External Storage For Tablet PCs Coming Online
By Doug Olenick On May 23 2011 - 3:01am
SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF. –
The need for additional storage
capacity in iPads and Android tablets is opening a new
niche for storage vendors.
Seagate recently released the latest edition of its GoFlex
line, the Satellite geared toward the iPad/Android tablet PC
Hitachi GST, which was purchased by Western Digital,
announced its intention of entering the market next month.
The 500GB GoFlex portable hard drive, $199, is designed
as a carry-along device that will give iPad and tablet PC users
extra storage capacity, said Greg Falgiano, Seagate’s
senior product marketing manager.
The iPad version is available on Amazon.com
from Seagate. It will appear in Best Buy shortly. The Android
version is expected to ship in late June, Falgiano said.
The Satellite connects to the portable computer via Wi-Fi
or a USB 3.0 cable and to stream video and music.
“The 500GB allows you to take your whole library, with an
iPad you only have 64GB of space so you have to choose
what you want to take,” said Falgiano.
The Satellite automatically connects to the portable computer
via a web page or directly through an app.
Seagate said that while the Satellite will compete against
streaming media sources like Netflix it does offer much better
video quality and is available anywhere, even on airplanes
that allow Wi-Fi access.
The Satellite is powered
by a lithium-ion battery that
delivers five-hours of video
viewing time. The Satellite
comes with several outlet
chargers and can be
charged via a USB connection.
Hitachi did not release
any details on its upcoming
products, but Mike Williams,
VP and general manager,
Hitachi GST Branded
Business said “In June, we’ll be announcing the first in a family
of solutions, or personal access points, that enhance the
experience and convenience of capacity-constrained tablets
and smartphones. We’ll be bringing content closer to you,
through intelligent caching devices, whether it’s stored locally
or in the cloud.”
Another announcement is expected in June from a major
accessories supplier. The company will bring to market two
portable flash-based storage devices for Apple products
that allow up to three devices to connect via Wi-Fi and access
different content simultaneously. — Additional reporting by John Laposky