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Sharp And Pioneer Sign Partnership Agreement to Establish Joint Venture For Optical Disk Business

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Pioneer Corporation and Sharp Corporation have announced today that they have signed a partnership agreement on the establishment of a joint venture in the optical disk business area.

The goal of the new joint venture is to make more effective use of the management resources of the two companies in the optical disk business field, and to capture a leadership position in this area, particularly in the Blu-ray Disc market where significant growth is expected in the future.

The optical disk businesses of the two companies will be transferred to the new joint venture, with a target date for the start of operations around October 1, 2009. The new company will engage in the development, design, manufacture, and sales of optical disk products, focusing on optical disk drives, recorders, and players.

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Super Talent Announces Availability Of 512GB 2.5-Inch SSD

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Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that it is now shipping the MasterDrive RX family of Solid State Drives (SSDs) in capacities up to 512GB. 

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The MasterDrive RX features Super Talent’s proprietary RAIDSSD™ Technology to enable extremely fast sequential read and write speeds.  The MasterDrive RX with MLC NAND Flash comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB densities and is rated for a maximum sequential read speed of 230MB/sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 160MB/sec.  The MasterDrive RX with SLC Flash comes in 128GB and 256GB densities and is rated for a maximum sequential read speed of 230MB/sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 200MB/sec.

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A-DATA Launches Intel X25-M Series SSDs

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A-DATA Technology, the leading manufacturer in DRAM Module and Storage device industry, announced to launch its new SATA 2.5” A-DATA X25-M series SSD - targeting power users who demand ultimate performance for notebook PC. The A-DATA SSD X25-M series is Co-logo with Intel, combining the best product quality with the best channel support for customer service.

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Every piece of A-DATA X25-M series SSD have been tested and verified on latest Intel-based notebook and desktop platforms. Incorporate with A-DATA’s solid customer service, A-DATA X25-M series is definitely the first choice for customers who care performance the most.

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Data Robotics Unveils 8-Bay DroboPro

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Data Robotics, the company that is changing the way the world stores and protects digital content, today introduced DroboPro, the first business class storage array that manages itself. DroboPro delivers a radically simplified storage experience enhanced by advanced self-monitoring and self-healing functionality that enables small and medium businesses (SMBs) to maintain uptime in the face of constant data growth. Built on the company’s award-winning BeyondRAID™ virtualized storage platform, DroboPro provides enterprise-level business continuity features—including protection against multiple concurrent drive failures and no-downtime capacity expansion with thin provisioning—while eliminating the lock-in of traditional RAID configurations.

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DroboPro with BeyondRAID offers IT managers the unprecedented flexibility to replace failed disks, upsize the capacity of disks, and with one click switch between single and dual disk redundancy without costly downtime. Providing the most straightforward user experience ever designed for business class storage, DroboPro enables companies to devote more resources to business growth and significantly less time and money to managing their storage. With DroboPro IT managers no longer have to make difficult and confining choices upfront about how to provision capacity for the future.

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Hitachi GST Completes Acquisition of Fabrik, Inc.

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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Fabrik, Inc. Fabrik’s business will form the core of Hitachi GST's new Branded Business division. Fabrik’s leading storage brands include G-Technology™, offering premium external storage solutions for the Apple® Mac®, content creation and professional audio/video markets; and SimpleTech™, an innovative leader in PC-based external storage and backup solutions.

Mike Cordano, Fabrik CEO and co-founder, joins Hitachi GST as executive vice president of Sales and Marketing and president, Branded Business. He will lead the Hitachi GST external storage business, as well as the company's worldwide sales and marketing organizations. Mr. Cordano is a 20-year data storage industry veteran and previously served as executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Maxtor Corporation.

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OCZ Technology Launches Mac Edition Vertex Series Solid State Drives

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OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled OCZ Vertex Mac Edition Solid State Drives and mobile memory solutions qualified by OCZ for ultimate compatibility with the latest family of MacBooks. These new premium offerings are designed for Mac enthusiasts demanding the latest technology in storage and memory to increase productivity and performance on their Apple notebooks.

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“OCZ is excited to announce two new products that are specifically designed for Mac consumers,” commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “Both the Vertex Series Mac Edition solid state drives and the new Mac Edition SODIMMS are designed to be an easy upgrade for consumers that want to boost the performance of their MacBooks, and have been tested in Apple’s Development Center (ADC) to ensure stability and compatibility.”

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Patriot Memory Announces 128GB Warp v3 Solid State Drive

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Patriot Memory,a global provider of premium quality memory module and flash memory solutions, today announced their 128GB Warp SSD v3, Patriot's newest addition to the Warp Series.

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The 128GB Warp SSD v3 provides and quenches your thirst for speed. With blazing transfer speeds up to 240MB/s read and 160 MB/s write this drive is a perfect solution for a wide range of applications that require ruggedness, minimal power consumption, cooler temperature and silent operations. Keeping reliability in mind, the Patriot Warp 128GB SSD v3 drives has 1.5 million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) and built in wear leveling technology. Warp's v3 continues to be in a 2.5" form factor with SATA I/II connections for fast, reliable data transfer rates.

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New Survey Finds That Consumers Want To Backup Their DVDs

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A new survey conducted by National Consumers League has found that consumers want to be able to make backup copies of their DVDs. Out of the 1000 people surveyed, 90% agreed that DVD owners should be able to copy a DVD to their computer in the same way that they save music from a CD. Half of those surveyed were also bothered that they couldn't save DVDs to their hard drives without cracking the encryption or purchasing an expanded version of the DVD.

Americans' attitudes towards DVDs are evolving and driving expectations about their use, according to a new survey released today by the National Consumers League. The Opinion Research Corporation survey of 1,000 consumers, aged 18-64, who own a personal computer, conducted March 11-16, finds that -- amidst a backdrop of a slowing market and troubled economy, when consumers' satisfaction may be more important than ever -- Americans are overwhelmingly interested in the ability to copy or back up their DVDs to their computers and laptops.

With 69 percent of respondents reportedly watching DVDs on their computers, and with more than a third saying they've had to repurchase lost or damaged DVDs in the past, consumers are resoundingly interested in the ability to back-up their DVD content. According to the survey, 90 percent (and 93 percent of those with children in the household) agree that DVD owners should be able to copy a DVD to their computer in the same way that they save music from a CD.

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Team Group Launches 32GB SDHC And 16GB microSDHC Memory Cards

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As the popularity of Full HD grows, the demand for refined image resolution and image file size increases. Team Group Inc. understands the needs of consumers and has launched large capacity, 32GB SDHC and 16GB microSDHC memory cards. Now anyone can easily capture each exciting moment in life, even for pictures and video clips of high resolution, overcoming the nightmare of insufficient memory card capacity.

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Team Group’s large capacity 32GB SDHC/16GB microSDHC memory cards offer Class 6 super-fast transfer speed (over 6MB/sec) for effortless high resolution write-in. In addition, its compact dimension can store up to 8,000 songs in MP3 format, 6,600 10-megapixel digital photos, and 4 hours of Full HD video. It is compatible with most consumer electronics products on the market such as PDA, DV camcorder, digital camera, GPS, portable media player, and other devices. With a card adapter, Team Group’s microSDHC can easily be made compatible with MS Pro Duo, SD, and other popular formats, eliminating the “one-card, one-device” hassle, and optimizing the enjoyment of spectacular quality media and high speed data access!

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Vinpower Digital Introduces Series Of Standalone 8x Blu-ray Disc Duplicators With LightScribe Printing Capability

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vinpower 15 blu-ray disc duplicator.jpgVinpower Digital announces the availability of its latest Blu-ray Disc duplicator lines offering true 8X BD-R duplication speed combined with standalone LightScribe printing capability. The BH08LS 8X Blu-ray Disc writer drives, from LG Electronics, combined with the exceptional performance of the Vinpower Digital controller, provide reliable high quality copies of Blu-ray master discs as well as convenient laser label printing using LightScribe technology.

"Vinpower Digital promotes both the expansion and adoption of LightScribe printing technology and Blu-ray Disc duplication as the most viable applications for growth within the duplication industry. The fact that the LG BH08LS Blu-ray Disc drive offers both options in a single drive directly correlates with our current business model and future growth," declares Calvin Chang, C.E.O Vinpower Digital.

"LG's BH08LS20 provides a fast BD-R write speed of 8x and compatibility with Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs, complementing Vinpower Digital's controller," said Ron Snaidauf, vice president of Commercial Products, LG Electronics USA. "Companies like Vinpower Digital enable LG's top-of-the-line writer technology to be used even more effectively to duplicate and create multiple Blu-ray discs at once."

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