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Two New Hitachi CinemaStar Hard Drives Coming Soon to a Home Theater Near You

As Hollywood prepares to release its latest summer blockbusters, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies proudly introduces two new stars of its own: the CinemaStar C5K320, a 2.5-inch hard drive with up to 320GB capacity and the CinemaStar 5K500, a 3.5-inch hard drive with 500GB of storage capacity and new CoolSpin technology to deliver high levels of power efficiency and quiet operation for digital video applications.

Hitachi Delivers New 2.5-inch 7,200 rpm Travelstar 7K320 Hard Drives

Continuing its longstanding tradition of delivering superior performance with no sacrifices required, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today began shipment of its fourth-generation 7,200 RPM mobile hard drive, the Travelstar 7K320. The new drive delivers 60 percent higher capacity than its predecessor, while improving application performance by 12 percent and power consumption by 22 percent.

Hitachi Ultrastar 15K450 Announced

Assuming the reins as the enterprise hard drive performance and capacity leader, Hitachi today announced the Ultrastar 15K450. The new drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to deliver 450GB of storage, currently the highest available capacity in 15,000 RPM enterprise-class hard drives. The Ultrastar 15K450 is an ideal solution for mission-critical server and storage applications, such as online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications.

Hitachi Expands Mobile Capacity to 320GB with New Travelstar HDDs

Bolstering Hitachi’s position as the segment and technology leader in 2.5-inch hard drives, the company today announced volume shipment of new 5,400 RPM notebook hard drives with a maximum available capacity of 320GB. Designed to support the multi-tasking needs of consumers and commercial users balancing mobile computing and movies, music, photos and games on-the-go, the Travelstar 5K320 delivers the right capacity and performance options to meet the needs of IT and consumer electronics manufacturers. The new drives feature optional Bulk Data Encryption (BDE) for users requiring increased data security and enhanced availability models designed for use in 24x7 environments.

Hitachi to Form New Hard Drive Brand with Toshiba and Fujitsu?

Although not confirmed by any of the firms, this story could have your attention for a moment. According to unspecified sources 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 hard drive divisions of Hitachi and Toshiba as well as some of the storage systems technology from Fujitsu. Each name would own a third of the newly formed venture. It's not a secret that Hitachi is not happy with its current hard drive group, so this may be the best opportunity for them to continue in the right way.Source: CNET News

Hitachi, Toshiba and Fujitsu Could form Hard Drive Company

This is another story which is still at the rumour stage I’m afraid, but some sources are claiming that Hitachi, Toshiba and Fujitsu could be planning to form a new company dedicated to producing hard drives and storage systems. The deal would be instead of Hitachi selling its struggling hard drive division to a private equity firm, and comes following unsuccessful talks with Silver Lake, the company responsible for turning around Seagate’s fortunes years ago. It is thought that Hitachi is not particularly keen on selling part of its company to ‘outsiders’ such as Silver Lake for cultural reasons, and would be more trusting of other Japanese companies such as Toshiba and Fujitsu. Any deal is expected to be reached by April 1st, which represents the start of the business year in Japan.Source: CNET News.com

Hitachi and ASUS Collaborate to Deliver the World’s First One Terabyte Notebook PC

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that ASUS has integrated Hitachi’s Travelstar 5K500 hard drive into its new M50 and M70 notebook PCs, the latter of which delivers up to 1TB of storage capacity in a two-drive configuration. The companies are breaking new ground in personal computing by combining industry-leading storage capacity – exceeding that of a typical desktop system – with the portability of a notebook PC. One TB of storage capacity translates to 1,000 hours of video, or more than 350 feature length movies or 250,000 four-minute songs.

Hitachi Rolls out Half-Terabyte Hard Drive for Notebooks and Other Mobile Devices

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.

Report: Hitachi to Exit Small Hard Drive Business

Hitachi Ltd, Japan's biggest electronics conglomerate, plans to exit the business of making small hard disk drives as demand shifts to flash memory chips, the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday. Hitachi's hard drive unit, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc, has already stopped production of 1-inch hard drives and plans to stop shipping 1.8-inch drives around next summer, the newspaper said. The Nikkei also said Hitachi rival Fujitsu Ltd has given up on plans to enter the market for small drives. Fujitsu had been developing 1.8-inch drives with U.S.-based Cornice with plans to bring a product to market in 2007. Hitachi will focus on 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, anticipating strong demand for the bigger drives that are used in personal computers and digital electronics such as DVD recorders. The move comes as Hitachi considers selling a stake in its loss-making hard drive business to bring in fresh capital and expertise.Source: Reuters

Samsung and Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives

Samsung Electronics said on Friday it had agreed with Hitachi Ltd's data storage business unit to a license deal over hard disk drive (HDD) patents. Samsung, the world's largest maker of memory chips, said in a filing with the Korea Exchange that the agreement with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc covers HDD patents by International Business Machines Corp (IBM) and Hitachi. Japanese electronics conglomerate Hitachi bought IBM's disk drive operations in 2002 for $2 billion. Samsung did not provide details of the licensed patents. Along with the agreement, Samsung and Hitachi would drop patent suits they have filed against each other, Samsung said. Hitachi had sued Samsung in December 2006 and Samsung filed a countersuit in March 2007, a Samsung spokesman said.Source: Reuters

Hitachi GST: 1.5 is Coming

The banner for the Hitachi Press Event RSVP proclaims "1.5 is coming." Below is a screen shot taken. Knowing that it is hard disk related, we can now quickly assume that 1.5TB storage solutions from Hitachi GST will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Association (CES) show next year. The CES 2008 will take place in Las Vegas - January 7-10, 2008.

Source: Real World Labs

Hitachi Launches New CinemaStar Hard Drives

Debuting today, the newest members of Hitachi GST’s CinemaStar cast of hard drives are ready for their close-up. Available in both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch sizes, the 3.5-inch 7200rpm CinemaStar P7K500 provides high capacity of up to 500GB, PATA-133/SATA 3.0Gb/s interfaces and 8MB data buffer. The 2.5-inch CinemaStar C5K250 is designed to meet the needs of a growing number of manufacturers who wish to offer video recording and playback features in a small form factor. The drive uses the same SmoothStream technology as its larger 3.5-inch CinemaStar, but offers reduced size up to 250GB, 5400rpm spindle rotation speed, and Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s interface. Find out more info here.Source: Hitachi GST

Hitachi to Stop Shipping Home PCs

Technology giant Hitachi has announced that it plans to stop selling personal computers to the public, instead choosing to concentrate on other areas such as computers specifically for the broadcasting industry. It will continue to manufacture and sell business computers and will still offer support to any customers who own Hitachi PCs, with the models launched this summer to be the last available on the market. Hitachi has struggled to compete with firms such as Dell and HP, shipping just 134,000 home-use PCs in Japan during the fiscal year leading up to March 2007. Hitachi may also consider selling its hard drive unit soon following losses every year since the company bought the business from IBM for $2 billion in 2002.Source: FT.com

Hitachi Cuts Power Use for World's Most Energy-Efficient Desktop Hard Drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) is today delivering the world’s most energy efficient desktop hard disk drive (HDD) – the Deskstar P7K500. Hitachi GST has implemented a set of power-saving technologies to reduce the P7K500’s active and idle power consumption by up to 40 percent over the previous generation. As a result, the P7K500 achieves best-of-breed power consumption on its one-disk model and significant power savings on its two-disk model, both with 7200 RPM performance and Serial-ATA interface. Hitachi GST’s new hard drive is designed for commercial and consumer PCs in capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB. The P7K500 is up to 59 percent more power efficient than comparable 250GB hard drives in its class, based on available specifications.

Hitachi Develops 100GB Blu-ray Disk

Electronics company Hitachi has developed a new Blu-ray disk capable of holding 100GB of data by storing it on four layers – as well as maintaining compatibility with current Blu-ray hardware (providing that the firmware is updated). Whilst a 51GB three layer version of HD DVD was recently approved, Hitachi engineers have managed to almost double that figure, and the company is even working on an eight layer version of the Blu-ray disk which could potentially hold 200GB. At present Hitachi is focusing on improving the signal quality of the new disks so that they are ready for the market, but provided the manufacturing costs aren’t significantly higher than those of the two layer disks it is likely film companies may opt to use these four layer disks in future so that they can fit even more high definition video on a single disk.Source: DailyTech

Samsung launches terabyte drive

Samsung has become the third major hard drive manufacturer to hit the 1TB barrier with a 3.5” hard drive, following in the footsteps of Hitachi and Seagate - although it manages to achieve a greater density than either of those two. The 1TB F1 series drive, as it will be called, spins at 7,200 rpm using three platters of 334GB, giving it a density of 241 Gb/square inch. Seagate’s equivilent has four 250GB platters giving it a density of 205 Gb/square inch, whilst Hitachi has the lowest density on its 1TB drive, using five platters of 200GB giving a density of 144 Gb/square inch. Samsung’s recommended price for the 1TB F1 drive is $400, with the drive presumably going on sale almost immediately.Source: TG Daily

Hitachi Ships Quarter-terabyte Laptop Hard Drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is finally joining the 250GB 2.5-inch notebook hard drive market with the introduction of Travelstar 5K250. The Travelstar 5K250 is Hitachi's best in its class 250GB 5400RPM SATA II HDD. The drive is perfect for notebook PCs, external storage devices, gaming consoles and other mobile devices. It also features a host of category-leading features including 400G shock protection, quiet acoustics and optional Bulk Data Encryption for hard-drive level data security. The 5K250 uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, which builds upon the highly-successful debut of the Travelstar 5K160 hard drives. Hitachi will also offer an enhanced-availability version, the E5K250, which is designed for applications needing around-the-clock access in lower transaction environments, such as blade servers, network routers, point-of-sale terminals and video surveillance systems.Source: Hitachi GST

Hitachi Ships World's Speediest 200GB Notebook Hard Drive with Encryption Technology

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) is today announcing volume shipment of the industry’s highest-capacity, highest-performing notebook hard drive with new optional data encryption technology. With double the capacity and a 22-percent performance improvement over its predecessor, the 200-gigabyte (GB), 7200 RPM Travelstar 7K200 reigns supreme as the leader in this elite notebook hard drive segment. Now, with optional hard-drive level “Bulk Data Encryption” technology from Hitachi, the Travelstar 7K200 offers even greater cachet to notebook users by helping to guard against data loss and piracy.

Hitachi Ships the One Terabyte Hard Drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) today announced that it has met its commitment to begin shipping the world’s first one-terabyte hard drive (HDD) to retail customers within the first quarter of 2007. The Deskstar 7K1000 began shipping to retailers and e-tailers in March 2007 with inventories reaching critical mass in April 2007. Announced at CES 2007, the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive is built using a 5-platter design to deliver 1TB of storage capacity. The drive is available with Serial-ATA 3.0Gb/s interface and 32MB of data buffer. At a suggested retail price of $399 (USD), the Deskstar 7K1000 is now ready to meet the needs of high-performance, gaming and media center PCs as well as external storage devices.Source: Hitachi GST

Hitachi GST Launches New Trio of Enterprise-class HDDs

Hitachi GST today announced three new hard drive models targeting the enterprise market, including the 15K RPM Ultrastar 15K300, 7200 RPM Ultrastar A7K1000, and the company's first small form factor (SFF) hard drive, the 10K RPM Ultrastar C10K147. The new 15K300 Ultrastar is a 3.5-inch Ultra320 SCSI 15K RPM 300GB hard drive with 16MB data buffer. The drive comes with Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) as well as Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) and is also available with 3Gb/s SAS and 4Gb/s FCAL interfaces. Optimized for the power, performance requirements of servers the Ultrastar C10K147 is a 2.5-inch 3Gb/s SAS interface 10K RPM HDD with up to 147GB capacity and 16MB data buffer. The third Ultrastar A7K1000 hard drive offers 1TB of space for lower duty cycle enterprise environments. The Ultrastar 15K300 is available now with production quantities available in the first week of May 2007. The Ultrastar C10K147 and Ultrastar A7K1000 will be delivered in the second quarter of 2007. Additionat information is available at Hitachi GST.Source: Hitachi GST

Hitachi-LG 20X Super-multi DVD Burner Launches in Europe

Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) released in Europe the new GSA-H55N, the company's first 20x Multi DVD burner drive with Security Function. Showcased last month at CeBIT, the new drive features the SecurDisc technology, which enables secure data protection and content access control when writing data on CD and DVD formats. SecurDisc protects user data against unauthorized access through password protection, applies a digital signature to all data to allow recipients to verify data authenticity, while it also detects altered data through checksums to verify data integrity and readability. The ATAPI drive supports 20x writing on DVD±R. Other writing speeds include 12x for DVD-RAM, 10x for DVD±R DL, 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW. The new LG GSA-H55N retails in Europe now for 59 euro. A lightscribe version of the drive (LG GSA-H55L) will be also available at the same time.Source: CdrInfo

Hitachi Ships 1TB Hard Disk Drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has started to ship its 1TB hard disk drives (HDDs) introduced earlier this year commercially. Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 model features five 200GB platters and ten heads, has 7200rpm motor as well as 32MB data buffer. The manufacturer claims that the drive has 8.5ms read seek time, 9.2ms write seek time and 133.75MB/s maximum media transfer rate. Currently the company ships 1TB hard disk drive with Serial ATA-300 interface, but a model with Parallel ATA interface is also expected to be available. At present Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard disk drives with 1TB capacity are available in Japan for ¥51 500 - ¥55980 ($433 - $470). The recommended price of the 1TB drive from Hitachi for the U.S. is $399.Source: X-bit labs

Dell Starts Shipping PCs with 1TB Hitachi Hard Drives

Dell this week announced that it will be the first manufacturer in the industry to start shipping computers with the first consumer 1 terabyte (TB) hard drive. Using the Deskstar 7K1000 drive from Hitachi, Dell will begin including the new drives in both its own line of XPS gaming systems and under the Alienware brand. Alienware Aurora and Area 51 systems will be receiving the new 1TB drives first. According to official Hitachi specifications, the new drive is a Serial ATA 3Gbps model with a 7200 RPM spindle rate and 32MB data buffer. Read time comes in at 8.5ms and write times at 9.2ms. Along with the new 1TB drive, Dell is launching a service called StudioDell, which the company calls a "video time capsule". StudioDell will allow subscribers to upload videos, which will be stored at Dell headquarters for 50 years, so that later generations may view them. Dell even indicated that the videos will be stored on the new 1TB drives from Hitachi.Source: DailyTech
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