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Storage Clips: Hitachi's new hard drives to take on ATA

New Hitachi hard drive holds half a terabyte; LG Electronics speeds up optical drives; Quantum completes Certance acquisition; Arkeia appoints new biz dev director.

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Hitachi's new hard drives to take on ATA
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced an expanded product line that will take on the 3.5-inch Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) hard drive segment. Hitachi is adding three new 7,200 rpm drives to its family of Deskstar products, targeting the broadest range of 3.5-inch consumer and commercial applications: mainstream PCs and workstations, digital video recorders and nearline storage.

The Hitachi drives being unveiled, include the industry's first half terabyte (500 GB) Serial ATA drive for audio/video and other capacity-intensive applications -- the Deskstar 7K500. In the midrange category, Hitachi offers the Deskstar T7K250, a two-disk, 250 GB product, while the Deskstar 7K80 rounds out the portfolio with an 80 GB offering. The Deskstar products will ship later in the first quarter of the year, Hitachi said.

The company also debuted a pair of ultra-small and small drives for the consumer market. One, dubbed "Mikey," is a one inch mini-drive that sports eight to 10 GB of storage capacity and weighs only 14 grams. A larger drive, code named "Slim," is a 1.8-inch format drive that will come in two models, one boasting 30 to 40 GB of storage, another with a capacity in the 60 to 80 GB range.

Both Mikey and Slim are scheduled to ship in the last two quarters of 2005.

LG Electronics speeds up optical drives
Optical storage manufacturer LG Electronics, has introduced new additions to its Super-Multi optical drive series. LG's optical drive offerings, which include both internal and external models, include multiformat reading/writing abilities allowing users to back up MP3 files, videos, digital pictures or any large files at speeds 30% faster than previous versions. The company did not give specific details. The new 16x Super-Multi series also gives users the ability to read or write in all three DVD formats -- DVD+R, DVD-R and DVD-RAM, and is equipped with the Double Layer writing technology, offering users 8.5 GB capacity.

Quantum completes Certance acquisition
Quantum Corp. announced it has completed the acquisition of Certance, a privately held supplier of tape drives and data protection products. Under the terms of the definitive agreement announced on Oct. 20, 2004, Quantum acquired all of Certance for $60 million in an all-cash transaction. This purchase price excludes the distribution to the sellers of $34 million cash from Certance's balance sheet. Quantum will now move to integrate the two companies.

Arkeia appoints new biz dev director
Backup vendor Arkeia Corp. announced that Dave Elliott has been appointed to the newly created position as director of business development, responsible for partnerships and OEM business in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Prior to joining Arkeia, Elliott was responsible for strategic development at Iomega Corp., where he drove partnerships with enterprise software companies.

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