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Seagate Unveils 400GB 10K-rpm Cheetah NS Hard Drive

LaCie Delivers 1TB Secure Biometric Disk

Samsung Launches Ultra Edition II Series in SEA Market

Seagate Introduces New Rugged SATA Hard Drive

Plextor Launches 18x External PC/Mac DVD ReWriter

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Seagate Unveils 400GB 10K-rpm Cheetah NS Hard Drive

Seagate Technology announced the Cheetah NS hard drive, developed for mission-critical enterprise network storage applications where the highest available storage capacity and the lowest power consumption are required.

Benefits of the novelty:

  • The Cheetah NS provides high capacity for mission-critical network storage environments. Using the perpendicular recording technology, the Cheetah NS enables 33% more storage per drive to deliver up to 400GBs.
  • With a seek time of 3.9 ms, and operating at 10K-rpm, random performance is increased by 10% while sequential performance is improved by as much as 23%. The Cheetah NS is also available with the 3Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 4Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces.
  • PowerTrim Energy Efficiency - Seagate's PowerTrim technology is a set of proprietary features that together reduce the Cheetah NS drive's overall power consumption in the enterprise. Using PowerTrim technology, the Cheetah NS consumes just 8W.

The Cheetah NS is rated with a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 1.4 million hours and is backed by Seagate's five-year warranty. Seagate is now shipping the Cheetah NS to leading OEM customers. The Cheetah NS is expected to be available to the worldwide distribution channel during the third quarter of 2007.

Source: Seagate Technology

LaCie Delivers 1TB Secure Biometric Disk

LaCie announced it has boosted capacity of its d2 SAFE Hard Drive to 1TB in a compact 2x6x7" solution. The d2 SAFE Hard Drive is equipped with a biometric sensor, 128-bit AES hardware encryption technology, and chain lock port for maximum protection against unauthorized use. It comes in LaCie’s d2 design made of sturdy aluminum alloy with three interfaces - FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 - for universal access on Windows or Mac OS.

Up to 10 fingerprints (five users with minimum two prints each) can be registered with personal and customized access privileges such as full access to the disk (read/write) or read-only. Once registered, a simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the disk if users need to step away from their desk for a meeting or to run an errand.

The LaCie d2 SAFE Hard Drive can stand vertically to save desktop space, and includes a secure chain lock port for attaching it to a desk to prevent theft (chain available separately). A 3-setting switch allows for customized power management.

LaCie d2 SAFE Hard Drive 1TB is available end of June at the suggested retail price of $579.99. The 500GB model is currently available. Disks ship with all cables necessary for immediate use, as well as 1-Click Backup Software for Windows/Mac.

Source: LaCie

Samsung Launches Ultra Edition II Series in SEA Market

Samsung Electronics launched the Ultra Edition II series in Southeast Asia. In particular, the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700), the slimmest HSDPA slider phone, will be available in the market from July 2007.

The Ultra Edition II series currently consists of two sliders - the Ultra Edition 10.9 (U600) and the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700), a metallic clamshell - the Ultra Edition 9.6 (U300), and a candy bar handset - the Ultra Edition 5.9 (U100). Each design offers a 3-megapixel camera and camcorder, high-speed internet connectivity, as well as multimedia and audio capabilities.

The Ultra Edition II series is slimmer and more powerful than the first edition with its advanced functions and improved designs. Exclusive to the Ultra Edition II, Samsung’s Optimized Power Usage Solution (OPUS) increases talk time by 10%, power saving by 30% and battery capacity by 10%. Samsung’s Smart Surface Mounting Technology (SSMT), which was initially developed for the Ultra Edition phones, reduces the number of required components, interference and noise.

Each handset also combines music player capabilities with improved sound quality highlighted by ICEpower amplifier developed by Bang & Olufsen. All devices also feature a dedicated music interface and Quick PC Sync software.

Another product, the Ultra Edition 10.9 (U600), comes in sapphire blue, garnet red, platinum metal, and copper gold colors. It also comes equipped with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 2.22" TFT LCD widescreen. And the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) also offers HSDPA 3.6 Mbps data transfer speed and video telephony.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Seagate Introduces New Rugged SATA Hard Drive

Seagate Technology extended its portfolio of rugged storage products with the launch of the second-generation Seagate EE25 Series HDD. The 2.5-inch EE25.2 is designed for the growing digital storage needs of extreme environment applications, delivering up to 80GB of reliable storage to the hostile temperature, vibration, humidity, shock and altitude conditions. In addition, Seagate is bringing the SATA interface to extreme environment applications.

The EE25 Series drives support a wide range of applications, including:

  • Entertainment, information and navigation systems for commercial aircraft, automobiles and marine vessels;
  • Ruggedized PCs;
  • Equipment exposed to a range of vibration and temperature extremes;
  • Commercial/industrial control systems; and
  • Mobile or remote CCTV systems.

The EE25.2 hard drive specs:

  • Operating temperature range of -30 to +85 degrees Celsius (-22 to +185 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Operates at 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level, as high as the famed Ticlo mountain pass in Peru - its predecessor, the EE25.1, has been proven in multiple expeditions to Mount Everest and other major summits.
  • Vibration tolerance of 150 Gs at 11 milliseconds.
  • Continuous operation in 90% humidity.

The EE25 is backed by Seagate's five-year warranty.

Source: Seagate Technology

Plextor Launches 18x External PC/Mac DVD ReWriter

Following the recently launched internal PX-800A & PX-810SA DVD ReWriters, Plextor announced its new external PX-810UF compatible with both Mac and PC systems.

The PX-810UF comes with a dual interface for extra flexibility – with both USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE1394) connectors on the rear panel (as denoted by the 'UF' suffix). In addition, the drive comes with a software package that includes Nero 7 Essentials (with Nero Express 7), and Plextools Professional LE.

The PX-810UF, which can burn a single-layer disc in just 5,5 minutes, is capable of the following DVD speeds:

  • Write speed DVD+R DL: 10x
  • Write speed DVD-R DL: 10x
  • Write speed DVD+R: 18x
  • Write speed DVD-R: 18x
  • Write speed DVD+RW: 8x
  • Write speed DVD-RW: 6x
  • Write speed DVD-RAM : 12x
  • Read speed DVD-ROM: 16x
  • Write speed CD-R: 48x
  • Write speed CD-RW: 32x
  • Read speed CD-ROM: 48x

The Plextor PX-810UF will be available from July 2007 at Plextor’s network of dealers. It is covered by Plextor’s Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); other countries 1-year carry-in). A range of full and trial software is included from Plextor (PlexTools LE) and Nero (Nero Express 7 Essentials).

Source: Plextor

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Manhunt 2 Preview @ TTGamer
Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler @ Bjorn3D
DH Review: AMD 690G Motherboards
Dell UltraSharp 2707WFP 27in LCD Display @ TrustedReviews
HEXUS.net - reviews :: High-speed DDR2 memory roundup
Aerocool Iceland Watercooling Kit @ Hard-H2O
Nexus Frizzbee Reviewed at BurnOutPC
LG GSA-H55L 20x Super-Multi DVD±RW/RAM Review @ CDRLabs
Saitek Obsidian Wireless Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
XtremeMac Luna Review @ Digital Trends
Cooler Master Stacker 832 @ techPowerUp
Akasa Evo Blue AK-922 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
HTC S710 review @ DV Hardware
Aerocool GateWatch 2 Review on Technic3D
Used Lens Buying Guide Rev. 5.0 @ Tech ARP
Sapphire Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB video card review @ Elite Bastards
EVGA nForce 650i SLI motherboard @ bit-tech.net
Futurelooks News Flash - COMPUTEX 2007 Spotlight - Shuttle Computers
I4U: ATI HD 2900 XT Graphics Card Review
JBL Reference 510 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Review @ OCModShop
Edova Innovations Xpad Notebook Heat Shield @ Benchmark Reviews
Hornet 3 Mini RC Helicopter from HobbyTron @ DragonSteelMods
ATI Catalyst 7.5 Performance Analysis @ TweakTown
Top Five Amarok Tips @ Techgage
Beyond3D - interviews :: Sir Eric Demers on AMD R600
Albatron GeForce 8600GT-256 PCI Express Videocard Review @ PCStats
Computex 2007 Wrap Up @ The TechZone
Olympus underwater cases @ InsideHW
Archos 704 WiFi Portable Media Player @ TheTechLounge
CardScan Executive V8 Reviewed @ BIOS
Antec NP-100 Review at XYZ Computing
OCZ Reaper Heat Pipe Conduit DDR2 RAM @ HotHardware
Corsair Survivor 8 GB Reviewed at Metku.net
Tuniq Tower 120-LFB Heatsink Review @ OCIA.net
Forza Motorsport 2 review @ bit-tech.net
GideonTech Review: Vizo Igloo water cooler
NH overclocks Radeon HD 2900 XF CrossFire and GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI at DreamHack Summer 2007 @ NordicHardware
Antec Performance One P182 Case Review @ Madshrimps
Intel Pentium E2140 & E2160 review @ TechSpot
Altec Lansing T515 Bluetooth Speaker System @ BlueTomorrow
Tagan Silver Power SP-1000E 1000 Watt PSU Review @ hi-techreview
Case mod paint masking tutorial @ AOA Forums
abit AW9D-Max v/s DFI 975X/G @ ChileHardware
ASUS P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP @ Techgage
Birth Of A Motherboard: HL Tours ECS' China Facilities @ HardwareLogic
G.SKill PC8500 DDR2 F2-8500CL5D-2GBHK @ TweakPC
Jetway 8600GTS VGA (nvidia) @ DNRhardware.nl
HEC Group Zephyr 650W ATX Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin
Reserator Mod - Part Two @ Tekbunker
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