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Western Digital have just launched a new family of 3.5" hard drives with ultra quiet operation being the main characteristic. These new AV series drives are aimed for use in devices like digital set-top boxes, personal video recorders, IP gateways and surveillance systems.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - April 9, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced a new family of hard drives for audio and video recording products, one of today's fastest growing digital storage markets. Drawing on its expertise as a leading supplier to major consumer electronics and surveillance manufacturers worldwide, WD has designed its new 3.5-inch WD AV hard drives with technologies that provide the increased reliability, cooler and quieter operation and low power consumption required for these demanding environments. The WD AV drives in capacities ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB are available through the company's distribution network.
If you're wanting to get some solid-state storage happening in your system but the big bucks needed turns you off? Addonics make it more appealing with their new 2.5" CompactFlash-to-IDE SSD Adapter. This nifty little device allows one to use CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards in conjunction with a standard IDE interface to provide a bootable SSD capable of running an Operating system off.
The best thing about it? Price! DailyTech report that there will be both a single-slot and dual-slot model, at a mere $25 and $30 USD respectively.
Addonics has introduced a new CompactFlash to IDE adapter that will give users a relatively cheap and simply way to add solid-state storage (SSD) to their notebook computers.
Addonics' single-slot AD44MIDECF and dual-slot AD44MIDE2CF accept CompactFlash cards and plug into a standard 2.5" IDE connector. The adapter features an LED light for drive access, supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, is bootable and supports almost any operating system imaginable.
Word from Samsung has it today that they've released a new breed of desktop hard drives dubbed the SpinPoint S166 series. The main focus with these is silence, they sport Samsung's proprietory SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Samsung believes these drives to be roughly fifteen percent quieter than other competing 80GB and 160GB models currently in the market.
For full details, have a read of the announcement here.
Seoul, Korea - April 4, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its new SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The 3.5" SpinPoint S166 hard drives are currently shipping in 80GB and 160GB capacities and will be available worldwide in April.
The new SpinPoint S Series of hard drives offer upgraded versions of Samsung's proprietary SilentSeekTM and NoiseGuardTM technologies to accelerate operational speed while reducing noise. Benchmarking tests on sound power have shown that competing hard drives (80GB and 160GB models) generate on average 2.8 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels) in idle mode and 3.2 bel in seek mode, while Samsung's S166 series generate just 2.4 bel and 2.75 bel respectively. This significant fifteen percent noise-level reduction makes the drives ideal for use in office computers, as well as in home consumer electronics such as DVR/ PVRs, or any other hard drive equipped products intended for use in a quiet environment.
Transcend are one of many companies getting aboard the quickly growing solid-state storage market, having today announced their new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. These are ExpressCard slot based solutions for notebook computers, they range from 2GB to 16GB in size.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading company in flash memory products, is pleased to announce its brand-new ExpressCard/34 SSD series. The ExpressCard/34 SSD (Solid State Disk) has a huge capacity (up to 16GB) and low power consumption, which makes it perfect for use as a mobile storage solution in notebook computers with ExpressCard slot. This type of slot is a new standard developed by PCMCIA to carry forward the benefits of 'plug-in' I/O cards to the next generation of personal computing devices.
Phwoar! If money's of little to no object and you're big on storage, Iomega have just announced their new Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive Tower which offers 2 whopping terrabytes of space via four hot-swappable SATA hard drives. The tower sports hardware-based RAID including RAID 0/0+1/5/5+ configurations, and weighs in at a hefty RRP of $1,699.95.
For more details head over to Iomega's website.
San Diego, March 29, 2007- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data storage and protection, today announced the new Iomega® Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive, a 2TB* drive powered by four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with hardware-based RAID security features, giving users a cost-effective but powerful storage solution for the large data and image files created in today's business environment.
A total solution featuring high capacity, high performance, a versatility in connections, redundant data security choices and backup software, the new Iomega Power Pro Desktop Hard Drive allows business professionals to easily expand their current storage capabilities and archive important files all in a single device.
According to ChileHardware, Seagate are gearing up to compete with WDs Raptor lineup with some 10,000rpm desktop hard drives of their own. It'll be nice to finally see a bit of competition in the market with these 10k beasts.
Last week we have a meeting with a Seagate engineer, he told us that Seagate is readying a 10.000rpm hard drive to compete directly with Western Digital Raptor hard drives, they feel that the demand for this disks for the desktop market is big enough and that also the cost of producing such a hard drive is low enough.
As solid-state storage continues to rapidly expand in the market this year, Samsung add to the list with a new 1.8" 64GB SSD which is said to offer sustained read speeds of 65MB/sec and write speeds of 45MB/sec, these performance figures up slightly from their previous 32GB SSD drive which was released late last year.
For more details on it head over to the DailyTech folks.
The battle in the solid state disk (SSD) arena continues to get fiercer as Samsung has announced a new 1.8" 64GB SSD to accompany the existing 32GB unit. The new drive offers read and write performance that has been increased 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the latter offering.
Samsung's new 64GB SSD takes advantage of SLC flash and offers read speeds of 65MB/s and write speeds of 45MB/sec. The older 32GB SSD drive introduced last year puts up numbers of 53MB/sec and 30MB/sec respectively.
Antec have announced today a new external hdd enclosure which has advanced active cooling with minimal noise. Dubbed the MX-1, this enclosure can be connected either by means of USB2 or eSATA and is of course covered by Antec's 3 year warranty.
For full details grab the press release folks.
Fremont, CA - March 27, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched MX-1 as part of its VERIS Media Components line. MX-1 is a high performance portable hard drive enclosure with advanced active cooling and ultra-quiet operation.
MX-1 is equipped to continuously operate with a blower fan that directs air from the top vents and channels it around the hard drive (HDD) for maximum cooling to prevent overheating and protect data. This improves on less advanced systems by funnelling cool air around the hard drive as opposed to customary fans that blow air without strategic paths. The channelled air keeps the hard drive up to 15 degrees Celsius cooler, improving the hard drive's stability and increasing its long-term reliability.
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Stardom Storage Solutions are in attendance at CeBIT this year and as such have forwarded on a press release to support the unveiling of their 2.5" SATA RAID 0,1 Module, the first of its kind to hit the market.
Learn all about how it works within the PR here folks.
STARDOM, a small & medium storage solution provider, is pleased to introduce the world first and smallest 2.5" SATA RAID module in March, 2007 at CeBIT exhibition, Hall 21, Stand B20. With patented and magically engineering design, the SR2760-2S-S2 -2.5" SATA RAID module not only unites RAID 1 technology and enables to accommodate 2 x 2.5"SATA hard drives, but conforms perfectly to the dimension of a standard 3.5" SATA hard drive!