Stories by Lucas Mearian

GPS tracking system unveiled for Alzheimer's patients

The Alzheimer's Association has unveiled a new Web-based application that works with various mobile devices to track people suffering from dementia who may wander off at some point during their illness.

Agility EX is a high-end SSD for the masses

OCZ touts its latest solid-state disk (SSD) drive, the Agility EX, as the first 'truly affordable single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash-based drive available. With a retail price of $US399, it's half the price of HD Tach v3.0.4 benchmarking utilities. But paying that kind of money for 60GB still seems a bit out of the average consumer's reach.

Intel, Numonyx create breakthrough in phase-change memory

Intel and Numonyx B.V. announced a breakthrough in the development of phase-change memory today that has the potential to allow developers to stack multiple layers of chips atop each other, thereby greatly increasing the density of the nonvolatile memory medium.

Brocade partners with Thales for network-based encryption appliance

Data storage switch maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and Thales e-Security Inc. today announced the integration of the Thales Encryption Manager for Storage (TEMS) with the Brocade encryption SAN switches.

DRAM sales highest in five years, says iSuppli

The DRAM industry in the second and third quarters of 2009 posted the strongest sequential growth in revenue and pricing seen in at least five years, according to market research firm iSuppli. The record sales figures indicate that the market recovery is real and will likely continue into next year.

Engineers create fingernail-sized chip that holds 1TB of data

Engineers have created a new fingernail-sized chip that can hold one-trillion bytes (a terabyte) of data - 50 times the capacity of today's best silicon-based chip technologies.

Micron boosts NAND flash endurance six-fold

Micron Corp. today introduced what it claims to be the industry's highest endurance, highest capacity multi-level cell (MLC) and single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory.

How data security can vaporise in the cloud

While hosted cloud computing may be all the rage for reducing cost of ownership and management, IT managers say hosted storage services present dramatic security challenges and legal implications that need to be considered.

Q&A: Why Apple's co-founder is hot on solid state storage

Earlier this year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak accepted the position of chief scientist at start-up solid state drive company Fusion-io. It's the first time since 1972, when he worked in Hewlett-Packard Co's calculator division, that he's held a technologist's position for a company that wasn't his own.

Samsung releases its first dual function Blu-ray drive

Samsung Electronics Co. announced its first dual function internal Blu-ray disc player, the SH-B083 COMBO, that reads Blu-ray discs and reads and writes to CD and DVD format discs.

Google: DRAM error rates vastly higher than previously thought

A study released this week by Google Inc. and the University of Toronto showed that data error rates on DRAM memory modules are vastly higher than previously thought and may be more responsible for system shutdowns and service interruptions.

IBM unveils disk archive system, cloud storage tools

IBM this week unveiled a new private cloud storage service for enterprise-class companies at its Information Infrastructure Analyst Summit conference here.

Report: Brocade puts itself up for sale

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. has hung a "for sale" sign on its door, according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. Brocade declined to comment on the report.

Seagate ships self-encrypting drives for enterprises

Seagate Technology has announced it is shipping its Seagate self-encrypting drive (SED) across its portfolio of enterprise-class hard drives.

Start-up unveils cloud storage co-op

A start-up company founded by former Microsoft and Amazon engineers is launching a distributed cloud storage service that uses the spare disk drive capacity in the back offices of small and medium-size businesses to create a collective pool of storage shared by all participants.