Kingston Intros SSDNow Drives for Cost-Conscious Customers

Kingston Digital, a global designer of data storage and memory solutions, announces the release of a cost-effective SSD to extend V300 series. Codenamed Kingston SSDNow V300, the drives are intended specifically for cost-conscious consumers looking to upgrade their desktop or mobile systems. Under the claimed data, the new drives are ten times faster than standard HDDs and feature outstanding speed characteristics, where the spindle achieves 7200 rpm.



Kingston SSDNow V300 is based on SandForce SF-2281 controller and employs SATA 3 interface. The manufacturer offers its new products in three variations of 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacity. Due to the implementation of an updated NAND flash-memory, developed under 19 nm technological process, SSDNow can boast 450 Mb/sec of consecutive Read/Write speed. At the same time, the showings ascribed to the random Read (4KB) operations demonstrate 85000 IOPS for all available models; however, when it goes about random Write operations, the …

Silicon Power Unveils Armor A85M External Storage

Silicon Power Computer & Communications is about to kick off with the newest stress-proof external drive, entitled Armor A85M. The model, targeting Mac users, features 132.5x92.3x25.9 mm dimensions and completely complies with MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV standard. It also enjoys IP68 protection rating. The new-comer will be shipped with a 3-year’s warranty; however, pricing is unknown yet.



The storage is thought to operate within a wide thermal range – from 5 to 55 C degrees. Moreover, it might be employed in tough conditions, i.e. submergence, fall from a height of 1.2 m, storing in extreme colds/heat (-40 C degrees — +70 C degrees).


SP Armor A85M will be available in three capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. All of them are equipped with USB 3.0 interface with 5 Gb/sec bandwidth. The implemented USB port serves not only data transfer functions; it’s also a power cord. The case accommodates power and processing LED indicator.


In addition to the …

The growth of laptop shipments in the second quarter was 5%

Global laptop shipments have faced with glut stocks in March and a weakening global economy in May. That caused the situation of reaching a growth of supply in the second quarter of the year only for 5% compared with the previous, and it fell by 1.8% compared with this period year ago. Shipments totalled just over 50 million units, according to analysts.



Numbers of Acer and Lenovo laptop shipments were at the average level on the world market in comparison the first quarter of the year. Shipments of mobile PCs from HP, Dell and Toshiba have fallen to 4-7%. Most of all with the increase of supply by 36% managed its shipment the ASUS Company.


It is interesting that HP may soon lose its title of leader in the laptop market — China's Lenovo breathes down its neck, lagging behind only with 500,000 units. ASUS surpassed Dell, becoming the fourth largest producer of mobile PCs in the world with a share of 11.3%, and Apple and Samsung are in the seventh and eighth places …
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