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Seagate, Sony up the ante in disk drive market

Posted by iNext - 2005-11-30

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Disk drive supplier Seagate Technology LLC has implemented Sony Corp.’s Cybercapture technology in a 1-in. hard disk drive, paving the way for faster recording of photographic and video data.

Seagate (Scotts Valley, Calif.) teamed with Japan-based Sony to employ the Cybercapture technology its Compactvault removable hard disc media drive that uses Seagate's CompactFlash photo hard drive, following a joint implementation effort between both companies.

Seagate is locked in a heated battle with rivals Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Toshiba to capture the rapidly growing market for tiny drives in mobile consumer systems. The tiny drives are finding their way into mobile phones, camcorders, digital cameras, and MP3 players.

According to Seagate, hard disc drives with Cybercapture technology maximize hard disc performance, enabling faster shooting and high definition video capture. By moving control of the file system from the consumer electronics device onto the hard disc drive itself, Cybercapture technology will allow an even higher recording rate of still pictures in multi-shot mode as well as higher quality recording of moving pictures, on a drive running in AV mode.

Seagate expects to develop additional hardware supporting Cybercapture technology, and is also considering marketing the technology in future Seagate branded products.



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