LaCie today announced the latest addition to its external hard drive lineup, the Rugged eSATA. The device can be bus powered when connected to a USB/eSATA combo port, one of the only products in its class offering such a feature.
SSDs are great, but they're expensive in large capacities and apparently they're too large as well. A group of scientists from Keio University claim to have found a way to reduce the size of SSDs by at least 90% which makes them cheaper and increases energy efficiency by 70%.
Walton Chaintech has launched an interesting product in the SSD space. The Apogee SSD Convertor takes up to two CompactFlash cards, in RAID 0 or RAID1 no less, and mounts them in a standard 2.5" form factor with SATA II connector. The end result is a pseudo SSD that offers "blazingly fast" transfer speeds.
Kingston has announced the second generation of their SSDNow V-Series. The latest generation adds TRIM support and a modest performance gain, and comes in 30GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes. The good news is that the drive MSRPs remain the same as the current V-series drives and the V-Series 2 will be available starting February 15th.
TDK is reportedly developing 3.5-inch hard drive platters with a capacity of 640GB each; current platters of the same size top off at 500GB. With 640GB platters, a four-platter 2.5TB hard drive is possible. The 640GB platters could come out as early as next month.
SilverStone today announced HDDBoost, a device that pairs a hard drive and a Solid State Disk (SSD) to provide users the best of both worlds.
Corsair has announced two new SSD series along with a 512GB SSD. The drives have a 2.5-inch form factor, SATA II interface, and should be shipping soon.
QNAP Systems has added to its Turbo NAS line with two new NAS servers targeted to SMB and corporate users. The TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model) feature the Intel Atom D410 CPU and support for up to 8TB of storage.