term drive usage.

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Crucial pushes out budget v4 SSD range

08/01, 8:01am

New Crucial v4 SSDs aimed at pre-2011 systems

Crucial has introduced a new range of budget 2.5-inch SSDs that start from just $50. The v4 SSD range ranges in size from 32GB through to a range topping 250GB that also arrives at a similarly affordable $190 price point. Crucial suggests that the new drives are aimed at giving a performance boost to systems built prior to 2011.

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Intel boosts 330 Series SSDs to 240GB, lowers prices

07/17, 7:04am

Intel revamps 330 Series SSDs, cuts costs

Intel has added a new higher capacity 240GB SSD to its entry-level 330 Series range, making it a more reasonable proposition for users looking for useable capacity against value for money. The range now comes 60GB, 120GB, 180GB variants along with the aforementioned 240GB model. Intel has also trimmed its reseller pricing on the 330 Series, along with its 520 Series and 320 Series.

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Study: Average SSD prices almost halved over last 12 months

06/22, 2:25pm

Some prices down as much as 65 percent

Solid state drive prices have fallen by as much as 65 percent in the last 12 months, according to data. Research by The Tech Report finds that, in contrast to flooding in Thailand affecting standard hard drive production and causing price hikes, the price of SSDs is continuing to drop, with an average price drop of 46 percent -- almost half -- compared to the same point last year.

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Apple issues update for new MacBook Air models

06/13, 6:00pm

Matches yesterday's update for new MacBook Pros

Two days after issuing an update for the (then) five-hour-old new MacBook Pro line, Apple has matched it with a similar update for the new (Mid 2012) MacBook Air models. While most of even the earliest buyers have yet to receive their machines, Apple retails stores and resellers have had limited stock and thus there are owners who already need the update. The download improves graphics stability, SSD performance and external display support.

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Rumor: new MacBook Pros could get faster SSD option

05/17, 8:03pm

May even be standard equipment

Unconfirmed reports of Apple testing Ivy Bridge-based MacBook Pro prototypes with latest-generation SSD storage may suggest that the company is considering making the faster drives part of the standard configuration of the new machines, which are expected to utilize a super-thin redesign like the MacBook Air and debut sometime in the near future. Whether the machines would continue to offer room for traditional notebook HDDs is unknown.

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Micron intros mSATA SSDs for ultrathin notebooks

04/10, 6:40pm

Capacities range from 32GB to 256GB

Micron has announced that it has expanded its SSD lineup to include mSATA models geared for ultrathin notebooks. The new drives are based on the company's existing RealSSD C400 drives, but with a Mini SATA connector and stripped away housing for notebooks that require a 3cm x 5cm footprint.

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Review: Elgato's external 240GB Thunderbolt SSD

03/11, 1:15am

270MB/s transfer speeds at a price

Although Elgato is better known for its EyeTV tuners, the company has entered the storage market with several Thunderbolt solid-state drives. The external storage devices pair flash chips with a Thunderbolt connection to enable much faster data transfer speeds than traditional disk drives. In our full review, we take a close look at how the Elgato drives stack up against similar offerings from storage industry veterans.

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SanDisk acquires FlashSoft for enterprise SSD tech

02/15, 10:15pm

Acquisition said to benefit enterprise products

SanDisk has announced that it has moved to acquire FlashSoft, a software company that specializes in flash storage for enterprise products. The latter company's software is geared for Windows, Linux and VMware platforms, helping to improve application performance by implementing SSD-based data caching that operates alongside standard disk drives.

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Verbatim offers upgrade kits with SSD drives

01/09, 5:10pm

Adds update kits with SATA III SSDs

Verbatim has released new 2.5-inch SSD upgrade kits. The kits include SSD drives plus the hardware and software needed to install the new drive and clone the old drive. The kits are available with either Verbatim's 64GB, 128GB and 256GB SATA II drives or its 120GB or 240GB SATA III SSD drives.

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Fusion-io's ioDrive2 SSD promises 3GB per second

10/04, 8:05am

'Self-healing' feature for greater reliability

Fusion-io has expanded its enterprise SSD line with two new drive systems, the ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo. Thoughput maxes at 3.0GB/s read and 2.6 GB/s write speed for the 1.2TB model ioDrive2 Duo. The drives feature low latency access for mixed workloads with 15 microsecond write latency, over 700,000 read IOPS and over 900,000 write IOPS. An intelligent self-healing feature called provides complete, chip-level fault tolerance, which enables the drives to continue to function without interruption after a single- or a multi-chip failure.

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OWC adds inexpensive 30GB 3Gb-per-second SSD

09/28, 9:30pm

Offers SSD speed for targeted uses

Other World Computing are offering an entry-level solid-state drive, the 30GB Mercury Extreme Pro 3G, as an option for adding SSD speed to targeted uses, such as a boot-only drive, scratch disk or app storage assistant, providing SSD speed for some operations while leaving jobs and storage that require larger capacities to traditional platter-based hard drives or larger SSDs. The company sells kits that allow the drives to replace the optical units on some computers or a Mac Pro hard drive bay.

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OWC offers sixth-generation SSDs for 2011 MacBook Airs

09/15, 6:05pm

Faster, more capacity than Apple factory options

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the availability of 6Gbps (6G) Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs for the 2011 model MacBook Airs (older MBAs can still use the third-generation version of the drives). Currently only available in two sizes -- 120GB and 240GB -- the 6G drives can be more than three times faster than the Apple SSD factory options. The drives feature protection against write speed degradation over time, and make full use of the 6Gb per second SATA bus.

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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid pairs 100GB SSD with 1TB hard drive

09/01, 7:05pm

Hybrid storage hits $499 price point

OCZ has introduced its latest storage system, the RevoDrive Hybrid, which pairs an solid-state drive with a standard disk drive. The hybrid storage is geared for desktop computers, build upon a PCI Express card rather than utilizing typical drive connectors. Operating system files and applications can be stored on the 100GB SSD for faster speeds, while the HDD provides an additional 1TB of capacity for other content.

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OWC lowers price on 60GB Mercury Electra SSD

08/29, 7:50pm

Up to 7x performance over hard drives

Other World Computing has announced that it is lowering the price of its entry-level 60GB Mercury Electra 6G solid-state drive. The drive uses the latest SSD technology and posts up to 556MB per second read times and 523MB per second sustain write times, more than seven times as fast as typical 5400 rpm hard drives. The drive comes in two versions (consumer and enterprise) and both are compatible with RAID 1 or SPAN configurations.

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Intel promises fix for 320-series SSD errors

08/16, 12:40am

Intel: Firmware update promised in two weeks

Intel is promising a fix for its 320-series SSD drives within two weeks, in the form of a firmware update. Macworld reported today that the chipmaker has isolated the issue that saw a number of the 320-series solid state drives fail after a power outage, resulting in a Bad Context 13x Error. The firmware fix promises to avoid future issues but will not recover lost data for owners currently suffering from the issue. Intel has come under fire for its slow response to the issue, which was first reported months ago and acknowledged by Intel in late July.

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Kingston ships very high-speed HyperX SSDs

08/02, 9:40am

Kingston's first drive with SATA 3.0 interface

Kingston is now shipping its first solid-state drives to use the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface, the HyperX SSD. The HyperX SSD drives are available in either 120GB and 240GB capacity and use the SandForce SF-2281 controller. Sequential read/write throughput can reach 555MB/s and 510MB/s, respectively. Maximum 4KB random performance is 95,000 IOPS read and 70,000 IOPS write on the 120GB model.

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SanDisk Ultra SSD en-route to retailers

07/26, 6:40am

New SanDisk Ultra SSDs inbound

SanDisk has started shipping its latest SSDs to retailers. The SanDisk Ultra SATA II range is being pitched at enthusiasts interested in upgrading their own desktops or notebooks or extending the life of an older piece of equipment. SanDisk argue that replacing a traditional spinning hard drive with an SSD is more cost-effective than buying a new computer.

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OCZ unwraps self-made Everest controller for fast SSDs

07/22, 12:55pm

Controller can be used for SSDs up to 1 Terabit

OCZ has unveiled a SATA III controller that can be used to build solid-state drives with up to 1TB of storage capacity. Taking advantage of OCZ's buyout of Indilinx, the Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform incorporates a 6Gbps host interface and a dual-core controlling processor. OCZ claimed that the architecture will enable a boot time 50 percent quicker than possible with existing SSDs.

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10.6.8 brings more TRIM support, graphics improvements

06/27, 6:10pm

More than 40 percent faster graphics in some tests

The release of OS X 10.6.8 has brought improvements to both gamers and those using Apple-approved models of solid-state drives (SSD), MacRumors reports. Apart from some model-specific builds of 10.6.6 and 10.6.7, OS X has generally lacked TRIM support, but as of 10.6.8 TRIM now appears to be available in all Macs capable of running it, and will also be included in Lion. The update has also brought significant graphics improvements, according to testers on Steam and other forums.

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Intel SSD 710 and SSD 720 benchmarks leak out

06/16, 8:00am

Intelís new 700 series SSDís prove fast

Intelís forthcoming 700-series SSD benchmarks have been leaked ahead of the formal unveiling of the drives. The 720 Ramsdale SSD is the performance leader demonstrating sequential read performance at 200MB/s and up to 1800MB/s when writing, which is exceptional. Their endurance is also impressive and can sustain up to 32PB of 8K random writes before performance begins to degrade, in the best performing model. The 720-series will be available in 200GB and 400GB versions.

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OWC intros Mercury Electra 6G SSD

06/15, 4:50pm

Promises read rates up to 556MBps

Other World Computing has launched a new upgrade SSD, the Mercury Electra 6G. The drive is SandForce-based, and designed for SATA 3.0 ports running up to 6Gbps. This allows sustained read rates of 556MBps, or slightly slower writes at 523MBps. Both speeds are said to be up to seven times faster than stock PC hard drives.

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OWC ships larger, faster SSD upgrades for 2010 MacBook Air

05/05, 9:50pm

Disks deliver 68 percent faster sustained speeds

Other World Computing has launched a set of upgrades for the 2010 MacBook Air series, debuting its OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express Solid State Drive today. It offers up to four times the capacity of the factory storage space, and features seven percent over-provisioning and SandForce DuraClass data protection. The SSDs deliver nearly 70 percent more speed over the 2010 MacBook Air's factory drives, and up to 3.5x speed boosts in critical 4K random read/writes over the stock drive.

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Intel gives Apple early access to Z68 platform

05/04, 12:25pm

Apple planning to support Smart Response?

The 2011 iMac is already making use of Intel's BD82Z68 platform controller hub, various investigations show, including one by TonyMacx86. The Z68 platform is not officially scheduled to debut until May 11th, meaning that Intel has once again given Apple early access to new technology. Apple is for example the only computer maker with access to Thunderbolt, a 10Gbps port standard.

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Intel roadmap leaks 520, 710, 720, Larsen Creek, Paint Creek

04/28, 8:40am

SSDs for enterprise, desktop, laptop

A leaked roadmap for Intel's of solid-state drives indicates the company is planning five additions to its SSD lines this year. According to the leak, Intel will establish a new high-end line with the "Ramsdale" SSD 720 Series, and the "Lyndonville" SSD 710 Series. Two new lines, the 20GB "Larsen Creek" and 40GB/80GB "Paint Creek," appear to be designed for high-performance caching functions such as improving boot time. According to the leaked roadmap, Intel will also extend the SSD 510 line with the "Cherryville" SSD 520 Series.

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Crucial starts selling m4 SSDs

04/27, 7:40am

SATA 6GB/sec interface, 2.5-in. form factor

Lexar Media announced that its Crucial brand m4 solid-state drives are now available worldwide. The high performance SSDs come in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. The drives use Micron's 25-nanometer NAND flash technology and a serial ATA six gigabit-per-second interface. They feature read speed of up to 415MB per second and write speed up to 260MB per second. The drives have a 2.5-inch form factor.

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Toshiba intros new SSDs geared for enterprise

12/13, 10:30pm

Capacities from 100GB to 400GB

Toshiba has introduced a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) geared for enterprise customers. The MKx001GRZB series is built around a 2.5-inch form factor, pairing 32nm NAND flash with a 6Gb/sec SAS interface. The drives are designed for enterprise servers, local storage, or network-attached storage systems.

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Apple drops SSD option from Xserve orders

12/13, 3:20pm

Company scales back in advance of Xserve's end

Apple has removed SSDs as an option for Xserve orders, the company's online business store shows. When choosing a custom configuration, institutional buyers can now only pick from conventional hard drives in capacities up to 2TB. Business representatives from the company are, unusually, said to have no explanation.

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