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Hitachi have just started production on a new family of 2.5" mobile hard drives, dubbed the Travelstar 5K160 series. Storage options available are 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB, with the larger sizes made possible due to the drives being based on perpendicular recording technology.
For further information, the official press release can be located here folks.
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 15, 2006 - With concerted and meticulous effort to develop, test and bring to market new perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology that would stand up to or exceed the reliability expectations of current longitudinal recording technology, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) has achieved its goal by shipping today the most reliable and technically-advanced* 2.5-inch hard drive in the Travelstar 5K160. The 160-gigabyte (GB) Travelstar 5K160 is a 5400 RPM 2.5-inch hard drive designed for notebook and mobile computing.
In two seperate announcements from Transcend, they first unveil their new range of 80X Ultra-Performance miniSD cards, ideally suited to certain high-spec multimedia cell phones. The range is made up of cards beginning in a 256MB capacity, right up to 2GB (the largest capacity miniSD cards produced to date).
Another cool thing about these is that Transcend provide an adapter which allows them to be slotted into standard sized SD card slots.
The press material can be located here.
Transcend Information, Inc. releases 2GB high capacity mini SecureDigital (miniSD) flash memory card. In order to meet the requirements of new high-spec cell phones such as the Nokia 6270, and 6280, the 80X Ultra-Performance high-speed miniSD cards (256MB~2GB) joins the ranks of the highest capacity miniSDTM cards in the world.
Transcend miniSD cards have all the features and performance of standard SD cards, but are less than half the size. This makes miniSD cards ideal for the next generation of multimedia cell phones and mobile devices, which are incorporating miniSD card slots into their design. To ensure compatibility with SD devices, Transcend provides an adapter, which converts a miniSD card for use in SD card slots. The adapter works by placing the smaller memory card into its respective case and treating the card plus adapter as an SD card.
Transcend have also just fired up their JetFlash V20 series USB flash drives, with storage capacities ranging from 512MB through to a whopping 4GB. More on these here folks.
Transcend Information, Inc. today introduced the JetFlash V20 USB flash drive to bridge the gap between large capacity and accessibility. If you do not already own a USB flash drive, you soon will. Based on the design of Transcend's best selling JetFlash 120, the V20 features the same shapely chassis and semi-transparent colored mid-band that glows during use. The pearl-white JetFlash V20 suites any USB enabled desktop or notebook at home, work or school. Store, and transfer data in capacities ranging from 512MB (orange) for personal data, MP3s and photos, all the way up to a massive 4GB (green) for full-sized movies and applications. The accessible range is available at prices that do not spiral upwards with the number of gigabytes.
Reaching a new milestone in storage technology, Seagate have just lifted the curtain on their new 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 desktop hard disk drive. This massive amount of storage space was made possible on one drive by means of perpendicular recording technology.
For further details, you can read up on Seagate's announcement here folks.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-26 April 2006- Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's number one hard drive maker, today surged to new levels of areal density and storage capacity leadership with the introduction of the world's first desktop hard drive to hit the 750GB capacity mark. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on perpendicular recording technology to meet the growing storage capacity, performance and reliability requirements of desktop computers and low-end servers.
The new Barracuda 7200.10 family is now shipping to the worldwide distribution channel. With the introduction of these drives, Seagate now delivers perpendicular recording technology across its desktop, notebook, enterprise, consumer electronics and retail hard drives. The technology stands data bits vertically onto the disc media, rather than horizontal to the surface as with traditional longitudinal recording, to deliver new levels of hard drive data density, capacity and reliability. The new data orientation also increases drive throughput without increasing spin speed by allowing more data bits to pass under the drive head in the same amount of time.
PC cooling mob "Scythe" have just improved upon their "Silent Box" fanless HDD case, announcing the "Quiet Drive" which is not only said to run your HDD even cooler then the previous model, but with noise levels also dropped due to the quad structured casing and anti-vibration rubber mounting design.
For more info and images of the unit (aside from Scythe's comments below), check out the product page over here folks.
Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces the new and improved version of former "Silent Box", the fanless HDD case. The new version, Quiet Drive, provides the better performance than the former version in both cooling & noise reduction features.
Enclosing the HDD into quad structured case allows the HDD spinning noise to be completely shut down yet providing a sufficient cooling performance. Build-in rubber mounting mechanism eliminates the vibration transfer from HDD to PC Case. All in one solution for your Quiet PC System!
Plextor have been known to produce some of the best CD/DVD burning drives on the market for as long as they've been around, but now they expand their horizons and enter the portable hard drive market with the release of two new "shock-proof" portable 2.5" units.
Dubbed the PX-SP line, they come with a silicone casing which helps protect the drive from knocks and scratches etc. - So far there is an 80GB and 120GB offering set to hit shelves.
For further details, have a read of the official announcement on Plextor's website.
FREMONT, Calif. - April 17, 2006 - Plextor® Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the immediate availability of the PX-SP family of shock proof, portable hard disk drives (HDD). The external drives are available in two capacities - 80 GB (PX-SP08U) and 120 GB (PX-SP12U). Measuring just 3.33 x 0.74 x 5.51 inches (W/H/D) and weighing less than 8 ounces, these highly portable drive enable users to carry their data with them anywhere, anytime.
PX-SP Series come with a specially designed silicon jacket bumper that helps prevent the unit from crashing if it is accidentally dropped. Compatible with both Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® Macintosh® personal computers, the PX-SP features a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port interface for a maximum data transmission speed of 480 Mbps. Plextor's retail package comes with everything a user needs to get started, including a portable external hard drive, silicon jacket bumper, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable, and quick start guide.
Western Digital have just recently announced that they're now shipping their latest RE2 (RAID edition) 500GB SATA drives which sport 16MB cache, NCQ, and a 3.0Gb/sec transfer rate.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apr. 4, 2006 - Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments. WD RE2 hard drives are designed for network attached storage, direct attached server storage and video surveillance environments that require 100 percent duty cycle and carry a 5-year limited warranty.
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Following suit with other leading HDD manufacturers, Western Digital have today announced the release of their 500GB S-ATA hard drive with 16MB cache and native command queuing (NCQ).
Head over to WD's website for the full scoop.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 26, 2006 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar® SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic design, digital video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300 MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).
"The WD Caviar family of hard drives delivers the reliability and performance that customers expect from WD," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop storage. "The extreme capacity and high performance of this drive address a variety of demanding applications and expand WD's portfolio of storage products. From 6 to 500 GB, WD offers a diverse range of hard drives to meet our customers' wide-ranging storage needs."
Today marks the official launch of the first member to Seagate's new "Momentus" series of 2.5" notebook hard drives, a whopping 160GB model operating at 5400.3RPM.
How'd they manage to give a 2.5" HDD so much storage capacity? Magic! - Well, not quite magic, but this new "perpendicular recording" technology which has only just surfaced in the hard drive world recently has to be the next best thing, allowing for a more efficient and condensed way to store information on the platters, which means larger hard drives for us!
Seagate achieves the Momentus' capacity breakthrough by using a method of recording bits called perpendicular recording. Traditionally, data is recorded onto a hard drive's platter by arranging magnetic bits horizontally -- or parallel -- to the surface of the platter. This method has been successful for quite some time, giving us desktop capacities that range from 400GB to 500GB on standard 3.5" hard drives. However, at those capacities, data integrity becomes an issue.