Archive for the ‘Storage (HDD, etc)’ Category

LG to Sell HD-DVD/Blu-ray Combo DVD Player

January 8, 2007

In the past, it was that one throne is too small for two capable kings. LG Electronics has disproved this by introducing a combo drive that can play both HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs. Heres the full story:

HD-DVD/Bluray LogoLG Electronics announced Wednesday that they plan to sell a DVD player that will be able to play both rivaling high-definition DVD formats. This will be the first dual-format DVD player to support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray.

The player will be unveiled at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, further details on the player and details on pricing and availability will also become available then.

HD-DVD and Blu-ray have been battling for market share since their introduction last year. Both are expected to get a boost this year as more studios release films in the formats and more players become available.

But there is one mayor problem, the two formats are incompatible, forcing consumers to choose. Studios and electronics makers have said the resulting format war would delay widespread adoption of high-def DVDs, which contain sharper images and extra features not possible with standard definition discs.

LG Electronics will try to solve this problem with it’s new DVD player, you no longer have choose between the two competing high-definition disc formats, you can play both.

Source: Releaselog

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256 Gb on A4 paper? Reality…

November 27, 2006

The technical advance will never stop to surprise me. New “rainbow technology”, devised by Sainul Abideen who has just completed an MCA degree in Kerala, data can be encoded into coloured geometric shapes and stored in dense patterns on paper. Files such as text, images, sounds and video clips are encoded in “rainbow format” as coloured circles, triangles, squares and so on, and printed as dense graphics on paper at a density of 2.7GB per square inch. The paper can then be read through a specially developed scanner and the contents decoded into their original digital format and viewed or played. The encoding and decoding processes have not been revealed. Using this technology an A4 sheet of paper could store 256GB of data. In comparison, a DVD can store 4.7GB of data.

The Rainbow technology is feasible because printed text, readable by the human eye is a very wasteful use of the potential capacity of paper to store data. By printing the data encoded in a denser way much higher capacities can be achieved. Paper is, of course, bio-degradable, unlike CDs or DVDs. And sheets of paper also cost a fraction of the cost of a CD or DVD. Abideen has demonstrated a 45-second video clip being encoded on paper, termed by him, a rainbow video disk – RVD – and then played back through a computer with an RVD scanner attached. In another demonstration he has shown 432 A4 pages of paper rainbow format-encoded and stored on a two-inch by two-inch square of paper. First micro flash drives, now special papers. What’s next?

Source: TechWorld

Quarter-terabyte notebook hard drives announced by Hitachi

November 24, 2006

Hitachi outdoes itself... againJust when you thought that 160GB 2.5in notebook hard disk you bought was the latest and greatest (it happened to me this week, OK) Hitachi announces it will be releasing a 250GB disk soon.Tech buying regret can be a painful thing. It wouldn’t be so bad if laptop hard drive space wasn’t so precious and expensive. Hard drive size limitations are one of the only things standing in the way of notebooks being absolutely fully-fledged desktop replacements now.

I use a notebook full-time but I’m constantly shuffling stuff off to external disks, deleting or burning TV episodes I’ve watched, or considering whether I should be deleting duplicate pics from my digital photo library to make room for a new virtualised operating system image.

Hitachi is predicting that the 250GB 2.5in HD will ship in the second half of next year. It will be pre-empted by a 200GB disk in the first half. It will certainly make life much easier for me, especially for dual-booting operating systems (using Boot Camp on my MacBook Pro with Vista on one partition and OS X on the other is only just viable on 160GB.)

Hitachi also says that by 2010, notebook hard drives should be in the 750GB range and cites IDC statistics predicting that by then, annual notebook drive sales will have doubled from their current 118 million to 224 million.

Of even more interest is the fact that all the drives Hitachi ships from 2007 onwards will feature hardware-level encryption as a standard feature, creating “virtually impenetrable” security, according to the company. Both the drive’s firmware and the data on the disk itself will be encrypted with AES and presumably linked to a Trusted Platform Module on the PC motherboard so the drive can’t be read in another PC.

The company claims this will come at “little to no impact” on system speed.

Hitachi also said it would release flash/magnetic hybrid drives in 2007.