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Western Digital Buys Silicon Systems for $65Mil

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Western Digital the leading on-line storage manufacturer based in sunny Southern California spent $65 million earlier this week to purchase Silicon Systems, a leading supplier of solid state memory drives.
The acquisition makes WD a player in the red-hot SSD industry, and helps fill a major void in WD’s portfolio. In a statement, WD president and CEO John Coyne said the acquisition will be “modestly accretive to revenue and margins” and will help the company address a $400 million SSD market, which encompasses consumer netbooks, clients and enterprises.
This rounds out Western Digitals portfolio to include solid state storage, WD branded products, client storage, consumer storage and enterprise storage units. Source: Ziff Davis. Continue Reading

Review: 16GB USB Flash Drives

Review of 16GB Flash Drives

GetUSB.info posted a review article about 16GB USB flash drives.  The benchmarking and testing was done by Test Freaks.  Test Freaks is a website based specifically on review and testing of everyday technology so users can make an informed decision about their technology purchases.  The review of 16GB flash drives is very in-depth and detailed so depending on what you look for in a flash drive, this review will have it summed up nicely for you. The 16GB USB review includes the following drives:
  • Adata Sport Series RB19 16gb
  • Corsair Flash Voyager
  • HP USB Flash Drive v125W
  • Imation Swivel Flash Drive
  • Kingston Data Traveler100
  • Kingston DataTraveler HyperX
  • Memorex Traveldrive
  • OCZ Diesel
  • OCZ Throttle
  • Patriot Exporter XT
  • PNY Attache
  • PQI Traveling Disk 1221
  • Ridata EZdrive Lightning Series
  • Sandisk Cruzer Micro
  • Super Talent Pico-C
  • Transcend JetFlash Elite Enabled
  • Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go

review 16GB USB drives

I wont give away the full details on the 16GB USB review – please check with Test Freaks. However, it is painfully clear that Transcend Jetflash is a horrible drive. Which is funny as they spend a good amount of marketing time and money saying they are the best performing. Transcend must be taking Ford’s marketing philosophy and advertising their weakness. “Built Ford Tough” ha – those cars are anything but tough. To get a bit of their approach Test Freaks considers:
…diskbench is nice in that it tells us the actual times and transfer rates to complete the tasks of Copy To or Write To the USB drives, Read From and Copy From as well. I run these three tests on my USB drives because they are the most common things people are going to be doing with their USB drives.  First up is testing with the 350MB .AVI Video file, lower scores are better as they are shown in seconds. The first test is for Copy To or Write To the USB drives.
For the full 16GB USB Drive review please visit Test Freaks webpage. Thanks Anton. Continue Reading

Dane-Elec 4GB microSDHC Card Only $9.86

Buy.com is giving away free shipping when you buy a 4GB microSDHC card for $9.86.  What a great deal! Get the Dealz now.

microSDHC deal

Here is the company line: microSecureDigital High-Capacity (microSDHC) is a new class of memory cards designed to enhance the performance of high-quality still and video cameras. microSDHC cards from Dane Elec Flash meet all the standards of the SD Card Association 2.0 Specification for SD cards larger than 2 GB. Although identical in size to a standard microSD card, microSDHC cards are different and are only compatible with devices designed for SDHC. Please check the Owners Manual or Users Guide to verify that your device and your card reader, if you intend to use one, are microSDHC compatible. All Dane Elec microSDHC cards include adapters for use in any miniSDHC or SDHC device, furthering their utility. In the same manner, when using either adapter, ensure that the intended device is HC compatible. All Dane Elec microSDHC cards come with a 10-year warranty.Still interested – get the GFM Dealz now! Continue Reading

Skull microSD Card

It’s about time companies put some unique branding to microSD cards.  The format is #1 for mobile devices, and although it sits hidden in your SIM card slot 99% of the time, it’s nice to see some cool prints on the device.  Maybe this will encourage users to mainstream on microSD rather than USB for data storage and transfer.

microSD skull

This design, the microSD skull is also accompanied by another sytle which features a heart – I guess Elecom, the manufacturer is going for a his and hers theme. Pricing isn’t set, but I wouldn’t expect them to be a penny more than a typical microSD card. Source:  Ixplora.com. Continue Reading
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