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Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive, Thunderbolt 2 with Enterprise SSD

Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive PCWorld reported the demonstration of a Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive at Computex 2013.  The drive is a prototype.  The prototype is 128GB in size, made by SanDisk, and is considered an SSD, and apparently operates at Thunderbolt 1 speeds.    The PCWorld article shows a picture of the drive (shown above), but does not show […]

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Posted in NAND Flash, SSD, Storage, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


State of USB – Spring 2013 – Part 1 – Wireless Drives

As your thoughts turn to spring, and the great outdoors (except for in Minnesota where I’m from, where you watched fishing on TV this past weekend), you naturally ask yourself, “What is going on with that whole USB 3.0 thing?” Well, it’s been 1 year since the Ivy Bridge chipset started shipping with USB 3.0 […]

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Posted in SATA, SSD, State of USB, USB 3.0, USB 3.0, WiFi |


NAND Flash Prices to drop to 17 cents per Gigabyte

Just to support the argument that Video Camera Makers should integrate flash( because a 4 part article isn’t enough) and we can expect Smartphones and Tablets to integrate more memory. The primary drivers to greater NAND flash are the increasing demands of Smart Phone and Tablet users to run more apps, store more high resolution pictures (like the 13MP camera […]

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Posted in Digital Video, DSC, DVC, NAND Flash, Smartphone, SSD, Storage, Tablets, USB 3.0 |


Does my NAND require USB 3.0? Part 5 of 5 – Reader Mail

In the past 4 weeks, we’ve explored Part 1: Intro to NAND Part 2: Factors affecting USB (System) Performance – Drivers, Hardware, PHYS Part 3: NAND in SD Cards and Flash Drives Part 4: SSDs speed up and cross-over to Mainstream, Apple with faster SSDs   The Wrong Question I’ve intentionally asked the wrong question.  […]

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Does my NAND need USB 3.0? Part 4, Apple drives SSDs faster, and mainstream

  SSDs or Solid State Drives are the storage in tablets like the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy.  SSDs use NAND flash, but fast NAND flash. The NAND in SSDs is faster and NAND in SSDs has to be able to handle more read and write cycles than NAND used in USB Flash Drives or […]

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