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Subcontractor, located in China?  Sounds suspiciously like something to do with toys, doesn't it?  But this involves hard drives, rather than toys and lead paint.Seagate is warning that a "small number" of its Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives recently shipped with the Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah virus, malicious software that "searches for passwords for online games and sends them to a server located in China," according to a note posted on the Seagate Web site. Only drives purchased since August 2007 are affected, Seagate said.The hard drive maker is blaming an unnamed subcontractor, located in China, for the problem. Seagate said it learned about the problem from anti-virus... Read more...
Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Mass ProductionSlim, Stylish & Smart Mobile StorageSan Jose, California – November 6, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company’s new PICO series USB Flash drives have moved into mass production.Super Talent’s new PICO series USB drives are manufactured using chip-on-board (COB) technology, meaning the unpackaged Flash die is bonded directly to the printed circuit board (PCB). COB technology enables Super Talent to fit up to 4GB of Flash storage in an incredibly small and slim case. PICO-A drives measure merely 38.7mm x 12.4mm x 3.9mm, and weigh less than 5... Read more...
They don't actually say that. They have announced that "media stockpilers" can expect to find up to 4 Terabytes on a typical desktop, and 1 Terabyte on your average laptop by the end of this decade.  They're  presenting their method for cramming all those ones and zeros on a platter at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo today. They use the technology that won two European scientists the Nobel this year: Giant Magnetoresistance, updated with super small disk drive heads. Capacities of hard drives have grown as researchers have crammed more bits of data closer together while also making the heads sensitive enough to read the data. The industry looks to new technologies... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces Ultra Fast and Extremely Rugged ATV and ATV Turbo USB 2.0 Flash Drives Sunnyvale, CA—September 5, 2007 — OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. The all-new ATV and ATV Turbo are ruggedized storage solutions for professionals, students, and gamers on the go, and are built to handle whatever rough terrain you encounter. Developed to compete with the fastest flash drives in the world, the ATV Turbo features unbelievable speed for today’s busy lifestyles. “The OCZ... Read more...
They are still quite expensive, and not large enough for our tastes, but Seagate is still jumping into the flash-based hard drive market.  Their first entry will most likely be in the enterprise market, according to CEO Bill Watkins. "We are going to have a solid state drive, probably for enterprise first," Watkins said on Wednesday. Seagate's decision is a significant turning point for the storage market. The flash versus magnetic debate has been the most high-profile issue in the storage world for the past two years. Rather than trying to fight the trend, Seagate is going to cover all the bases by manufacturing flash drives. But it won't release the products immediately:... Read more...
OCZ Technology Unleashes the VBoost USB 2.0 Flash Drive Family Designed for Windows Vista ReadyBoost Sunnyvale, CA—April 30, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced an exciting new addition to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. VBoost USB 2.0 Flash Drives are optimized for Windows® Vista™ ReadyBoost™. Vista ReadyBoost enables the OCZ VBoost to double as supplemental cache memory for faster retrieval and storage of system data and applications. By providing an instant supply of additional memory, this drive is a cost-effective alternative to expensive RAM upgrades. "OCZ... Read more...
Dell is joining the growing list of companies that are now offering Solid State Drives (SSDs).  Though this particular drive is a customer installable PATA drive, it's still a SSD.  At press time Dell doesn't seem to have added this to their notebook configuration tool, but we'll keep an eye out for you.  One would think it'd be just a matter of time. What gets your spindle spinning about storage?  Size?  Speed?  Low power usage?  Let us know by adding your own comments.... Read more...
If you're interested in energy efficient storage devices, consider this the dawning of a new age. Not a week passes without another company announcing a new hybrid or solid state drive (SSD). Samsung is now joining the ever-growing list of companies shipping these devices.  Here's a tidbit from their press release: "Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD). The new flash-SSD is based on an eight gigabit (Gb) single-level-cell (SLC) NAND, which provides significantly higher... Read more...
Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard drives.  In addition to their large capacities, these drives offer a number of proprietary features designed to lower their power consumption and acoustic profiles, like IntelliPower, IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and in the RE.2's case RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).  Click the link below and check them out...WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB... Read more...
Super Talent Announces SATA Solid State Disk Drives Flash Based Drives in up to 128GigaByte Capacity in Three Standard Form Factors San Jose, California - March 14, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a full range of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives with an industry standard Serial ATA interface. This new line of SATA drives is offered in industry standard 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch form factors, making these drives 100% compatible with conventional hard disk drives. However, these products are built with only solid state Flash components. Since they contain no moving parts, SSD drives have the advantage of being... Read more...
Seagate, the worlds largest hard drive manufacturer, has developed hard drives equipped with encryption capabilities making it impossible to read or boot an equipped hard drive without authentication. By requireing a password or key before the hard drive even boots, encrypted drives offer a new level of security to help maintain security in business and government settings where lost or stolen employee hardware has cost millions of dollars and credibility. Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest hard drive maker, announced Monday the first manufacturer to sell laptop PCs with its new built-in encryption technology. The hard drives, to be available in laptops made by ASI Computer Technologies,... Read more...
Today, Intel announced it's entry into the realm of flash hard drives with the introduction of the Z-U130. The Z-U130 will come in sizes ranging from 1 to 8 GBs and according to Intel, will have a sustained write speed of 28Mb per second; average magnetic platter hard drives sport write speeds varying from 30 to 75MB per second. Furthermore, the new drives will connect to PCs through USB 1.1 or 2.0 interfaces. Intel has also done some initial testing of it's new product and estimates the mean time before failure (MTBF) to be around 5 million hours for its new flash based hard drives. Intel announced today that the company is releasing its first entry into the flash-based hard drive... Read more...
The blokes at the inquirer have pointed out that Samsung is now shipping laptop hybrid drives to its customers: "The MH80 series comes in 80GB, 120GB and 180GB sizes. The 2.5-inch drive has 128 or 256MB of flash memory and combines mangetic [sic] optical characteristics. Samsung claims it will give faster boot and resume times, better reliability and increased battery life." Samsung also manufactures desktop hard drives, but no word on when they will go hybrid. Somebody please cue the Jeopardy theme song.... Read more...
AMD Drives Industry Efforts to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handheld Devices -Technology, Tools and Support Enable Content Development on Open Industry Platform for the Ultimate Mobile Gaming Experience - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 7, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and multimedia content optimized for handheld devices powered by AMD's next-generation graphics technologies. As a leading supplier to the handheld market, AMD is introducing a suite of tools to help content creators jumpstart the development of applications for handheld devices based on OpenVG 1.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 industry standards and AMD's patented... Read more...
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