Western Digital would like nothing more than to finalize its proposed takeover of Hitachi's hard drive business, and to facilitate the process, WD agreed to transfer an asset package to rival Toshiba to ease concerns of regulatory agencies. The package includes equipment and intellectual property (IP) that will enable Toshiba to build and sell 3.5-inch hard drives for desktops, consumer electronics (things like DVRs), and near-line (business critical) applications.
Computer companies need to step up their game. Temkin Group set out to rate the customer experience of 206 large companies across 18 industries, and computer companies didn't exactly impress. Collectively, they fell to the bottom of the pack, receiving the fourth-lowest average, edging ahead of health plans, Internet service providers, and TV service providers.
Teams of engineers from SanDisk and Toshiba working at SanDisk's Milpitas campus developed a NAND flash memory chip smaller than a U.S. penny, the two companies announced. The 128Gb (gigabit) memory chip, which is currently in production, is the world's smallest and can store 128 billion bits of information on a single die measuring just 170mm2, barely more than a quarter of an inch squared.
Humans are a fickle species: Easily distracted by anything shiny and new, the majority of us are always on the lookout for the next big thing, especially where technology is concerned. Fortunately, as we saw at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, there's a whole universe of new-fangled gadgety goodness being cooked up by the high-tech powers that be--especially in the area of smartphones. There's a lot of anticipation surrounding a number of the handsets due for release this year, and with good reason: As more and more companies vie for a cut of the coin consumers are dumping into the smartphone market, hardware manufacturers are being forced to up their game, bringing innovative products to market in the hope of squashing their competition like a bug. We've assembled 10 of the most anticipated handsets due to drop in 2012, and as you'll see, they're all lust-worthy.
If you were hoping to see some SuperSpeed USB 3.0 announcements at this year's CES, you're in luck. Toshiba has your back and on Monday trotted out its new TransMemory-EX series of USB 3.0-compliant flash memory products that take advantage of the SuperSpeed specification with read and write speeds of up 22 times and 18 times (respectively) faster than USB 2.0.
Even though all the focus is on hard drives and the aftermath of the Thailand floods, DRAM manufacturers have fallen on hard times, too. DRAM has never been cheaper, and while that’s good for me and you, it’s hard to run a business if you’re basically giving away the product. Japanese DRAM maker Elpida Memory may be learning that lesson the hard way right now; rumors say that the Japanese government is pushing hard for Elpida to join forces with Toshiba to try and keep the business afloat.
Toshiba on Tuesday morning announced that a complete tiered solution of its enterprise hard drives and solid state drives have been qualified by Super Micro Computer, Inc. That doesn't mean much for the average home user, but in the enterprise, being part of Supermicro's storage solutions means customers will be able to deploy Toshiba drives in each tier of the solution, from SSDs and HDDs for tier 0 and tier 1 storage requirements, to HDDs for nearline storage applications, Toshiba says.
When Microsoft first started talking about Windows 7 slates, it was still a pre-iPad world. The prospect of Win 7-based tablets still evoked a reasonable amount of hope and excitement. But it soon became clear that Windows 7 and tablets just weren’t meant to be together. Now, the only time the two get together is when a vendor feels that it’s a match made in enterprise computing heaven. This time that vendor happens to be Toshiba.
Initial Ultrabook prices crossed the $1,000 line Intel tried to draw in the sand, and it's only recently that we've begun to see some lower priced models. But easily the least expensive Ultrabook on the market right now is Toshiba's Portégé Z835-P330, a Best Buy exclusive currently on sale for a penny shy of $700. Compare that to Apple's least expensive 13-inch MacBook Air ($1,299) and you have to like the direction Ultrabooks are going.
We have a term for technology like Toshiba’s Qosmio F755 laptop. It’s “demo cool.” It wows you in a demo, but after some serious testing, you’re not quite sure you’d want to use it day in and day out. Though we’re impressed by the technical achievement of Toshiba’s glasses-free 3D technology, it’s just not developed enough to earn our recommendation.