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by Lyle Smith

Plextor M6 and M6e Series of SSD Solutions Announced

Plextor has announced the M6 and M6e series lineup of solid-state drives, featuring their next-generation 2.5” M6S and M6M mSATA SSDs. Also introduced by Plextor is two new PCI-e drives: the M6e PCI-e SSD specifically designed for gaming, the ultra-fast M6e M.2 PCI-e and the new half height, half length (HHHL) PCI-e card.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston KC300 SSD Now TCG Opal 1.0 Compliant

Kingston Digital has announced a new version of its business-targeted SSDNow KC300, giving corporations and organizations the ability to manage the drive themselves. The updated Kingston KC300 SSD is customizable and fully compliant with the Opal specification of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD Line Announced

Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of the 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up, including the industry's first 1TB mSATA SSD. The new SSD features the compact mSATA form factor, which is roughly a quarter size of a 2.5-inch SSD, while offering the same level of high density and high performance.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review

The WD Blackis a combination drive for portable users that presents both a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD to the host system leveraging only a single SATA port. Rather than only enhance their hybrid HDD portfolio, WD Labs came up with the idea to essentially sandwich two drives together. The architecture is both novel and pretty impressive. Each drive is managed by a controller that plays traffic cop, directing the IO to each drive from the single SATA port. The drive comes in just the single 1TB/120GB capacity point and has a 9.5mm 2.5" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 530 Review

Intel launched the SSD 530 series as a progressive update on their SSD 520 line, moving away from the 25nm NAND flash and incorporating new SandForce silicon with 20nm flash for more efficient power consumption. The 530 series also consolidates Intel's various form factors which previously carried different model numbers.14 new products don the SSD 530 brand in a variety of different form factors; standard 2.5", mSATA and M.2. As was the case with their previous series, Intel has optimized the SandForce firmware to deliver a combination of performance and reliability. 

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LS SSD Review

The Corsair Force LS SSD Series is designed to be a value-oriented alternative largely for global-market consumers wanting to upgrade their PCs or Notebook at a reasonable price. Though Corsair is mostly known for their excellent and quality-built memory modules, they were one of the first SSD manufacturers to enter the retail market and have ultimately earned a reputation as building some of the best SSDs available, as well as providing drives that cover the whole price and performance spectrum. The Force LS is placed on the lower part of this spectrum and is considered labeled as a budget SSD by Corsair. 

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by Brian Beeler

Panasonic To License OCZ Barefoot 3 Controller and SSD Design - EXCLUSIVE

StorageReview has come upon information that OCZ and Panasonic have formed a licensing deal to market and sell Panasonic branded Indilinx Barefoot SSDs. Panasonic is launching two SSDs initially, one dubbed Premium and one Premium Pro. The Panasonic Premium is due to ship almost immediately, the Premium Pro early 2014. The drives will be available largely in the APAC region where the Panasonic brand is very strong, with additional distribution to follow. This marks the first ever OCZ licensing deal and is a clear benefit of the Indilinx acquisition and the resulting Barefoot SSD controller technology.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review

OCZ continues its trend to build on past acquisitions of innovative controller technology, system-on-chip talent, and storage IP portfolios with the new Vector 150 SSD series launch, designed specifically for the enthusiast. With OCZ’s new ultra-thin 2.5-inch 7mm form factor SSD line, it can fit into virtually any notebook. It also features next generation 19nm MLC NAND flash, proprietary in-house OCZ built controller and firmware designed for superior mixed workload performance, and increased write endurance and reliability due to its advanced suite of flash management tools. OCZ’s Vector 150 SSD line brings burst sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 530MB/s to the table, along with random read and write IOPS of 95,000 and 90,000 respectively which is pretty much in line with the quoted performance of the prior-gen Vector. Additionally, it comes bundled with a 3.5” adapter as well as Acronis Cloning Software.

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by Josh Shaman

Corsair Force Series LS SSD Announced

Corsair is announcing the Force Series LS SSD line which is available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities and is engineered as a cost-effective upgrade for desktops and notebooks to replace HDDs. The Force Series LS is a 7mm height SSD, and can thus easily be installed in any standard 2.5" drive bay, or even a 3.5" drive bay with an optional adapter. The drive also features 6Gb/s SATA support to allow the maximum amount of throughput. Internally, the Force Series LS SSD features a Phison 6Gb/s SSD controller and Toshiba NAND to provide solid SSD performance at up to 10x faster than standard HDDs.

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by Bill Valle

LSI SandForce DuraWrite Virtual Capacity and LSI Shield ECC Announced

LSI SandForce is announcing its DuraWrite Virtual Capacity (DVC) which is a unique SandForce flash controller feature that extends the available storage capacity for data beyond the physical capacity of the underlying flash memory. Utilizing a compression algorithm, DVC can extend the capacity of an SSD by more than 3x the physical size of the drive. By increasing storage capacity for the same physical flash memory, DVC reduces the cost per gigabyte of delivered capacity. The total increased capacity provided by DVC will vary based on the compressibility of the data itself. DVC provides a SMART attribute to enable applications to control and monitor the remaining free physical space and manage the amount of valid data to ensure proper performance and behavior of the SSD storage.

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