Seagate’s CES All About Mobile, Hybrid Storage, and Speed

Just about every company represented at CES has a theme or two it’s focusing on at the show, and for Seagate, this year the spotlight is on mobile storage technologies, hybrid storage, and of course, speed.

Seagate is showing off its update to the GoFlex Satellite drive, a battery-powered, mobile storage solution that streams media to a tablet, and it’s also showcasing a 4G LTE mobile wireless storage product. The result of a partnership with Verizon, the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage (we assume the name is temporary) is designed to effectively boost the storage capacity of your wireless device by making your stored media available for streaming via Verizon’s LTE network. Specifically, according to Seagate, it can:
-Expand the storage capacity of your mobile device with enough space to enjoy over 300 HD movies on an iPad or Android tablet.
-Download music, movies and photos over 4G LTE and stream it all over Wi-Fi for up to three of your mobile devices.
-Use the lightning fast Verizon 4G LTE network to connect to an endless library of entertainment while on the go while it also provides Internet connectivity for up to three Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices.

The product is designed to be portable, with a rechargeable 5-hour battery, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and compatibility with iOS and Android. It will reportedly cost $199.

Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage at work

Seagate is also proud to tout its Thunderbolt-enabled line of products. The company has a pair of such devices, the GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter and the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter. Expected to ship in this quarter, the standard version ($99) supports 2.5-inch GoFlex drives, while the Desk edition will run somewhere just under $200 and support 3.5-inch GoFlex drives.

GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter

The fruit of a partnership with Monster Digital is an upgrade kit designed to make it easier for consumers to upgrade their notebook and desktop drives to one of Seagate’s Momentus XT solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs). The Monster Digital kits will ship with 500GB ($269.99) and 750GB ($289.99) Seagate Momentus XT drives and include the requisite software, cables, and instructions (via video). They even come with the needed screwdriver.

Momentus XT

The drive themselves feature 7200RPM speed, SATA 6Gbps, and 8GB of single-level cell NAND flash. Both the drives and the Monster Digital upgrade kits sport Seagate Adaptive Memory and FAST Factor technologies, which together dynamically identify and move the most frequently-used data to faster memory and produce faster access and boot times.