Solid State

  • Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

    Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

    A startup based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic, wants to make refrigeration and temperature control far more efficient, and steadier, than is possible with traditional systems. Instead of relying on vapor compressors, fans, chillers or passive heat sinks, Phononic makes semiconductors that are smaller than a dime, and actively remove heat from the places or… Read More

  • Mushkin Pushes The Envelope On Flash Storage For Ultrabooks With New 480GB mSATA Solid State Drive

    Mushkin Pushes The Envelope On Flash Storage For Ultrabooks With New 480GB mSATA Solid State Drive

    Flash memory maker Mushkin today announced an industry first: a 480GB solid state drive on a single module that uses an mSATA connector for space conservation. This allows for nearly 500GB of high-speed SATA III storage on a drive that’s only about as big as a business card, which is ideal for ultrabook notebooks that want to save space inside the machine without sacrificing storage space. Read More

  • 32GB, 64GB SSD modules for your Eee PC on sale soon

    Should 4GB or 8GB prove to be too small for your Eee PC needs, Green House in Japan has two larger capacity modules that may interest you. There’s a 32GB and 64GB module, and they just slip right into your Eee PC. Due for release later this month, there’s no official price. That is, the price is listed as “open” on the Green House Web site, though AkihabaraNews… Read More

  • Micron pumps out 256GB solid-state drives

    Welcome to the era of no moving parts. Micron is preparing 256GB solid state drives for use in laptops and mini PCs and expect to have working models available in the next year. No pricing, but the drives use 2.5 watts when active and require limited cooling, ensuring your mini notebook won’t fry your lap. SSD manufacturers have been on a learning curve, Klein said. “One of the… Read More

  • Claim: This is the world's thinnest 256MB SSD

    [photopress:FSD56GC25H.jpg,full,right] Super Talent Technology claims that this solid state drive (SSD) is the world’s thinnest, with a capacity of 256MB. Does that really matter to us in any practical sense? Probably not, no, but it’s always fun to look at these “most/biggest/bestest” deals. The FSD56GC25H (easy to remember!) can double as a SATA hard drive thanks to… Read More

  • Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April

    Solid state drive capacity and availability continues to grow with the announcement of Mtron’s 128GB 1.8-inch SSD. It’ll have maximum read/write speeds of 120MBps and 100MBps, respectively, and will be targeted at UMPC devices. It’s got a PATA interface, so it can replace most existing notebook hard drives pretty easily. And with the 6X speed bump and half the power… Read More

  • 1.6 terabyte solid state drive drops my jaws

    BiTMICRO has apparently forgotten what decade we hare in and gone straight to the Star Trek era of storage. Their Ultra320 SCSI SSD holds a whopping 1,600 gigabytes of data and has sustained data transfer rates of 230MB/sec. That’s Star Trek, people. Too bad this thing is going to cost Star Trek prices too; a terabyte will run you about $250 now when you’re buying platters. Solid… Read More

  • Benchmarks: MacBook Air hard drive vs. solid state

    From this guy’s Flickr The MacBook Air is finding its way into wanting hands and some early benchmarks have been tallied. There’s two main differences between the two default MacBook Airs you can buy—a 1.6GHz vs. 1.8GHz processor and an 80GB hard drive vs. a 64GB solid state drive. The price difference may be $999; it’s… Read More

  • HP offers 16GB solid-state drive in new small PC

    Hewlett Packard has a new “ultra-slim” PC available starting at $729 with an optional 16GB solid-state hard drive for an additional $328 if you configure one to your liking. So for almost half the value of the computer, you can go from an 80GB SATA hard drive to a 16GB solid-state drive. It’s nice that HP and others are deciding to at least offer these solid state drives… Read More

  • Why is Apple charging $1,300 more for the solid state-based MacBook Air?

    [photopress:mbaexpen.jpg,full,center] Is a 64GB solid state (flash) drive and 200 megahertz worth $1,300? Apple must think it is, given the pricing for the MacBook Air. The Apple Store is going up and down as I write this, but I managed to grab a screen shot of the two stock prices for the MacBook Air. $1,799 gets you the base model, with its 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 80GB hard disk drive… Read More

  • 128GB Of Raw, Uncut Solid State Memory

    Remember when having a 100GB hard drive meant you could install all your games and have bragging room left over? The days of 100GB hard drives could vanish soon with the release of a 2.5-inch solid state drive from A-Data. Clocking in at a 128GB capacity, this would indeed be the largest SSD ever. It also connects via SATA so you should be good as far as hooking it up and speed goes. Cost… Read More

  • SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 Ready For Primetime

    SanDisk feels it’s ready to take on the mobile PC market with its first solid-state hard drive. The SSD Ultra ATA 5000 1.8-inch hard drive comes in a 32GB size and can boot Windows Vista Enterprise in under 35 seconds. This drive is being touted for its speed, thanks to solid-state memory instead of moving parts like a conventional hard drive. The geeky-goo from the press release: ”
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  • Fujitsu Gets Into The Solid-State Game

    Fujitsu has announced that they will begin offering 16GB and 32GB Solid State Disks in their Lifebook Q and B series laptops. The drives are manufactured by Samsung, and you’re going to want one if you’re looking for durability, less weight, extended battery life, and, theoretically, more speed in the boot process. The price is something to be reckoned with, though. It’s going… Read More

  • TDK Hits 32GB With NAND

    TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect… Read More