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Hitachi G-Technology announces Driven Creativity competition

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:57:19 Z

(image) Hitachi has announced a competition for photographers, musicians & filmmakers in the UK, France or Germany, with a chance to win €5,000 cash prize. As a promotion for G-Technology storage device brand, participants can submit one of their creative projects from 2009 or 2010 in any of the three categories with a chance to win either the cash prize or the company's 4TB G-Raid dual-drive dependable storage system. In addition, all winning entries will be exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery in London. The competition runs until September 30 2010.

Click here for more information and to enter the competition

Hitachi 6GB Microdrive sells for just $299

Thu, 24 Feb 2005 11:35:00 Z

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is offering a 6GB Microdrive for $299. The Microdrive 3K6 can hold up to 6000 one megabyte images and is available in CompactFlash Type II and embedded versions. A 4GB Microdrive 3K6 will be offered at $199. Hitachi is planning to develop a 'baby Microdrive' later this year, named Mikey. The one-inch hard drive will be 20% smaller and have a capacity of 8 - 10GB. Press Release: Hitachi Ramps 6-Gigabyte Microdrive to High Volume Company Sweetens Arrival of Higher-Capacity One-Inch Hard Drive with Significant Price Reduction SAN JOSE, Calif., February 23, 2005 – Users of miniature MP3 players and other storage-demanding handheld consumer electronics can rejoice today as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies begins shipping its 6 gigabyte* (GB) one-inch hard drive in high volume. As the leader in one-inch hard drives, Hitachi is raising the stakes by making available the new Microdrive 3K6 with a suggested retail price reduction of up to 60 percent. With 6 GB, the new Microdrive lets consumers carry even more of what they love –1500-3000 songs, 6,000 pictures (1 MB each) or 8 hours of MPEG-4 video**. Hitachi is making all this possible, now, at a significant price reduction, retailing the 6 GB Microdrive for $299 USD or pennies per megabyte. Hitachi's new suggested retail pricing represents the best value of capacity, reliability and performance at a price point that's affordable to virtually all owners of consumer devices . The Microdrive 3K6 is available in removable Compact Flash Type II and embedded versions. In its fourth generation, the newest Hitachi Microdrive product combines a mature architecture and unmatched reliability with industry-leading storage capacity. The Microdrive's high standard of quality and breakthrough capacity are what users of consumer electronics products have come to expect. Hitachi is also seeing growing interest from makers of personal digital assistants and mobile phones in using the Microdrive as the preferred technology for miniature, high-capacity storage. "The entertainment and experiences that consumers carry with them in portable digital devices are priceless; our intent with the higher capacity and lower pricing of the new Microdrive is to let a greater number of users enjoy the benefit of keeping their precious data close at hand," said Bill Healy, senior vice president, product strategy and marketing, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "The desire for smaller devices with increasingly larger capacities won't be easily met in the short term, but we believe the 6 GB Microdrive will satisfy consumers' immediate needs while we work on developing ever higher capacities in future Microdrive products." Hitachi recently announced plans for a 20-percent smaller one-inch hard drive with 8-10 GB of capacity. The new drive -- nicknamed "Mikey," the baby Microdrive -- is expected later this year. Priced to Sell For the first time since its 1999 introduction, the new-generation Microdrive product is being offered at a suggested retail price of $299, representing a 40-percent reduction of Hitachi's standard debut price of $499 for the one-inch product. The 4 GB version of the Microdrive 3K6 will be offered at $199, representing a 60-percent decrease. The change in Hitachi 's pricing structure is made possible through a more efficient and developed, high-volume manufacturing process. It was also implemented to enable a greater set of users to enjoy the Microdrive benefits of high capacity, portability and flexibility for use in a host of devices. "The Microdrive has always been a hot commodity at a great price due to its reliability and unique position in the market," said Brian Campbell, president, Pexagon Technology. "But now, with lower price points and more capacity, the Microdrive is an even better value fo[...]

Hitachi confirm 2 and 4 GB Microdrive

Tue, 26 Aug 2003 07:27:21 Z

Hitachi has today confirmed their 2 and 4 GB Microdrive (Compact Flash Type II). IBM Storage Technology and Hitachi Storage merged at the beginning of the year. At that time Hitachi Glboal Storage Technologies (HGST) announced that they would have a 4 GB Microdrive by the end of the year, today they have officially confirmed that they will be producing a 2 and 4 GB Microdrive. These higher capacities are made possible using Hitachi's patented "Pixie Dust" surface layer technology. Note that the 4 GB card will only work with a digital camera which supports the FAT32 filesystem. The 4 GB card will hit the shelves this November at a price of $499 (just $0.12/MB), a third of the price of Lexar's 4 GB 40x. Click here for our previous coverage of the 4 GB Microdrive Click here for the Hitachi 4 GB Microdrive Datasheet (PDF) FAT32 compliant cameras * Canon Powershot G3 Canon Powershot G5 Canon Powershot S45 Canon Powershot S50 Canon EOS 300D Canon EOS 10D Canon EOS-1Ds Kodak DCS 720X (requires PCMCIA adapter) Kodak DCS 760 (requires PCMCIA adapter) Kodak DCS Pro Back Kodak DCS Pro 14n Olympus E-1 Sony DSC-F828 * Does not confirm compatibility with the Hitachi Microdrive Press Release: Hitachi ships high performance 4GB Microdrive; continues to innovate in storage miniaturization 4GB Microdrive yields 70 percent increase in performance from previous generation SAN JOSE, Calif., August 25, 2003 – Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced that it is now shipping qualification samples of its 4GB Microdrive to consumer product manufacturers worldwide. The one-inch diameter drive features a data transfer rate that represents a 70 percent increase from the previous-generation Microdrive. The new drive will also continue its tradition of offering a significantly lower cost-per-megabyte than competitive solid-state memory solutions. Hitachi’s 4GB Microdrive is the world’s smallest hard disk drive, weighing just over a half an ounce (16 grams) and equivalent in size to a matchbook. The miniaturized hard drive is designed for users who demand maximum capacity for storing large quantities of high-resolution digital photos and video, MP3 music, electronic games and other large files. The data storage available on the 4GB Microdrive is roughly equivalent to a full-length DVD movie or 75 hours of high-quality digital music. Consumer product manufacturers that are evaluating the 4GB Microdrive for compatibility with current and future products include Blaupunkt, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma and Sony. Many of these industry-leading companies already support Hitachi’s current-generation Microdrive in their consumer electronic devices. "As we migrate into a world of mobile computing and communications, we will see significant growth in portable devices that use more data and have greater storage requirements," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst, MobileTrax. "The new 4GB Hitachi Microdrive provides the capacity necessary to satisfy the skyrocketing need for affordable, high-capacity data storage in portable devices." Miniaturization Leadership The 4GB Microdrive is a major storage capacity breakthrough and the first of many storage miniaturization advancements that are being made by Hitachi’s world-class product design and development team. The new drive will use ultra-miniaturized components, including a new read-write head that is half the size of its predecessor and results in a 40-percent decrease in the height at which the head travels above the disk platter. The new head technology, called the femto slider head, opens up a next generation of head slider technology. The 4GB Microdrive is an illustration of Hitachi’s commitment to leadership in [...]

Hitachi launch range of high speed MMC cards

Mon, 10 Sep 2001 04:00:00 Z

Hitachi as today announced a range of MMC (MultiMediaCard) cards. They range in capacity from 16 to 128 MB. It's worth noting that this is only the third announcement (Toshiba, SanDisk previously) of 128MB MMC (or SD) cards. The 16 and 32 MB cards have a claimed transfer speed of 1 MB/sec, the 64 and 128 MB cards have a claimed transfer speed of 2 MB/sec. (Though it's not clear what Hitachi define MB as).

Hitachi high-speed Multimedia cards


Product ID Capacity Transfer rate
HB28B128MM2 128 MB 2 MB/sec
HB28D064MM2 64 MB 2 MB/sec
HB28D032MM2 32 MB 1 MB/sec
HB28E016MM2 16 MB 1 MB/sec

Hitachi DZ-MV100 DVD-RAM camcorder

Fri, 21 Jul 2000 04:00:00 Z

Not strictly digital photography news, but more interesting is the technology used and it's possibilities. Hitachi announced (back in June actually) the DZ-MV100 as a first of a kind DVD-RAM camcorder, features a 1.1 megapixel CCD has a 12x optical zoom lens and records in MPEG-2 format directly onto 8 cm 2.92 GB DVD-RAM discs it's also capable of 1280 x 960 stills recorded in JPEG format and has USB connectivity. Interesting technology when viewed alongside Sony's recent announcement of the MVC-CD1000 and interesting potential in a "Wallet" type device. Looks like we're going to be seeing more and more portable CD-R, CD-RW and DVD-RAM devices exploiting smaller disc formats, while I'm not sure they have a place inside a digital still camera they are certainly the way forward for digital video and I'd like to see the technology implemented in a device similar to the Digital Wallet we've heard so much about recently. Hitachi DZ-MV100 Specifications Image Sensor 1/4 interlace CDD 1.1 megapixel approx. 720K for Video / approx.1M for Still Lens F2.0-2.9 f=4.1-49.2mm F value (35mm equiv.) Video 44-528mm Still 38-456mm Focus Auto Focus / Manual Focus Zoom 48x (12x optical + 4x digital) View Finder 0.44 Color TFT approx. 180K pix LCD Color Display 3.5 Color TFT approx. 200K Stabilization Electrical Shutter Speed Video 1/60 - 1/4000 Flash Auto/Manual (only for Still mode) Self Timer Yes (only for Still mode) Microphone Stereo Remote Control IR Data Formats Video with Audio, Still Max. Recording Time Full frame Video Approx. 60 min. for high quality Approx. 120 min. for standard (Using both sides) Max Still capacity 1998 still images Recording Format Video DVD Video Recording Specification Format Still JPEG (1280x960) Media 8cm DVD-RAM (DVD-RAM book2.1 standard) Terminal A/V input/output x1, S-Video input/output x1, MIC input x1 PC terminal (connect to USB port) Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion Power Consumption Approx. 6.0W LCD off when recording Dimensions (W x H x D) 78x108x166mm Weight 1.8 lbs. (800g) (w/o battery, media) Mass 2.1 lbs. (930g) (with battery DG-BP16, media) Est. Price US$2300 Availability "End of 2000" Hitachi announcement: TOKYO, Japan, June 8, 2000 --- Digital Media Group of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) today announced that on August 25 it will release the world's first DVD-RAM camcorder in Japan. In addition, a DVD-RAM video recorder will be released on the same day, and volume[...]

Hitachi 448MB CF Type II

Mon, 26 Jun 2000 04:00:00 Z

Almost a month since we covered Hitachi Japan's announcement of a 448MB CF Type II and 1GB PCMCIA ATA Type II card, Hitachi USA have today made these products official. Here's the complete press release. The 448MB CF Type II is priced at $895 per 1000 (to distributors obviously) that's a price of $1.99/MB compared to IBM's 1GB CF Type II Microdrive at $499 is just $0.50/MB. Hitachi CF Type II Card specifications Interface CF+ (ATA and PCMCIA compatible) Case type Compact Flash Type II / PCMCIA (with adapter) Capacity 256MB / 320MB / 448MB Model names HB288256E5 / HB288320E5 / HB288448E5 Interface data rate 2 MB/s Power req. (3.3V) Write: 25mA, Standby: 0.5mA Power req. (5.0V) Write: 45mA, Standby: 1mA Dimensions 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm (1.69 x 1.43 x 0.2") Pricing 448MB - $895 (1000 quantity) Availability 3rd Quarter 2000 Interesting announcement hot on the heels of last weeks announcement of 512MB and 1GB Microdrives from IBM, at $1.99/MB Hitachi's cards are pricing themselves out of contention, that said their power requirements are significantly less than the Microdrive (whilst writing anyway). Here's my comparison:   IBM DCSM-11000 (Microdrive) Hitachi HB288448E5   Package CF Type II CF Type II Type Minature hard drive Flash memory Capacity 1 GB 448 MB Power req @ 3.3V Write: 250mA Standby: 20mA Write: 25mA Standby: 0.5mA Power req @ 5.0V Write: 260mA Standby: 20mA Write: 45mA Standby: 1mA Data rate 2.6 - 4.2 MB/s 2.0 MB/s Price $499 $895 Price / MB $0.50/MB $1.99/MB Availability Approx. September Approx. September Todays press release: Hitachi Introduces Industry's Highest-Density Flash Cards, Meeting Needs of Applications such as Network Servers and Professional Digital Cameras The 448-MByte CompactFlash(TM) card and 1-GByte PC-ATA Flash card offer high-speed programming and fast data transfers for maximum system performance SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2000-- Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. established new industry capacity records for Flash cards by introducing today a 448-MByte CompactFlash(TM) (CF(TM)) Type-II card, the HB288448E5, and a 1-GByte Type-II Flash PC-ATA card, the HB2881000A5. Both solid-state devices address the growing need for extremely high density, high-performance, rewriteable program and data storage in leading-edge products and systems. Key applications include the network servers that power the Internet and corporate intranets, and the high-resolution digital cameras used by professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts. Convenient and rugged, the new CF and PC-ATA Flash cards are also ideal nonvolatile storage solutions for many types of consumer electronic products [...]

Hitachi announce 448MB CF Type II

Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00 Z

(image) Just when you thought your Microdrive was big. Hitachi Japan announce three CF Type II cards of capacity 448MB, 320MB and 256MB and a 1GB PCMCIA ATA Type II, all of these new devices use 512 or 256 Mbit flash memory and are capable of up to 2MB/second. Prices not yet announced and I'm sure they won't yet be able to get down to the low $/MB of the Microdrive but for those people with reservations about mini-harddisks this will be encouraging news. (It's likely these cards will be sold OEM badged)

Click here for Hitachi Japan press release

Hitachi's new flash memory cards

Product Capacity Write speed Format Dimensions
HB288448E5 448 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB288320E5 320 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB288256E5 256 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB2881000A5 1 GB <= 2MB/s PCMCIA Type II 54 x 85.6 x 5 mm

Note: All these drives are solid state flash RAM drives they aren't mini harddisks like IBM's "MicroDrive".