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Super Talent launches new SSDs up to 120GB

Super Talent today introduced a new line of MasterDrive Solid State Disks (SSDs). SSDs use NAND flash memory and are faster, lighter, and more durable than traditional hard drives. The MasterDrive SSDs have a SATA 3.0Gbps interface and a standard 2.5-inch form factor.

There are two versions of the MasterDrive, the MX and the DX. The specifications and prices are listed in the following table:

MasterDrive MX Size – Memory Type – Max Read/Write Speeds Price
FTM20GK25H 120GB – MLC – 120/40 MB/sec $699
FTM60GK25H 60GB – MLC – 120/40 MB/sec $449
FTM30GK25H 30GB – MLC – 120/40MB/sec $299
MasterDrive DX    
FTD60GK25H 60GB – SLC – 120/70 MB/sec $1299
FTD30GK25H 30GB – SLC – 120/70MB/sec $699

The MX drives use MLC flash memory with maximum sequential read and write rates up to 120 and 40MB/s respectively. The higher-end DX drives use SLC flash memory with faster 120 and 70MB/s maximum sequential read and write rates respectively. The MasterDrive SSDs are now available through Newegg and eWiz.

Super Talent Press Release

Notebook battery shortage to end by Q3

The current laptop battery shortage caused by a fire at LG’s South Korea Chem plant in March should end by the third quarter of this year. Demand for notebook computers is skyrocketing, and notebook makers including ASUSTek have said the battery shortage will affect their shipments this year. Smaller notebook companies will be affected first by the battery shortages since larger companies are usually serverd first.

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Taiwan notebook maker shipments up 41% on year in Q1

Taiwan-based notebook makers saw their shipments rise 41% on-year in the first quarter of 2008. The top four makers were Quanta Computer (8 million units), Compal Electronics (6.1 million), Wistron (4.3 million), and Invented (3 million). Including first- and second-tier makers, about 26 million notebooks were shipped during the first quarter. If Eee PC shipments of 700,000 are counted, the total rises to 27.07 million units.

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Huge increase in LED backlighting usage expected in 2H 2008

Backlighting unit (BLU) makers are expecting large increases in LED BLU shipments during the second half of this year. A 20% penetration rate for LED usage in notebooks is expected by the end of this year.

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XP SP3 hits Windows Update

Microsoft has made Service Pack 3 for Windows XP available on Windows Update. SP3 promises performance increases and some of the security features found in Vista.

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