By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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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.
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.