Fujitsu announced today that it has developed two new energy-efficient 500GB 2.5-inch hard disk drives. The MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH feature a rotational speed of 5,400 RPM and consume only 1.4W of power when recording data. The the MJA2 CH ups the ante even further with built-in 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption.
Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has developed two new 500 GB 2.5" hard disk drive (HDD) models that feature a rotational speed of 5,400 RPM and deliver industry-leading levels of energy efficiency. The MJA2 BH series will be available from the end of December 2008, and the MJA2 CH series will be available in the first quarter of the 2009 calendar year.
With industry-leading levels of energy efficiency, the new models consume only 1.4W of power when recording data, one-third less than previous models. Moreover, these are Fujitsu's first halogen-free HDD models, making them an environmentally friendly products across their lifecycle, from deployment to disposal.
In addition, to meet information security needs for high data storage capacity applications, the MJA2 CH series is the world's first 500 GB HDD line equipped with 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption.
Silicon Power has announced the release of its new Touch 810 USB flash drive. Along with a retractable USB port, the drive features a light, transparent body with a rhombus facet inside. The Touch 810 is available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Silicon Power has released the availability of its new Touch 810 with refined design USB flash drive in global markets. Its chic stylish look is one of a kind in the market. The rhombus facet inside of this flash drive with its retractable USB port and one crystal on the top gives it a rare elegance which is unusual for this type of device. The Touch 810 features a light, transparency body in red or blue for choices. Its rhombus facet and crystal reflects the sunlight revealing a stylish colorful look. The Touch 810 cleverly combines design and functionality and also offers the SmartKit software for personal data management.
Silicon Mountain sent out a press release this morning, announcing its design for a 32 and 42-inch HDTV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-ray player. The Allio HD TV / PC is available in six different configurations, including a flagship model that comes equipped with a 42" LCD display, combo Blu-ray/DVD player, Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
The Allio HD TV / PC is the first product of its kind in North America, and Silicon Mountain is the first company worldwide to develop a converged HD TV / PC solution that includes Blu-ray. It is available now, in time for U.S. holiday purchases. Orders are being taken now at the Visionman website at http://www.visionman.com/.
Additional information on where to buy Allio will be announced soon.
The flagship Allio model marries a Full-HD 42" LCD display with a combo Blu-ray/DVD player, integrated digital recorder for PVR and a powerful PC, based on the Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4GB of RAM from Silicon Mountain, a 1TB hard drive and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. In addition to the analog and digital audio-video inputs common to high-def televisions, Allio includes wireless and wired networking capabilities and several USB ports to extend the experience to other computers and peripherals in the home.
If you've checked out the price of Blu-ray players, you've probably noticed that they've come down considerably over the last few months. According to a new report by ABI Research, the price of Blu-ray players are going to come down even more for the holiday season due to pressure from download services and speculation about the future success of the format.
The need for healthy holiday sales in a bear market, competitive pressure from movie download services, and media speculation about the future success of the Blu-ray format itself has resulted in falling Blu-ray player prices across a range of current and older models.
Tier 2 players and older models (6-9 months) are now widely available under $200. Amazon is offering a Samsung model bundled with four discs for that price. Holiday season prices may be in the $150-200 range. All of this runs counter to many of the industry’s original market forecasts and expectations.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” comments ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
CyberLink Corporation (5203.TW), an innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, announces today that its HD video editing software CyberLink PowerDirector 7
— optimized with NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology is now available on CyberLink’s online store. Existing PowerDirector 7 users can download an update for free to enhance their HD video editing experience.
CyberLink PowerDirector 7 delivers up to five-times faster video previewing and rendering performance by using NVIDIA CUDA technology to utilize the power of the NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs). CyberLink PowerDirector supports CUDA-enabled NVIDIA GeForce®, NVIDIA Quadro® and NVIDIA Tesla™ graphics solutions. Applied with advanced video effects, the new version of PowerDirector 7 provides an improved user experience in HD video processing by dramatically reducing video processing time and lowering CPU utilization.
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Pegasys, Inc. announced today that its TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 software will be available for purchase on November 13th. This all-in-one media authoring solution offers a number of new features including Blu-Ray, DVD, and DivX Ultra authoring, AVCHD file import, fast HD video editing, slideshow creation and support for 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.
Pegasys, Inc. (http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com), the company that makes digital video easy, announces the upcoming availability of its TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 software. It's the perfect, all-in-one media authoring solution for any video enthusiast. It is easy enough for a beginner to understand, and sophisticated enough to meet the demands of an experienced videographer. The U.S. release date is scheduled for November 13th, 2008. As a special promotion, users that purchase TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 between now and November 13th can purchase TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 for only $10.00.
Amazon is running a new promotion where you get a $100 discount on a participatingBlu-ray player when you buy 4 Warner Bros titles. The promotion includes the Playstation 3 (80GB), Sylvania NB500SL9, Sony BDP-S350 and Sony BDP-S550. With the discount, the Sylvania NB500SL9and Sony BDP-S350can be picked up for less than $130. The list of titles includes I Am Legend, Speed Racer, Batman Begins and Superman Returns as well as 29 others.
To take advantage of this promotion, simply add one of the participating Blu-ray players as well as f Warner movies to your cart. Enter the promotion code AMAZONBD at checkout and a $100 credit will automatically be applied to your order. The promotion runs through December 31, 2008 so there is plenty of time to get a Blu-ray player before the holidays.
Update: The Sharp BDHP50, Sharp BDHP21U, Samsung BD-P2500, Panasonic DMP-BD55K, Pioneer BDP-51FD and LG BD300 have been added to the promotion. Unfortunately, the Sony BDP-S350 and Sony BDP-S550 no longer qualify.
SanDisk announced today that it has developed an advanced flash file system for solid-state drives. This new flash management system, named ExtremeFFS, operates on a page-based algorithm which puts data where where it is most convenient and efficient. According to SanDisk's claims, ExtremeFFS has the potential to accelerate random write speeds by up to 100x. The company also proposed two metrics to make it easier for consumers to compare the performance and endurance of SSDs.
SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today unveiled an advanced flash file system for solid-state drives (SSDs) that yields dramatic improvement in performance and reliability for computing applications. Called ExtremeFFS™, this next-generation patented flash management system – which has the potential to accelerate random write speeds by up to 100 times over existing systems – will ship in SanDisk products during 2009.
Speaking in Los Angeles at WinHEC 2008, Rich Heye, senior vice president and general manager for SanDisk’s Solid-State Drive (SSD) Business Unit, presented ExtremeFFS along with two metrics – vRPM and LDE – that can help end-users evaluate SSDs. vRPM enables comparisons in performance between an SSD and a hard disk drive (HDD) or another SSD, and LDE calculates the lifespan of a solid-state drive.
For SSDs to perform optimally in Windows Vista, and thus replicate or surpass the functionality of hard disk drives, a new flash management technology is needed to accelerate SSD write speed and endurance, he said. “SSDs will revolutionize client storage, but we need new benchmarks that allow them to be treated differently than HDDs.”
Sony Music Entertainment has launched a new high quality audio CD format called the Blu-spec CD. While sticking to the red book (CDDA) standard, the Blu-spec CD uses the same polycarbonate material and Blue Laser Diode (BLD) cutting process used to manufacture Blu-ray Discs. Jitter has been further reduced by eliminating vibration during the cutting process as well as the use of fiber optics to improve the quality of the beam.
Sony plans to have 60 titles ready for launch on December 24th, including albums from popular artists like Billy Joel, Santana and Aerosmith. Most Blu-spec CD's are priced at around 2,500 Yen ($25US).