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USB 3.0 SSDs Coming Soon

Editor:- October 5, 2009 - Active Media Products today announced imminent shipments of its Aviator 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 ($209).

Samsung Wheels Out PRAM (Problematic RAM)

Editor:- September 22, 2009 - Samsung today announced it has begun producing 512Mb PRAM memory.

PRAM 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."

Editor's 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

Editor:- September 21, 2009 - 2 years ago 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 disk market?

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 - Flash & HDD - Symbiosis, or Survival of the Fittest? (pdf).

The new white paper, written by esteemed storage analysts - Tom Coughlin, Jim Handy and Roger 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

NISKAYUNA, N.Y - April 27, 2009 - GE researchers have successfully demonstrated a micro-holographic storage material that can support 500GB in a standard DVD-size disk.

"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."

Editor's comments:- 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.
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Why Consumers Can Expect More Flaky Flash SSDs!
Editor:- August 10, 2009 - a new article published on 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. the article
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the Dangers of Removable Storage Media
In the early James 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.

The 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 technologies. the article
the Most Popular Storage Products?
Editor:- has published an article - the Most Popular Products on

What can we learn about changes in the storage market and the changing interests of readers by looking at how the most popular storage products viewed by our readers have changed in recent years?

I delved into the log files to find out.
the Most Popular Storage Products in Recent Years That revealed some trends which seem obvious now in retrospect - but which I hadn't consciously noticed before. It's not a surprise they're all SSDs BTW. the article

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