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This is awesome! Fujitsu are certainly pushing the boundaries with their new LifeBook N6420 notebook, giving it dual 200GB hard drives, 17" WS, HD DVD drive, and Intel Core 2 Duo goodness.
Sydney, Australia February 14 2007 - Fujitsu PC Australia today introduces the LifeBook N6420 targeted for serious entertainment, gaming and power users. The LifeBook N6420 delivers the ultimate experience on a 17-inch Colour Enhanced Crystal View Display. It features the new Fujitsu Visual Optimizer, a special image processing subsystem that amplifies video from any source for unsurpassed sharpness and offers genuine colour realisation for perfect color matches. To realise absolute entertainment, turn up the volume and hear the amazing juxtaposition of sounds emerge from two impressive internal speakers and a powerful subwoofer.
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The folks at Sharkoon in Germany have just come out with a new product which allows you to connect up most recent IDE or SATA hard drives directly to your system via USB and nifty adapter.
I've personally had use such devices many times before when needing to move data from a desktop hard drive to my notebook.
Sharkoon is presenting a simple solution for users who need quick access to the data on their de-installed hard drives, or who want to be able to alternate easily between several data mediums. The Sharkoon DriveLink lets users connect hard drives of all current formats directly to a PC or notebook without the trouble of having to first install them in an external HDD case. The external hard drive adapter offers an interface for both IDE and SATA drives in sizes 2.5", 3.5", and 5.25", and connects simply to a USB port to allow data access. The hard drive connected to the DriveLink is supplied with power by the included power adapter.
The Sharkoon DriveLink doesn't just provide a time-saving way to read out data, but also offers a convenient back-up function. Data can be saved and synchronized with the push of a button, and the back-up settings can be entered beforehand using the included software. So that the externally operated hard drive isn't left completely unprotected and users don't have to worry about accidentally damaging sensitive components, Sharkoon also delivers two sturdy silicon frames for 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives. The drives can simply be inserted into the handy cover, where they are securely protected against shocks and vibrations and easier to handle.
Under MS Windows ME/2000/XP the DriveLink functions with Plug&Play. Drivers for Windows 98SE are included in delivery.
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I had a feeling this was the case. Rumour spread quickly not long ago in relation to Plextor having decided to stop production of what they do best, optical storage. However as per this article over at the DailyTech today, they've confirmed it not to be true.
I'm sure many of you would be glad to hear this, given their solid reputation and quality of their drives.
Plextor LLC today announced it would not exit the optical drive market despite earlier confusion with a press release issued by its parent company, Shinano Kenshi. While Shinano Kenshi announced a new corporate reorganization plan, Plextor optical drives will continually be available in North and South American markets.
Toru Nakazawa, president of Plextor LLC's USA operations stated, "This announcement by Shinano Kenshi will have no material affect on the operations of Plextor LLC, as we already completed a corporate reorganization in North and South America last year. Our business will continue as usual."
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This caught my eye over at Toms Hardware on the weekend; Hard disk manufacturer "Fujitsu" are claming that they've been working on a new form of technology which will allow them to reach HDD capacities of 5TB (5,000GB) or more on desktop models, and 1.5TB on notebook drives.
After rumour having surfaced recently from Seagate which indicated that they'd be reaching capacities of 300TB by 2010 (and it turning out to be a load of hogwash), this may well be more of the same, though at least its a somewhat more realistic goal to be reached.
Sunnyvale (CA) - Fujitsu claims that it has developed a key technology that would allow the company to quintuple today's highest commercial storage densities in hard disk media. If researchers will be able to transfer the technology into commercial products, we could see 5 TB desktop drives and 1.5 TB notebook drives in the not too distant future.
Fujitsu's news describes a one of first details and outlooks provided by one of the leading hard drive manufacturers about its patterned media technology research. So far largely limited to paper publications and simulation programs, Fujitsu claims that it was able to build a patterned media device with a one-dimensional array nanohole pattern with a track width of only 25 nm.
First shown off at CES recently, A-DATA have broken new ground in solid-state storage, having presented a huge 128GB 2.5" Solid State (flash-based) hard drive!
PQI recently launched a 64GB SSD offering which was enough to earn the company much praise, but for A-DATA to DOUBLE it soon after is a real kick in the chin. It's great to see solid state storage technology starting to move forward at a faster rate these days. Bring it on!
A-DATA is one out of many manufacturers at CES that displayed products using flash memory for storage. Flash-based harddrives, or so called Solid State Drives, is something we've been covering a lot recently and the interest for a mechanical harddrive is constantly growing. During CES A-DATA has presented its latest creations on the SSD market and among others you could find a 2.5" model with a 128GB storage capacity. In other words, four times the capacity of Samsung's and SanDisk's harddrives and twice that of PQI's recently launched SSD unit. The 2.5" model use the regular SATA-II interface and it is counting on starting the mass production during the first or second quarter of 2007.
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Seagate have just announced a new 2.5" 15K-rpm enterprise class hard drive as a member of their Savvio lineup, which they claim to be the fastest in the world to date. Apparently the "Savvio 15K" has a seek time of only 2.9ms and is said to be around 10% faster then typical 3.5" sized 15K-RPM drives.
However, even with perpendicular recording methods, they've only managed to squeeze a maximum of 73GB into this drive (with an optional 36GB model also available), not that capacity is all that important when one opts for a drive in this class.
Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be "the world's fastest hard drive" - the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).
"Seagate is committed to delivering solutions that will meet the needs of today's demanding IT environment, and no product demonstrates this better than the Savvio 15K drive," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business. "The development of the 2.5-inch Enterprise form factor represented a new way of thinking. Now, with the added number of performance and capacity choices offered, many of the leading enterprise system makers are transitioning from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch form factor enterprise solutions."
PQI have pushed the boundaries of solid-state storage capacity to new levels, having just unveiled a 64GB Serial-ATA solid-state drive. Apparently there's talk of them releasing one with twice the capacity (128GB) later on this year as well, that also being 2.5" in physical size.
More details over at The Dailytech.
While companies like Samsung , SanDisk and RiTek have been touting their 32GB Flash SSDs which feature Parallel ATA (PATA) interfaces, PQI has upstaged the companies by (re)announcing a 64GB Flash SSDs with both PATA and Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces.
We first saw PQI's 64GB Flash SSDs at Computex in June. At the time, PQI said that the drives would be shipping in August. Well, August came and went and not a peep was heard from PQI.
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As a member of their "My Book Pro" external storage lineup, Western Digital have just added a huge 1 Terabyte model to the list, this based around a couple of 500GB drives using RAID technology with the ability to switch between RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations.
Sydney, Australia. - January 8, 2006 - With consumers increasingly relying on their computers to safe keep their financially and emotionally valuable digital libraries of photos, videos and music, as well as business documents, Western Digital announced that its newest My Book storage system provides users a safe place to secure up to one terabyte (1 TB) of digital content. Available now, the My Book Pro Edition II system uses RAID technology to instantaneously duplicate user data for extra protection or to accelerate the delivery of data to users.
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A mob by the name of "STARDOM" have recently unveiled their SE1000/SE1100 SATA to SATA encryption storage boxes, these using DES (Data Encryption Standard) hardware encryption which doesnt affect system performance. Its host interface allows for SATA, Firewire 800, and USB 2.0 connectivity.
SE1000/SE1100 Data Encryption Series are using DES (Data Encryption Standard) hardware encryption technology with an encryption key which can't not only affect your system performance but also provide an encryption storage solution for HDD protection and supports the SATA /Firewire 800 / USB 2.0 host interface. Once your data encrypted, nobody could read the confidential data without the encryption key even though your HDD lost or dropped due to failed!
With the software-less and encryption key design, the SE1000/SE1100 data encryption series not only to provide the highly data security but considers the convenience of operation for you and no need to worry about the risk of data lost. If you use the internal encryption storage box as a boot disk, the boot disk will be encrypted before booting. Thus can ensure data security since your computer booting!
News is quickly spreading that Seagate are planning to reach the 1TB barrier on a desktop hdd within the next 6 months, this by means of perpendicular recording technology of course. Trust Seagate to be the first to do it.
More info via the Dailytech folks.
Seagate Technology has just released information to DailyTech with regard to the company's upcoming highest capacity hard disk drive to date. At 1TB, if no other hard disk drive manufacturer can catch up, Seagate will have the highest capacity hard drive product to market first.
The 1TB hard disk drive will be based on perpendicular recording technology which packs bits tighter onto the magnetic platter by positioning them perpendicular to the platter as opposed to linear recording which positions bits horizontally. The perpendicular recording technology, which has been in use by Seagate and its platter supplier for over a year now, will be put to the test as Seagate states the 1TB product will implement fewer platters and heads to improve the performance of the drive.
As the world of flash-based storage continues to grow, SanDisk have just unveiled a 1.8" based solid-state drive which offers 32GB of capacity with sustained data read speeds of 62MB/s!
The Dailytech have all the info on it folks.
DailyTech reported yesterday that Samsung developed a new 50 nanometer 16Gb NAND flash memory chips that provide 100% faster read speeds and 150% faster write speeds. The announcement sparked a lot of interest from consumers looking for larger and faster offerings than Samsung's current 32GB Flash SSD drive.
SanDisk today entered the SSD fray with a 32GB drive of its own. The 1.8" SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 drive uses patented TrueFFS flash management technology and has a 2 million hour MTBF. The drive has no moving parts, so it is completely silent and weighs less than traditional 1.8" mobile hard drives. The drive also consumes 0.4W of power when active, versus 1.0W for a traditional mobile hard drive.
An announcement from ACARD Technology earlier today has it that they've just released the supposed world's first 3GB/sec SATA to IDE Bridge Chip (ARC-772).
Get the full rundown on it here folks.
"ACARD's ARC-772 is at the forefront of SATA-to-PATA technology and we are proud of having the ability to help companies speed up the IDE interface" said Daniel Weng, the CEO at ACARD. In fact, the ARC-772 supports maximum transfer rate of 200MB/s in Ultra DMA host mode (PATA) and 3.0Gb/s in Serial ATA mode. With such a high rate, the ARC-772 can definitely provide excellent range of applications. Furthermore, it helps the proprietary systems convert host interface to SATA or works with a SATA tray to perform hot-swap function with the PATA hard drive.
Fujitsu are set to break new ground in the storage industry come the first quarter of next yr with the world's first 2.5" hard drives with huge capacities of 250GB and 300GB in size, this of course only achieveable by means of perendicular recording technology.
For more info on them, head over to TGDaily.
Sunnyvale (CA) - If you considered the impact of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) on hard drives, as rather negligible so Fujitsu's announcement this morning may change your opinion: The company said it will begin shipping monstrous 250 GB and 300 GB notebook hard drives in the first quarter of 2007.
PMR has been around for more than a year, but the actual products resulting from this technology can easily be considered to lag behind initial projections of the major hard drive manufacturers. Perhaps with the exception of Seagate's 750 GB 3.5" drive, capacities have not been expanded as quickly as some may have thought and it appears that the leading hard drive developers are waiting for the others to catch up, before new models will be rolled out.