Fujitsu have just leveled up with Hitachi in terms of the world's largest 2.5" hard drive to hit the market. The new series of MHZ2 BT 2.5" hard disk drives come in a capacity of up to 500GB. Unfortunately as is the case with Hitachi's recently announced 500GB 2.5" drive, this one also appears to rely on three platters which makes its physical height a few mm higher than standard 2.5" drives; thus making it impossible to fit into some notebook chassis'.
The drives specs include a 4,200RPM spindle speed, 8MB buffer, 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, 12ms read seek time, 21dB noise out and a power consumption of 0.5W at idle/1.8W when reading or writing.
Fujitsu have said that they plan to roll out the MHZ2 BT series of drives into the market at the end of May.
For further details, head over to Fujitsu's website.
Tokyo, February 25, 2008 - Fujitsu Limited today announced the release of its new series of MHZ2 BT 2.5" hard disk drives with world-class capacity of up to 500 GB(1). Sales of the new series will begin at the end of May 2008.
The new series responds to the growing need for hard drives in the 2.5" form factor that can handle high-volume storage for such products as digital video recorders and external hard drives.
The MHZ2 BT series requires only 1.8 W of power for read and write operations, ranking it among the most power-efficient drives in its class. The series is one of many new products announced as part of Fujitsu's Green Policy Innovation program, unveiled in December 2007 to promote energy-efficient products and services as a way to help customers lower their ecological footprint.
South Korean SSD storage maker MTRON has just introduced a new PATA ZIF-type solid state disk into the market for notebooks. The drive is quite large for an SSD at 128GB whilst physically being confined to just 1.8" in size.
Full details on it can be sourced within the official PR here.
SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mtronstorage Technology Co.,Ltd (KOSDAQ 046320), a global manufacturer of Solid State Drive (SSD) products in South Korea, announced today that they have completed the development of a new 1.8 Inch ZIF-type SSD for laptop PC and will begin the production in April.
Mtron has previously launched 2.5 Inch 32GB SSD and Multi Level Cell (MLC) SSD in 2007, and Mtron believes that the addition of the new product will help them to take the next step in mobile SSD market.
SanDisk just recently announced the world's first 32GB SDHC memory card which has a Class 4 speed rating. Now Panasonic have joined them at the top of the pile with another 32GB SDHC card hitting the market, however this one is actually a Class 6 card which is capable of a transfer speed of around 20 MB/s.
As always though, when you want the best of the best, you pay ever so dearly for it. This card is said to carry with it a price tag just shy of $700.
More details at CNNMoney.
Considered as "ideal" for AVCHD High Definition video recording, the 32GB card can hold up to 12 hours of 1440 x 1080i video or 4 hours of 1920 x 1080i content. It will also come equipped with a new labeling feature, which allows users to write titles or comments directly onto labels on the front and back of the card. This beefy Class 6 32GB SDHC card will become available in April and will cost $699.
NAS specialist QNAP has just announced its latest "TS-409 Pro Turbo" NAS device; a 4-bay hot-swappable, online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration network storage solution targetted for SoHo and small to medium businesses.
Sydney, Australia, January 31 2008 - The leading storage solution provider QNAP Systems, Inc. today unveils the new generation 4-bay, hot-swappable network-attached storage-TS-409 Pro Turbo NAS for business users. With high performance, enhanced reliability and expansibility, TS-409 Pro outstands other entry-level models by its powerful features including Hot-swappable HDD design, RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+spare disk redundancy, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, and abundant backup and security functions. The HDD S.M.A.R.T. and complete log systems are supported to minimize the deployment cost and maintenance effort.
Thecus are reknowned for their extensive range of NAS products and they've just announced today that they'd added two new features to several products in their lineup through the means of firmware and software updates.
These two new product features include Stacked NAS and IP Cam functionality. You can learn more about both of these within the official PR here folks.
01/28/2008 - Since the beginning, Thecus has prided itself on showing total commitment to the customer. One of the ways is through frequent firmware and software updates which enhance or extend the functionality of Thecus products. Through constant improvement, Thecus users can enjoy both added performance and features at no extra charge, ensuring that Thecus NAS devices are the best performing, most feature-rich on the market. Today, Thecus is proud to announce that it is adding Stacked NAS and IP Cam functionality to several of its existing NAS models.
Transcend have issued out an announcement today which highlights their presence in the 2.5" solid state storage market with a host of products in capacities of up to 32GB. These products include notebook sized 2.5" SATA and IDE based SSDs as well as ExpressCard™/34 format SSDs.
You can learn more about their full lineup in the press release here folks.
With the ever-increasing popularity of low-priced compact notebooks and lightweight portable devices, the demand for solid-state disks (SSD) is greater than ever. Transcend is poised at the forefront of this new solid-state revolution, offering a full range of SSD products. Compared to traditional hard drives, SSDs are made of solid-state NAND flash memory with no moving parts, and are therefore not susceptible to mechanical failure resulting from vibration, sudden impact or power loss, heat, and other common factors that often cause irrecoverable data loss in portable devices that use regular hard drives.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has today announced its new "Power Over eSATA" initiative. This new specification provides a solid steady form of power to eSATA devices without the need for a seperate power cord to the system which has been required by the majority of standard eSATA devices to date.
If only they could have done it right the first time and made this a standard to begin with; but as they say, better late than never.
Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology, today announced its Power Over eSATA initiative. SATA-IO has begun work on a new specification that will provide power to external SATA (eSATA) devices without the need for a separate power connection. Led by the organization?s Cable and Connector group, the specification is targeted for completion in the second half of 2008.
Today, eSATA devices require an external power adapter to supply the necessary voltage for operation. The new SATA-IO specification will eliminate this requirement by providing power for a single drive directly from the host system using the Power Over eSATA cable. Key benefits will be to maintain compatibility with the existing eSATA connector form factor and retain high Performance at the current maximum interface transfer rate of 3Gb/s (gigabits per second). External SATA offers the only 3Gb/s bus optimized for storage performance.
Hitachi have pushed the barrier of mechanical notebook storage today with the introduction of the world's first 500GB 2.5" HDD, this raising the capacity limit by a whopping 180GB over previous drives.
Dubbed the Travelstar 5K500, this HDD operates at 5400RPM with a seek time of 12ms. Hitachi were able to squeeze 500GB into the drive by using three platters with a 260Gb/in² areal density.
There is a downside however; the drive's thickness has been increased from the standard 9.5mm to 12.5mm to fit all three platters inside the casing, this making the unit too large to fit inside the majority of notebooks currently on the market, not to mention external enclosures too.
As a result of the above, Hitachi are aiming the drive more so at PC makers who may choose to make more space available for it in next-gen systems. On that note, ASUS were quick to respond in announcing that they plan to design the world's first One Terabyte Notebook by allowing for enough space inside to carry two of these new Hitachi drives. You can read the full PR about this here.
The official announcement on the new 500GB TravelStar can be found here folks.
On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, at a time when most of the technology world is asking "what's the next big thing?", Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has answered that question quite literally by introducing the world's highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive. Setting a new industry benchmark for capacity, the half-terabyte (500GB) Travelstar 5K500 is poised to usher in a new era of "slim" desktops, full-featured notebooks, gaming consoles and other advanced applications for consumers on-the-go.
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…
Hitachi have made an announcement today which states they're aiming to quadruple the current storage capacity limits of mechanical hardrives by 2011, with the technology they plan to use being implemented in mass-produced drives by sometime during 2009. They expect once refined, this new technology of theirs will allow for singular drives to sport capacities of up to a whopping 4TB.
For information about their new technology, check out the press release here folks.
TOKYO, Oct. 15, 2007 - Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced today they have developed the world's smallest read-head technology for hard disk drives, which is expected to quadruple current storage capacity limits to four terabytes (TB) on a desktop hard drive and one TB on a notebook hard drive.
Researchers at Hitachi have successfully reduced existing recording heads by more than a factor of two to achieve new heads in the 30-50 nanometer (nm) range, which is up to 2,000 times smaller than the width of an average human hair (approx. 70-100 microns). Called current perpendicular-to-the-plane giant magnetoresistive1 (CPP-GMR) heads, Hitachi's new technology is expected to be implemented in shipping products in 2009 and reach its full potential in 2011.
Hitachi will present these achievements at the 8th Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference (PMRC 2007) to be held October 15-17, 2007 at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.
This week has seen a couple of new entries into the solid state storage market already, and now Team Group have also dished up an announcement supporting the release of their new 2.5" mobile sized solid state storage family, these available in capacities of 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GB with a 256GB model to show up in the not too distant future.
Team Group Inc is announcing the 2.5" Solid State Disk (SSD), the break-through product promising faster booting time, low power consumption, zero noise, shock resistance and light weight. It will take over the conventional hard drive due to its better mechanism structure.
The SSD is a revolutionary application of NAND flash memory. When compared with current mechanical hard drives, the SSD has the advantages of reducing risk of data loss from external shocks by eliminating the actuator arm, magnetic head and spindle motor. Moreover, the SSD uses the random access mechanism which is superior to the semi-progressive, semi-random access of hard drives.
Following RiData's release of a 32GB solid state hard disk yesterday, Transcend have also just entered a mobile based (2.5") 32GB SSD into the market, this topping their existing lineup of 8 and 16GB models.
For full details on it you can read up on Transcend's announcement here.
Transcend is very pleased to announce the arrival of its 32GB 2.5" SATA Solid State Disk (SSD). This new drive comes in a standard 2.5-inch size and has an SATA interface which means it can be used in most notebook computers and mainstream PCs just like a regular hard drive. Add to that a tough metal outer case, instant access speeds, large capacity, high reliability, low power consumption and anti-shock features, making it clear that Transcend's SSDs are the ideal drop-in replacements for conventional Hard Disk Drives.