Few are aware of this fact, but Apacer has been the world’s top SSD supplier for the past three years. This year at Computex 2015, the Taiwanese giant is ensuring it maintains that level of excellence with its latest storage solutions, including an SSD equipped with NFC as well as the implementation of the new USB Type-C standard on its thumb drives.
The new Apacer NFC SSD, like its name suggests, is equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC), which is designed to increase the security and data protection mechanisms of the SSD. With a companion app for smartphones, tapping the NFC SSD will “unlock” the SSD’s content for use on a computer, while also instantly triggering three CoreSecurity instructions available on the smartphone app: CoreEraser, CoreDestroyer and CoreProtector. These are all embedded in the SSD, which is designed for high-level and industry clients that demand as much additional layers of data protection as possible.
When connected, the app also allows users to access the Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T., which can be used as a first line of defense. On top of that, the NFC SSD is also equipped with the exclusive CoreAnalyzer firmware, which records actual scenarios of SSD operations and analyses user behaviour, workload and data structure. This allows Apacer to offer the best customised storage solutions to industrial clients.
For consumers, Apacer is also quickly adapting to new standards. With the big announcement that Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 will integrate the USB Type-C connector, Apacer has already equipped a few new products tailored for the future. They are the AH-180 and AH-185 dual Drive USB Type-C thumb drives, which adopt both USB 3.0 and USB Type-C connectors, offering fantastic performance on the lightning fast USB Type-C speeds as well as the backwards compatible USB 3.0 connector. These are immediately usable on the new Apple MacBook and any future smartphone, tablet or even laptop that feature this connector.
Finally, another thumbdrive that really caught our eye was the AH650 Fingerprint Flash Drive. As its name suggests, its body also houses a fingerprint sensor. And, just like those on the new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S6, the sensor is capable of 360-degree identification – with just a single tap in any orientation, the thumbdrive is unlocked and ready for use. The AH650 works the same way as a user unlocks a smartphone before using it – only this time, it is used to access files and data stored on the thumbdrive. Apacer also states that the sensor cannot currently be used to encrypt the data stored inside.
Should the user not be able to access his or her files from the thumbdrive in the event that the sensor is not able to sucessfully recognise the user’s fingerprints, Apacer also offers a tool to extract data from the thumbdrive – though how exactly Apacer will distribute the tool was not revealed.