In the latest episode of The ScobleShow, we got our first look at DAVE from Seagate. DAVE stands for “digital audio-video experience” and is a tiny 10 or 20 GB hard drive. Tiny as in 3.5 x 4.7 x .47-inches. The best part, though, is that this thing gives you the ability to share content by way of the built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. So you can browse the devices with a cell phone, transfer content to other Bluetooth devices or DAVEs, and it has 10 hours of battery life. Expect it to retail for about $200 USD in May or June. For the full scoop, check the video above.
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If you are as tired of seeing all those charming and optimistic USB drives as we are, we suggest the USB Teddy as a pessimistic alternative. Simply pop off its head, put the torso in your computer and you are good to go. Designed by Sergio de Ana, the gadget was originally just a stuffed bear that was meant to be a gift for his fiance, when the idea came to him to present it in this strange way. It became “bearly” doable when de Ana made it functional with 1 GB of storage space.
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HP’s MediaSmart Server was announced as part of Bill Gates’ keynote last night. It looks rather dashing, and runs Windows Home Server, a variant of Windows Server 2003. The box has a few USB ports and a network port and that’s about it. It comes with an install disc that lets you interface to it through the network, allowing you to configure which media is shared, and how. It includes a neat psuedo-RAID, psuedo-JBOD (just a bunch of discs) approach, that allows file- and folder-specific replication at your choosing, and hot swapability, to boot. (Heh.) They don’t have the full launch config specs down, but we’re guessing 700+ GB, 2GB RAM and probably not terribly expensive, since you don’t have a pricey SLI graphics solution to include. It’s ready to launch, Q2 2007.
While we’re on the subject of saving energy, Sanyo’s N-SC1S Solar Charger can recharge their eneloops in about 2.5 hours and also features a USB port, enabling you a DC 5V and 500mA output. Eneloops internal lithium ion batteries can be utilized on your iPod, cell phone, PSP, or MP3 player, although it will take an agonizing 6 days to reach a full charge. The Solar Charger was developed as a part of Sanyo’s ongoing “Evolution Project” and will be available in Japan in November for ¥20,000 (~$170.)
TDK has developed the world’s largest capacity small form factor solid state drive. The drive is 20% smaller than a 2.5” laptop disk drive and includes all the driver chips necessary for ATA communications. A total of 16x16Gbit NAND flash chips cover the circuit board giving the drive a storage capacity of 32GB. That’s fairly impressive for a solid state drive in that form factor. The GBDriver RA5 NAND controller which provides the ATA interface to the flash, supports UDMA33 giving the drive a maximum transfer rate of 33.3MB/second. No details are given about the drives sustained data speeds however.
No released date for this device has been given. I fully expect to see similar form factor drives in the near future from Samsung, possibly utilizing their new Charge Trap Flash technology to compliment their already released 2.5” plug in laptop hard drive line. Begun the solid state drive war has!
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Samsung has announced that it has produced the first 40-nanometer (nm) memory device. This new 32Gb 40nm flash device incorporates “Charge Trap Flash” (CTF) architecture, which improves both performance and manufacturing efficiency. This new architecture greatly decreases inter-cell noise by replacing the normal floating gate technology with what Samsung calls “TANOS” which is comprised of tantalum (metal), aluminum oxide (high k material), nitride, oxide and silicon. The lower noise levels will allow the technology to be further scaled to as small as 20nm.
Samsung’s 32Gb devices will be used in devices ranging from 4GB to a tremendous 64GB! That’s up to 64 Hours of DVD quality video or over 1,300 Hours of MP3 audio. Expect to see the new more efficient CTF devices begin to replace current floating gate systems over the next year. With these new chips expected to potentially hit 256Gb meaning up to 512GB memory cards, this is a huge step towards PC’s with purely solid state storage drives.
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Kenwood has released 6 new car radios that allow connections to your USB hard drive or MP3 player. The radio then detects and replays digital audio files that are stored in WMA, ACC, or MP3 formats. Four of these 1-Din models, KDC-W534UA, KDC-W5534U, KDC-W6534U, and KDC-W7534U, connect through the rear while the other two, DPX501U and DPX701U, have their connections in front. There is even a supplied USB cord and an optional iPod adapter. So far there is no word on product availability or price. In the meantime, we’re going to work on getting our PC’s into the passenger seat.
No, this isn’t just a hard drive turned on its side, it’s a new technology called perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). This new technology allows for higher data storage density on the drive by stacking the storage “bits” vertically and more densely. The new MHW2 line using PMR achieves up to 160GB in capacity in a compact 2.5” form factor.
Perpendicular storage isn’t the only update to these drives. Engineers also incorporated new anti-shock and power saving technologies allowing the device to withstand up to 300g’s of mechanical shock and energy efficiency as good as 3.8milliWatts/GB, both of which are industry best according to Fujitsu. The 80GB and 160GB versions of the drive will be available October of this year.
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Just in time for the holidays, Plextor announced today that their PX-B900A Blu-Ray Disc drive will be released to distributors in North and South America this October. This new multi-function drive promises to support the next generation of optical storage data technology.
The PX-B900A can burn more than 9 hours of HD video (about 23 hours of SD) on a dual-layered 50 GB disc. Compatible with Windows software, it works with write speeds DVD-RAM, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RW. The drive comes bundled with a rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and software WinDVD BD, Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus, DVD Movie factory, BurnNow, Data-Add, and BD-DiscRecorder. Also included in this package is a 1-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free tech support.
As an early fan of Plextor, I am hoping that Santa is passing out lots of these, because at an MSRP of $999.99, it’s more than a tad over my budget.
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