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Kingston, PNY substituting components in SSDs, consumers not told

06/21, 2:14pm

In some cases, sub components cause much poorer performance

Various enthusiast websites, who spend a great deal of time benchmarking and comparing competitive computer components are discovering that SSD manufacturers Kingston and PNY are changing hardware components after launch reviews are published. In one case, a website reader purchased a drive, expecting a Silicon Motion controller, but found that the drive had a different (and slower for the purchaser) SandForce controller.

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Kingston creates world's highest-capacity USB flash drive

01/07, 3:29pm

Flash drive with 1TB capacity accompanied by smaller drives

Memory manufacturer Kingston is to release what is claimed to be the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 flash drive. The high-capacity DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will have a version shipping later this quarter with a total storage of 1-terabyte, while others in the range will ship at the same time at more standard capacities.

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Kingston ships SSDNow V300 solid state drive series

11/14, 12:45pm

SandForce SSD capable of 450MBps sequential write speed

Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.

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Review: Kingston Wi-Drive wireless storage drive

07/23, 5:45pm

Extended storage for mobile

One of the relatively few mistakes I think Apple's made with the iPad is omitting external storage. It's probably not a gaffe from their perspective, of course; they charge you far more for a 32 or 64GB upgrade than it actually costs to manufacture. The iPad is closer to a computer than an iPhone though, and thus has much higher demands for some people, especially when it comes to storage. Kingston's Wi-Drive is one of several available workarounds, and we'll put it to the test in our review.

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Intel, Crucial, others rumored to trigger SSD price war

04/25, 1:35pm

Price drops aimed at forcing out small players

Solid state drives, a critical component in many thin, high storage-density mobile devices, could see dramatic price drops in the coming months due to a burgeoning price war among the major SSD suppliers. According to DigiTimes, industry sourcesin Taiwan are indicating that large suppliers are preparing to drop prices on SSDs precipitously.

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Kingston unveils lower-cost but fast HyperX 3K SSD

04/10, 4:55pm

Kingston shows off fast HyperX 3K SSD range

Kingston has just introduced its latest SSD range, the Hyper X 3K, meant to appeal to budget buyers who still want some performance. Available in 90GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, the drives are powered by the second-gen SandForce SF-2281 prcoessor. Their 6Gbps SATA Rev. 3.0 interface lets them achieve rated sequential read speeds of 555MBps and sequential write speeds of 510MBps. For extending life, they have the SandForce DuraClass tech onboard.

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Kingston ships 535MB per second SSDNow V+200 drive

01/20, 7:05pm

Kingston SSDNow Vplus200 claims high speed

Kingston finished the week by shipping one of its higher-performing solid-state drivs. The SSDNow V+200 uses the combination of a modern SandForce SF-2281 memory controller with the headroom of a SATA3 connection to peak at speeds equal to much of the best on the market. It can peak at read speeds of 535MB per second and writes at 480MB per second.

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Kingston outs its fastest USB drive using HyperX

11/17, 2:25pm

Kingston HyperX thumb drive is up to 256GB

Kingston has just unveiled the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB flash drive. The fastest product of its kind from the company, it attains speeds of up to 225MBps when reading and 135MBps when writing thanks to its USB 3.0 technology and HyperX SSD. The drive is available in 64-, 128- and 256GB capacities.

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Kingston ships KC100 SSD for pros

09/13, 11:55am

120GB to 480GB SSDs feature Sandforce controllers

Kingston has begun shipping the SSDNow KC100 Drive for business environments. The SATA 3.0 drive is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. It incorporates SandForce's SSD contoller into its architecture and should be very fast depending on capacity, with sequential reads of 540 to 555 MB per second, and sequential writes of 450MB to 510MB per second.

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SandForce demos 24nm Toshiba flash in SSDs

08/10, 10:40am

Combines controller with Toshiba for next gen SSD

Sandforce has used the Flash Memory Summit, currently taking place in Santa Clara, to show off its SSD controller working with 24 nanometer multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology that will be used in SSD drives. For the demonstration, the company has combined its SSD-2000 controller with Toshiba's newest NAND flash to create what it sees as a a next generation storage solution.

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Kingston ships very high-speed HyperX SSDs

08/02, 9:40am

Kingston's first drive with SATA 3.0 interface

Kingston is now shipping its first solid-state drives to use the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s interface, the HyperX SSD. The HyperX SSD drives are available in either 120GB and 240GB capacity and use the SandForce SF-2281 controller. Sequential read/write throughput can reach 555MB/s and 510MB/s, respectively. Maximum 4KB random performance is 95,000 IOPS read and 70,000 IOPS write on the 120GB model.

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Intellectual Ventures sues Best Buy, Dell, HP, memory makers

07/12, 12:35pm

Intellectual Ventures sues over memory patents

Intellectual Ventures late Monday continued a string of lawsuits against technology firms with a new lawsuit (below) claiming companies violate five patents for system memory. The complaint hits direct memory part suppliers such as Adata, Elpida, Hynix, and Kingston but also some of their customers, such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Logitech. Even Best Buy and Walmart, stores merely selling the products, are included in the Seattle-based suit.

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Kingston puts out Class 10, 32GB microSDHC card

05/23, 7:15pm

Kingstone card transfers data at 10 MB per second

Kingston Digital has added a 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card to its product lineup. The 10MB per second minimum data transfer rate makes the card suited for higher demand such as high-resolution photos or HD video capture from a smartphone, when both the speed and the size are important. Class 10 is already common in full-size SD cards but is still rare in the mobile world.

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Kingston outs fastest USB 3.0 flash drive to date

05/20, 2:05pm

Kingston ships DT Ultimate 3.0 USB 3.0 drive

Memory maker Kingston this week announced the release of its fastest thumb drive, with the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2. The USB 3.0 drive can write at up to 70MBps and read as fast as 100MBps when inserted into a USB 3.0 port. It remains backwards compatible with USB 2.0, though speeds on the slower bus are a much slower 30MBps whether reading or writing.

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Kingston adds capacities to Class 10 microSD memory cards

03/23, 3:40pm

Kingston adds 4GB, 8GB Class 10 microSD cards

Kingston has added two new capacities to its range of Class 10 microSDHC memory cards. The 16GB version shipped in mid-February, and the company will soon release 4GB and 8GB versions of the fast cards. Class 10, unless the previous Class 4 cards, transfers data at up to 10MBps.

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Kingston intros Data Traveler 4000, Vault – Privacy Managed

02/15, 11:50am

Kingston shows secure USB drives for enterprise

Kingston this week introduced new secure USB drives for business and enterprise customers with the DataTraveler 4000 and DataTraveler Vault – Privacy Managed. The former uses FIPS 140-2 Level 2 military-grade encryption for the entire cryptographic module as opposed to just the security processor like in some other drives. Later in the year, Kingston will bring out a centrally managed version of the drive.

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SanDisk, Imation sign cross-license pact, settle cases

02/02, 10:35am

SanDisk, Imation settle differences out of court

SanDisk and Imation on Wednesday announced they had come to a cross-license deal that will allow the latter to use the former's patents in its flash memory products. The agreement settles two cases filed by SanDisk in Federal District Court against Imation that are believed to date back to 2007. The deal will see Imation pay royalties to SanDisk for technology used in its USB flash drives and solid state drives.

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Black Friday deal roundup: 11.6-inch MacBook Air, $1,110

11/26, 12:55pm

Black Friday deals

Today is Black Friday, and great deals can be found at most online retailers. Buy.com's Black Friday deals today include a price cut on the new 11-inch MacBook Air which has seen a $50 price cut to $1,150, an instant rebate drops the price further to $1,110. Other deals at Buy.com include the Fantom G-Force 1TB hard drive for $50, and the Kingston 8GB microSDHC card for $13.

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Kingston's HyperX Max external SSD packs 195MBps, USB 3.0

11/22, 11:45am

Kingston unveils HyperX Max external USB 3.0 SSD

Kingston today entered the external solid-state drive arena with a new drive under the HyperX badge it normally reserves for RAM. The HyperX Max External USB 3.0 drive gives users a mid-range SSD that can transfer much faster than current rotating hard drives. At 195MB per second for peak reads and 160MB for writes, it can copy a single 10GB file in about 72 seconds, or about 4.9 times faster than the same drive on USB 2.0.

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Kingston ships high speed, low-cost V100 SSDs

11/08, 1:55pm

Kingston V100 SSDs now out for mainstream users

Flash memory maker Kingston has just announced a new series of mainstream solid state drives in the SSDNow V100. The drives are available in 64, 128 and 256GB capacities, with all getting TRIM support and an optimized controller for high read and write performance of about 250MB per second and 230MB per second respectively on the top two capacities. The 64GB version has a 145MB per second write speed.

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New Kingston pro SSD auto-optimizes itself without TRIM

11/01, 1:10pm

Kingston SSDNow V Plus 100 has auto optimization

Kingston today released the SSDNow V+ 100, a solid-state drive with a relatively unique self-optimization feature. The drive has its own, internal "garbage" collection to properly clear out unused storage and optimize the SSD regardless of whether or not the OS supports the TRIM command. Pre-7 versions of Windows, Mac OS X and other platforms should all get peak speeds for the maximum life of the drives without having to use software.

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Kingston intros 32GB microSDHC memory cards

10/06, 6:35pm

Kingston announces 32GB microSDHC memory cards

Kingston on Wednesday introduced its first 32GB microSDHC memory card. The Class 4 card will ship on October 11, and effectively doubles the largest microSDHC offering from the memory maker. The company trailsSanDisk, who was first with a 32GB microSDHC card.

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Kingston shows UDMA 6 CF Ultimate 600x memory card

09/28, 1:40pm

Kingston outs Ultimate 600x with 90MBps speeds

Kingston has released its fastest memory card, the CompactFlash Ultimate 600x, which supports the UDMA mode 6 interface and offers read and write speeds of up to 90MBps. The card is designed for sports and action photographers who both shoot in high resolution and yet need burst modes often or capture HD videos, helping eliminate a bottleneck beyond the camera. The cards are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.

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Kingston outs first USB 3.0 USB thumb drive

09/14, 1:30pm

Kingston releases its first USB 3.0 flash drive

Kingston on Tuesday unveiled its first USB 3.0 thumb drive, the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0. The drive is available in three capacities, at 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and provides much faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0. Practical estimates give it a write speed of 60MBps and a read speed of 80MBps.

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Kingston shows water-cooled HyperX H2O RAM for gamers

08/03, 7:40pm

Kingston outs water-cooled memory for PC gamers

Computer memory maker Kingston has unveiled water-cooled DDR3 memory kits aimed squarely at very high-end gamers. The HyperX H2O RAM is available in two dual-channel 4GB kits, one at 2,000MHz and the other at 2,133MHz, as well as a 2,000MHz triple-channel 6GB kit. The RAM is said to be more reliable and quieter than traditional RAM kits.

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Kingston outs Class 10 SDHC memory card

02/18, 4:55pm

Kingston shows Class 10 SDHC memory card

Kingston on Thursday said it was near shipping its Class 10 SDHC memory card, which has maximum write speeds of 18MBps and read speeds of 22MBps. Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, the card is said to keep up with the burst shooting mode of most DSLR cameras. The Class 10 spec guarantees a minimum transfer rate of 10MBps.

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Kingston intros 256GB DataTraveler 300 flash drive

02/18, 1:20pm

Kingston brings 256GB USB drive to the US

Kingston on Thursday announced its DataTraveler 310, the first 256GB USB Flash drive, is coming to the US. The device will replace the DataTraveler 300 which was introduced in other markets last summer. The drive ships pre-loaded with Password Traveler software that lets the user make and access a password-protected privacy zone up to 90 percent of the total capacity.

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Kingston ships Class 10 microSDHC card

02/15, 3:10pm

Kingston microSDHC card has 10MBps speed

Kingston on Monday released one of the first microSDHC memory cards to meet the Class 10 spec. The 16GB storage despite its size can transfer data at a minimum 10MB per second. The speed is much faster than the previous peak of Class 6 and will optimize the performance of very bandwidth-intensive devices such as HD video cameras, point-and-shoot cameras or high-end smartphones.

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Kingston adds TRIM support, ups speed of 2nd-gen SSDs

02/10, 8:35pm

Kingston SSDNow V SSDs get TRIM, faster speeds

Memory maker Kingston on Wednesday outlined the changes it has made to its upcoming second-generation SSDNow V Series drives. The biggest is the addition of Windows 7 TRIM support, which will help the drives retain optimal performance throughout their lifespan through wear-leveling. The drives retain their choice of 30GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, regardless of the operating system, and can be ordered as standalone SSDs or part of an upgrade bundle kit.

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Kingston outs government-grade USB flash drive

01/27, 4:30pm

Kingston outs ultra-secure DataTraveler 5000 USB

Flash memory device maker Kingston on Wednesday released its DataTraveler 5000 USB flash drive meant for government and enterprise customers. Secured by SPYRUS technology gives it 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, XTS-AES cipher mode and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms to meet the US government's Suite B standards.

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Kingston releases 512GB SSDNow V+ with TRIM support

01/26, 3:50pm

Kingston outs 512GB second-generation SSDNow V+

Kingston this week released its second-generation SSDNow V+ solid-state drive, which includes Windows 7 TRIM support and is faster than the outgoing model. It is also available in higher capacities, up to 512GB. Sequential read performance is 230MBps, while sequential write speeds are set at 180MBps.

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Intel begins shipping 40GB SSD drives

01/13, 6:00pm

Intel 40GB SSD now available for $120

Intel's 40GB X25-V Value line solid state drive has started to ship, and is now available for purchase from Amazon, among other online electronics retailers. The drive, like the Kingston unit from earlier today, is meant to speed up a system by putting the operating system onto it, while other files reside on a traditional hard drive. Unlike the Kingston SSD, however, Intel's is slightly slower with sustained write speeds of 35MBps and read speeds of 170MBps.

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Kingston outs secure DataTraveler Locker+ USB drive

11/17, 1:25pm

Kingston DT Locker+ has 256-bit encryption

Kingston on Tuesday announced the release of the DataTraveler Locker+ USB Flash drive series with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption. Meant for businesses which require data security, the thumb drives won't reveal their contents without a complex password. They also thwart automated password cracks by automatically reformatting the drive after 10 consecutive incorrect guesses.

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Kingston, Paramount to sell movies on flash memory

11/02, 2:20pm

Kingston USB, SD cards to carry movies

Kingston and Paramount unveiled an unusual deal today that will see the latter's movies made available on SD cards and USB flash drives. The partners haven't detailed the formats involved but say the movies will be available both in bundles as well as individually. Neither company has committed to a release date.

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Kingston preps 40GB SSD for system booting

10/26, 11:55am

Kingston SSD Now V 40GB meant for OS

Kingston today catered to a specific segment of the storage crowd with the SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive. The 2.5-inch SATA drive isn't intended as primary storage but rather as a system drive that speeds up the operating system as well as key apps. It's billed as inexpensive enough that it can be mated with a second, much larger rotating hard drive that would handle less critical apps and storage.

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Kingston outs MobileLiteG2 card reader

10/09, 4:15pm

Kingston releases second-gen MobileLite reader

Kingston on Friday announced the release of its MobileLiteG2 flash card reader. The second generation of the ultra-portable USB 2.0 device supports SDHC, microSDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Memory Stick Micro (M2) memory cards. It has retractable covers over its USB connection and the memory card slot.

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Kingston outs faster DataTraveler 410 thumb drive

09/22, 4:55pm

Kingston ups speed of Data Traveler 410 to 20MBps

Kingston on Tuesday announced it will increase the read and write speeds of its DataTraveler 410 USB flash drive range to 20MBps in both read and write speeds. The DataTraveler 410 can be had in up to 32GB capacities, and password-protects data thanks to the included SecureTraveler software.

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Kingston ships SSDNow V+ drives

08/10, 12:25pm

Kingston SSDNow V Plus

Kingston has upgraded the speed of its solid-state drives for the second time in two months with a morning launch for the SSDNow V+ line. The new 2.5-inch drives use a much faster controller and storage that more than doubles the peak read performance from 100MB per second to 220MB. Writing speeds have likewise been given a large boost and now top out at 180MB per second for the best model versus just 80MB before.

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Kingston reveals first 256GB jump drive

07/20, 10:35am

Kingston DataTraveler 256G

Kingston today quietly set a record in the storage world by launching the DataTraveler 300, the world's first stick-sized 256GB USB drive. It holds twice the storage of recent record setters from Super Talent and others, and in some cases allows holding as much content as a notebook hard drive; about 10 single-layer Blu-ray movies should fit, Kingston says. It's also relatively quick with 20MB per second peak read speeds and 10MB write speeds.

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Kingston releases first 128GB USB flash memory drive

06/16, 10:15am

Kingston 128GB USB drive

Storage device maker Kingston Technology on Monday announced it has released a new USB flash drive series, the DataTraveler 200, with the first-ever 128GB USB flash drive available. The range also offers 32GB and 64GB models. All have password protection in the form of Password Traveler security software for Windows. The DT200s have a capless design, with the USB connector retracting into the device's body for protection.

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Kingston ships SSDNow V series upgrade kits

06/03, 1:00pm

Kingston SSD upgrade kits

Kingston at the Computex show in Taiwan on Wednesday announced it has released the SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) upgrade bundles for desktop and notebook PCs, allowing users to swap out their hard disk drives or small-capacity SSD drives without losing any of their data. The bundles include the SSD itself, cloning software from Acronis, step-by-step instruction, a SATA data and power cable extenders and 3.5-inch mounting brackets and hardware in desktop bundles or a 2.5-inch USB external enclosure in the notebook bundle. The enclosure allows users to turn the hard drives they have just removed into external backups or else further storage.

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Kingston's USB DataTraveler now Mac compatible

04/27, 3:55pm

Kingston DataTraveler Mac

Computer memory maker Kingston has introduced a Mac OS X-compatible version of its DataTraveler Vault -- Privacy Edition (DTVP) USB flash drive on Monday. The drive is labeled ultra-secure thanks to 256-Bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware encrypted, and will lock down after 10 unsuccessful logins, requiring a reformat to be usable again. All DTVP drives are made of aluminum and waterproof in depths of up to 4 feet.

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Kingston intros 16GB microSDHC card at MWC

02/16, 4:20pm

Kingston 16GB microSDHC

At the Mobile World Congress in Spain on Monday, flash memory maker Kingston released its largest capacity microSDHC memory card for use in mobile phones, at 16GB. The new product complements the company's existing microSDHC line-up that includes 4GB and 8GB capacities. Kingston says the latest handsets from LG, Motorola, RIM and Sony Ericsson support its new 16GB SDHC card, allowing handsets with 5-megapixel cameras to save more than 9,000 images.

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Kingston unveils 32GB CF Elite Pro card

02/09, 7:00pm

Kingston 32GB CF card

Kingston has unveiled its latest memory device, the 32GB CF Elite Pro. The card offers double the capacity of the company's previous CompactFlash modules, while maintaining minimum read speeds of 25MB per second and write speeds of 20MB per second. The Elite Pro is geared for professional photographers using high-end cameras that support the 133X transfer speeds. An autosleep mode can help prevent the card from unnecessarily draining a device's batteries.

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Kingston bumps DataTraveler 150 capacity to 64GB

11/19, 4:15pm

Kingston intros 64GB DT150

Kingston Technology on Wednesday unveiled its DataTraveler 150 USB Flash drive with a new, higher 64GB capacity, or double that of the previous highest capacity of 32GB. The DataTraveler 150 is now the highest-capacity USB flash drive of its size in Kingston's range of offerings, enabling users to carry around more of their multimedia files and backed up hard drive content.

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DealNN: deals for $50 or less

11/07, 4:05pm

DealNN: $50 or less

A variety of products that are priced at $50 or less are featured at DealNN today. First up is the Kingston 2GB SD memory card priced at $3.99, a price cut of $5 off the original price at Newegg.com. Next is the Philips bendable gooseneck web cam for $13 at Buy.com. TigerDirect.com has the Logitech iPod audio station for $30 after mail in rebate. Priced at $37 is the Sony multimedia speakers from CymaxStores.com. Lastly is the Creative Xdock wireless music system priced at $45 at Buy.com.

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Kingston ships new 32GB DataTraveler

10/08, 1:15pm

Kingston 32GB flash stick

Kingston Technology says it is shipping a new USB flash drive, the DataTraveler 150. The drive is available solely in a 32GB capacity, and is distinguished by its bright orange coloring and a removable cap which can attach to its rear while in use. Though it supports Windows Vista and its ReadyBoost memory expansion technology, the 150 is also compatible with Windows XP and 2000, Mac OS X 10.3 or better, and versions of Linux past v2.6. It is on sale for $139.

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Kingston teams up with Intel to supply SSD drives

10/03, 10:40am

Kingston to supply SSDs

Memory maker Kingston has joined up with chipmaker Intel to produce flash-memory based drives for popular-brand notebooks and servers, according to a Thursday report. Traditionally, Kingston has made flash memory cards for consumer electronics devices such as digital cameras, which make up a quarter of the company’s business. Under the deal with Intel, Kingston will resell drives made by Intel, providing technical support and testing to buyers at Dell, HP and IBM, among others.

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Kingston intros two memory card bundles

09/10, 5:00pm

Kingston intros bundles

System and portable memory maker Kingston on Wednesday introduced the 8GB Multi-Kit and 4GB microSDHC card plus USB reader, meant to make transferring data between computers, mobile devices and cellphones quicker and easier. The 8GB Multi-Kit includes an 8GB microSDHC memory card along with a mini- and full-size adapter and a USB reader that allows the memory card to be used with the majority of computers, portable electronics and cellphones out on the market.

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Kingston ships mid-speed 32GB SDHC card

08/12, 3:10pm

Kingston 32GB Elite Pro

Kingston today has set a new ceiling for its storage with a 32GB version of its Elite Pro SDHC card. The capacity is enough to store as many as 6,000 10-megapixel JPEG shots or six hours of low-bitrate HD video; users of Canon's new VIXIA camcorders can still shoot nearly three hours of full-quality footage. The card is fast enough to handle both formats without stuttering with a guaranteed Class 4 (4MB per second, or 32Mbps) transfer speed.

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