SilverStone Release MMS01 Military-Grade External 2.5-inch Enclosure with USB 3.0

Rugged hard disk drives that can withstand drops, water, and dust is nothing new on the market, but they’re getting more and more popular as people need more storage despite their active lifestyle. SilverStone has now released a new enclosure called the MMS01 that allows you to create a protective storage solution with any 7mm or 9.5mm thin 2.5-inch drive.

The SilverStone MMS01 is a military-grade external 2.5-inch enclosure with USB 3.0 connectivity. It has a thick protective cover for your drive and has been certified for the IP65 standard against dust and water. But it doesn’t stop there, the MMS01 has also proven to be immune or resistant to rapid temperature change, vibration, 1.2-meter drop, salt spray, sand, and fungal growth.

The SilverStone MMS01 doesn’t sacrifice performance for its MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications because it doesn’t have to. Inside is a bridge controller chip that supports UASP for the best possible USB 3.0 connection with improved access times and data transfers.

Feature Highlights

  • Super speed USB 3.0 and SATA 6G interface
  • Supports 7mm or 9.5mm thick 2.5” SATA hard drives or SSD
  • Supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) for additional performance
  • Unique anti-vibration silicone sleeve over ABS shell for complete protection
  • Adheres to US military standard (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, drop, shock, humidity, sand, dust, and fungus resistance
  • Certified IP65 for dust proof and water resistance

SilverStone’s newest drive enclosure, the MMS01, will be available from today for a suggested retail price of just $30.98 USD which isn’t much premium over other enclosures that don’t offer the extra rugged protection.

BIOSTAR Announced TA70U3-LSP FM2+ A70M Motherboard

BIOSTAR has released the latest mainboard based on their exclusive A70M chipset from AMD, the TA70U3-LSP. The ATX sized motherboard is FM2+ based and comes with USB 3.0, SATA 3 and built in LAN Surge Protection among others.

The motherboard supports dual and quad core FM2+/FM2 processors, A-series, and E2-series processors and up to 32GB DDR3 RAM.

It has one PCI-E x16 3.0, two PCI-E x1 2.0, and three PCI expansion slots as well as six SATA connectors, one USB3 and two USB 2 headers. Gigabit Ethernet and 5.1 channel audio are also part of the deal. The TA70U3-LSP supports AMD Dual Graphics Technology and also has support for full HDMI 3D 1080p.

The LSP of the product name stands for Lan Surge Protection and that is done by adding extra integrated chips directly into the board to strengthen electrical stability.

 

 

Like all motherboards, it comes with a long list of exclusive features. BIOSTAR offers their SmartSpeedLan, ChargeBooster, BIO-Remote, BIOS malware protection and recovery. It’s also built with 100% solid capacitors.

No word on pricing or availability yet. But since they say it is released, it’s only a matter of time before it arrives at retailers around the world.

Thanks to BIOSTAR for providing us with this information

Addonics Announces Ultra DigiDrive Multi-Purpose Docks

Addonics Technologies announced the Addonics UDD25, a family of four readers/writers for 2.5-inch HDD / SSD, M2 card, mSATA SSD, CFast card or CF cards. The docks provide fast data transfer rates of up to 6 Gbps in both internal and portable versions and also come as write-protected models that work read-only readers.

The portable Pocket UDD25 and Internal UDD25 work with 2.5-inch SATA drives or storage media up to 9.5mm height and the internal UDD25 is designed to mount directly into a standard 3.5-inch drive bay. Both models can connect to any system via an SATA or USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) port.

The Read Only versions have the same functions and media flexibility with the added ability to block write commands. The Write Protect feature ensures absolute protection to the storage media from virus contamination or data tampering. The Read Only models essentially treat any hard drive or SSD as read-only storage in a similar way an optical medium is treated.

 

The Addonics UDD25 is completely Plug and Play and no software or drivers are needed. Media is hot swappable and can be used as a boot device and is compatible with any OS that supports SATA or USB mass storage devices. The MSRP starts at $45.00 for the portable models and $49.00 for the internal versions.

Thanks to Addonics for providing us with this information

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Mushkin Introduces the Updated Chronos G2 SSD

Mushkin is no stranger in the memory market and their SSDs and memory are well-known. As such, they’ve just released their latest addition to the Chronos family of Solid State Drives, the Chronos G2. This isn’t an entirely new drive, but rather a refresh of an old drive with improved components, and probably improved firmware as well. The new Chronos G2 is available in four sizes: 60, 120, 240 and 480 GB; so there should be a fit for almost every usage need.

“If you want the most innovative Mushkin SSD ever, you’ll have to be more specific. Mushkin doesn’t only focus on launching new and innovative storage and memory solutions, we are always looking for new ways to enhance our existing products as we are doing with our value Chronos G2,” said Nicolas Villalobos, Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin Inc. “A reincarnation of the legendary Chronos, the Chronos G2 Series was born to stand out from the crowd. Its competition-surpassing value give Mushkin’s Value SSD an oversized attitude.”

The Chronos G2 is a budget oriented drive, designed for the user who doesn’t want to blow his wallet on a new drive upgrade. It still promises some great performance figures, with up to 555 MB/s readi and up to 535 MB/s at write speeds. The drive also delivers a random write performance of up to 90K IOPS. However, the performance figures do vary quite a bit depending on the capacity, but this might just be the product pages that aren’t fully updated yet. For example the IOPS were only given for the 480 GB model and not for the three smaller ones.

The new drive is rated for 1.5 million hours before failure and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Muskin used a SandForce SF-2000 series controller for this drive, a choice some will love and some will hate. One of the big improvements in this version is the use of high grade MLC flash instead of asyncron flash like the previous model. The drives support S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ. While the product page states that the drive is 7 mm high, it might actually be 9.5 mm instead; at least when looking at the shop listings.

The drives are available at some retailers and more listings will surely follow as stock arrives. At the time of writing the 480 GB model can be had for £177.96 (£0,37 per GB) via Amazon UK and the 60 GB model can be had for £47.39 (£0.79 per GB). Our US readers can find the drives at newegg among others for a price of $49.99 for the 60 GB model ($0.83 per GB) and the 480 GB drive can be had for $199.99 ($0.42 per GB).

With the ever-growing security concerns some people have, it might be worth noting here that Mushkin designs and assembles their drives in the U.S.A. It is up to the individual user what they prefer in the direction of manufacturing locations, but it’s great to see companies giving us the option to choose.

I noticed that a lot of retailers haven’t labelled the new drive as G2 but rather just as Mushkin Chronos. You can however spot the difference in the product number as all the new drives end in “-G2”, for example MKNSSDCR60GB-G2 .

Thank you Mushkin for providing us with these information

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