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Kingston's First NVMe SSD, The KC1000

Kingston has reintroduced the KC1000 NVMe SSD. We first saw the drive in January at CES, but the company wanted to hold the details until the official launch. Seemingly, that is in the very near future--mid June.
The KC series has historically targeted system builders and corporations upgrading systems en masse. Kingston released several client SSDs under the KC brand, and many of them were tuned for increased stability and longevity but share similar hardware with models from the standard consumer product line. The KC1000 press release seems to turn the tables and take this series in a slightly different direction.
"The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
Gamers, power users, and enthusiasts have always been directed to the HyperX brand, but in recent years that series shifted to target gamers exclusively. Kingston calls the KC1000 an "Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More." The release later identified a list of specific application categories the series will perform well in:
High-resolution video editing Virtual and augmented reality applications CAD software applications Streaming media Graphically intensive video games Data visualization Real-time analytics  
It seems the KC series may begin to target a wider audience with the introduction of the first Kingston NVMe SSD.
The KC1000 series ships in three capacity sizes, but there are a total of six product SKUs. For each capacity, the drives ships as either a bare drive or with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card adapter. The performance coming from the Phision PS5007-E7 controller paired with Toshiba 15nm planar NAND looks strong. The sequential read performance reaches 2,700 MB/s, and the sequential writes are 900 MB/s for the 240GB model and 1,600 MB/s for the two largest-capacity drives. Random performance is also impressive, with up to 290,000 IOPS (225,000 for the 240GB). Users can reach up to 190,000 random write IOPS.
Kingston backs the KC1000 series with a generous five-year limited warranty with ample endurance figures that reach as high as 1PB for the 960GB drive.
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    Microsoft officially announces the Lumia 650

    As widely expected, ahead of MWC 2016, Microsoft has officially launched the Lumia 650, intended mainly for business use, and prioritising materials and appearance over blazing consumer internals. The result is an interesting specification sheet, but I think we have to trust Microsoft on this one - they did their research in terms of what businesses wanted for the Lumia 640 and 640 XL and now we're starting to see their replacements, a year on.


    From the announcement:


    The Lumia 650 comes in matte black and matte white, and will become available in select European markets beginning Feb. 18, starting from a suggested retail price around $199 USD before local taxes and subsidies.


    I’ve had an opportunity to talk with our business customers as well as our Windows fans and something that consistently comes up is that this ever expanding mobile world is quickly becoming chaotic. It’s in that spirit that we designed the Lumia 650 to bring first class to business class; giving our customers the best of Microsoft productivity and security, all wrapped in a beautiful slim package. By providing a consistent experience across PC and phone through the power of Windows 10, we think professionals and Windows fans alike will love using it every day.


    ...The Lumia 650 fits perfectly into the enterprise with built-in support for Microsoft business applications, new third party Universal Windows Applications like Uber, and one click setup of common everyday tools like Office 365. It also allows IT to test the latest Windows 10 Mobile updates against critical line of business systems and apps, before you distribute to end users via MDM. It’s secure by design and keeps company and personal data safer with features like device encryption and device wipe. These features allow businesses peace of mind, knowing important information in emails and files are protected from threats and empowers employees to use one device for work and play.


    As we’ve sharpened our mobile strategy with a new focus in phones, the Lumia 650 is another step towards bringing Windows 10 to more than a billion devices. Our phones will continue to play a key role in this effort. We’re improving our platform with regular updates and are committed to continuing to deliver the most productive and secure Windows-based smartphones to Windows fans and business customers.


    Technical Specifications

    • Physical: 6.9mm thick, 122g
    • Display: 5” 720 x 1280 pixels AMOLED with ClearBlack Display
    • Memory: 16GB (expandable up to 128GB)
    • RAM: 1GB
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile
    • Chipset: Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, up to 1.3GHz
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, Micro USB, GPS, full spread of 3G and LTE bands
    • Main camera: 8MP, 1/4" sensor, f/2.2, 720p capture
    • Front camera: 5MP, f/2.2
    • Battery: Li-Ion 2000mAh battery, replaceable (plus back cover can be swapped out, as on the 950 and 950 XL)
    • microUSB charging/data


    The full product page for the 650 is here.


    The use of the Snapdragon 212 chipset (compared to the Snapdragon 400 in the Lumia 640) will only really make a difference in terms of local media playback - and it's unlikely that the typical buyer wll grind the 650 to a halt by trying to play back 1080p videos from a microSD card - everything else will work just fine. The 212 is also quad core, whereas the 640's processor was dual core, and Windows 10 really is starting to make more of the extra processors available these days.


    There's no possibility of Continuum at this spec level, of course, but for general Outlook/Office/Sharepoint/Maps/Edge use for enterprise users at around £100 each (no VAT, and with corporate discounts) the Lumia 650 should make a lot of sense in a Windows-centric business. The use of microUSB rather than USB Type C also plays into all this, though it's disappointing to see Microsoft playing it safe here - USB Type C will take off sooner rather than later.


    It has been rumoured that the Lumia 650 will be the last to bear the name and that future Windows 10 Mobile devices will have different branding. I'm sceptical about this, certainly at the low end of the market, I'd put money on a Lumia 650 XL arriving in the next few months. It's also a shoe-in that a Surface-branded phone will arrive later this year, also running Windows 10 Mobile, of course.

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