Hitachi-LG Data Storage have agreed to plead guilty in connection with rigging bids and fixing prices for sales of optical disc drives
and will pay a US$21.1 million fine, the U.S.
In Europe, 18 per cent of all hard disc drive
business is already from this region.
"Seagate's Savvio enterprise-class 2.5-inch small form factor disc drive
is the result of extensive research with HP and other leaders interested in solving end-user IT challenges to improve IOPS performance, consolidate space, and reduce power consumption," said Sherman Black, Seagate Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Storage.
The disc drive
itself measures 5.6cm x 3.4cm x 0.75cm and is intended for use in portable devices such as digital cameras, handhelds and cell phones.
Consumer electronics company Philips has revealed a new prototype disc drive
that uses a 3cm disc with a 1GB storage capacity.
"Microsoft's successful launch of the Xbox video game system can certainly be attributed in part to the excellent qualification cycle that occurred with Seagate's U Series disc drives
," said Todd Holmdahl, general manager of Xbox Hardware at Microsoft.
"The LF-7010 rewritable optical disc drive
differs from magneto-optical disc drives
in that it uses a newly developed phase-change technology to overwrite information in one pass directly onto an optical disc," said Joe Videtti, national marketing manager, Panasonic Office Automation Group's Computer Systems Division.
About 70% of the firm's sales are generated from disc drives
, classified into half-height and slim models, for IT products, like PCs, while the remainder from models for automobiles and TV game consoles and digital photo frames.
NCQ on a disc drive
uses a similar approach to stage and move data commands with high efficiency.
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* a rewritable-optical disc drive
that conforms to the ISO and ANSI definition for the continuous-composite format; the rewritable cartridges used with this drive store 650 Mbytes of data (325 Mbytes per side) and can be written on and erased as many times as necessary with no data or media degradation.