|USB 3.0 SSDs Coming Soon|
October 5, 2009 - Active
Media Products today announced imminent shipments of its
312 line of bus powered fast
USB 3.0 external
SSDs with R/W speeds upto
240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.
Measuring less than 3" long and
only 0.2" thin, the A312 is smaller than a credit card and is designed to
fit in a pocket. Capacity options include:- 16GB ($89), 32GB ($119) and 64GB
Samsung Wheels Out PRAM (Problematic RAM)
September 22, 2009 - Samsung
it has begun producing 512Mb PRAM memory.
combines the speed of RAM for processing functions with the non-volatile
characteristics of flash memory for storage.
"We believe PRAM will make a highly significant contribution to
the efficiency of mobile phone designs, particularly for multimedia handsets and
smartphones," said Sei-Jin Kim, vice president, mobile memory planning and
enabling group, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics. "We expect it to
become one of our core memory products in the future."
comments:- let's do a reality check here. This has been a Problematic
(rather than a Perfect) RAM technology. Samsung originally announced a working
prototype of the
512Mb PRAM 3 years earlier - in September 2006.
Will Flash Torch Hard Disk Market? - Reprise
September 21, 2009 - 2 years ago StorageSearch.com
published an article -
How Solid is
Hard Disk's Future? - in which I looked at - what impact would the fast
growing solid state disk
market have on the overall hard
Readers had asked - "Is SSDs' gain really HDDs'
loss?" - My analysis concluded - "In some segments yes. But it's not
a zero sum game."
This theme is revisited in a new article
published today by - Coughlin Associates
& HDD - Symbiosis, or Survival of the Fittest? (pdf).
white paper, written by esteemed
storage analysts -
Tom Coughlin, Jim Handy
F. Hoyt shows how many hard disk drives are sold because of digital
storage required to support flash
memory consumer electronics applications such as digital cameras,
camcorders, and music and video players. The paper makes the case that there
is more symbiosis than competition between hard disk drives and flash memory for
consumer electronics applications.
the article (pdf)
GE Talks About 500GB Opticals
N.Y - April 27, 2009 - GE researchers have successfully demonstrated a
micro-holographic storage material that can support 500GB in a standard
"GE's breakthrough is a huge step toward
bringing our next generation holographic storage technology to the everyday
consumer," said Brian Lawrence, who leads GE's Holographic Storage program.
"Because GE's micro-holographic discs could essentially be read and played
using similar optics to those found in standard Blu-ray players, our technology
will pave the way for cost-effective, robust and reliable holographic drives
that could be in every home."
researchers in the
optical storage industry
always sounds optimistic - like those in the cancer cure research market.
If you extrapolated from all the many times that cancer has been cured in rats
- you could reasonable expect that the human race would be cured of this scourge
by now. For decades a series of optical storage startups have been promising to
deliver drives that match hard drive capacity at lower cost. I've got enough
lists on this site already. So I'll spare you that one.
|Why Consumers Can Expect
More Flaky Flash SSDs!|
|Editor:- August 10, 2009 - a
new article published on StorageSearch.com
explains why the consumer flash SSD quality problem is not going to get
better any time soon.
You know what I mean. Product recalls, firmware upgrades,
performance downgrades and bad behavior which users did not anticipate from
reading glowing magazine product reviews. And that's if they can get hold of
the new products in the first place.
The new article explains why it's
happening and gives some suggested workarounds for navigating in a world of
imperfect flash SSD product marketing. ...read the article
Editor:- With thousands of articles going back more than 11 years,
finding things here on StorageSearch.com can be quite hard, so I hope you'll
find the site search function above (provided by
|the Dangers of Removable
Storage Media |
| In the early
Bond films of the 1960s, viewers were introduced to an array of implausible
(at the time) portable high tech spy gadgets. Nowadays we know from our own
everyday experience that something the size of a cigarette lighter can actually
be a video camera with its own wireless internet access. |
proliferation of miniature high capacity storage devices creates a serious
problem for commercial and national security. This article provides an up to
date picture of the intrinsic dangers posed by current removable storage