Storage provider SanDisk Corp. has announced three new storage products. The first, the Connect Wireless Stick (pictured above and announced today), is a wireless mobile flash drive that enables sharing, transferring and accessing of photos and videos between mobile devices and computers.
The 128 GB capacity drive works with smartphones, tablets and computers. It lets users wirelessly access media or transfer large files, save and share photos and videos, or stream HD videos and music to and from up to three mobile devices at a time.
The drive can support a single stream for up to four and a half hours on one charge and has a USB connector. It comes in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB with prices ranging from $29.99-$99.99.
Embedded Flash Drive
Also announced by SanDisk was the iNAND 7232 storage product, an embedded flash drive available in capacities up to 128 GB. SanDisk said the iNAND 7232 is its fastest embedded flash storage device, with sequential write speeds of up to 150 MB/s2. SanDisk said the 7232’s sequential write speed can further increase to 1.2 gigabits per second and beyond depending on application performance, making it suited to 4K Ultra HD video capture, downloading via 802.11ac/802.11ad and RAW photography capture.
The 7232 enables mobile OEMs to deliver robust storage for mobile users, said Christopher Bergey, SanDisk’s vice president and general manager of mobile and tablet solutions. He said the iNAND 7232 contains application-level storage architecture and 15-nanometer flash storage technology to enable HD video capture and digital photography never before possible in flagship smartphones. The 15-nanometer 3-bit-per-cell NAND flash storage is the most advanced NAND flash process node in the world, according to SanDisk.
The iNAND 7232 has SanDisk’s second-generation SmartSLC technology, a new storage architecture that quickly and intelligently responds to the needs of mobile users. The product is built on the e.MMC 5.1+ HS400 specification, which includes Command Queue functionality. This enhances random read speed, resulting in faster responsiveness in data-intensive applications.
Samples of the iNAND 7232 storage solution are currently available to customers in capacities of 32 GB to 128 GB. SanDisk hasn’t yet released a price for the storage device.
For Data Centers
Finally, SanDisk announced its new CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SATA SSD, a purpose-built storage device for cloud service providers. Coming with up to 2TB capacity, the solid-state drive (SSD) is on 15nm NAND flash and has three times the streaming bandwidth of hard disk drives (HDDs). The SSD can serve as a drop-in replacement for HDDs, theoretically giving data centers a lower cost-per-square-foot solution for hyperscale applications including analytics, media streaming and content repositories.
Like all of SanDisk’s CloudSpeed SSDs, the Eco Gen. II 2TB SSD comes with the company’s Guardian Technology Platform that promises a combination of powerful error correction and detection technology, full data path protection, and data fail recovery.
As datasets continue to grow and access to real-time information becomes more important, cloud service providers are finding that HDD-based storage can’t always keep pace without expanding the data center footprint. The product was developed with the accelerating number of connected devices in many data centers in mind, SanDisk said.
The 2 TB version of the Eco Gen. II will be available through SanDisk original design manufacturers and some other channel partners later this year. A price has not yet been released.