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Tokyo — Toshiba has inked a preliminary agreement to acquire the assets of OCZ Technology Group’s solid-state drive (SSD) business.
The transaction, to be completed through a sale and auction process, is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court supervising OCZ Technology’s Chapter 11 filing. If approved, the company expects to complete the acquisition in January 2014.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Dallas – Samsung Mobile plans Oct. 6 in-store availability for its Android-based HomeSync home storage device.
HomeSync downloads and stores content from family members’ Galaxy smartphones and tablets for sharing with other family members, who can view the content on an HDMI-connected TV or on their mobile devices.
The $299 component, called HomeSync, also turns any HDMI-connected TV into a smart TV.
New York — Western Digital today introduced its My Cloud family of personal storage devices.
The My Cloud is designed to give users access to all their data at anytime when they are connected to the Internet from their portable device, said Scott Vouri, WD’s consumer marketing VP. At the same time, by retaining control and the physical ownership of the hard drive, My Cloud should help alleviate consumer worries about where the music and photos reside, he said.
New York – With an eye toward enabling the creation of lower-priced tablets, Seagate today rolled out a 500GB ultra-thin hard disk drive.
Seagate also reported it has increased the amount of data it can store on a single disk by 25 percent, and the company has begun offering a new product protection plan.
Seagate has combined its Ultra Mobile HDD with its Mobile Enhancement kit software, allowing the storage device to work in small devices from 5 inches in diameter and larger.
Austin, Texas — Buffalo Technology today announced a reorganization and a new name: Buffalo Americas.
The new moniker came about after the company incorporated its Latin American and Brazilian operations into its North American operation. The company believes it will better serve its customers via a single sales and business entity.
Buffalo Americas will be led by COO Matt Dargis; he was previously sales VP for Buffalo Technology.
Read Fenner has been named sales VP for Buffalo Americas. Fenner had been operations VP for Gunnar Optiks.
Santa Clara, Calif. — The industry’s top storage manufacturers announced today the formation of the Storage Products Association (SPA).
The SPA, which includes Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and Hitachi GST, will promote the importance of hard disk and solid state drive storage to consumers and professionals. This will be done by publishing materials on how to take advantage of the available storage technologies and by participating in industry events.
El Segundo, Calif. — Growing sales of ultra-thin laptops and increased usage in tablets has helped the solid-state drive (SSD) market almost double, according to IHS iSuppli.
The entire SSD category saw shipments of 11.5 million units during the first quarter of 2013, up from 6 million during the first three months of 2012. This figure includes stand-alone SSDs and those in conjunction with a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) to create hybrid drives.
El Segundo, Calif. – IHS iSuppli is forecasting a steep growth curve for the latest generation of thin hard disk drives.
The new 5mm and 7mm thick HDDs are intended for conventional laptops and desktops, but could eventually find their way into ultra thin laptops and tablets and possibly stem the HDD market share loss to solid state drives (SSD), said Fang Zhang, storage systems analyst at HIS.
The thinner drives will quickly replace the standard 9.5mm HDDs that now dominate the market.
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung has introduced the 840 Evo 1TB solid-state drive (SSD) that it will price and market toward consumers.
The 840 Evo, which will begin to ship in early August, is part of a five-unit Evo line that contains SSDs with 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities.
The models use Samsung’s 10-nanometer design and are based on a 2.5-inch SATA interface unit.
Samsung has not released pricing for the units or if it will be offered as an aftermarket item.
Irvine, Calif. — Notebooks, laptops and Ultrabooks may be getting a little smaller, following Western Digital’s disclosure Monday at Computex Taipei 2013 that it’s starting delivery on “the world’s thinnest 1TB hard drive.”
The 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm hard drive is targeted at OEMs, channel integrators and general consumers, and will provide “a unique storage solution for thin and light systems, slimmer notebooks, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks,” the company said.