Crystals to offer a million-fold increase in digital storage; coming soon | Digit

Top researchers at Florida State University, Naresh S. Dalal and Sir Harold Kroto, might just have discovered the next-big thing in computing – crystals that could one day lead to crystal computer chips. This radical application of crystals might just be possible in the future with the four newly-found “multiferroic” crystals, and its chips might  lead to storage devices that are almost a million times as spacious as current technology, and far more secure, as they will be written both electronically and magnetically. “Finding four multiferroic materials at one time…

Rethinking digital storage: SanDisk introduces a new pendrive for Android phones | Digit

The more devices you have, the more challenging it can be to ensure everything you have is safe, secure, and organized. One of the leading creators of digital storage and memory is taking note of this increasing need for data across devices, and is hoping to reinvent how that data is shared. The U.S. based company SanDisk has just launched two new USB pendrives: The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB — a flash drive which features a Micro-USB and USB 2.0 connector — and SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0. The Ultra…

Scientists make memory breakthrough with revolutionary field effect transistors (FET) | Digit

Scientists from the North Carolina State University have developed what has been considered the holy-grail of computer storage and memory – ‘universal’ memory that both serves as dynamic random access memory and flash storage. Using double floating-gate field effect transistors, the NCSU team’s prototypic effort will allow memory to switch between static and dynamic modes in a single cycle – without the data getting lost in between. This is due to the second floating gate, which apart from holding bits in a ready to be read state, will also enable…

Seagate acquires select elements of Samsung’s HDD business | Digit

Seagate Technology, one of the top hard drive manufacturers in the world, announced yesterday it had acquired select elements of Samsung’s HDD business, for a sum of $1.4 billion. According to the press release, the strategic agreement includes extensive supply and cross-licensing arrangements. The deal will give Seagate access not just to assets and infrastructure, but also talent in the form of employees. Assets include Samsung’s leading M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs, and includes NAND Flash and semiconductor technology required to make SSDs – something Seagate sorely needs…

Toshiba launches new 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA drives that outperform 3.5-inch drives | Digit

Toshiba has been right there at the cutting edge of computer science for while now, and regularly comes up with brand new technology that pervades and inspires the global market. Its Storage Device Division has now announced another industry-first, a family of 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA drives that have been optimized specially for performance, durability, and power consumption. With these drives, Toshiba is aiming to target not only the high-performance gaming and graphics notebook segment, but also the enterprise segment, where power efficiency is of prime importance. What’s perhaps the…

Hitachi introduces super slim hard drives for netbooks and ultra-thin laptops | Digit

Looking to offer netbook and ultra-thin laptop OEMs with a super-slim hard drive option that isn’t as expensive as solid state drives (SSD), Hitachi has announced a new range of 2.5” hard drives, which are just 7mm thick. Mechanical, the new Hitachi hard drive will offer rotational speeds up to 7200 RPM, and up to 10MB cache, apart from incredible shock resistance, of 400G. Expect to see the new hard drives in netbooks and ultra-thing laptops soon, as it is a drop-in replacement for the 9mm drive.   Don’t…

Western Digital completes acquisition of Hitachi GST, for $4.1bn | Digit

Western Digital yesterday announced the completion of its acquisition of Viviti Technologies (formerly Hitachi GST, the Japanese giant’s storage division), for  roughly  $4.1 bn. As part of the deal, Hitachi received 10 percent of Western Digital’s total shares, and can appoint two members on WD’s board. Seagate recently also completed its acquisition of Samsung’s HDD business, forming two large groups in the HDD industry. However, WD will be creating two new subsidiary companies, tentatively WD and HGST, which will offer storage products under different brands, as part of its deal with…

Toshiba develops bit-patterned storage that can yield 25Tb on a 3.5-inch drive | Digit

Toshiba has unveiled a whole new sort of electronic storage technology based bit-patterned media, which offers an unrivalled bit-density, and possibly, more reliable and faster reading/writing. Bit-patterned media, as opposed to traditional disk drives, divides the magnetic recording surface into millions of uniform sections, each containing only a few magnetic grains, which measure 17nm metres in width, and can store one bit of data each. Data is arranged in to special patterns of rows with non-magnetic gaps between them, and sports mimic markers for quick read access. Toshiba says they…

SanDisk introduces iSSD – a faster, smaller and higher capacity solid state drive | Digit

SanDisk has publically announced a first-of-its-kind solid state drive that offers higher capacities and performance (160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds) than current solutions, all in a much smaller amount of space, as small as a postage stamp. Called the iSSD drive, it is the first solid state drive to use a SATA interface in a small ball grid array package, and can be soldered onto any motherboard, and, is ideal for mobile platforms, such as netbooks, tablets, and phones. Power consumption figures are not known yet though.…

New Samsung hard drives hit one terabyte areal density | Digit

Heise Online is reporting that Samsung has broken the barrier on storage capacity for hard drives, pushing up to a one-terabyte-per-platter areal density in a new line of drives being shown off at this year’s CeBIT convention in Hanover, Germany.   The company plans to use this technology to create two-terabyte hard drives that use just two platters, which the company was demonstrating at the convention. Future releases also include three- and four-terabyte hard drives, or nearly double the two-terabyte limit of consumer hard drives in the present-day.   Samsung’s…