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Irvine, Calif. — Western Digital introduced Wednesday a new series of portable slim-design take-anywhere hard drives under the My Passport Ultra name, offering a stylish compact look, additional layers of data protection and USB 3.0 connectivity.
Western Digital will offer the series in a choice of four colors — black, silver, red and blue — and three capacities: 500GB ($100 suggested retail), 1TB ($130) and 2TB (pricing and availability to be announced later).
El Segundo, Calif. – Solid state drive-based storage will account for about one-third of all PC storage by 2017, according to IHS iSuppli.
The SSD’s growth can be directly attributed to the expected increase in popularity of Ultrabooks and other ultrathin notebooks that is just now starting to take off, said Fang Zhang, IHS analyst for storage.
This increase will have 227 million SSDs shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 31 million that shipped last year.
Irvine, Calif. — Western Digital and SanDisk reported they are collaborating on building a series of portable hybrid storage drives.
The two companies announced a plan that has SanDisk supplying solid-state disk (SSD) storage for the new hybrid drives.
The first product created by the collaboration is the Western Digital WD Black. The WD Black has 500GB of HDD capacity built into a 5mm-thick drive containing a 2.5-inch platter, almost half of the older versions that did not utilize an SSD.
The WD Black is now shipping to OEMs.
Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba will start shipping the Canvio Connect portable external storage device next month.
The device, which is about the size of a smartphone, can back up data and allows access to share and stream a person’s content to other portable devices, said Jacky Lee, product manager, Toshiba branded storage.
The Connect will replace the Canvio 3.0 in the market when it ships in May. It will be available in four size capacities: 500GB, $99; 750GB, $109; 1TB, $129; and 2TB, $189. The models will come in red, blue, black and silver.
San Jose, Calif. — Netgear today introduced two new network-attached storage (NAS) devices, the ReadyNAS 100 and 300.
With these releases Netgear is taking its next step in simplifying its design and branding, said Matt Pahnke, the company’s senior marketing manager for storage. The company is giving a common name to its consumer and small-business NAS models along with using a single new operating system across the line.
New York — The laptop and desktop PC are not the only products being knocked down by the tablet.
According to IHS iSuppli, hard-disk drive revenue is expected to decline 11.8 percent in 2013 to $32.7 billion. The research firm directly blamed tablet, smartphone and the growing popularity of solid-state drives for the HDD drop-off.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Intel today unveiled a small-form-factor solid-state drive.
The Intel SSD 525 series is intended for OEMs building Ultrabooks, all-in-one PCs and ultra-thin notebooks.
The drive is 3.7mm by 50.8mm by 29.85mm and weighs 0.35 ounces, or about one-eighth the size of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive. Data-transfer rates are in the 6GBps performance.
The 525 will be available in 30GB, 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The 120GB and 180GB variants are already shipping, with the rest expected to follow this quarter.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba added two SKUs to its Canvio portable storage line today.
The newcomers are the 2TB Canvio Basics 3.0 and the 2TB Canvio Special Edition. These models join the 1.5TB Canvio Basic 3.0 model that was introduced last year.
The 2TB Basics supports USB 3.0 and has an internal shock sensor to keep files safe in case the device is dropped. The unit is now shipping with a $189 suggested street price.
El Segundo, Calif. — Worldwide shipments and the adoption of solid-state drives (SSD) is expected to more than double this year, according to IHS.
The research firm reported SSD shipments will likely rise to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million last year. This trend will continue, with 239 million SSDs shipping by 2016, at which point this storage technology will comprise about 40 percent of the hard-drive market. The report includes both stand-alone SSD hard drives and SSD used as a cache mechanism in conjunction with a disk-based hard drive.
Las Vegas – Seagate will introduce a new portable wireless storage device and a next generation network attached storage unit.
The Seagate Wireless Plus is a 1TB portable storage drive that connects to other mobile devices via Wi-Fi and USB cable enabling them to stream stored video and music. The Wireless Plus, now shipping with a $199 price tag, replaces the company’s Go Flex Satellite wireless drive, which will sell through and then be discontinued.