updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010
Seagate and Samsung agreement
Gefen has released two new products for audiophiles, while Seagate and Samsung have announced a new agreement to jointly develop controllers for enterprise-level SSDs.
Gefen has launched its GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor and optional five-set, wall-mountable speakers. The Audio Processor comes with a variety of digital and analog audio connections, allows users to select the best sound delivery for their particular entertainment system. Along the back of the device users will find six analog RCA outputs that support 5.1 Dolby surround sound and can connect to any amplifier.
The device also is capable of splitting one HDMI input into two signals that can be sent to two separate HDMI displays simultaneously.
To go along with the new audio processor, Gefen has also unveiled its Conference Room Speakers. The new speakers have been matched with the processor's speaker binding posts, and offer a ported design featuring built-in wall mounting capabilities. The GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor can be ordered online for $900, while the Conference Room Speakers sell for $1,000.
Seagate and Samsung to collaborate on SSD controller technology
Seagate and Samsung have reached a new agreement to jointly develop and cross-license related controller technologies for solid state drives. The collaborative development will bring together Seagate's enterprise storage technology with Samsung's flash memory to create a new controller that will be used in enterprise-class SSDs. Seagate CEO Steve Luczo believes that the new deal will bring "enhanced performance, endurance and reliability" as well as lower-cost hardware.
It's not yet known when the first fruits of the deal will be available.