updated 06:35 pm EST, Mon January 7, 2008
Seagate used its share of the CES limelight to unveil a series of solutions intended to enhance the security of its storage offerings and a new family of drives built for DVRs. The new Maxtor BlackArmor is a 2.5 inch portable external storage solution that features National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certified encryption at a size of 160GB. Maxtor BlackArmor drives are expected to be available in Q2 of 2008 for retail price of $150. Also new is Central Axis software which allows access to data on Maxtor Shared Storage II networked drives via a Web connection without breaching network firewalls. Central Axis technology is expected to be available in March and will be a free download.
The FreeAgent line of storage products also debuted at the show. In the first quarter of 2008, FreeAgent Pro hard drives will be available with up to 1TB storage. The compact FreeAgent Go drive will be available with up to 250GB capacity in the first quarter of 2008. FreeAgent Pro, Desktop and Go drives come with Seagate's 5-year limited warranty. Also new are PipelineHD Series hard drives -- a new family of purpose-built drives for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) will initially be offered with capacities ranging from 320GB to 1TB. The drives are capable of operating at drive case temperatures of up to 75 degrees C, improving system reliability and increasing the field life of DVRs and home media centers.