While most consumers have been lamenting the high price of hard drives after the floods in Thailand last year, lack of competition is always a cause for concern in the market. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to ensure that doesn’t happen with Western Digital’s recent acquisition of Hitachi.
This week the folks at Intel have revealed a bit of information on their brand new SSD 520 series, complete with 6 gigabit-per-second (gbps) speed and Intel compute-quality 25-nanometer (nm) NAND memory process technology. This new solid state drive series will bring new security features, ultra fast throughput performance, and an unmatched reliability suite that'll bring the fury to even the most needy consumers. High bandwidth, low latency, and accelerated speed will all be yours soon!
This week we may well be paying more attention to hard drives more than any other sort of Apple-related product announced during MacWorld, and Western Digital is never one to disappoint. The WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo is first up, it working with the Thunderbolt port on your newest MacBook devices. This external harddrive utilizes your 10 Gbps Thunderbolt to access two 3.5-inch hard drives in a RAID O striped array - and wouldn't you know it, it's fast!
In a court case currently going on here in the United States including a Colorado woman who's hard drive may well include incriminating evidence against her, it's been ruled that her encrypted password on said hard drive must be bypassed by her, and is not protected under the Fifth Amendment. Before this case, a distinction had been drawn in cases which included such situations, the difference being clear between forcing a person to reveal their password and forcing a defendant to decrypt encrypted data without revealing their password. Revealing the password has up until now been ruled as forcing the defendant to reveal the contents of their mind, this bringing up some Fifth Amendment issues - that's no longer the case according to Judge Robert Blackburn.
LaCie unveiled two new Thunderbolt-equipped storage solutions with the 2big Thunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. The 2big Thunderbolt Series is designed for heavy data users with support for up to 8TB capacities and transfer rates of up to 311MB/s, while the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series lets Mac users connect to two eSATA external hard drives and still use other Thunderbolt peripherals.
Seagate has completed its $1.4bn acquisition of Samsung's hard-drive business, taking on production as well as research & development of traditional platter-based discs while Samsung focuses on flash memory. Announced back in April, the deal will also see Samsung provide NAND flash to Seagate for use in the company's SSDs and hybrid SSD/HDD drive line-up.
This week we're getting our first real glimpse of the ADM Radeon HD 7970 though what appears to be a leaked slide from the manufacturers, it showing off its mighty power in an array of numbers you're going to just love. As the launch draws near, you'll be glad to know that this device works with GCN architecture, 32 CU (Computing Unit), and a 2048 ALU (SP) that will allow you to operate at 925MHz clock speed, 128 TMU and 32 ROP. All that sound healthy to you?
Intel is hoping to leverage the hard-drive shortage to drive its SSD business, in the attempt to offset its slashed Q4 revenue estimates after lower than expected processor sales. The chip company warned yesterday that the Thai flooding - and an ensuing reduction in new computers being built - could knock $1bn off its next set of financial results; however, Intel CFO Stacy Smith also reckons there's an opportunity there to push another aspect of the company's business, the NYTimes reports. Intel will "be using this as an opportunity" Smith confirmed.
The fine folks at Hitachi have revealed a couple of new models in their hard drive line this week, one of which is the 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive retail kit with CoolSpin Technology, the other being the Touro Desk external drive, both of these units available in the first quarter of 2012 at the earliest. In that your hard drive still remains the place where your do everything from watch movies to edit movies to save your everloving homework assignments, the cloud hasn't quite completely taken over the industry for the bulk of us regular citizens. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brings to you today two drives at right around $400 USD and a massive 4TB of space for fun.
Intel has warned of worse than expected Q4 2011 performance, cautioning investors that the ongoing hard-drive shortage could lead to quarterly revenues $1bn lower than predicted. Although sales of computers have actually risen in Q4, Intel explains, the shortfall in hard-drive stocks due to the Thailand floods earlier this year has meant manufacturers have cut their processor orders since they simply can't produce as many PCs as they'd like.