As with all rumors, we remind you to take the following with a grain of salt:
“We haven't able to confirm this, but we've heard it now from a couple of people: Hitachi, the Japanese conglomerate, is talking to Toshiba and Fujitsu about forming a new company dedicated to hard drives and storage systems.
The new company would combine the limping hard drive divisions of Hitachi and Toshiba as well as some of the storage systems technology from Fujitsu. Each would own a third.”
This could prove quite interesting as each company brings their own distinct technologies to the party. Imagine making hybrid drives with Hitachi's existing 7200 rpm drives, which are usually at or near the top of the charts, throw in Toshiba's NAND and a touch of Fujitsu's quiet motor design. Of course there are probably trade-offs with Fujitsu's motor and Hitachi's raw speed, but we still think that every company here could bring something to the table in terms of technologies and resources.
We'll be sure to keep an eye on this rumor, and update you as soon as we can confirm or deny it.