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Western Digital Spends $1 billion on Komag

WD Launches Out of the Box TV Recorder Upgrade

Guidance Software Tops Electronic Discovery Survey

New Company Aims Death Ray at Blu-ray Archiving

SiliconSystems' PowerArmor Gets Patent Protection

Qimonda Extends Foundry Agreement with Winbond

ExaSearch aims at Google's Storage Appliance Market

Terabyte SAS Hard Drives at Last from Seagate

New Buyers Guide - the Fastest SSDs

Samsung's 64G 1.8" Notebook SSDs in Volume Production

UK Users Pass the Buck for Greener IT

Aleratec Launches Blu-ray Duplicator

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Western Digital Spends $1 billion on Komag
LAKE FOREST, Calif - June 28, 2007 - Western Digital Corp announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Komag for approximately $1 billion.

"This acquisition is a significant step in the evolution and differentiation of WD as a leader in the worldwide hard drive industry," said John Coyne, WD President and CEO. "We believe that Komag's highly-skilled employees, an industry-leading position with perpendicular magnetic recording media, and its operational excellence will further strengthen WD's competitive position." ...Komag profile, ...Western Digital profile, Acquired storage companies


WD Launches Out of the Box TV Recorder Upgrade

LAKE FOREST, Calif - June 28, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. today introduced its My Library Video Edition DVR Expander.

Capable of storing up to 300 hours (500G) of digital standard-definition tv programming consumers can instantly expand their recording capacity by simply attaching the DVR Expander to one of the millions of Scientific Atlanta 8300 DVR Series set-tops currently deployed in the U.S. It's available now. Pricing is $199.99. ...Western Digital profile


Guidance Software Tops Electronic Discovery Survey

PASADENA, Calif - June 27, 2007 - Guidance Software Inc. today announced that the 2007 Socha-Gelbmann eDiscovery Survey ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction.

The full public report will be available in the August issue of Law Technology News. ...Guidance Software profile, ...Socha-Gelbmann Survey, Storage Security, Data Recovery


New Company Aims Death Ray at Blu-ray Archiving

SAN DIEGO - June 27, 2007 - Call/Recall Inc. today announced availability of licensing for its patented optical storage technology that can provide 40x the capacity of Blu-ray and over 200x the capacity of DVD technology.

Call/Recall's innovative optical storage technology utilizes a 2-photon recording process to record bits in a 3 dimensional volume in a disk. Multiple layers of information can be stored with less than a 10-micron layer of separation, effectively allowing the equivalent of 250 conventional DVD layers to be put onto one DVD. Call/Recall's technology uses affordable, commercially available, off-the-shelf components. This approach allows optical hardware manufacturers to extend the roadmap of their existing technologies, such as DVD and Blu-ray while maintaining backward compatibility with their installed base. ...Call/Recall profile


SiliconSystems' PowerArmor Gets Patent Protection

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - June 27, 2007 - SiliconSystems, Inc. today announced that it has received an additional patent for its PowerArmor advanced voltage detection and regulation technology.

PowerArmor, used in the company's SiliconDrives protects critical operating system files and application data from corruption due to power disturbances.

"Every day OEM system designers are faced with a reliability versus performance design trade-off as applications transition to faster host system interfaces with small form factor and low power requirements," said Michael Hajeck, CEO at SiliconSystems. "These design trends make our PowerArmor technology more valuable than ever, and is one of many reasons why more and more industry-leading OEMs are making our SiliconDrive technology their preferred storage choice." ...SiliconSystems profile, patent stories on STORAGEsearch.com


Qimonda Extends Foundry Agreement with Winbond

Munich, Germany, and Hsinchu, Taiwan - June 27, 2007 - Qimonda AG and Winbond Electronics Corp. today announced that they have signed an agreement to further expand their existing cooperation for the production of memory chips.

Under the terms of this agreement, Qimonda will transfer its 75nm and 58nm DRAM trench technology to Winbond's 300mm facility in Taichung, Taiwan. In return, Winbond will manufacture DRAMs for computing applications in these technologies exclusively for Qimonda. The transfer of the 58nm-technology from Qimonda will enable Winbond also to develop and sell respective proprietary specialty memories for which Qimonda will receive license fees and royalties. ...Qimonda profile, ...Winbond profile , RAM, storage chips


ExaSearch aims at Google's Storage Appliance Market

Ra'anana, Israel - June 26, 2007 - Exanet has announced the availability of ExaSearch, an enterprise-class search engine.

ExaSearch is capable of searching multiple sources: file servers, email systems, groupware, databases and employee directories. It can process unstructured data and queries, and allow immediate access to newly generated content through real-time indexing, ensuring users receive the most relevant and current results. ...Exanet profile

Editor's comments:-
Why would anyone take on Google? - Well maybe because Google's Search Appliance is currently limited to 15 million documents. If I get a better answer I'll let you know.


Terabyte SAS Hard Drives at Last from Seagate

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif-June 25, 2007 - Seagate today announced its first terabyte hard drives.

The Barracuda ES.2 deliver 1TB of capacity on 4 platters. The 7,200-rpm spin speeds delivers average seek times of 8.5ms. Its new Rotational Vibration Feed Forward system is designed to sustain performance in densely-packed multi-drive systems. The Barracuda ES.2 is designed for 24 x 7 data availability. It's available with SAS or SATA interface and will ship next quarter. MSRP is $399.99. ...Seagate profile

Editor's comments:-
Hitachi announced the world's first terabyte hard drive in January 2007 with a a coincidental MRSP of $399. The Serial SCSI option for the new Barracuda at last eliminates a market barrier which has made SAS storage arrays grossly over priced.

See also:- article:- Rotational Vibration Cancellation Technology in WD Raptor Hard Drives (pdf)


New Buyers Guide - the Fastest SSDs

Editor:- June 25, 2007 - STORAGEsearch.com today published a directory of the world's fastest solid state disks.

It includes all types of SSDs (RAM based and flash based) and includes listings for all common form factors - ranging from PCI cards, traditional hard disk sizes (1.8", 2.5", 3.5" etc) and upto rackmount (1U, 2U, 3U).

"Speed isn't everything, but in some applications it's critical. I datamined our storage news archive and the web sites of the top 50 SSD oems and spoke to several oems just hours before publication to present the most reliable list of the fastest SSDs." ...click to read article


Samsung's 64G 1.8" Notebook SSDs in Volume Production

Seoul, Korea - June 25, 2007 - Samsung announced that it has begun mass producing 1.8-inch solid state drives at 64GB capacity.

Samsung's mass production of 64GB SSDs makes it the largest producer of high-capacity SSDs in the world. Samsung expects that sales of SSD units will increase at a rapid 270% pace industry-wide between now and 2010 to become the largest growth segment in the NAND flash industry.

"We see sharply increasing interest in SSDs among OEMs worldwide amid a growing push to launch premium SSD-based notebooks, particularly in the ultra-mobile category," said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. SSD can also improve battery life by up to 20% in notebooks. SSDs also are being considered for server applications such as in advertising and for Web search engines. Other digital consumer products such as camcorders, PDAs and printers can now be equipped with SSDs ranging from 4GB to 64GB. ...Samsung profile, Squeak! - SSDs Market Adoption Model


UK Users Pass the Buck for Greener IT

London, UK - June 25, 2007 - Nearly 70% of UK businesses have no target to reduce their carbon footprint research by the Green Technology Initiative reveals today.

79% do not link power costs to hardware spend or IT budgets. Across the board the survey reveals a story of businesses believing in the concept of greener IT but failing to translate that into action, instead they are looking to suppliers and to the Government to carry the responsibility for bringing down emissions. ...Green Technology Initiative, Green Storage - Trends and Predictions


Aleratec Launches Blu-ray Duplicator

CHATSWORTH, Calif - June 25, 2007 - Aleratec announced today its new 1:3 Copy Cruiser BLU, an all SATA Blu-ray duplicator.

The 1:3 Copy Cruiser BLU will be launched with an introductory mail-in rebate through July 31 for 20 Aleratec duplicator grade Blu-ray BD-R Blu-ray blank discs FREE with purchase (a $360 value). The 1:3 Copy Cruiser BLU incorporates 3 SATA Blu-ray drives that can simultaneously produce up to 3 Blu-ray, DVD or CD copies or recordings. The 1:3 Copy Cruiser BLU has an eSATA connection to your computer for the most stable duplicating process. For those that do not have an eSATA port on their computer, a dual channel eSATA host adapter is included FREE with purchase. ...Aleratec profile, Blu-ray / CD / DVD duplicators

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