First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.

According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.

With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

VIA Announces the Upcoming Release of VAB-800 Motherboard

VIA Technologies Inc., a global manufacturer of power-efficient processor platforms, has recently announced the release of its peculiar motherboard, codenamed VAB-800. The major peculiarity of these motherboards is that they will be delivered in two variants: with chips of VIA personal production, WonderMedia (800 MHz), and with Freescale ARM Cortex-A8 1 GHz chips. The volume capacities of DDR3 memory in either variant will equal to 1 GB. VAB-800 is developed in piro-ITX form-factor but is also compatible with blocks of ATX form-factor.

Motherboard VAB-800 accommodates flash-memory of eMMC type with the integrated SATA 3 Gbit/sec sockets. The total volume capacity of flash-memory equals to 64 GB. This model can boast a large number of internal sockets, including a couple of RS-232, two LVDS (to enable the connection with the up-to-date monitors), SATA, JTAG, SDIO, RTC, and a slot for the activation of the external power supply.

The manufacturer has taken care of the …

Shuttle Offers a New Stylish NAS Storage Omninas KD22

Shuttle, an eminent Taiwanese developer of mini-PCs and barebone-systems, replenishes its production line with a new NAS, entitled Omninas KD22. The storage features a stylish, solid aluminum case, painted in white, and a large blue button that is responsible for the hot swapping of the drives. Generally, the case can accommodate a pair of 3.5-inch (or 2.5-inch) SATA drives, which support such configurations as JBOD and RAID 0/1.

The heart of Omninas KD22 is Marvell 88F6707 processor that runs at 1.2 GHz. The storage is furnished with 512 MB RAM and might offer up to 8TB of disc space. Being primarily a network-attached storage, the product is able to serve as a media-server as well, supporting iTunes, DLNA, BT, FTP server and print server. Additionally, there is a possibility for several different ways of local data transfer.

In order to fully realize an operational potential, Shuttle equips the model with a card-reader for SD cards with automatic copying options, three …
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