Silicon Power are currently a brand dealing with memory and flash storage, but on visiting their offices as part of our Computex 2013 activities they had a couple of external hard-drives up for show with eyes set on penetrating the US market.

First up is the Armor A80 waterproof external drive, which was aptly showcased in a tank of water (above). The drive features an all-aluminum chassis, and is rated IPX7, meaning the device is rated for total immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes and users should assume a reasonable level of solid particle protection. 

Silicon Power will be advertising the portable hard-drive as water, pressure, vibration and shock proof in compliance with US MIL-STD-810F standard (freefall from 122cm on all contact points).  The drive connects via USB 3.0, and will be sold in capacities up to 1TB.

Next was the Armor A15, A more rugged version of the A80 designed for dusty regions.  The standard USB 3.0 connector is actually not appropriate for such a purpose, and the A15 uses a proprietary connector to get around this issue.

No word on pricing or release date for the US as of yet.

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  • Bull Dog - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    If the case with the green highlights is the Armor 15 than that is a standard micro USB 3.0 connector
  • Zink - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    I don't see any mention of a dust proof connector on the Silicon Power website either.
  • xaphod - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    yup. same as my nikon d800...
  • HaydenOscar - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Yeah, same as my Western Digital Passport drive which is over a year old.
  • VeraPereira - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - link

    The best prose of this devise is that it's waterproof. We use Silicon Power in our company and we are satisfied with its work because it's fast, portable and affordable.

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