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Though Hitachi prefer not to make this common knowledge just yet, they have hinted in a Press Event RSVP banner that "1.5 is coming", which one would quickly assume is relating to singular HDD capacity.
Cheers to RWLabs for the heads-up. Bring it on Hitachi!
Though still quite a ways from becoming mainstream, the solid state storage market is continuously growing with full lineups now available from a multitude of storage manufacturers.
Adding to the list today is Super Talent with the expansion of their existing SSD lineup, they've announced a new line of 1.8" Parallel ATA based drives which are ideally suited to handheld computing devices and the like. One of the major highlights of this new lineup is the inclusion of a ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector to allow for its more compact design and easier integration.
Capacity wise, the new ZIF equipped range begin at 4GB then move up to 8, 16, 32 and 64GB in size. Tolerence wise, these drives can really take some abuse as they are rated to handle extreme temperature ranges from -40C through to 85C.
For further information, you can grab Super Talent's official PR here folks.
San Jose, California - December 11, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of Parallel ATA (PATA) 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that use a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector.
This new line of SSDs is offered in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. All these capacities are packaged in an industry standard form factor that is compatible with 1.8-inch ZIF hard drives.
Sharkoon has just announced a new hard drive accessory they call the SATA QuickPort. This device is effectively a USB docking station which works by simply sliding a SATA based HDD into the dock to gain instant access to the drive via USB2.0 connectivity to the PC. What's also particularly handy is that it'll support both 3.5" and 2.5" sized drives.
Compared to your typical external caddy, this is a much MUCH easier solution if you're regularly plugging in different HDDs to your system for temporary access.
Sharkoon mention in the press release that the SATA QuickPort should be available in stores anytime now at a cost of just 25 euros (around $37 US).
Sharkoon presents a new hard drive accessory, the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort, which provides a direct connection to uninstalled SATA HDDs and makes pre-installation in an external housing unnecessary. The desktop docking station connects via USB 2.0, and allows hard drives to be quickly inserted into a slot in the docking station. A release button removes the drive from the docking station when no longer needed.
Super Talent have just introduced a new lineup of Solid State Drives which can handle extreme temperature ranges from as a low as -40C right up to 85C, making them more suited to an industrial environment over typical hard drives due to their high tolerance.
The new I-Temp SSDs come in 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5" physical sizes, and are available with both SATA and IDE interfaces.
"Many of our current SSD customers are using them in industrial or military environments where they are exposed to harsh environmental conditions, so our I-Temp SSDs are made to endure extreme temperatures where commercial storage products will fail", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James.
These SSDs are designed and manufactured in Super Talent's San Jose, California headquarters, and are backed with a three year warranty. Super Talent sells its SSDs directly to OEM customers worldwide. OEM pricing on SS28A5C25I, 128GB 2.5-inch I-temp SATA SSD, is under $4000.
Storage specialist Thecus have just introduced their latest "N299" NAS (Network Attached Storage) device which is aimed at being more of an affordable NAS solution for the home network.
The N299 looks to sport many of the features found in Thecus' premium offerings. It can house two 3.5" SATA based HDDs which enables up to 2TB of storage space. RAID 0, 1 or JBOD configurations can be chosen for multiple HDD operation and there are two Gigabit ethernet ports available for fast network interaction.
A compatible wireless USB dongle is also said to work with the N299 making it easy to connect up to your wireless router from anywhere in the house.
For further details on these features and many more, grab the official PR here folks.
11/26/2007 - Movies, music, and photos. Users nowadays not only want to store and protect them, but have a way to share them quickly and easily. One of the best ways to do this is with a network-attached storage unit, or NAS - a device which allows users to store and share files across an entire network. Since the beginning, storage leader Thecus Technology has been developing digital storage solutions for users of all types. Today, Thecus is pleased to introduce a NAS device that brings this exciting technology to the mainstream - the N299. Friendly and feature-packed, the N299 represents Thecus' most affordable NAS entry ever.
Hitachi have announced a new series of hard drives today which are designed primarily to be used in devices such as digital video recorders and set-top boxes, this due to their low power. quiet acoustics and high reliability.
The new CinemaStar series include 3.5" drives in capacities of up to 500GB as well as 2.5" drives as big as 250GB.
For the full rundown on them grab Hitachi's official PR here.
HONG KONG - Nov. 8, 2007 - Debuting today, the newest members of Hitachi GST's CinemaStar cast of hard drives are ready for their close-up. Hitachi is offering multiple form factors to address a wide variety of needs in the growing consumer electronics market. A 3.5-inch drive with capacities up to 500GB provides industry-best power utilization and performance, while the more compact 2.5-inch drive is well-suited for use in sleek set-top boxes and portable digital video devices. Both drives are based on a Hitachi design crafted especially for the unique demands of recording and playback of audio/video content.
Word from Super Talent today has it they've finished development of their new PICO USB Flash Drive family which are now being mass-produced.
The interesting thing about these particular flash drives is that because they use COB (chip-on-board) technology they are able to fit a lot more flash storage into a much smaller/slimmer casing. Capacities in the family range from 1GB to 4GB with dimensions of just 38.7mm x 12.4mm x 3.9mm, weighing less than 5 grams.
As well as being very small, they are also rather attractive with their polished chrome exterior and come with either a swivel lid design or as a retractable slide-open drive.
Approximate pricing on the 2GB and 4GB models is said to be in the vicinity of $25 and $45 respectively.
"We designed PICO USB drives to be small, stylish and smart looking", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James. "PICO drives bring new levels of smallness and elegance to USB storage, making these drives more like a fashion accessory than a computer peripheral", added Mr. James.
Transcend have just added yet another flash drive to their JetFlash series, this new one in the form of a "Classic" keychain design suited to be attached to your keys/wallet/purse.
The V90C uses a distinctive metallic swirl pattern which appears to move when light catches it at different angles. It comes with a 4GB storage capacity and measures just 33.8mm (w) x 13.1mm (l) by 4.5mm (h) and comes shipped with Transcend's JetFlash elite software tools.
For further information on it check out the press release.
Transcend, a worldwide leader in Flash memory devices, proudly announced the arrival of its latest trendy USB flash drive, the fashionable JetFlash? V90 "Classic" keychain USB flash drive. A perfect addition to any set of keys, wallet or purse, the V90C features a distinctive metallic swirl pattern that appears to move when light catches it at different angles. Although delicate in appearance, this miniature flash drive's shiny metal casing offers solid protection for your valuable data hiding inside.
A new lineup of Deskstar HDDs have been announced by Hitachi this week which boast considerably lower power consumption and better overall efficiency over regular desktop drives with their variable spindle speed technology.
The Deskstar P7K500 line comprises drives in 250GB, 320GB, 400GB and 500GB capacities and Hitachi plan to start mass-shipping them before the year's out.
For full details head over to the Dailytech.
It's rare to find hard disk drive manufacturers focusing on anything other than increasing the speed and capacity of its products because those are the two features consumers look for in hard disk drive products. Hitachi has taken another approach to improving its hard drives by developing drives with reduced power consumption; specifically up to a 40 percent decrease in consumption.
Now this is pure simplicity at its best. If you find yourself swapping and changing SATA hdds on a regular basis (bravo for hot swapping) but don't like the inconvenience of having your side panel off and the juggling of cables or spending up to 5 minutes changing physical drives inside your external caddy, this new "SATA HDD Stage Rack" spotted over at Akihabara News is sure to impress.
When you look at how functional, simple and useful this device is, it's easy to wonder why we haven't seen anything like it until now.
To get a basic idea of how it works check out the video posted below :-
My only gripe with it is that there appears to be no eSATA connectivity. Let's hope we'll see see this added to a newer version in the not too distant future.
Have you ever desired to easily plug a 3.5 or 2.5" HDD to your computer like this without the needs to dismount or open anything? Well I have may found the solution for you thanks to the SATA HDD STAGE RACK.
Simply put, let's imagine that you have an USB docking station plugged to your PC and that whenever you feel the need to use a SATA HDD, you just have to plug it to this docking station as simply as you were plugging your iPOD or PDA to your computer