Seagate acquires select elements of Samsung’s HDD business | Digit

Seagate Technology, one of the top hard drive manufacturers in the world, announced yesterday it had acquired select elements of Samsung’s HDD business, for a sum of $1.4 billion. According to the press release, the strategic agreement includes extensive supply and cross-licensing arrangements. The deal will give Seagate access not just to assets and infrastructure, but also talent in the form of employees. Assets include Samsung’s leading M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs, and includes NAND Flash and semiconductor technology required to make SSDs – something Seagate sorely needs…

Intel makes its first mSATA small form factor solid state drives – the 310 Series | Digit

Looks like the Intel SSD roadmap is on track, with the processor giant releasing the Soda Creek 310 Series of solid state drives, which while delivering the same performance as the x25 series, are 1/8th the size. [RELATED_ARTICLE]Meant for a world of netbooks, laptops, tablets and other portable devices, and even small form factor desktops, the Intel 310 Series SSDs are based on 34nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. They are just 5mm thick, and are 1.8-inch drives about the size of a credit card, at 51 mm x…

Corsair releases Force Series 3 Notebook SSD Upgrade Kits in India | Digit

Corsair has announced the immediate availability of the Force Series 3 SSD Notebook Upgrade Kits in India, in sizes of 120GB and 240GB. According to Corsair, the Force Series 3 SSD Notebook Upgrade Kits will help laptop users simply and affordably upgrade their laptops to a solid-state drive (SSDs), with all the added advantages- improved performance, battery life, heat generation, and reliability. Corsair’s Force Series 3 SSD Notebook Upgrade Kits include a USB-to-SATA cable, and easy-to-use migration software for transferring existing operating system, application, and data files from an old…

Verbatim introduces SATA 3GB/s SSDs in Indian market, starting Rs. 5,500 | Digit

Verbatim has launched a SATA 3GB/s internal 2.5-inch SSD, with 64GB starting from Rs. 5,500, and featuring 3-year limited warranty. A 128GB version will also be available. The Verbatim SATA II SSD is capable of reading up to 270MB/sec. Other features include a MTBF rating of 1,000,000 hours, and shock rating of 1,500G. The package will include a 3.5-inch drive bay adapter plate and power cable for optional desktop installations. Verbatim promises low power consumption with the SSD, for improved laptop battery-life performance. It also has Windows 7 TRIM support.…

SanDisk introduces iSSD – a faster, smaller and higher capacity solid state drive | Digit

SanDisk has publically announced a first-of-its-kind solid state drive that offers higher capacities and performance (160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds) than current solutions, all in a much smaller amount of space, as small as a postage stamp. Called the iSSD drive, it is the first solid state drive to use a SATA interface in a small ball grid array package, and can be soldered onto any motherboard, and, is ideal for mobile platforms, such as netbooks, tablets, and phones. Power consumption figures are not known yet though.…

SATA 6Gbps OCZ Agility 4 SSDs launched in India, starting from Rs. 6,450 | Digit

OCZ has launches its new Agility 4 series of solid state drives in India, starting from Rs. 6,450 for 64GB, with a 3-year warranty. Featuring the SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) specification, the new OCZ SSDs use the Indilinx Everest 2 controller platform, normally used on the company’s flagship Vertex 4 SSD series. According to OCZ, the Agility 4 SSDs offer an excellent combination of interface speed, input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability, all in a value-oriented SSD. The Everest 2 controller platform supposedly excels in…

Transcend introduces SSD320 series of SSDs in India, starting Rs. 4,400 | Digit

Transcend has launched its new 2.5-inch SATA III 6Gb/s SSD320 and SSD720 solid state drives in India. Transcend says that the new SSDs, with their impressive transfer rates and excellent long-term reliability, offer users upgrading their existing computer the best performance results at an astonishingly affordable price. The Transcend SSD320 series features the latest SATA III 6Gb/s interface and second generation SandForce SF-2281 controller. The SSD320 provides “ultra-fast” sequential read/write speeds of up to 560MB/530MB per second and maximum 4k random file writes of 87,000 IOPS, allowing budget-conscious computer enthusiasts…

SSD prices fall by 48 percent in 2011-2012 | Digit

According to a report by Tech Report, prices of solid state drives have fallen by roughly 48 percent from early 2011, to June 2012. The report, compiled with pricing data from Camelegg, finds that many SSD manufacturers are now selling drives at a rate lower than a dollar-per-gigabyte, a rate that becomes more apparent at higher capacities. Traditional spinning hard drives recently went through a massive price hike after floods in Thailand affected supplies, and now, prices are finally stabilizing. The days of traditional hard drives look numbered however, with…

Kingston introduces SSDNow V+180 range of solid state drives for ultra-mobile devices | Digit

Kingston Digital has unveiled the SSNow V 180 range of solid state drives, designed for today’s ultra-mobile devices. The SSDNow lineup of solid state drives is known for its extreme durability and endurance, as evinced by the Kingston SSD Destructo Challenge. Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston, spoke about the new range of SSDNow drives: “Kingston Technology has listened to its customers, delivering the SSDNow V 180 Series. Enterprises, SMBs and consumers can upgrade ultra-thin notebooks, certain notebooks, netbooks, and tablet PC with a 1.8-inch form factor…

Computex 2013: Seagate showcases consumer SSDs, desktop and laptop SSHDs | Digit

Storage major Seagate had announced its foray into the solid state drives space last month. At Computex 2013, Seagate announced the global availability of these products. On display was the Seagate SSD lineup and the solid state hard drives as well. Seagate had also announced its 5mm ultra-thin laptop hard drives which will come in the 500GB capacity. But the ultra-thin drives will only be available to OEM partners and you cannot buy it off the counter, yet. Coming to the products displayed today, we were first shown the Seagate…