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Transcend Intros Shockproof USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Transcend has launched their latest external storage product, the StoreJet 25M3 rugged portable external hard drive. It uses a 2.5-inch hard drive and has USB 3.0 connectivity.

Western Digital Releases SATA 6Gb/s Caviar Blue Hard Drives

Western Digital has quietly updated their Caviar Blue lineup with three hard drives that support the SATA 6Gb/s interface and increased cache.

Intel Shipping 25nm NAND Flash

Intel has announced that the Intel-Micron Flash Technologies partnership is mass producing 25nm NAND flash memory and Intel is shipping to customers. Intel-Micron Flash Technologies is the first to get 25nm NAND to market, which was originally announced in February. This also means Intel should be able to bring the first SSDs based on these chips to market.

Seagate 3TB Drive to be Announced Later this Year

Seagate has confirmed it will be introducing a 3TB hard drive later this year. The move to over 2TB capacities will showcase some limitations with legacy programming code in many PCs, which prevents them from addressing over 2.1TB of storage.

Patriot Inferno SF-1200 SSDs Announced

SandForce SF-1200 processor powered SSDs are hatching everywhere of late. Patriot is the most recent to get in the game, launching the Inferno series of SSDs. Available in 100GB and 200GB capacities, the Patriot Inferno offers up 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds, inline with other SF-1200 based SSDs.

Western Digital Takes Top Spot From Seagate

Western Digital has edged Seagate in the first quarter of this year for total hard drive shipments, giving them the number one spot for the quarter after trailing by only the slimmest margin in 2009. Thanks in large part to sales of notebook drives, Western Digital posted a tally of 51.1 million drives sold, compared to 50.3 million for Seagate.

Adaptec MaxIQ Controllers Announced With SSD Cache Support

Adaptec has announced three new MaxIQ storage controllers which are highlighted by SSD cache support. Adaptec has also increased the number of SSDs their RAID cards support. 

Mushkin Releases Callisto Line of Performance SSDs

Mushkin has announced the Callisto line of performance SSDs based on the SandForce SF-1200 processor. Available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities, the Mushkin Callisto SSDs claim read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to 275MB/s across all three capacities.

LSI Releases Four Software Packs for MegaRAID Controllers

LSI has announced four new software packs for their MegaRAID 6Gb/s SATA+SAS controller cards. The headliner is LSI MegaRAID CacheCade, which enables an SSD to be configured as a secondary tier of cache for hard drive arrays.  CacheCade maximizes I/O performance for read-intensive applications, delivering up to a 50X performance improvement by adding a single SSD to the environment. 

OCZ Enyo External USB 3.0 SSD Announced

OCZ ha launched the Enyo Portable SSD with USB 3.0 interface. The sleek design features an internal SSD that comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and sees top-side speeds of 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write.