The NW-E005F Walkman is Sony’s latest flash-based Mp3 player in their E000 series. At a weight of .8 oz and dimensions of 3.1 x 0.8 x 0.4-inches, it has a storage capacity of up to 2 GB and a battery life of up to 28 hours. The Walkman features a built-in FM tuner, a one-line OLED screen, and a USB thumb drive. It comes with earbuds and is available at a MSRP of $120-151, depending on where your Santa shops for stocking stuffers.
Opera Software announced that gamers with Nintendo’s Wii console will be able to download the Opera Browser from the “Wii Shop Channel” for free until July 2007. After this point, the browser will be available for a currently undetermined amount of Wii points. Opera also confirmed that Flash and AJAX support would be included in the browser, allowing gamers access to many of the client-based applications developed for the world wide web. Opera’s press release implies that the browser will be available at launch, but this would obviously also be dependent on the availability of Nintendo’s “Wii Shop Channel.”
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TDK has developed the world’s largest capacity small form factor solid state drive. The drive is 20% smaller than a 2.5” laptop disk drive and includes all the driver chips necessary for ATA communications. A total of 16x16Gbit NAND flash chips cover the circuit board giving the drive a storage capacity of 32GB. That’s fairly impressive for a solid state drive in that form factor. The GBDriver RA5 NAND controller which provides the ATA interface to the flash, supports UDMA33 giving the drive a maximum transfer rate of 33.3MB/second. No details are given about the drives sustained data speeds however.
No released date for this device has been given. I fully expect to see similar form factor drives in the near future from Samsung, possibly utilizing their new Charge Trap Flash technology to compliment their already released 2.5” plug in laptop hard drive line. Begun the solid state drive war has!
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Samsung has announced that it has produced the first 40-nanometer (nm) memory device. This new 32Gb 40nm flash device incorporates “Charge Trap Flash” (CTF) architecture, which improves both performance and manufacturing efficiency. This new architecture greatly decreases inter-cell noise by replacing the normal floating gate technology with what Samsung calls “TANOS” which is comprised of tantalum (metal), aluminum oxide (high k material), nitride, oxide and silicon. The lower noise levels will allow the technology to be further scaled to as small as 20nm.
Samsung’s 32Gb devices will be used in devices ranging from 4GB to a tremendous 64GB! That’s up to 64 Hours of DVD quality video or over 1,300 Hours of MP3 audio. Expect to see the new more efficient CTF devices begin to replace current floating gate systems over the next year. With these new chips expected to potentially hit 256Gb meaning up to 512GB memory cards, this is a huge step towards PC’s with purely solid state storage drives.
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Sandisk has unveiled a new Sansa c200 series entry level mp3 player to supersede the c100 series released earlier this year. The new Sandisk C-series is 1.3” x 3.1” x 0.6” in size and weighs in at 1.51oz including the battery. The full color display measures 1.4” diagonal and displays album, artist and song info, as well as digital photos. The user-replaceable battery supplies around 15hrs use. The unit comes equipped with a microSD slot for expansion beyond the internal flash and features an FM tuner/recorder with 20 presetns and a voice recorder. Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA and protected WMA DRM, as well as other Audible formats. The player uses a standard USB 2.0 interface for transfers.
The Sansa c200 series comes in two flavors, the c240 with 1GB internal flash and the c250 with 2GB internal flash. They are competitively priced at $79.99 and $99.99 respectively.
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With so many purported “iPod killers” these days, one wonders if any company will ever be able to take down the legendary iPod line. SanDisk, a distant second to Apple in the portable music player market, announced a new member to their Sansa line on Monday, the e280. The e280 Sansa player offers 8GB of storage with a built-in microSD slot for an additional 2GB. At a starting price of around $250, roughly equal to that of the high-end nano, the new Sansa poses a potential problem for Apple by offering a product with a similar form factor with many enhancements. The lower-end versions of the Sansa player also received price cuts.
These upgrades are intended to help boost the company’s market share, which currently hovers around 10%; however, SanDisk is a top supplier of flash based storage and has a distinct advantage over Apple in terms of pricing. Their new releases come at a time when speculation about a revised iPod nano with larger storage, among other features, is at an all-time high. Regardless, it remains to be seen if SanDisk can in fact depose Apple.
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Lexar said today they are bringing the PowerToGo software platform to their JumpDrive Lightning USB flash drives so users can create a virtual desktop environment they can carry from one Windows-based machine to another. These drives are available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and price from $79.99.
The PowerToGo-equipped JumpDrive Lightnings will let users install and run many standard Windows applications directly from the USB drive. Once done working a host computer the drive is removed, leaving no history behind. Also included on JumpDrive Lightnings will be the EverNote software product for capturig, storing and accessing information, such as typed and handwritten notes, web clips, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, photos and documents.
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If you own a Lexar JumpDrive FireFly or 1GB Secure II, you’ll want to take careful note of this story. Lexar, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a voluntary recall of around 66,000 of these drives because of a potential burn hazard. No injuries have thus far been reported of the drives. Consumers with the impacted models as described this recall notice Web page are advised to stop using the drives and contact Lexar to receive a free replacement.
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Lexar introduced the latest revision of their JumpDrive series, which includes software to help secure files. Their software allows the user to easily drag their file to their computer into an “Encrypted Vault” which will automatically secure them with on-the-fly 256-bit AES Encryption. Another cool feature is the Digital Shredder which allows you to leave no “digital trail” when deleting your files for maximum security. These files are not even recoverable using the most advanced file recovery tools. All of these features in half the size of the first series of JumpDrives. They come in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB flavors. A 2GB version is scheduled for release in October 2005.