Friday, February 27, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Net Neutrality Rules Pass FCC
Apple To Hold Watch Event on March 9
ARCHOS Expands Selection of Smartphones During Mobile World Congress
LG 's 2015 OLED And LED 4K ULTRA HD TVs Now Available in The U.S.
WD Adds New NAS Solutions for Business Users to My Cloud Line
Toshiba Launches 8 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor for Smartphones and Tablets
Samsung To Showcase IoT, Network Functions Virtualization and 5G Technologies at MWC 2015
Intel Introduces New Brand Levels for the Intel Atom Processor
Active Discussions
burning
nvidia 6200 review
Hello
Burning Multimedia in track 0
I'm lazy. Please help.
sanyo e6 camera
need help on some cd burning...
Why Double Logins ?
 Home > News > General Computing > Hitachi...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, January 10, 2005
Hitachi drives get bigger--and smaller


Hitachi announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it has reduced the size of its minidrives and its 1.8-inch drives through better packaging and shrinking the electronics.

"Mikey," the code name for the smaller minidrive, is roughly 20 percent smaller than current versions. It will also debut with around 8GB to 10GB of storage capacity, said Bill Healy, senior vice president of product strategy and marketing for the company.

"Slim," a drive using a platter with a 1.8-inch diameter, is about 10 percent smaller than its peers. It will hold 60GB to 80GB of data.

The size reductions were not accomplished by cutting the size of the platters. The platters in Mikey measure an inch in diameter, the same as in current minidrives. However, the motors and other electronic parts are smaller. The company also removed a compact flash connector. As a result, Mikey drives can't be used as memory cards--they have to be embedded into a device.

The increases in density (current Hitachi minidrives max out at 4GB) do not come through adding platters. Instead, engineers found ways to store more data on the same surface. The drive industry in recent years has doubled, or nearly doubled, capacity annually.

While Hitachi minidrives are mostly now featured in small music players like the iPod mini, the smaller size means that Mikey drives will start to penetrate the phone market. With video and commerce becoming more common on cell phones, handhelds will need for storage capacity.

"People are even talking about building in projector capacity," he said, so that pictures taken on cell phones can be beamed onto flat surfaces for easier viewing. Slim drives are found in larger music players like the original iPods.

Devices containing Mikey and Slim drives will come out in time for the 2005 holiday season, he added.

IBM invented the minidrive in the 90s but didn't sell many. Part of it was IBM's historical focus on business users, according to Healy, a former IBM executive.

"IBM didn't see the consumer. Hitachi is the GE of Japan. They make rice cookers, refrigerators, nuclear power plants," he said. The Hitachi storage group, so far this fiscal year, is profitable in the always difficult drive market.

At the other end of the spectrum, Hitachi will come out with a 3.5-inch diameter drive (the size usually found in desktops) with 500GB of storage. According to Hitachi, it is the largest-capacity 3.5-inch drive yet. Competitors have released 400GB drives.

"We're starting to push this for set-top boxes," Healy said.

The 500GB drive comes out in February and will sell for about $520 at retail.

From CNET news



Previous
Next
China market: Shinco shifts from DVD players to EVD players        All News        Momentum gaining for cell phones as credit cards
Kano Technologies Introduces the X-SPAND PRO SATA II Storage System for Mac and PC     General Computing News      Oops: Blue Screen Of Death interrupts Gates' CES pitch

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Hitachi Wearable Sensor Helps Working Groups Be Happy And Productive
SDK Starts Shipments of 2.5-Inch 750 GB HD Media
HDDs Shipments Increased In 2014
HGST Hard Disks Top Reliability Tests
Hitachi Wearable Device Monitors Brain Functions
Hitachi Technology Stores Digital Data In 100 Recording Layers, Data Can be Stored For 300 million Years
ASTC Says 100 TB HDDs Coming in 2025
Toshiba Offers New 4TB and 5TB Desktop HDDs
New WD My Passport Portable Storage Drive Has Wireless Function And SD Card Slot
Western Digital Introduces 6 TB NAS Hard Drive, Seagate Starts Sampling 8GB Models
HDD Market Seen To Post Modest Growth in 2014
HGST Debuts Touro S Mobile External Hard Drives, 15K RPM Enterprise-class Ultrastar C15K600 family

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .