SanDisk have updated their range of solid-state storage for netbooks, with the pSSD P2 and S2 series. Intended for netbooks and ultra low cost PCs (ULCPCs), the new chips now have SATA II interfaces for faster connections together with a fresh range of capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
SanDisk have announced their latest USB flash memory stick, the Ultra Backup USB, which features both the company's sliding retractable USB plug and a dedicated backup button. Available in capacities up to 64GB, a press of the backup button triggers an automatic sweep of specified folders for new files, which are also encrypted with password-protected access control and ultra-secure AES hardware-based encryption.
A higher cost external drive or USB-based flash storage usually comes equipped with a encryption to protect its data against theft or loss of the drive. Unfortunately most of them only work conjunction in Windows platform; but not anymore, Sandisk has announced the Industry first Secure USB drive to fully support OS X system.
SanDisk has updated its Sansa Clip PMP with 8GB of storage, doubling the maximum capacity available. The Clip still has a small color OLED display and weighs just 0.9oz, with the rechargeable battery good for up to 15hrs continuous playback. A removable clip - which obviously gives the Sansa its name - can be used to attach the PMP to belts, bags or purses.
SanDisk announced today that they have developed a new technology that makes it so solid-state drives can perform faster and more efficiently. The technology is called ExtremeFFS and it uses a method that is page-based.
This means that the data is written and altered where it would be most efficiently placed based on user habits, rather than having the data connected to a particular physical spot. This would improve the performance of SSDs by a lot and even make them more reliable.
Anyone else feel like companies are buying up other companies left and right? Well, Toshiba has just announced that they bought 30% of the production capacity of SanDisk's NAND flash memory. And the price tag? $1 billion!
Initially, Toshiba wanted to buy out SanDisk. Samsung made a bid as well. But now with Toshiba's input, SanDisk will be able to make flash memory faster and cheaper.
With only six buttons, an LED and a headphone jack, you could argue that there's really not that much to review about the SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP. Announced yesterday, the music player is designed primarily to use SanDisk's new slotMusic microSD format, 1GB memory cards preloaded with albums; AnythingButiPod have been pressing all six of those buttons in their quest to discover if it's worth your twenty bucks.
SanDisk have unveiled their latest PMP, intended to work with the company's attempt to control media distribution, slotMusic. Offering 1GB microSD cards with pre-loaded DRM-free music, each costing $14.99, together with compatibility with your own cards up to 16GB in capacity, the new sanDisk Sansa SlotMusic PMP has no display and only basic controls, but costs a mere $19.99.
Netbooks made their typical strong showing this week, with ASUS announcing their intention to put 3G HSUPA into the Eee PC 901. Meanwhile their N10 was reviewed and deemed the first netbook "suitable for serious gaming", a promising title indeed. Lenovo's S10 also hit reviewers' benches, making a strong - if at times warm - case for the smallest IdeaPad, while Packard Bell unveiled their 'dot', targeted much more at the budget end of the scale. They'll have a fight on their hands, though; SlashGear reviewed the Acer Aspire One this week too, and when it comes to value for money it's a tough one to beat.
Arguably the biggest news of the week, however, has been T-Mobile's G1 - the first Android-based handset to be officially announced. Our sister-site AndroidCommunity.com ran a Live Blog of the whole event (and gave away a G1 to one lucky forum member), and we've got the photo galleries and hands-on video to show for it.