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Hitachi delivers fast and energy efficient enterprise hard drive

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2009

hitachiultrastar-sbSaving a few watts by using a more energy efficient hard drive isn’t high on the list of priorities for most businesses and your average computer user. The savings in electricity for most of us won’t offset the cost of replacing a hard drive. However, for large data centers saving a few watts per hard drive can equate to millions of dollars.

Hitachi has announced its latest energy efficient hard drive aimed at the enterprise market called the Ultrastar C10K300. The drive spins at 10,000 RPM and connects to servers via an SAS interface. The drive has a 2.5-inch form factor helping to save space in crowded server environments.

Hitachi pleads guilty and pays hefty fine for LCD price fixing

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on March 11th, 2009

hitachilcd-sbThere is nothing that makes most consumers angrier than having to pay more for something than it is worth. A few years ago several of the world’s largest LCD panel makers conspired together to fix the price of TFT-LCD panels and sold the panels at inflated prices to computer makers.

So far several companies have been fined, including LG and Chunghwa Picture Tubes. Today the U.S. DOJ has announced that Hitachi has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $31 million for its part in the LCD price fixing conspiracy.

Hitachi cell phone with 3D photo and video

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2009

Hitachi cell phone with 3D photo and videoJapanese cell phone maker KDDI has teamed up with Hitachi to one-up your iPhone as the iPhone can’t manage 3D content. The Hitachi WOOO H001 will show you 3D versions of your phone’s still images and video.

But that’s not all, the phone also will give you a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD slot, and a 1Seg TV tuner. No word on price, but the handset should hit the Asian market by spring.

Hitachi announces new 500GB eco CinemaStar HDD

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on February 5th, 2009

Hitachi CinemaStar C5K500There are many uses today for hard drives optimized for storing and streaming video files. Uses for this type of drive include DVRs, video work stations, and video surveillance applications. Hitachi has announced its latest video centric drive that is added to its CinemaStar line.

The new drive is called the CinemaStar C5K500 and is a 2.5-inch drive offering a maximum capacity of 500GB. The small drive is designed for silent operation, cool running, and low power usage. The rotational speed of the drive is 5400 rpm and is uses Hitachi SmoothStream technology to enhance digital video streaming applications.

Hitachi one button, one ball TV remote control

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2009

Hitachi one button, one ball TV remote controlThe future of touch and gesture interface technology continues it’s rapid march forward, but traditional hardware interface devices are still making improvements. Hitachi recently showed off a new kind of television remote control specifically designed for the computer savvy needs of IPTV viewers. It may look like a crystal ball, but it won’t…or maybe it will reveal the future.

The idea is to get away from all of those buttons and make the process of using an onscreen GUI an intuitively simple process. Which is how it should be. No word yet on release date or price, but we are hoping to see it soon. Regular TV remotes are so last century.

Hitachi unveils 7,500 lumen pro projector

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on November 25th, 2008

Hitachi CP-X10000 ProjectorHitachi isn’t a name you hear as often in the consumer electronics realm as Sony or Samsung. Despite that, Hitachi makes some fantastic home theater and AV products. I own one of their plasma TVs and it is by far the best set I have tested. Hitachi is branching into the professional market with its latest AV projector.

The projector is called the CP-X10000 and offers a whopping 7,500 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 2500:1. The projector offers ultra-wide range lens shift and a 10-bit full digital video processor along with a 10,000-hour filter.

Hitachi ships green 500GB 2.5-inch HDD

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on November 11th, 2008

Hitachi 5K500b Notebook Hard DriveStorage capacities are growing for both desktop and portable computers. Notebooks still can’t match the storage capacity available in many desktop computers, but the gap is closing. Hitachi announced its latest notebook HDD today that offers lots of storage and green features built-in.

The hard drive is called the Travelstar 5K500.B and has 500GB of storage space wile consuming only 1.4W during read/write operations. The drives are also halogen free making them more environmentally friendly.

Hitachi announces new 1TB CinemaStar HDD for DVRs

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on July 30th, 2008

Hitachi CinemaStar 1TB Drive AnnouncedHard drive capacities are growing all the time, which is great news for computer users with lots of stuff to store. More storage capacity is also great news for DVR users looking to be able to record more programming before their hard drive fills up.

Today Hitachi announced a pair of new hard drives in its CinemaStar line. The flagship product is the CinemaStar 7K1000.B with up to 1TB of storage space. Hitachi previously announced a 1TB desktop drive a few weeks back. Other capacities are available for the 7K1000.B in addition to the 1TB version. Hitachi also announced the CinemaStar 5K320 with 320GB of storage space. The 1TB drive can store 247 hours of MPEG-4 HD video.

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Hitachi ups notebook HD storage to 500GB

Posted in ASUS,CES 2008,Hard Drives,Hitachi,Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on January 3rd, 2008

hitachi-500gb.jpgHitachi is upping the stakes in notebook hard drive storage sizes as CES approaches by unveiling today the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive. Expect to see the new 500GB Travelstar 5K500 showing up in laptops sometime in February.

The Hitachi Travelstar 5K500, which will also be available in a slightly smaller 400GB model, is the company’s fourth generation mobile drive to use perpendicular magnetic recording technology. In exact storage terms you can fit on the 500GB drive up to 500 hours of digital video, 178 feature length movies, 250 games or 125,000 four-minute songs. These drives will be available with a 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface and will include vibration protection technology against bumps which might impact system performance.

Hitachi scoffs solid state, building 4TB hard disk

Posted in Hard Drives,Hitachi by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2007

Hitachi announced they have created smaller read-head technology to make a 4TB desktop driveHitachi today announced another step forward in packing more data into the same sized hard disks with what is now the world’s smallest read-head technology for hard disks. While others (Hitachi themselves included) are starting to turn to solid state drives or hybrid drives with advantages of moving parts, faster response times and less power consumption, Hitachi continues to make advances on the HDD front stating it continues to provide a better capacity to cost ratio than other technologies.

Hitachi Launches First Blu-ray Camcorders

Posted in Blu-ray,Camcorders,Hitachi by Chris Weber on August 2nd, 2007

Hitachi DZ-BD7H Blu-ray CamcorderToday Hitachi has announced two new Blu-ray disc camcorders which they are calling the worlds first camcorders that can record high-definition video to Blu-ray. Both camcorders have the ability to record full high-definition video directly to a single-side, single-layer Blu-ray disc giving up to one hour of 1920×1080 resolution video on the disc.

The DZ-BD7H model is actually a “hybrid” camcorder with the ability to record the high-definition video to either the Blu-ray disc or an internal 30GB hard drive which can hold up to four hours of the 1920×1080 high-def video. Once recorded onto the hard drive the camera itself can transfer the video onto the Blu-ray disc without the need for any external components.

Both cameras have all the same features but the DZ-BD70 model does not have the internal HDD and has only the Blu-ray disc. Both Hitachi Blu-ray camcorders make use …

Hitachi Pushing 60-Inch Plasma, Others

Posted in HDTV,Hitachi,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 29th, 2007

HitachiHitachi has been busy this week showcasing their Fall 2007 line up of plasma displays for the masses. These models range in size from 50- to 60-inches and price from around $3,000 to $8,000.

The most impressive of the models Hitachi is preparing is a 60-inch Director’s Series plasma (P60X901). This model, like select others in the new plasma line up, comes loaded with cutting edge viewing technologies. These include, in a nut shell, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2-million pixels and something the company is calling Reel60. This last feature is designed to “accurately and automatically eliminates the jittery or stuttering visual effect called ‘judder’ which results from outdated methods for 3:2 pulldown correction (i.e. converting from 24 frames used in film to 60 frames used in television).”

I always like other nice touches like stylish looks, a remote control with glow in …

Hitachi GGW-H10N Super Multi Blue

Posted in Blu-ray,Computer Components,Hitachi by Chetz on March 14th, 2007

Hitachi Blu-ray internal drive for PCWhen the CeBIT show arrives in Hannover, Germany later this week one of the must-see pieces of hardware will be Hitachi-LG Data Storage’s first dual Blu-ray/HD-DVD internal drive for PCs. This baby was just announced and bears the swank product name of GGW-H10N Super Multi Blue. It can read, record and re-write CDs, DVDs, play and record single and dual-layered Blu-ray discs (4x or 3.5x speeds) and play HD-DVDs (no record on those babys just yet.)

The Super Multi Blues will start arriving in stores sometime in May, and as is always the case for first gen new product, expect to pay a lot for the privilege of being the only person on your block…or your neighborhood…or your city…that has one. How much? How does around $1,200 sound to you?

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Hitachi Delivers Worlds First 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Hitachi,News by Chetz on January 5th, 2007

Hitachi Announces Worlds First 1 Terabyte Hard DriveToday Hitachi has announced that it will be the industries first in the world to offer a 1 terabyte hard drive. The 1,000 GB drive (for those having trouble with the metric system) will be available to retail consumers in the first quarter of this year, and will come under the name ‘Deskstar 7K1000′ retailing for $399. Hitachi states that the 40 cents per gig (for those having trouble with the math) will make the larger capacity an accessible price for more customers.

This announcement comes within hours of Seagate’s announcement of also offering a 1 TB drive sometime during the first half of this year. Seagate did not have specifics as to a release time or price and since missed out on the race to be the first.

“The industry’s first one-terabyte hard drive represents a milestone that is …

Hitachi Notebook Drives Bring More Capacity, Encryption

Posted in Hard Drives,Hitachi,News,Notebooks by Darrin Olson on November 1st, 2006

Hitachi Notebook DriveNot long after Seagate announced its disc level security encryption, Hitachi was right behind them unveiling new 2.5 inch notebook drives for 2007 that have greater capacities, require less power due to flash memory utilization, and have encryption security right on the disk.

The encryption, similar to what is being done with disk level encryption by Seagate, happens right on the disk which allows it to be “bound” with a device and helps avoid having data stolen or lost since it encrypted at the disk level and doesn’t need an application to implement it.

Hitachi is also increasing the total drive capacity on their notebook hard drives starting in 2007. The company will be coming out with increased capacities of 200GB and 250GB for the 2.5″ drives. By the end of 2007 Hitachi says they could be looking at creating notebook drives with …