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Stackable Thumb Drives, Or One Port USB Hubs?

Posted in Flash Memory,Storage by Chetz on January 13th, 2007

Memory Infinite USB Yanko Design has a concept of a USB flash memory storage device that is able to “stack” up the drives.

The Memory Infinite flash drive has a male USB port on one end and a female USB port on the other, allowing the flexible thumb drives to be stacked in line to add memory to your drive, instead of buying more drives.

The design of the flash drives make for a pretty cool gadget and a unique thumb drive, but the practicality of this concept may not e so simple. I can see this working out to conserve USB ports, and allowing something independently to use the extra port, whether it is another Memory Infinite flash drive or a webcam, but the idea of extending the memory of the first flash drive might cause some problems on where the actual data is stored. If it’s …

Samsung Sampling 50nm 16Gb NAND Flash

Posted in Memory,News,Samsung,Storage by Paul Patterson on January 3rd, 2007

Samsung 50nm 16Gb NAND FlashSolid state disks (SSD) offer a vast improvement over the spinning platters found in conventional hard disk drives. SSDs will help overcome the bottleneck caused by the latency of disk drives and will accelerate applications and lower power consumption. The net benefit of SSD is that consumers will have faster data transfer speeds when reading or writing large files.

Samsung announced today that it has begun sampling its 16Gb NAND Flash memory design with customers. Samsung’s 50nm Flash incorporates a new memory design which uses a 4KB page size, twice the conventional 2KB paging system for NAND flash. The new technology will improve both its read and write features to double the read speed, while increasing write performance 150%.

Samsung is hoping that early market introduction of higher density NAND flash memories will hasten the adoption of flash-based SSDs. Mass production of Samsung’s …

USB Memory on a Stick

Posted in Storage,USB by Quagmire on December 30th, 2006

Memory StickNow this is a memory stick. This memory stick is made for anyone looking to commune with nature, play fetch with their dog, or just bring a little taste of the outdoors into their cubicle.

The memory sticks are a creation from the Oooms Design Studio based in The Netherlands. The sticks were “made to stand out against its natural environment of computers and offices.”

The sticks are handpicked from the woods based on their beauty and uniqueness. Then they are handmade into a USB 2.0 memory stick. The sticks are available in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB sizes.

This certainly brings new meaning to the term “memory stick”. This is a nice break from the utilitarian design of most personal storage devices. Be warned, you might get a few double-takes around the office wearing one of these on a lanyard around your neck….

Nexto CF Ultra ND-2525 Storage Device

Posted in Storage by Paul Patterson on December 30th, 2006

NextoDI CF Ultra ND-2525This is the Nexto CF Ultra, an ultra-fast personal storage device to backup memory cards from your digital camera or other portable devices.

The device acts as a backup for your memory cards and thereby frees you up to carry just one or two cards at any given time. Just take the memory card out of your digital camera and insert it into the Nexto CF and press the copy button to backup the card. Once the copy is complete, pull the card out and start taking more pictures.

The ND2525 uses X-Copy technology, making it one of the fastest backup devices on the market. X-Copy allows the device to read data from the card and write it simultaneously. It takes less than 50 seconds to backup 1GB of data at the max speed of 32MB/s. A H/W verification process compares the data …

Hynix 200MHz 512Mb Mobile DRAM is World’s Fastest

Posted in Memory,News,Storage by Paul Patterson on December 4th, 2006

Hynix 512Mb mobile DRAMHynix, a Korean memory semiconductor supplier, today announced it has developed what it claims to be the worlds fastest and smallest 512Mb mobile DRAM. Meeting the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) standards and operating at 200MHz, it is the fastest in the industry.

The Hynix 512Mb mobile DDR SDRAM processes 1.6Gbytes of data per second, making it approximately 1.5 times faster than speed of the company’s existing mobile DRAM line.

This speedy memory is sure to boost Hynix’s competitiveness in mobile applications as the trend towards miniaturization (8mm x 10mm) continues. Hynix is expected to combine 512Mb mobile DRAM and NAND Flash modules into a multi-chip package that will further enable the design of slimmer mobile phones.

“The product will deliver the memory capacity and speed required for third generation mobile phones that provide new services, such as DMB (Digital Media Broadcast), to

CellStik Backs Up your Mobile Phone Contacts

Posted in Accessories,Storage by Quagmire on November 25th, 2006

CellstikThe CellStik is a small USB device that allows you to backup, enter, edit and transfer contacts to and from your cell phone. This little device could come in handy should you lose your cell phone and all your critical phone numbers with it.

CellStik comes with the CellStik Central PC application which is where you add, delete, and edit your cell phone contacts using your full-sized PC keyboard. This will save you the hassle of entering in all your names and numbers using the keypad on your cell phone.

The current version of CellStik is strictly for backing up and transferring your cell phone contacts and does not work with photos, ringtones, games, or calendars.

CellStik [Spark Technology]

TrekStor DataStation maxi z.ul Network Disk Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage,TrekStor by Paul Patterson on November 17th, 2006

TrekStor DataStationThe DataStation maxi z.ul network storage drive by TrekStor is a simple, cost-effective method for multiple users to store, retrieve and share data in an office or home network. The DataStation is a centralized and secure way to make files accessible to all network users without the expense and maintenance incurred with a dedicated file server.

The DataStation maxi z.ul plugs directly into a network switch via standard CAT5 cable or it can be connected to a single PC via USB. Several DataStation drives can be used in one network, and as many as eight drives may be connected together to provide a single data repository.

The maxi z.ul works with Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems and a maximum of 64 users can access the drive concurrently. Other features include:

NDAS technology for highly efficient data transfer
Access rights can be fully managed in the …

Pexagon Store-It 1.8″ Portable USB Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Paul Patterson on November 4th, 2006

Pexagon Store It

The Pexagon Store-It 1.8″ USB Hard Drive is a razor-thin (1.3cm) portable hard drive that features an integrated one button backup. This new model in the Store-It series is 30% smaller and 40% lighter than the 2.5″ Store-It Drives and uses a Hitachi Travelstar hard drive.

The one-touch backup system includes Retrospect backup software which supports multiple sources, allowing you to back up two or more hard drives easily. The patented Progressive Backup technology backs up only new and changed data after the first full backup. The system also allows you to password protect, encrypt and verify your backups easily.

This drive is perfect for adding storage or backing up any USB-enabled desktop or notebook computer. The pocket-sized hard drive features a rugged extruded aluminum case to protect your data as it bounces around in your pocket or backpack.

The …

Trekstor 12G USB Stick

Posted in Storage,TrekStor by Darrin Olson on October 19th, 2006

TrekStor CS-DGermany based Trekstor has a mass storage device that is not in the mass physical proportions you would think are necessary with it’s 12 Gig USB Stick CS-D. The USB stick is extremely small at under 70mm at it’s widest and under 30 grams for a device able to hold so much data. It’s compatable for fast data transfer rates with USB 2.0 and also will work with USB 1.1.

The Trekstor CS-D USB stick is ready to go with no drivers needed to run in a sharp looking aluminum housing. The gadget also comes with a neckstrap (you don’t want to be losing this one) and an extension USB cord.

Trekstor also has a number of other storage devices and allows customizable names on the case for one model. If you need to store a whole lot of data in your pocket the Treckstor CS-D …

SmartDisk Firelite Xpress shows files on the drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2006

SmartDisk Firelite XpressThe SmartDisk Firelite Xpress is a portable hard drive with a cholesteric liquid crystal display that is always on without external power and allows you to see what files are stored on the drive without having to connect it to a computer.

I had to look up cholesteric so I’ll save you the same trouble:

“..of or pertaining to a form of liquid crystal having molecules arranged in thick, regular layers, and displaying marked color effects, esp. in polarized light.” -Dictionary.com

The LCD window shows the drive label, the last file save date, user-defined text, total drive capacity (comes in 60GB and 120GB) and available space. The actual drive is SATA and connects and transfers data via a USB port at 480 MB/second.

Weighing in at 10 oz and having dimensions of 3.3 x 5.1 x .9 inches this drive is very portable and extremely …

Fantom Drives 120GB External Hard Drive $49.95

Posted in Bargains,Hard Drives,Storage by Quagmire on October 14th, 2006

Fantom 120GB USB Hard DriveYou better get some super-cheap portable storage to go with your new Linksys Wireless Router. The Fantom Drives Titanium USB 2.0 Hard Drive offers some affordable storage for USB-enabled computers. Slick, durable, compact, and portable; the Fantom provides a safe and flexible data backup solution. Fantom Drives Titanium USB 2.0 Hard Drive is $49.95 after mail-in rebate. Offer ends 10/17/2006 – Buy.com

Kingston 1GB SD Memory Card $14.95 after Rebate

Posted in Bargains,Storage by Quagmire on October 10th, 2006

Kingston 1GBStop trying to cram all those movies on your puny 512MB SD card that came with your digital camera. $14.95 gets you a Kingston 1GB SD memory card from Buy.com – after a $13 mail-in rebate naturally.

Hey, at least shipping is free. Expires 10/14 Kingston SD Card [Buy.com]

Mega-Kart 8GB USB Flash Card

Posted in Storage by Quagmire on October 5th, 2006

Mega-KartI don’t know how many times I have been in a jam where I needed to move some files and my pathetic USB key fob didn’t have the necessary space to hold my files. Well, if you are looking for some serious potable storage, the Mega-Kart by OCZ Technologies may just be the device for you.

The Mega-Kart gives you 8GBs of memory in a super tiny case (84mm x 53mm x 4mm). The Mega-Kart has built-in, high-speed USB 2.0 cable which allows you to access your files from the convenience of any USB port. The Mega-Kart can also be used as an external drive to play music and movies, view images, or open files. The Mega-Kart also has an LED to signal read/write activity.

This little device certainly has a lot of utility and with 8GB of storage you can get yourself out of just …