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Big block Chevy USB flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

Big block Chevy USB flash drive
Check out this awesome USB drive. It’s from jasonscreations over at etsy. He makes all kinds of cool stuff, including USB drives from old toys. He’s got several different cars and trucks available, all very cool.

If you’re looking for an unusual USB drive, this is it. Or maybe you just love muscle cars. I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of drive I’ve been looking for. Everything is tested to ensure proper operation and it comes with a 6 foot usb extension cable. This one will cost you $25.

Target Speed Racer gift card flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2008

Target Speed Racer gift card flash drive
Target sure knows how to market themselves. Warner Brothers does too. The proof is in these awesome gift cards. Target’s Wii cards looked really cool, sure. But these Speed Racer themed cards feature a USB flash drive which makes them useful too. They include an integrated inch-long USB cable that’s flush in the card and is released via a mechanical switch on the bottom edge. The cards only hold about 62.8 MB, but the upside is that 51.6 MB of that is packed with awesome Speed Racer promotional materials. Stuff like a PDF coloring book featuring the Mach 5 and other vehicles, coupons for Speed Racer toys, wallpaper, videos and even a cheat code for the Wii Speed Racer game.

The cards are obviously a team-up between Target and Warner Brothers, to promote the new Speed Racer movie. It’s a pretty smart idea. I’m not sure if you are required to actually put any money on them or not.

Flash Padlock USB key secures data with a pin

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Flash Padlock USB key secures data with a pin
There are tons of USB keys that have encryption software so you can keep your files safe from others, but if you’re paranoid enough, or if you are a super secret spy carrying around sensitive info, you might think that software encryption isn’t enough. So here’s the ultimate in USB key protection. The Flash Padlock, which has hardware encryption. In order to unlock it, you have to enter a pin number.

Perfect for that Top Secret “Eyes only” info that you carry from one spy gig to another. You can get it in 2GB and 4GB capacities, and it allows you to create 1 pin number or multiple pins and then register them on-line for easy retrieval in case your memory fails you. You can get the Flash Padlock for about $27.82.

USBee flash drive creates a buzz

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

USBee flash drive creates a buzz
The minute you see it, you just have to love the USBee concept flash drive. Traditional USB flash drives stick out from the back, and they’re easy to knock out accidentally. The USBee solves this, because just like a bee, it is capable of bending in any direction. This helps prevent your USB port from being permanently defunct should a standard USB flash drive be broken off at its connection point.

It’s not only ergonomic, it also has a vents for cooling and a detachable protective cap that sits on the back of the device when not in use. It’s the bee’s knees baby! All zing and no sting!

Wedisk Wii remote USB thumbdrive

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on February 20th, 2008

Wedisk flash memory drive that looks like a little Wii remoteUSB flash drives come in many shapes and sizes, but once in a while one comes along with a design that stands out from the crowd. The Wedisk flash drive is a little Wii remote look-a-like which isn’t touting incredible capacities or performance but it does allow its owner to further profess their love for Nintendo’s latest and greatest gaming console while at the office.

The Wedisk has a retractable USB connector that pops out with a push of one of the Wii-mote buttons but that’s the only gaming action you’ll get. It comes in capacities of 1GB, 2Gb, 4GB and 8GB and in colors of the familiar white and a black version. It also has a LED indicator for showing that is connected and utilizes USB 2.0 for PCs or Macs.

Sandisk flash drives to make a leap in memory

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

Sandisk flash drives to make a leap in memory
Larger capacity solid-state drives will be on their way soon from SanDisk. That’s because SanDisk and Toshiba are working together on a new 43-nanometer manufacturing process which will give us SSDs with the same capacity as those of today’s typical 2.5″ hard drives.

Flash memory is the natural replacement for hard drives in ultra-small notebooks like the MacBook Air and Asus Eee PC, because they use less power, generate less heat, and have faster access times than hard drives. The only downside is that as the Gbs go up the cost will get higher.

SanDisk rolls out 32GB SDHC and 8GB Plus card

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on January 31st, 2008

SanDisk 32GB SDHC and 8GB SDHC Plus cardsSanDisk upped their available SDHC card capacity today by putting 32GB of flash memory in the latest to the line of Ultra II SDHC cards. This new 32GB flash card reads and writes at 15MB/second, which is a nice increase from the 10MB/second found previously from the Ultra II’s.

This card to date is the largest flash memory card put out by SanDisk and brings them in line with the most capacity available in an SDHC card in the industry. This kind of storage can put as much as 4 hours of 1536 kbps MPEG-4 video or around 8,000 digital photos on a card not much larger than your thumbnail.

CES 2008

Corsair brings 32GB flash drives

Posted in CES 2008,Corsair,Flash Memory by Reuben Drake on January 3rd, 2008

Corsair 32GB portable Voyager and Survivor flash drivesCorsair has released some new versions if its Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB drives, both featuring capacities that are pumped up to as much as 32GB each. The Voyager model has a rubberized covering and looks like it might be waterproof, but its not. It’s actually designed to take the occasional drop and keep on ticking, which is really nice if you’re holding 32GB of data or a whole bootable OS in your hand. The Survivor has an aluminum casing and it is actually water resistant, letting you tote your 20 hours of outdoor video through the rain forest without worrying about destroying the data, or something like that.

RIDATA Introduces SMART Flash Cards

Posted in Digital Cameras,Flash Memory,Storage by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2008

RIDATA Introduces SMART Compact Flash Cards

Compact flash cards are slowly becoming a thing of the past, being replaced by SD cards, but there are still alot of cameras that rely on the older format. So RIDATA is looking out for you. They just introduced what they call the SMART compact flash card.

They are SMART because the have a new internal data monitoring system that ensures you never experience any data loss. It’s nice to have alot of storage in your camera, but not a pleasant feeling when you lose an important file. The cards also have embedded error correction code (ECC) which I believe is a fancy way of saying that it has “back up power Captain”, should something truly go wrong.

SanDisk releases 8GB microSDHC and M2 cards

Posted in Flash Memory,SanDisk by Darrin Olson on October 26th, 2007

SanDisk 8GB microSDHC cardToday SanDisk has launched its 8GB microSDHC and M2 flash memory cards and is kicking off the release of the new high capacity cards with a “Sunset Strip Block Party”. The event is called “Wake up Your Phone” and will be held at Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California trying to raise the awareness to the many mobile phone owners do indeed have a slot in their mobile devices but may not be completely aware of it, or that SanDisk has something to fill it.

SanDisk is calling it a ‘slot education’ program (wow) boasting that the new 8GB capacity cards can turn their boring old mobile phones into a fun-filled party gadget with the ability to store over 2,000 songs, 5,000 high-res pics or 5 hours of high quality MPEG-4 video that they can enjoy and share with others.

640 GB flash-based ioDrive

Posted in Flash Memory,Hard Drives by Matt on October 8th, 2007

FusionIO ioDrive looks to make RAM memory more practicalThe concept of the RAM disk has been around for a while but due to expense and limitations are virtually unheard of in practical use. FusionIo, with its revolutionary ioMemory technology, intends to change all this and bridge the gap of limitations between current storage and memory technologies with the innovative new ioDrive.

The ioDrive, with a catch phrase “The power of a SAN in the palm of your hand”, operates on the PCI-Express x4 bus with access rates approaching DRAM with a sustained 600 and 800 MBytes/s write and read operations respectively. Aside from the high speed, small packet transfer feature of the drive, ioDrives require no RAID controller to provide redundancy between drives, there are no moving parts and they use industry standard form factor and interface.

Seagate Momentus hybrid notebook drive

Posted in Flash Memory,Hard Drives,Seagate by Reuben Drake on October 8th, 2007

Seagate Momentus 5400 PSD hybrid notebook driveToday Seagate took the wraps off of their first hybrid notebook hard drive featuring a combination of standard hard drive storage and Flash memory. The Momentus 5400 PSD features only a 5400 rpm spindle but promises faster system response times along with extended notebook battery life and better storage reliability. We’ve seen hybrid drives like these in the past with Samsung and Hitachi, and improved speed and efficiency through this type of storage combo is likely to be the standard in coming years.

The 2.5 inch drive utilizes 256MB of Flash-based memory for storing data that’s frequently accessed providing a quicker responses and through this also requires less drive disk access, cutting the power consumption of the drive more than in half. Having the additional quick-access memory also aids in faster OS boot times according to the company.

Master Chief’s USB

Posted in Flash Memory,Halo,USB by Chetz on September 26th, 2007

Zip Zip Memory Brick 1GB USB drive

Posted in Flash Memory,Toys,USB by Darrin Olson on September 22nd, 2007

Zip Zip Memory Brick is a 1GB Flash memory USB Drive inside a plastic lego-type brickZip Zip Memory Bricks are small USB 2.0 Flash memory drives encased inside a Lego-type toy building brick. When the cap is on they appear like a normal toy brick, but pulling one half of the brick apart exposes the USB 2.0 connector. They come in colors of green, yellow, blue, red, black or white, much like Lego bricks do, and have a capacity of 1GB.

The Memory Bricks also have a lanyard attached to make them harder to lose and easier to identify should you happen to drop it into a pile of regular toy bricks. The company says you can stack memory bricks just like you would with regular toy bricks, but what would be cooler is if the memory would stack up as well!

Domo Drives

Posted in Flash Memory,USB by Chetz on September 19th, 2007

Domo USB Flash memory driveThat fuzzy brown square thing with the great white shark-like mouth is a character named Domo. Created by the marketing department of Japanese television station NHK back in 1998 to be their mascot, Domo became a viral phenomenon as internet users grafted the image as their forum icon.

Seeing their creation catch on to the zeitgeist, the TV station licensed out the rights and Domo products soon started appearing on Japanese store shelves. This fall a series of 26 two-minute short films featuring Domo and his cave-dwelling friends will begin appearing on Nicktoons suggesting that he’s about to really invade America’s cultural landscape.