Seagates New Drives Designed For PVRs
Seagate Technology said its new CE line of 3.5-inch hard drives is optimized for the consumer electronics market.Seagate Technology said it was shipping a new line of hard drives optimized for the consumer electronics market. Seagates new "CE" 3.5-inch hard drive line incorporates improved video streaming capabilities, which a Seagate company spokesman said are being implemented in the ATA-7 specification, currently under development at the storage industrys interface standards body, T13.org. Seagate said the new drives, which include up to 160-Gbytes of total capacity, are being shipped to eight consumer electronics manufacturers: Toshiba, Thomson, Sony, Pioneer, Pace, Nokia, Motorola and Echostar. Most set-top boxes now include the option of recording and playing back recorded video from a hard drive, adding the functionality once reserved for specialized products from Tivo and ReplayTV.
While the new drives share common components with Seagates line of PC drives, the CE line has been optimized to play back and record several streams of video at once.