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Seagate unveils 1.5TB GoFlex external drive

Digital file hoarders and multimedia fans looking for a portable drive solution will no doubt salivate uncontrollably at the announcement of a 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex solution from Seagate. The compact drive comes with a USB 3.0 interface, 192-bit Triple DES encryption and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Read More
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Viking Modular introduces an SSD in a DIMM memory form factor

Viking Modular has unveiled a novel approach to adding a solid state storage boost to a computer or server. Instead of being bound by the familiar 2.5 or 3.5 inch (63.5/88.9mm) form factor, the company has introduced SATADIMM - storage on a memory module. It's shaped like system RAM and slides into DDR3 slots on the motherboard but connecting up its onboard SATA interface results in up to 200GB Enterprise Class Solid State Drive storage being made available. Although likely to find its way into business systems and data center servers in the immediate future, system designers may well find the module useful for creating even thinner mobile devices, such as tablet computers. Read More
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Energy storage system to top up peak electricity supply

The amount of power drawn from the electricity grid can vary greatly at different times of the day. It usually peaks in the early evening for a couple of hours after the mass exodus from school and work, while short-lived spikes are also common after major televised sporting events, during commercial breaks and in the morning hours. This can cause headaches for energy companies as they struggle to match supply with demand. But researchers have now found a way to manage these short-lived draws on the electricity grid far that could halve the fuel needed. Read More
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Industrial-strength data protection with LaCie's XtremKey USB Flash Drive

Adventurous types in the digital age need storage that's as rugged and tough as they are. LaCie's says that its appropriately-named XtremKey rugged flash memory will provide the kind of industrial-strength protection that stands up to all sorts of punishment. Resistant to pressure, water, high drops, and extreme hot and cold the drive comes in capacity sizes up to 64GB. Read More
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High capacity ultra thin laptop drives unveiled by Hitachi GST

As portable computing devices get thinner and thinner, component manufacturers appear to be in a perpetual state of one-upmanship. In the latest round, Hitachi has put its HDDs on a crash diet and announced a range of super slim drives available in storage sizes up to 320GB. With a z-height of just 7mm (0.275 inch), the Z-series family of Travelstar and CinemaStar drives also offer low power consumption and low noise. Read More
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