Digit Zero1 Awards 2012: Storage and Blu-ray Players | Digit

Storage Internal HDDs After the insane sky-rocketing of internal HDD prices last year, due to the Thailand floods, the prices seems to be coming down. But expecting to get HDDs at pre-floods prices isn’t practical. Zero1 Winner Western Digital Velociraptor 1 TB Just like last year, the WD Velociraptor has bagged the Zero1 Award this year as well. This time the capacity has been upgraded to 1 TB. It sports a 10,000 RPM drive with a 64 MB of cache buffer. It also comes with a 5-year warranty. Sequential Read/Write…

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…

OCZ launches Synapse Cache Series SSDs in India, starting Rs. 6,490 | Digit

OCZ has launches its Synapse Cache Series 2.5-inch SSDs in India, with prices starting at Rs. 6,490 for 64GB. The OCZ Synapse Cache Series SSDs are optimized for caching applications and uses Dataplex cache software to dynamically manage the Synapse SSD in conjunction with standard hard disk drives (HDDs), to provide users with SSD-level performance across the entire capacity of the HDD. “The industry has shown that it craves the performance advantages that SSDs provide, however, many users still value the high capacities associated with HDDs,” said Tobias Brinkmann, Director…

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…

Strontium unveils ultra-speed 2.5-inch Swift-series Solid State Drives (SSDs) | Digit

    Strontium Swift-series 2.5-inch SSDs Strontium, a pioneer in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced the launching of its new 2.5” Swift Solid State Drive (SSD) into the market which is equipped to deliver all the benefits of Flash disk technology driven by the Serial ATA II interface. Strontium SSDs have been introduced as industry-standard drop-in replacements for traditional hard drives. SSDs being flash-based drives are expected to offer greater reliability and faster performance than traditional magnetic hard drives. They are rated to consume less power, dissipate…

Micron announces 2.5-inch PCIe-based hot-swappable SSDs | Digit

Micron has announced its first PCIe-based solid state flash drives, the 2.5-inch Micron P320h SSD. The company uses its own hardware controller for the drive, and features a combo connector that will allow users to hook it up to both SAS and SATA devices. Dell has already adopted the new technology, and will be launching its 12G PowerEdge servers with Micron P320h SSDs onboard. The SSDs are hot-swappable, and can be accessed from the front of the server, enabling easy replacement, addition and removal. According to Micron, the P320h SSD…

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…