Intel and Micron have announced a new high-density, cost-effective memory chip, that could bring down the price of flash cards and USB drives. The chip uses 3-bit-per-cell (3bpc) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology and is manufactured on a 32nm production line; the two companies are calling it "the industry's smallest and most cost-effective 32-gigabit chip that is currently available on the market."
Maxell have announced a new range of flash memory, and rather than picking a format and sticking to it they've splashed out on a whole bevy of products. The new storage includes a basic USB drive, through "Slider", "360-degree" and "Style" models with retracting USB plug, flipping cover and encryption respectively, to microSD, SD and Compact Flash cards.
Super Talent have unveiled what they're describing as the world's smallest 32GB USB drive, squeezing 32GB of NAND flash into a water-resistant casing. In fact, six new models are on offer with the new capacity, each boasting up to 30MB/sec transfer rates.
Remember that Active Media charity penguin flash drive from back in June? Someone has obviously told Active Media that not every portable storage buyer likes penguins, as the company is back with a polar bear version offering up to 16GB of storage and a donation to the WWF with every purchase.
This new flash drive meets FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validation, which is required for devices in government agencies and is currently the only USB drive to meet this standard. It's super tough, tamper-resistant and features self-destruction circuitry for added protection.
It also has AES-256 encryption and can store up to 16GB of data. You can restrict networks on this drive as well as set up a read-only mode. You can enable anti-malware and anti-virus scanning if you wish as well. The IronKey S200 works with Windows 2000-running PCs or later, Mac OS X or later and Linux. We don't know when the S200 will be released or how much it'll cost, but we'll keep you posted.
A-DATA have unveiled what they're calling "the first flash drive compatible with Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)", though as far as we've heard there haven't been many reported problems with existing drives and the Windows 7 RC. Still, if you're looking for up to 64GB of portable storage then the A-DATA XPG Xupreme may be the drive of your dreams.
PQI announced the release of their Cool Drive U360 today, which works by connecting computers by means of the USB port. This gadget makes it so file transfers can be completed between the computers at speeds of up to 17MB/s.
The U360 will be available in sizes spanning from 4GB to 16GB and contains software that's meant to allow folders between computers sync up. It can also apparently sync Outlook information.
This device can support both PC and Mac operating systems including Windows ME up to Vista and Mac OS X 10.1 or newer. We don't know the price or release date for the Cool Drive U360 from PQI yet, but we'll keep you posted.