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SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

The major news this week came out of Google's IO Conference, with the Android team unveiling the latest build of the mobile platform and a slick touchscreen handset to demonstrate it on.  We usually leave cellphone news to our sister sites PHONE Magazine and SlashPhone, but the Android handset - complete with compass-navigated Street View and slick animations - was too good to miss.  Considering the feedback over at Android Community, Google look like they've recaptured any momentum lost since MWC in February.

Seagate enterprise SSDs in development; 2TB HDD in 2009

Seagate enterprise SSDs in development; 2TB HDD in 2009

Seagate has confirmed that it will enter the SSD market, but maintains that demand for traditional hard-drives will continue as users prove reluctant to give up cheap cost-per-gigabyte storage.  CEO Bill Watkins has described the upcoming solid-state drives as intended for enterprise use, the only market segment, he claims is willing and able to stump up the premium.  Instead Seagate will push larger capacity platter-based drives, with a 2TB model expected sometime in 2009.

Seagate Unveils New Mobile Drives Momentus 5400.4

Seagate Unveils New Mobile Drives Momentus 5400.4

The 4th generation mobile disc from Seagate uses 120GB per platter design to arrange the new Momentus series with capacity of 120GB, 160Gb, 200Gb and 250GB. All of them feature a much slower 5400RPM speed, 8MB of cache with low power consumption, Seagate’s SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load technology to reduce noise.

It doesn’t strike us as much as Hitachi 500GB travelstar did in capacity but the market still has it large share of 5400RPM drives. The Momentus also features 2nd generation perpendicular magnetic recording with SATA II Interface with operating and non-operating shock specs of 325G and 900Gs makes it ideal for mobile systems that are subjected to rough environment. It’s available to ship worldwide now.

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Seagate D.A.V.E. Technology portable hard drive

Seagate D.A.V.E. Technology portable hard drive

So I stumbled upon this at one of the shows surround CES and thought it was pretty cool and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen it or anything like it before. It looks like a fairly run of the mill external, pocket-sized, bus-powered hard drive, but its not.

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD

So, Samsung has this series of hardrives called the Spinpoint F1 series, with the HD103UJ topping it at 1TB. All three drives in the series have a data density of 350GB, operate at 7200RPMs, and utilize the SATA/300 interface.

its the one on the left.

Only the 750GB and 1TB drives have the full 32MB cache though. All of that calculates to make the 1TB drive have a total average access time of 14.2 milliseconds, which, in the terabyte hard drive market (there aren’t many) is slow, in fact, Seagate and Hitachi have models that perform at 12.7ms and 13.8ms respectively, so the only company the Samsung beats out is the WD Caviar GP with its 15/15.1ms access time.

Seagate Momentus 5400 PSD

Seagate Momentus 5400 PSD

Hybrid hard drives from Seagate are all the new rage. So you can’t afford an SSD drive for your laptop and the power loss from a traditional HDD is killing your battery life, what can you do?

Well Seagate has come up with a compromise, a hard drive that has some flash storage but the large majority of the storage is on a standard HDD. I think they could do a slight better job by adding about 4GB of high speed flash storage to a drive and allowing it to be addressed as a separate drive so you can install your OS on it, use it for ReadyBoost, or just assign it as the page file, but that’s just me.

Seagate SSD in 2008

Seagate SSD in 2008

Seagate will finally be entering the Solid State Disk, or SSD, market come 2008. They even have intentions of integrating the technology across their whole line of products.

That includes both desktop and laptop drives. For those that don’t know, SSD’s benefits are high, including lowered power use, faster data transfer, and more rigidity compared to their moving part counterparts.

Seagate to halt production of IDE drives at the end of 2007

Seagate to halt production of IDE drives at the end of 2007

Are you still quite fond of your IDE drives? If you're not wanting to switch over to SATA drives, you'll not have much of a choice when purchasing new drives in the future. We already knew it was going to happen eventually, however, I really didn't expect it to happen so soon. The first major hard drive manufacturer has decided to cease production of IDE drives by the end of the year.

Volvo security fob uses car’s built-in stethoscope

Volvo security fob uses car’s built-in stethoscope

As car security technology increases, cunning thieves are turning to more and more imaginative ways to steal them.  Personally I wasn't aware that they were creeping into unlocked cars at petrol stations and momentarily left outside shops, then leaping up as you drive off and threatening the keys from you, but it's obviously a scenario Volvo were concerned enough about to build and unauthorised-presence detector into their S80 executive flagship.

 

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