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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

SanDisk to buy SSD maker Pliant for $327 million

SanDisk today announced an agreement to purchase enterprise-class SSD-maker Pliant for $327 million.

Samsung producing DDR 2.0 NAND flash

Samsung has begun production of its 20-nanometer DDR 2.0 NAND flash chip technology, which offers twice the capacity over its current chip and vastly better performance.

Apple's iMac, MacBook Pro lines are SSD friendly

Like the MacBook Pro before it, Apple's latest iMac line-up is optimized to squeeze more performance from solid-state drives.

Seagate breaks 1TB per platter barrier

Seagate said it has broken a previous areal density benchmark with a drive line that can hold up to 1TB of data per platter.

Researchers use disk fragmentation to hide data

Researchers from two universities have developed an algorithm that uses disk fragmentation to hide data on a clustered file system.

SanDisk, Toshiba one up Intel, introduce 19nm flash memory

SanDisk and its partner Toshiba announced this week a 64Gbit NAND flash memory chip using 19-nanometer (nm) technology.

Seagate-Samsung deal to spur next-gen storage development

Seagate's proposed purchase of Samsung's hard disk drive operations will likely lead to faster development of new hard disk drive technology and improved solid state drive and hybrid drive output, according to industry observers.

Most IT managers plan to adopt cloud storage

Fifty-seven percent of CIOs and storage administrators plan to adopt cloud storage -- first for email, then front office applications and finally for backup data.

Intel, Micron to double SSD density by summer

Micron will begin shipping a new enterprise-class SSD based on the PCIe expansion card standard and the industry's smallest NAND flash circuitry -- 20...

iPad, iPhone get remote heart-monitoring app

GE Healthcare and Airstrip Technologies announced a new app for iPhones and iPads that allows physicians to see near-real-time readouts from electrocardiographs to remotely diagnose and treat heart patients.

Intel doubles capacity, drops price in refresh of SSD line

Intel today released the next generation of its consumer-class solid-state drive, replacing the retail market's best-selling X25-M line.

Seagate updates drives in biggest-ever refresh

Seagate today announced five product refreshes that include both its solid-state drive (SSD) line and its high-performance, midrange and high-capacity hard-disks.

With Hitachi buy, Western Digital moves further ahead of rivals

While Western Digital faces hurdles with product overlap, its planned buyout of hard drive maker Hitachi GST is a good thing for both the company and the marketplace, analysts say.

Will the cloud curb interest in 64GB iPad 2?

With consumers increasingly turning to cloud service providers for data storage needs, analysts say buyers might opt for 16GB or 32GB iPad 2 instead of the 64GB model.

Western Digital to buy Hitachi's disk storage division for $4.3B

Western Digital announced it has entered into an agreement to buy Hitachi's hard drive subsidiary in a cash and stock deal valued at $4.3 billion.