By Lisa Johnston
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Glen Cove, N.Y. – Broadfield Distributing is offering a one-box solution for long-term data archival to Blu-ray discs.
The company's BluStor bundle includes a compact Pioneer BDR-XD04 burner drive, two blank 50GB BR-R 6x discs and Digistor Rewind software for a suggested $149. A BluStorXL bundle for $199 swaps in two 100GB BDXL 4x discs.
The company said the bundles were brought to market to address the growing needs of videographers, editors, photographers and other digital content creators for a safe, secure and long-term archiving solution.
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.
El Segundo, Calif. — Less than one year after disastrous flooding shut down most hard-drive manufacturing in Thailand, the category has rebounded and hard-disk drive (HDD) shipments could hit record levels this year.
IHS iSuppli is forecasting a 4.3 increase in HDD shipments to 524 million. If reached, this will be the highest number of drives ever shipped. In 2013 shipments are expected to rise to 537.9 million, with 553.3 million in 2014, 563.5 million in 2015 and 575.1 million in 2016.
Fremont, Calif. — Lexar unveiled what it’s calling the industry’s first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card.
The Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I is a Class 10 card using the SD 3.0 specification. It’s designed for photogs who deal with 1080p FullHD and 3D video.
Read speeds are listed at 60MBps.
“By utilizing Micron's industry-leading, 128GB, 20nm NAND flash-memory process technology, Lexar is the first to market a 256GB SDXC card,” said Wes Brewer, products and technology VP for Lexar.
Irvine, Calif. – Western Digital announced that company president Steve Milligan will take over as CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2013.
Milligan will replace current CEO John Coyne, who is retiring. This is Millligan’s second tour of duty with WD.
Milligan came to Western Digital when the company acquired Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) earlier this year. Milligan was CEO of HGST from 2009 until Western Digital bought his firm in March 2012. Previously, Milligan served as WD’s chief financial officer before moving over to HGST.
Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its line of Exceria memory cards to include MicroSDHC versions.
The Exceria cards are compliant with the UHS-I Memory Card Standard (maximum bus transfer rate from 25MBps to 104MBps). The minimum recording speed is compliant with UHS speed class 1 (minimum read and write speed of 10MBps) and SD speed class 10 (minimum read and write speed of 10MBps).
The first MicroSDHC Exceria cards to be introduced will be the water-resistant Type HD series, designed for use in extreme conditions.
New York – Toshiba today introduced a new networked attached storage device called the Canvio NAS.
The Canvio will launch with apps for Android and Apple that will directly connect those portable devices to the NAS enabling users to have full access to all their content.
Jacky Lee, Toshiba’s product manager, digital products division, said this creates a personal cloud environment adding that unlike true cloud storage there is no monthly fee for using the Canvio NAS and consumers will have the peace of mind knowing the data is safe in their home.
The proliferation of hard-drive-based CE and computer devices may present a golden opportunity for storage vendors, but the category is not without its pitfalls, said John Coyne, Western Digital's president/COO.
Seagate Technologies introduced 10 new consumer and OEM CE and PC hard-drive-based storage products that stretch across all of Seagate's product areas, from the traditional external hard drives to the new hardened internal drives intended for use in the automotive market.
Fabrik is rolling out its 250GB SimpleTech SimpleDrive, the latest offering in the company's family of external storage and backup devices that allow users to store, carry, enjoy and share digital content while on the road, or online by using www.myfabrik.com, an interactive media and content management solution.
Storage maker LaCie will show an expanded version of its Little Big Disk Quadra line at International CES, and it has added several models to its d2 Quadra series.
The company has added 400GB and 500GB versions of the Little Big Disk Quadra to its line, which previously topped out at 320GB.