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SSD Data Recovery?
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flash SSD Jargon Explained
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SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
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. Tests MemoRight's GT 2.5" SSD

Editor:- March 13, 2008 - has published performance tests on MemoRight's fastest 2.5" flash SSD - the GT.

Overall the tests confirm this as the fastest overall 2.5" SATA drive period (HDD or SSD). It was already listed in our own fastest SSDs article. the article , ...Memoright profile

OCZ Takes SSD OEM List to 70

Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. today entered the SSD market with a range of SATA compatible 2.5" flash SSDs.

OCZ's SSDs have capacities of 32GB and 64GB and speeds of 120MB/s read and 100MB/s write. ...OCZ profile

Editor's comments:-
that takes the total number of SSD oems to 70 and the number of 2.5" SSD oems to 31.

Seagate Makeover Creates Single FaceDisk for Consumers

Scotts Valley, Calif - March 12, 2008 - Seagate Technology today formed a new Consumer Solutions division.

Explaining the move Seagate's CEO Bill Watkins said "The home storage market is expected to grow 10 fold in the next 5 years and represents an increasingly significant opportunity for Seagate. By combining the branded and CE business units we leverage our strength in both areas." ...Seagate profile

Top 5 Storage Searches Unchanged

Editor:- March 12, 2008 - today updated its monthly list of the top subjects viewed by storage searchers in February.

There was no change in the 5 subjects which were:-

(1) - Disk to disk backup
(2) - Hard disk drives
(3) - Solid state disks
(4) - 2.5 inch SSDs
(5) - RAID systems

Overall pageviews grew a mere 7% compared to the year ago period - (although this has risen to 14% for the first 11 days of March). For marketers who are interested in SEO - the top incoming search word "SSD" occurred 7x more often tham "HDD". Searches for "hard disks/drives" were nearly identical in volume to "solid state disks/drives." More info about the top 20 subjects and articles can be viewed on the market research page

New High-Volume DDR2 SO-DIMM Test Adapter

Houston, Texas ­ March 11, 2008 ­ INNOVENTIONS, Inc. is now shipping a rugged adapter for testing 200-pin DDR2 SO-DIMM memory modules with its RAMCHECK memory tester.

It tests PC2-5300/5400, PC2-4200 and PC2-3200 DDR2 modules and is manufactured specifically for high-volume testing. During each test, the memory module's size, structure and type are automatically detected. The tester spots bad memory chips and alerts the user with a warning tone and visual signal. A typical test takes less than a minute.

"DDR2 SO-DIMM modules are now the predominant memory used in laptops," said David Y. Feinstein, President of INNOVENTIONS. "Manufacturers need a way to quickly test SO-DIMMs on site, without the need for high-end testing equipment that may be located in another facility. RAMCHECK and the DDR2 SO-DIMM adapter make this possible. The new adapter is also great for distributors and retailers who need a low-cost way to verify memory quality..." ...INNOVENTIONS profile

PivotStor Launches Email Appliances

SAN DIEGO - March 11, 2008 - PivotStor today introduced its new EP-Series email management appliance.

At a starting price of less than $1,300 the EP-Series of disk based NAS appliances enables companies to grow and fully protect and manage their email while ensuring compliance with a full range of regulations. Configurations range from 50 to 2,500 mailboxes (and upto 3 billion email messages a year). Form factors include:- desktop, 1U and 2U rackmount. ...PivotStor profile

Iomega Says No to EMC Buyout Offer

SAN DIEGO - March 10, 2008 - Iomega Corp announced today the receipt of an unsolicited non-binding indication of interest from EMC Corp, in which EMC indicated that it is prepared to offer to acquire the outstanding common stock of Iomega.

Iomega's board of directors met on March 9, 2008, and unanimously determined that the proposal from EMC would not reasonably constitute a superior proposal. ...Iomega profile, ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:-
a few years ago I predicted that the long term threat to EMC, NetApp etc comes from NAS becoming a predominantly consumer / SMB market. Acquiring Iomega would have been a cheap way for EMC to dip its toes into unfamiliar water - where budgets and vendor ties are more shallow.

The best hope for the biggest storage box vendors like EMC, IBM etc is to stay in the controlled climate of the datacenter - and siphon off some of the torrents of cash that will be spent on solid state disk accelerators.

...Later:- Iomega did get acquired by EMC.

Imation Enters the SSD Market

OAKDALE, Minn - March 10, 2008 - Imation Corp. entered the SSD market today with solid state drives powered by Mtron.

Imation's SSD portfolio includes the MOBI 3000 Series for high performance end users, and the PRO 7000 Series for enterprise, corporate and IT infrastructure applications.

"Many storage applications can benefit from the increased performance, reliability and power savings that SSDs are able to provide in the computing and enterprise environment," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, IDC. "Shipments of SSD solutions, such as those in Imation's SSD solutions meet the requirements for this performance-demanding storage market are expected to increase at a 73% CAGR through 2011." ...Imation profile, ...Mtron profile

Editor's comments:-
oeming Mtron's high performance flash SSDs is a good business move for Imation - which has a well known (50 years old) storage brand. The SSD market provides Imation with a shimmering Stargate like escape route out of the shrinking tape backup market.

LSI Acquires Infineon's HDD Chip Business

MILPITAS, Calif - March 10, 2008 - LSI Corp today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of the hard disk drive semiconductor business of Infineon Technologies AG

The agreement calls for LSI to purchase the assets and IP of the Infineon HDD business, which includes product designs, related software, inventory and test equipment. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days. ...LSI profile, ...Infineon profile

Editor's comments:-
the 2 companies have done business before. In August 2007 Infineon agreed to pay $0.5 billion for LSI's Mobility Products Group which designed chips for cellphone handsets and satellite comms applications.

1.8" Storage Drives - new article

Editor:- March 10, 2008 - published a new article and directory of 1.8" Storage Drives.

The battle for supremacy in the 1.8" storage drive form factor, between hard disks and flash SSDs is reminiscent of the 30 year war between Intel and AMD over which processor would be designed into PCs, notebooks and servers. Currently 21 oems actively market 1.8" drives. the article

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