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Where will your flash media come from and can you trust it?

Flash - who can you trust

Have you tried to purchase flash memory recently? You may have found that the high end flash is harder and harder to come by. The primary reason is that Apple is the largest consumer of the latest 3D Nand flash, leaving less and less for everyone else. As more people demand newer and faster Apple iPhones, iPads, and laptops, means that Apple, who eats first when it comes to flash production, takes the lion’s share of the top quality flash on the market. 3D NAND makes up half of all flash memory production for total flash media and 3D NAND flash availability will remain tight as Apple devours more of it for their iPhone production.

What does that mean? It means that many of the USB and SD flash drives on the market today are forced to use either substandard flash memory or outright downgraded defective flash to fulfill orders and keep up with demand. Since it’s very difficult to identify what brand, type, and grade of flash are used in each flash device, manufactures are playing fast and loose with their production for the consumers. That leaves us with two choices: expensive 1st tier flash in limited quantities or take your chances with low cost unregulated, inconsistent 2nd and 3rd tier flash that’s flooding the market and causing more and more aggravation and headaches for suppliers and users alike.

Vinpower is changing that outlook by working with both flash manufacturers and suppliers as well as flash controller chip manufacturers to offer high grade flash media for a low cost. We are able to mitigate the problem flash by using our flash hardware that can identify and weed out the low grade or inconsistent flash so those are not passed on to our customers. Through close relations and onsite product testing and evaluation, Vinpower can navigate the tricky flash market and support even the most discerning clientele with pricing that will entice everyone.

For more details about Vinpower’s offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

How will we receive and store content 10 years from now?

Vin Poll

Technology moved at what we would think to be a snail’s pace until the early 1900’s when there was an explosion of innovation. From electricity to cars to air travel, each decade looked to eclipse the one before in terms of innovation and technology. Since 2000, it seems like the innovations are moving even faster, but more focused on how we can compute, store, and transmit data and content easier, faster, and from anywhere. Today, depending on where you live and your economic status, most of us store and receive our content from 3 primary means:

1) Physical media: We will store and watch content through optical discs, flash, and/or hard drives

2) Cloud/Streaming: Through an online provider or App that will store or provide content through a digital medium from large server farms

3) Paper: Written content contained in books, journals, ledgers, etc.

In each of these cases, there was a period when they didn’t exist and someone had the foresight to invent them, while others took those inventions, improved upon them or offered new ways in which to enjoy them. So when you think about how will you enjoy movies or where will you store your pictures and videos 10 years from now, what comes to mind?

Government Budgets are in the use it or lose it stage, don’t lose it!

budgets

Often those with GSA accounts or other means to sell to government agencies, find the time frame from August 1st to September 30th, as their version of the black Friday holiday buying spree. Agencies spend a large portion of their budgets in the fourth quarter but the month of September carries with it the use it or lose it deadline. Many large federal contracts have been penned during the waning hours of the month of September and in some instances being at the right place at the right time can be your best ally.

If you have government clients or have access to government bids, this is the best time to work on those contract requisites and prepare your offers to win those bids. Vinpower has received requests from a number of resellers looking for product we offer to secure those bids and there will be more in the come until the September 30th deadline. So if you work with any government agencies that utilize duplication hardware, accessories, or media, Vinpower is your one stop solution.

For more details about Vinpower’s offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

The incredible sales of Mozart’s complete collection of music in 2016 shows there’s still a draw for physical media like CD’s

mozart

The best-selling CD of 2016 was from an artist who hasn’t played/composed a note in over 300 years. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most popular artists to have ever lived. In 2016, “Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition” was released as a 200-CD box set, featuring every known piece of music ever written by the iconic composer. According to Billboard, unit sales have surpassed 1.25 million. Even though the sales are slightly skewed since Billboard counts each individual disc separately, the total CD sales volume is still incredibly impressive. Mozart’s endurance in the musical arena has once again proven just how beloved he remains amongst both music aficionados and casual music fans, but shows us an even bigger perspective.

What this tells me is that not only are physical optical disc media like CD’s still very relevant today, even in a declined state, but the more creative you are at creating packaging and offering content, the more valuable that media would be the marketplace. The key isn’t that 1 million people purchased a Mozart CD, because that’s not reality. It’s that over 6,000 people shelled out a significant amount of money to purchase a box set of 200 CD’s, which was equivalent to 1 million sales if not greater due to the value add price tag on such a box set.

This is a very encouraging sign to duplication houses and independent studios in that the more of a novelty you can make your product, the more likely to be able to sell it at a premium price. People still like conversation pieces and novelty items, so with some creativity, targeted marketing, and the right equipment and media, anyone can produce content that can be a juggernaut in the retail arena. Along with that, once again, this proves that CD’s are not dead and neither are the people that buy them, even if the artist on the CD is.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.

Copy Protection isn’t just for the major studios, but for anyone that has content they don’t want others to copy.

copy protect

Picture for a moment that you have digital video content that you want to sell or share with others, what are your limitations? One issue could be that those that view your content, decide to make copies or upload online without your permission or consent. If you were hoping to sell that content, then you no longer have the opportunity because someone took that decision from you and made it available for free to anyone. If you had hoped to keep the content private, now its been released into the web or passed from person to person for all to share and see without your ability to selectively decide who can view the content and who can’t. Protecting content is not just a large enterprise or movie studio problem, it can be an everybody problem.

Vinpower has been developing hardware and software tools that enable companies and individuals to keep their content safe for many years now and we continue to improve the process and decrease the costs to do so. It shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg just to protect what’s rightfully yours. So don’t take any changes with your digital video content, add Vinpower’s copy protection to rest easier that you don’t have to be a victim.

For an added bonus, stay tuned to next week’s email blast for news on an upcoming offering from Vinpower Digital that will be a stretch from our usual offering.

For more details on Copy Protection or any of the Vinpower Digital product line, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

WARNING! With the flash memory shortage, costs are inflated, leading to a flood of counterfeit and low quality USB & SD Flash media hitting the market!

USB warning

As the flash market is concentrating on the creation and subsequent market shift from the 2D/Planar to 3D NAND technology, it’s creating a shortage in supply for good quality flash memory in the storage market. This situation has a huge impact on the SSD market, but also touches on the standard USB and SD flash drives as well. Because of this, the oldest adage of economic principle of supply equals demand, has shifted to a greater demand that most suppliers can provide. Because of this, there are a lot of lower tier and unscrupulous manufactures trying to fill the underserved marketing place with lower priced high capacity USB and SD flash drives. The problem is that many of these manufacturers either can’t or purposely don’t use adequate memory to provide a fully functional product. The market is flooded with low cost flash drives that state they have a specific capacity only to discover that not only does the flash drive not have that capacity, but the memory it does have is low grade and can be corrupted easily, thereby crashing and losing all the data contained inside.

Vinpower has been aware of this situation for quite some time and we’ve worked tirelessly to help our customer overcome these issues so that they can use our USB and SD duplicators to produce effective and reliable copies of even the lower grade flash devices. At the same time, Vinpower has developed tools to help weed out the bad flash drives from the good ones, so that manufactures and wholesalers will be able to identify which flash drives are good and which are bad with confidence. The fact that Vinpower offers flash duplication hardware, gives us a unique perspective and capability to identify and weed out the negative from the positive flash drives. This helps avoid the potential nasty situation where a customer purchases a high capacity flash drive, like the popular 8GB version, then they find there’s only 3GB worth of memory on the drive and because of the extraneous circumstances the drive crashes and you lose everything stored on it.

I’m not saying that every low cost flash drive manufacturer is bad quality, but it’s more likely than not and it’s only going to get worst as long as the demand is high and production is lower for the larger more reputable companies.

For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative at a location near you.

The Media is excited about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive

Optiarc media coverage

Recently, I wrote an email blast, proclaiming the return of the Optiarc drive and the DVD+R DL overburn feature, with the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive. It appears we weren’t the only ones excited about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS and the overburn capabilities. There were a number of prominent online news organizations from different locations across the globe, that took it upon themselves to write about the announcement of this drive. Some of them were able to see for themselves after visiting our exhibition at the 2017 Computex tradeshow in Taiwan, while others picked up on my email blast and ran with the story from there. In any event, we are very proud and encouraged that there is so much excitement for the new Optiarc 5290S series of drives all over the world.

Here are a few links to some of the articles recently released about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive:

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1065921.html

https://nl.hardware.info/nieuws/52290/computex-optiarc-en-plextor-dvd-branders-zijn-terug

http://www.cdrlabs.com/news/vinpower-digital-unveils-optiarc-5290s-plus-with-dvd-r-overburn-feature.html

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=53834

For more details about the Optiarc line of drives or any of Vinpower’s product lines, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

Vinpower’s line of Optodisc white thermal printable media prevents discs from sticking together and damaging thermal print heads

Opto thermal no stick

The nature of the white thermal printable surface tends to create a more adhesive surface type that can lead to 2 or more discs sticking together. This can become a serious problem, especially when this media is being used with automated publishing duplication equipment for multiple reasons. Firstly, when the media sticks together, it could damage the writable surface of the disc leading to higher failure rates. Secondly, when placing multiple discs onto a writer drive tray, it could damage the drive. Lastly, and most seriously, multiple discs could be placed into the printer and break the print head. Replacement print heads are very expensive and could kill your production until the printer can be repaired.

When Vinpower created the Optodisc line of recordable media, we set out to make not only a better quality burning media, but also ensuring the printable surfaces were the best available. We weren’t immune to the stickiness issue, but upon discovering the problem, we quickly jumped in to find a solution. For some time now, Vinpower’s line of Optodisc white thermal printable media not only offers excellent print quality, but also ensures the least tacky surface greatly reducing the risk of the media sticking together. Because of this, the likelihood of creating bad burns or damaging the drives or printer due to sticky media is virtually null. So, if you want top quality white thermal recordable media in any format, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, at great pricing, then Vinpower’s line or Optodisc manufactured recordable media is the perfect solution for you.

For more details about the Optodisc line of media, visit www.Optodisc.com or www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

The new Optiarc 5290S PLUS drive offers the unique DVD+R DL OVERBURN feature that was so popular with the Optiarc 5280S-CB series

5290S PLUS overburn

Vinpower originally patented the unique DVD+R DL overburn feature a few years ago, at which point we worked with the Sony Optiarc team to implement that feature in the market leading Sony Optiarc 5280S-CB model. That feature became a big seller globally and created a huge demand. Eventually that model became End Of Life (EOL) and we thought the special DVD+R DL overburn feature would be a thing of the past. Fortunately, through Vinpower’s hard work and collaboration, we were able to bring back the Optiarc drive with the 5290S series and reintroduce the incredible DVD+R DL overburn feature on the PLUS model. So if you use DVD+R DL discs and discover that you have issues recording content because it’s slightly over the 8.5GB capacity limit, the Optiarc 5290S PLUS drives provides the ability to add up to 200MB* more recording capacity to overcome those frustrating limitations.

If you’re not familiar with what the DVD+R DL overburn feature is or how it can be useful for you, check out this link from a video we created for the original Sony Optiarc 5280S-CB drive previously and it will give you all the details you need to know and why it would be very useful for you or your business:


For more details about the Optiarc 5290S PLUS DVD writer drive or any of the wide range of Vinpower products, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.comor contact a Vinpower representative today.

*DVD+R DL Overburn only available with DVD+R DL media that supports 8.7GB burning capacity. For a list of supported media, contact Vinpower Digital.

Vinpower Digital would like to thank everyone that visited our exhibit at the Computex trade show

computex 2017 booth

Vinpower Digital exhibited at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan and we were thoroughly appreciative of everyone that visited our booth. Vinpower exhibited numerous new and upcoming product lines and received a very positive reception from those that visited with us. Items of particular interests were the new line of Optical Disc Drives from Optiarc, Plexdisc, and Piodata; USB Duplicators (offering the ability to create and duplicate ROM type files, hidden partitions, password protection, with external log files of the operation through a PC); USB pen drives including a new offering in our Apple iPhone/iPad extended memory with the iXflash series; and many other offerings including our increasingly popular OPTODISC line of recordable media.

For those who unfortunately could not visit us at Computex, you are always welcome to contact us directly at one of our branch offices in the USA, Taiwan, China, or Europe. We thank all of our loyal and happy customers, partners, and friends and look forward to continued advancements and success throughout this year and beyond!
For more details about Vinpower and our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com