Sound Bar features Coneq processing, Bluetooth streaming
Hitachi has unveiled its fall lineup of high definition televisions and accessories for the US. The new list of HDTVs, divided between the Value series and the UltraVision UltraThin LED series, are also accompanied by 32-inch and 40-inch Sound Bars. Containing six speakers and using Coneq 3D sound processing the Sound Bars can also be used to stream music through its Bluetooth connection.
New storage has low data density, but extremely durable
Hitachi has developed a prototype storage media, filing information on slivers of quart glass that can endure extreme environmental conditions without degrading. The new technology stores data in binary form by creating dots inside a thin layer of quartz which can be read with an ordinary optical microscope and associated software package.
Gas replacement lowers drive power, temperature
Western Digital plans to ship hard drives filled with helium instead of air, starting from next year. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), bought by Western Digital last year for $4.3 billion, believes the change to helium will help significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of drives in businesses running their own data centers.
Shell, Exxon, Wal-Mart take top three spots
Apple has slotted into 55th place in an annual update of Fortune's Global 500 list. The ranking is based on data from the 2011 fiscal year, which in Apple's case includes $108.249 billion in revenue, with a profit of $25.922 billion. Notably Apple has risen a massive 56 spots, having held 111th place last year. Apple is also said to have achieved $116.371 billion in assets, and $76.615 billion in stockholder equity.
FTC-imposed WD asset transfer complete, Viviti buy approved
The FTC-imposed transfer of assets by hard drive maker Western Digital (WD) to Toshiba is now completed, the company announced on Tuesday. The move was required by regulatory bodies due to monopoly concerns after WD revealed its intention to purchase Hitachi's Viviti hard drive maker. Previously, Viviti was known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Hitachi-LG veteran to face prison
The US Department of Justice stated Monday that a Hitachi-LG Data Storage executive had admitted to price fixing charges. Senior Sales Manager Woo Jin Yang agreed to face reduced prison time of six months, as well as pay a $25,000 fine, for artificially raising the bidding prices of CD and DVD drives sold for HP PCs. Between August 2006 and February 2009, Yang, three others, and an unnamed company had swapped information on prices, market share, and sales data at HP contractor shows to establish higher prices rather than compete for HP's business.
Japan Display starts business
Screen technology alliance Japan Display has formally launched operations as of the start of April. The teamwork between Hitachi, Sony, Toshiba, and the government's Innovation Network Corporation of Japan is divided and will have several divisions, some of which are behind the scenes while others will focus on specific markets. It will have separate sections for automotive and mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, along with wider research and production teams.
WD completes buyout of Hitachi Global Storage
Western Digital has become the world’s largest hard drive maker following the completion of its deal to buy Hitachi Global Storage. The deal was sealed with WD paying out $3.9 billion in cash and 25 million shares in WD currently worth just short of $1 billion. The aggregated revenues of the two companies in 2011 totaled $15 billion with the two brands set to continue in the marketplace side by side.
Deal expected to close this week
Despite reports of proposed buyout of Hitachi. The companies appear to have resolved the lingering issues, enabling the deal to move forward.
FTC imposes restrictions on WD buy of Hitachi
The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that Western Digital sell its desktop hard drive manufacturing assets and some Intellectual Property rights to Toshiba, following its multi-billion purchase of Hitachi. The condition of the sale is needed, the FTC believed, because the original deal would have left WD as one of just two global desktop hard drive makers. The FTC ruled the deal as uncompetitive and feels its ruling will maintain "vigorous competition" in the worldwide market that should result in competitive prices and innovation in the field.
WD makes Toshiba deal to keep Hitachi buyout alive
Western Digital struck a deal late Tuesday to divest some of its 3.5-inch desktop hard drive assets to Toshiba. The pact would see WD buy Toshiba's storage group in Thailand, as well as give away other elements, as a condition of WD's buyout of Hitachi's storage group. By the completion of the deal, Toshiba could make desktop 3.5-inch hard drives for home users, and it could improve its ability to make specialized drives for pro uses.
Elpida files for bankruptcy protection in Japan
Despite recent efforts to team with Toshiba or partner with Micron, Japanese computer chipmaker has filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, The Register reported. The DRAM maker has debts that add up to 448 million yen ($5.6 million). In a statement, the company revealed its actions were made necessary by the falling prices of DRAM products due to competition and record yen values against the US dollar.
HItachi Z7K500 sets speed and thinness records
Hitachi staked out a claim as the top builder of thin hard drives on Wednesday through a 500GB version of the Travelstar Z7K500. The drive is the first to hit a half-terabyte at the slimmer 7mm height while keeping a full 7,200RPM spin speed and just one drive platter. Along with being the first to have both a 6Gbps SATA3 connection and a 32MB buffer, it's billed as being not just faster than other 7mm drives but faster than many regular 9mm drives as well.
Hitachi and Mitsubishi join Sony in going offshore
Hitachi and Mitsubishi have separately made decisions to cease aspects of their Japanese manufacturing operations. Following reports to the effect, Hitachi has announced that it will cease production of plasma and LCD TVs in Japan sold under its Wooo brand by this September. Mitsubishi has also made the decision to stop its Japanese DVD and Blu-ray optical disc manufacturing operations.
Agree to help prosecute other LCD panel vendors
Seven LCD panel makers, including Samsung, Sharp, and Chimei Innolux, have reached accords to settle claims that they conspired to limit competition and fix prices for their displays used in laptops, monitors and TVs. If approved, the proposed $539 million settlement will resolve several cases pending in the US district court in San Francisco, and affect buyers as indirect victims. Earlier this month, another settlement for $388 million was reached in the same court with "direct" purchasers of the panels, who then put these panels into their own products.
Hitachi first with 4TB internal hard drive
Hitachi confirmed its 4TB drive plans. The Deskstar 5K4000 is billed as the first 4TB internal desktop drive available and provides a third more space than the previous best. To get to the new capacity, Hitachi is spinning the drive at a slower 5,400RPM but saves about 28 percent in idle power and should be tangibly quieter than a 7,200RPM disk.
Largest capacity to arrive in 3.5" form factor
Hitachi has reportedly begun shipping a 4TB internal hard-drive, which has been spotted in the company's home country of Japan. The offering appears to be the first 3.5-inch internal drive to arrive on the market with a 4TB storage capacity, though competitors managed to release 4TB single-disk external drives earlier in the year.
Schmidt hints Google TV may be pushed by volume
Google chairman Eric Schmidt made an aggressive prediction at the Le Web conference in Paris (video below) that Google TV would dictate the TV landscape by summer 2012. He believed that the "majority of televisions you see in stores" should have the Android-based OS build inside over the course of the next several months. No indication was given of which companies were involved and how many of their models would make the leap.
Apple may get 4-inch device screen early
Talk of four-inch iOS devices gained incidental support through a rumor emerging Saturday. Contradicting talk of LG, Samsung, and Sharp being involved, Macotakara claimed that two of the three companies forming the Japan Display alliance, Hitachi and Sony, were already producing both iPad 3 LCDs and four-inch LCDs for a "new iOS device." The unnamed Asian contact didn't mention what device it was for, or whether this was full-scale production.
Japan Display unites to make phone, PC displays
Hitachi, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Sony, and Toshiba on Tuesday formalized a deal to create a united display maker. Called Japan Display, it will consolidate the production of small- to medium-sized displays, such as those on smartphones, tablets, and computers. The coalition will take 70 percent of its funding from the government-backed Innovation Network while the three private firms will each have an equal share of the rest.
Move will boost phone and tablet display capacity
Earlier this year, Toshiba, Sony and Hitachi agreed to spin off their small- and mid-sized display making operations to Innovation Network Corp, a Japan-based investment fund. Today, Nikkei has reported [subscription required] that the fund is planning to buy Panasonic's LCD manufacturing factory in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan for 20 billion yen ($255.5 million). The company anticipates investing another 100 billion yen ($1.28 billion) to convert the plant, which makes larger TV LCD panels, to produce LCD panels for smartphones and tablets.
New process to develop lower-cost mobile displays
Hitachi is prepping a high-resolution 720p capable 4.5-inch mobile display. Although delivering a Apple Retina display beating 329 pixels per inch and using IPS technology, the display is manufactured using more cost-effective processes. Instead of using a low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) technology as most LCD displays, Hitachi is using a new approach that is amorphous silicon-based and which is cheaper to make.
Hitachi GST intros its first 1TB per platter HDDs
Hitachi GST has launched a pair of new hard drive lines that manage to squeeze 1TB per platter. The Deskstar 7K1000.D and CinemaStar series drives sport single-platters and start at 250GB and max out at the 1TB ceiling at this time. They are available either as a high speed 7,200rpm or a lower speed version using Hitachi's CoolSpin technology for low thermal dynamic profile applications.
Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba join small LCD production
Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba on Wednesday confirmed an alliance to work together on mobile LCDs. The deal, helped by $2.6 billion in government funds, will see them share production on displays for smartphones and tablets. They plan to research more advanced displays as well, such as OLEDs
Follows Sony and others in lowering sales forecast
LG has cut its 2011 sales target for TVs by 20 percent, from 40 million to 32 million units. The South Korean electronics giant follows rival Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic in lowering its expectations for the year. The weaker sales are primarily the result of the struggling economies in the US and Europe.
Latest company to depart from TV market
Hitachi is reportedly planning to shutter its TV manufacturing operations, as part of a strategic refocus on products with higher profits. The company currently operates a single LCD production plant in Japan, however the facility is said to be set to close by the end of the year.
Hitachi Japan shows 4.5-inch 3D mobile display
Hitachi Displays Japan has just shown a new class of glasses-free 3D display for mobile devices. Sized at 4.5 inches, the IPS-based LCD is brighter than usual for mobile 3D displays, at a brighter 470cd/m2 brightness in 3D and 400cd/m2 in 2D mode. It also manages 720p when in 2D and has a higher quality lenticular lens
comScore shows Android doubling sales in half year
Android is holding on to its place as the most popular platform in Japan, comScore determined on Thursday. Google's platform more than doubled its user base in the country between December and March to hit 4.6 million devices, overtaking the iPhone in the process. Apple also saw its base go up but budged by just over 100,000 phones to reach 3.9 million.
Hitachi may unite with Sony and Toshiba on LCDs
Hitachi has been asking to join the proposed Sony-Toshiba phone LCD alliance for what could make one of the larger mobile display makers, the Nikkei BP said Wednesday. The third entrant would join in making small- and mid-size LCDs. Terms of the deal weren't mentioned but could see a deal in July and the new venture go live before the end of the year.
Streams media to up to five users at once
Hitachi product group G-Technology has launched a new external wireless storage solution targeting Apple users. The 500GB G-Connect provides 802.11n Wi-Fi sharing to Macs as well as iPods, iPhones and other wireless devices. It can stream HD media to up to three users simultaneously and standard definition content to up to five users.
Hitachi USB 3.0, 2.0 drives include cloud storage
Hitachi GST has unveiled its new range of Touro Pro desktop and mobile USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 hard drive storage solutions. The drives also couple local back-up with online cloud storage services. This new facility helps users to access their content from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. The first 3GB of online storage is free. However, users can upgrade this to 250GB for $49 per annum, which also includes a free iPhone or iPad app that makes it easy to access content on the go.
Samsung considering selloff of hard drive business
A source claimed Sunday night that Samsung was looking to sell off its hard drive business. The Korean company had set a target price of $1.5 billion but was eager enough to sell it for under $1 billion if it couldn't fetch the intended target. Seagate was the only named candidate from the Wall Street Journal's tip, but it wasn't clear how likely the US company was to land the deal.
AUO said tapped for iPad 2 screen production
A rumor on Monday claimed that AU Optronics had won a major deal to supply screens for the iPad 2. Taiwan's Economic Daily News asserted that the local but fourth-largest LCD company would make the 9.7-inch LCDs to supplement production. It might ship as many as 30 million in one year, or enough to consume more than half the production of its Taichung factory.
Panasonic leads M-3DI standard for 3D glasses
Panasonic and Xpand 3D on Monday put out an initiative to settle on a standard for 3D glasses. M-3DI, which includes support from others like Hitachi, Mitsubishi, ViewSonic, and Seiko Epson, would create a consistent approach to active-shutter 3D for not just TVs and theaters but computers and home projectors. In an ideal world, the technology would let a viewer take the same 3D glasses they wear at home to the theater and get the same effect, the new group said.
Samsung promises 4TB 3.5-inch hard drives soon
Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers. The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record. Currently, companies can only produce 3TB 3.5-inch hard drives, with each platter at 750MB. The breakthrough also applies to notebooks, as Samsung showed off a 2.5-inch, two-platter, 1TB drive that is compatible with most average notebooks thanks to its standard height.
WD buys Hitachi storage division
Western Digital said on Monday that it was buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for the equivalent of $4.3 billion. The move includes a combination of $3.5 billion in cash as well as shares worth about $750 million. The deal will see the WD name remain but see Hitachi GST's CEO Steve Milligan join WD as president.
Hitachi intros 720p Retina Display style phone LCD
Hitachi today rolled out a display that it compared closely to Apple's Retina Display on the iPhone. The 4.5-inch LCD produces an extremely dense 1280x720 (720p) resolution which, at 329 pixels per inch, is exactly as sharp as Apple's 960x640, 3.5-inch screen. At these resolutions, it's close to the limit of what the human eye can see in pixels, Hitachi said.
Hitachi shows new media players for Japan
Hitachi has just introduced two new multimedia players for its home market of Japan in the form of the i.μ's HMP-S104 and HMP-V204. The former is a runner's player and is meant purely for music with a 128x64 display. It plugs into a USB port to load files onto 4GB of storage space.
ActiveSAN officially announced, due in the spring
Active Storage has made its leaked XServe replacement officially known on Monday, calling the metadata controller appliance ActiveSAN. Apple's Xserve are discontinued as of today as well, and the ActiveSAN is being endorsed by Apple. Active Storage CEO Alex Grossman said the product is easy to use and offers more than just generic server functionality for Xsan and StorNext installations.
New 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
Hitachi GST has added two new drive families to its consumer hard drive range aimed at the growing digital video recorder (DVR), IPTV set-top-box (STB), video surveillance and emerging hard-drive embedded TV markets. The new drives include the 3.5-inch CinemaStar 5K2000 family, which comes in 2TB and 1.5TB capacities, and the 2.5-inch CinemaStar C5K750 family which comes in 750GB, 640GB and 500GB capacities. Each has been developed to meet the specific needs of the A/V market.
Hitachi talks with Foxconn confirmed by president
Rumors of talks between Taiwanese contract maker Hon Hai Precision Industry, the parent company of Foxconn, have been confirmed by Hitachi's president on Tuesday. Hiroaki Nakanishi said Hitachi needs capital to expand in the LCD panel sector, and is in talks with Hon Hai and other companies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Foxconn's highest-profile customer is Apple for its iPads, iPhones and Macs.
Foxconn parent may buy stake in Hitachi LCD tech
Foxconn's parent firm Hon Hai Precision Industry may get control of Hitachi's phone and tablet display production through a stock deal, Japan's Nikkei newspaper said on Monday. Plans are reportedly underway to buy a majority take in Hitachi Displays for $1.2 billion. The Japanese company in turn would use the money to build a display factory in its home country that would serve Foxconn's aims.
We examine G-Technology's G Speed Q array
G-Technology has stepped up its storage plans ever since Hitachi took ownership, and the G Speed Q is no exception. The 8TB RAID drive looks great on paper, boasting enough power to handle some pro features for audiovisual editors but just a low enough price to serve as a high-end home storage server. Read through our G Speed Q review to see just how well it works.
Hitachi Z5K500 first 500GB drive at 7mm
Hitachi today claimed a minor record by shipping the TravelStar Z5K500. The 2.5-inch, 5,400RPM disk is the first drive 7mm thick to reach 500GB, bumping up from the earlier 320GB peak. It still uses a single platter but should now cover most people's needs even in a notebook too thin for a 9.5mm drive.
Internal drive kits, external and OEM versions
Hitachi has launched a trio of 3TB hard disk drive solutions. They are available either as internal drive kits, external desktop drives, or in OEM form for manufacturers and PC system builders. The new Hitachi Deskstar drives come in capacities of 2TB and 3TB and ship with a 64MB buffer and a 6Gb/s SATA interface. The kits ship with an 7,200RPM Deskstar 7K3000 hard drive, mounting screws and step-by-step instructions.
EU watchdog to sue LG, four more for LCD cartel
LG Display and AU Optronics are two of five companies that are facing fines from European Union regulators over allegedly colluding on fixing the prices of LCD displays in consumer devices, four sources said in a recent report. One of the unnamed sources said the European Commission will announce the fines on December 8. While the EU regulator didn't name the companies, LG Display and AU and Chi Mei Optoelectronics confirmed these charges themselves.
Hitachi develops 3.9Tbit per inch hard drive tech
Hitachi and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) have revealed a new technology that could lead to hard drives with eight times more storage than with existing hardware. A new patterning approach lets polymer materials used for the magnetic storage arrange themselves much more efficiently than in current approaches. The technique produces about 3.9 terabits per inch (488GB) even when applied to otherwise normal drives.
Hitachi 3TB, 7,200RPM drive has 6Gbps interface
Hitachi has quietly brought out its Deskstar 7K3000 this week and achieved a pair of industry firsts. The 3.5-inch internal hard drive is not only the first 7,200RPM drive of its size with a 3TB capacity split among five platters but is also the company's first with a 6Gbps SATA interface. Versions also come in 1.5TB and 2TB capacities.
Hitachi capacitve touch will work with gloves
Hitachi has given a demonstration of a new capacitive touchscreen that could allow touch without needing direct finger contact. The surface still uses projection to catch the input but can recognize not only a thin layer in between, such as cloth from a glove, but also completely inanimate points such as a pen or a fingernail, Japan's Nikkei BP learned. Current displays rely on the direct electrical contact from a finger and are often hard to use in cold weather or need specialized pens.
G-Tech unveils G-Drive Slim as MacBook Air partner
Hitachi's G-Technology badge today unveiled what it believes is the world's thinnest external hard drive, the G-Drive Slim. The portable storage uses the already very thin Travelstar Z5K320 320GB drive to make an enclosure that's just 9.9mm (0.39in) tall and weighs just five ounces, making it easier to carry than most alternatives. G-Technology conceives of it as an ideal companion drive for a MacBook Air and gives it an aluminum shell that fits in with the look of most Macs.