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Josh Zale

Technology Editor, covering SSDs and every other piece of interesting engineering you can think of. I've been intimately involved with computer hardware since 1998, and haven't looked back. There's always something new to learn about in this industry, and I wouldn't have it any other way.......

OCZ Everest Finds Its Way Into Ultrabooks – CES 2012 Update

OCZ has announced that Everest based SSDs will find their way into LG’s new Z330 Ultrabook. To refesh your memory, OCZ’s Everest controller, which is utilized in their Octane SSD, has read/write speeds of 535/270MB/s respectively for the 256GB variant, which is the same capacity being used in LG’s products. The Everest controller has been shown to hold it’s own …

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Samsung 470 Series SSD Awarded NIST Security Certification – Possibly A Consumer SSD First!

Samsung’s PM810 SSDs, better known to most people as the 470 series, have received a prominent security certification: The National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ FIPS 140-2. This certification is important for military, government and certain business applications that require heightened security. One of the main features that the certification covers is the drives’ built in 256 bit AES encryption engine, which provides …

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Orico Unveils HM01 SSD As CES Looms In The Distance

Orico, a China based company known for their various storage solutions, has uncovered their new HM01 line of SSDs. The drives will be available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Based on the Marvell 88SS9174 controller, the new products will provide a read/write bandwidth of up to 500MB/s and 330MB/s for both the 64GB and 128GB models, while the …

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RunCore To Release Three New SSDs Just In Time For CES

RunCore will be adding three new SSDs to its lineup in anticipation of CES this January. The new products will include the Xapear SSD, intended for use in military and government applications, and the Marvell based Falcon drive, designed for those with high performance needs. Also waiting in the wings is a 7 mm variant of their Pro V drive, …

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Zalman F1 SSD Enters The Market – Japan Gets First Release

Zalman, widely known for their unique, high performance cooling solutions, has released their F1 SSD into the wild, although availability is limited to Japan for now. The drive will be based on a Sandforce SF-2281 processor and will boast read and write speeds of up to 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Prices are set at 11,980 JPY ($154) for the …

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Micron Reports Growing Flash Demand As Volume Sales Go Up and Memory Price Goes Down

Micron Technology, a major supplier of NAND flash, reported their first fiscal quarter earnings Wednesday evening. While the results were somewhat inconsistent and below analysts’ expectations (DRAM sales are slow), the word of the day when it comes to flash memory is “growth”! In the first quarter, Micron saw an approximately six percent increase in NAND sales. In addition, Micron …

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