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Kingston Technology

Kingston Digital, Inc. is the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit

see also:- Kingston - editor mentions on and Kingston's SSD page

  • editor's comments:- March 2013 - Kingston markets me-too SSDs in a range of form factors.

    Kingston's first mention in's SSD news pages was in February 2007 - when - under the headline "Kingston Lukewarm about SSD Market" - we learned that Kingston didn't want to be in the SSD market - as they said the SSD market was too small.

    Despite that initial hesitation - 2 years later - Kingston had entered the SSD market - as it was listed on our SSD companies list which numbered 99 companies in February 2009 - as you can see by clicking on the link to that archived page.

    Another 2 years later - in 2011 my assessment of Kingston on this page - was that it was just another "me-too" SSD company. A view not greatly affected by media reports in February 2011 which said that Kingston Technology was investing $3 million in JMicron (an SSD controller company later acquired by OCZ.).

    Another 2 years later - in March 2013 - what can I say about Kingston's SSD business?

    They still make - what looks to me like me-too 2.5" SSDs with SandForce controllers inside.

    When I asked recently - what's different about their SSDs?

    I was told that Kingston's SSDNow V300 - for example - uses Kingston-branded 19nm nand flash assembled from wafers from Toshiba.

    Which isn't really a difference.

    Maybe if Kingston had engaged with the SSD market earlier - it would have been better placed to avoid the me-too / market follower designation.

    For related product categories, take a look at these articles:- 2.5" SSDs, 1.8" SSDs, M.2 SSDs, consumer SSDs, SATA SSDs.
Kingston - recent mentions in SSD market history

In January 2009 - Kingston announced it will sell rebranded high speed SSDs supplied by Intel as Kingston's SSDNow E Series.

In July 2010 - Kingston's SSD marketers launched a competition to learn how users might really benefit from using their SSDs. It involved uploading a video with the theme "How Can a Kingston® SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?". 1st prize was $7,500

In June 2011 - Kingston Technology joined the SandForce Driven SSDs group - bringing the membership (at that time) upto 30 companies.
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