Western Digital have announced their first range of self-branded solid-state drives (SSDs), the Western Digital SiliconDrive III series. Based on technology acquired in the company's acquisition of SiliconSystems back in March, the new range consists of two 2.5-inch SSDs and a 1.8-inch model, boasting read speeds up to 100MBps and write speeds up to 80MBps.
Today’s external backup drives aren’t simple as it used to be, many are trying too hard to incorporate as a media server, or media hub with remote sharing as a networked-attached storage. A straightforward and affordable one-click, plug-n-play achieve solution has turned into a high dollar multimedia server with complicate setup. If you know your way to around t a backup scheduling and don’t mind extra steps to attach an external drive, there are plenty of cheap solution available; otherwise, check out this newest WD’s MY-BOOK World edition NAS server with many promises to deliver simple setup at reduced power.
So the timing was off, the much-rumored 2TB Caviar didn’t arrive two weeks ago as suggested from the leaks; but it’s here nevertheless. Western Digital has let the cat out of bag, announced the staggeringly huge 2TB Caviar Green storage, claiming world’s highest capacity single disk drive in an industry-leading 500GB per platter (400 GB/in2 areal density) design with its Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology.
Leak hints Western Digital is set to unveil its 2TB version Caviar Green, the WD20EADS, possibly by the end of the week. We are taking about a 3.5-inch format hdd with 500GB per platter design here, squeezing 2TB of capacity onto one single disk drive, not the raid version of My Book external drive with multi drives device.
The does-it-all WD TV Media Player that reads not only HFS+ but also FAT32 and NTFS was proven buggy in its initial rollout. That’s to be expected for a media device with such broad range of playback-ability. Interested parties hold up for better firmware fixes and supports now can get their hands on one, with more added features that you could possibility imagine.
Western Digital has launched an affordable HD Multimedia Player, a $130 compact and light weight media box that supports a wide variety of video, audio and photo formats. Unlike Apple Player, a built-in storage is not included. Contents are supported via attached an USB device, which includes company’s My Passport portable drives, up to two drives at once and playbacks to your displays via HDMI or component output. But the WD has better media supports and promises to deliver motion pictures at its full extend of HD format up to 1080p.
[updated : WD has released firmware 1.01.01 update for this media player]
With Western Digital tipped to be negotiating with Fujitsu over acquiring the latter’s hard-drive business, Toshiba has thrown its hat into the fray. A Toshiba executive has told the Wall Street Journal that, if Fujitsu approached the company, they would consider putting in a bid of their own.
Fujitsu and Western Digital are in the midst of negotiating a deal that would see the former hand over its entire hard-drive business as part of a ¥70 billion to ¥100 billion (US$661 million to US$944 million) buy-out. According to the Chinese-language Nikkei business daily, talks between the two companies have been in progress for some time now, with an agreement expected by the end of the year.
Western Digital has updated and shipped its Eco-friendly Green Caviar drive better than ever. The second generation WD’s Caviar Green hard drives now consume 20 percent less power yet deliver 10 percent more in performance over the previous version.