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Hitachi intros first 7mm, 7,200RPM 500GB notebook drive

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...


Hitachi, Mitsubishi cease local TV, DVD and Blu-ray ops

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....


Hitachi unveils a slew of hard drives for Macs

Hitachi takes the wraps off new Mac hard drives

Hitachi has introduced a slew of new hard drive solutions for Macs ahead of CES 2012. Among the options for Mac users include new internal hard drives as well as desktop and mobile hard drive solutions. The new drives range variously in capacity from 750GB through to 8TB.


Hitachi makes 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 drive official

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...


Hitachi GST launches new drives packing 1TB per platter

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...


Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba unite on phone and tablet LCDs

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,...


Hitachi intros 4.5-inch, 720p, glasses-free 3D display

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...


Hitachi may join Sony, Toshiba for phone LCD megagroup

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...


Western Digital to snap up Hitachi GST for $4.3 billion

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...


Hitachi makes 4.5-inch, 720p 'Retina Display' for phones

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,...


Hitachi confirms talks for deal with Foxconn

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...


Foxconn may buy control of Hitachi's mobile LCD production

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...


Hitachi ships first 7mm, 500GB notebook hard drive

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...


Hitachi tech could lead to 24TB hard drives

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...


Hitachi demos capacitive touchscreen that sees gloves, pens

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...


Hitachi claims fastest ever 10,000RPM pro hard drive

Hitachi Ultrastar C10K600 drive touts record speed

Hitachi started its week today with what it says is the fastest professional 10,000RPM hard drive. While spinning at the same speed as rivals, the 600GB Ultrastar C10K600's 64MB of cache and optimizations help it transfer data about 15 percent faster in random seeks and 18...


Hitachi makes 30 percent thinner touchscreen LCD

Hitachi shows 30 percent thinner touchscreen LCDs

Japan's Hitachi Displays is developing an touchscreen LCD for mobile devices that is just 1.5mm thick, or about 30 percent thinner that today's displays. The touch panel layer was reduced from the 0.5mm thickness in traditional displays to just 0.1mm by eliminating the glass...


Hitachi unveils first 7mm 320GB mobile hard drives

Hitachi Travelstar 7mm gets 7200RPM, PVR ready

Hitachi claimed a lead in mobile hard drives today by rolling out some of the most advanced 7mm (0.28in) drives to date. The Travelstar Z7K320 leads the way and is the first 7,200RPM disk in the ultra-thin size: it can provide near desktop-level performance but opens the door...


Hitachi tech promises cheaper IPS-based phone touchscreens

Hitachi develops tech to cheapen multi-touch

Hitachi during the recent Society for Information Display expo showed a new technology that could lead to less expensive but better quality touchscreens for smartphones. The design separates the touch input layer from its usual protection plate and instead attaches it directly...


Hitachi-LG HyDrive merges optical drives with SSDs

Hitachi-LG HyDrive

Hitachi-LG started its week at Computex with its unusual HyDrive. The storage combines a thin, slot-loading Blu-ray combo drive with a 32GB or 64GB solid-state drive. Its creator sees it as a way of creating netbooks, tablets and ultraportables that can fit an optical drive...


Hitachi making own glasses-free 3D LCD

Hitachi 3D LCD could be in Nintendo 3DS

Hitachi Display has just unveiled a prototype 3D screen for mobile devices that would not require special glasses in order to display video in three dimensions. Using the same parallax barrier and IPS technology as Sharp's recently introduced 3D LCD, the Hitachi display is...


Hitachi offers 2TB SimpleTech external drive

New Hitachi 2TB external drives, new SimpleDrive

Hitachi on Monday added a new range of SimpleDrive external desktop hard drives available in up to a 2TB capacity. In addition to the new capacity, the disks have a Turbo USB 2.0 interface that is said to be 25 percent faster than the traditional spec. Hitachi includes its...


Hitachi outs enterprise-grade, 15,000RPM Ultrastar drives

Hitachi 15,000RPM Ultrastar drives now shipping

Hitachi has released two new hard drives on Tuesday, both turning at the fastest-possible 15,000RPM design. Part of the Ultrastar series, this includes the company's first 2.5-inch drive with the extra speed, the C15K147, and the firm's fourth-generation 3.5-inch drive, the...


Casio, Hitachi, NEC merge cellphone businesses

Casio Hitachi NEC joint cellular venture

Casio, Hitachi and NEC took defensive steps to protect their cellphones today and said they would merge their handset businesses into a single joint venture. The deal leaked earlier will see NEC join an existing Casio and Hitachi venture but largely take it over; NEC will have...


Hitachi intros 2TB 7200 RPM drive, refreshes line

Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM HDD

Hitachi GST is now shipping its first 2TB, 7,200 RPM desktop hard drive. The fourth-generation Deskstar 7K2000 uses the company's proprietary five-platter design with relaxed bit density and perpendicular magnetic recording technology. The company is also refreshing its K1000.C...


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