Energy efficient whisper-quiet platforms optimized for Small Office and Home Computing

Super Micro Computer, Inc., a leader in application-optimized, high performance server and workstation solutions, announced the introduction of its high-end 5046A-XB desktop system and its highly affordable 5035L-iB server/storage solution that is truly optimized for small office and home (SOHO) applications including media, entertainment and gaming. Both of these single-socket systems feature whisper-quiet operation and deliver the superior energy efficiency that SOHO customers demand.

“These single-socket platforms combine industry-leading quality and energy efficiency to deliver the best possible value to our customers,” said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. “Our performance-optimized 5046A-XB system supports dual high-performance graphics cards via two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots to deliver superior performance for the most demanding image processing and visual applications. The SuperServer 5035L-iB is a truly optimized SOHO server and storage solution that brings enterprise-level quality and features to SOHO customers at a highly affordable price point.”

The SuperServer 5035L-iB is based on Supermicro’s new X7SLM-L single-processor serverboard with a long embedded chipset lifecycle. This cost-effective platform delivers data security, reliability and performance with RAID support for up to four SATA (3.0 Gb/s) drives for up to 6TB of storage. The X7SLM-L supports both an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 and a PCI-Express x16 graphics connector. This micro-ATX (9.6″ x 8.6″) serverboard also features a PCI-Express x4 (in a x8 slot) and two legacy PCI slots, an IDE connector, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and eight USB 2.0 connectors.

The high-efficiency 300-watt power supply in this SOHO server/storage solution is 80-Plus(R) Bronze level certified, meaning it achieves 85%+ power efficiency. This earth-friendly, energy-efficient system saves electricity and reduces end-users total cost of ownership (TCO) by hundreds of dollars. The SuperServer 5035L-iB’s new mini-tower chassis (SC731i-300B) also includes a host of user-friendly design features for easy installation such as a toolless side panel and drive bays, 90-degree pivoting hard disk drive cage, and stamped motherboard support (no standoffs required). Besides four 3.5″ internal drive bays, the system also supports two external 5.25″ bays, four I/O expansion slots, a toolless rear 9 cm pulse-width modulated fan for optimized cooling and Kensington lock security to safeguard the system. Its small footprint makes it perfect for office or home installations.

Powered by Supermicro’s C7X58 high-end desktop motherboard, the 5046A-XB supports both nVidia(R) SLI(TM) and ATI(R) CrossfireX(TM) technology to deliver exceptional performance with support for dual graphics cards. The system is optimized for the Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 processor, which features an Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) that supports three channels of DDR3 memory up to 1600 MHz, along with the new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) for data transfers up to 6.4 GT/s. Other key features include support for up to 24 GB DDR3 memory, two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, high-definition 7.1 audio with S/PDIF outputs, and two IEEE 1394a headers.

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State-of-the-Art Design Features Provide a Valuable Storage Solution for High-Capacity Mobile PCs, Game Consoles, Printers and External Storage

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced a half-terabyte 5,400 RPM, Serial-ATA (SATA) 3.0 Gb/s 2.5-inch HDD with a number of enhanced features that improve the user experience in mobile applications, as well as other digital devices.

Available in capacities from 500GB(1) to 120GB, the super-quiet and durable MKxx55GSX series is targeted for integration into notebook PCs, sub- notebooks, small form factor and energy star PCs, game consoles, printers and external storage devices.

This new family raises the bar in acoustic performance for mainstream high-capacity HDDs. Advanced servo techniques combined with mechanical design changes minimize noise emanating from the MKxx55GSX drives, making them nearly inaudible during operation, with some models performing close to the threshold of human hearing.

In addition, optimizations in mechanics and servo design have boosted the durability of the series with operating shock tolerance matching the highest levels available on the market today. To further protect user data against potentially hazardous external events, free-fall sensor (FFS) options are available on the new MKxx55GSX series. Toshiba’s state-of-the-art FFS technology enables the HDD to respond to drop events, providing additional protection to mobile devices if they are disturbed during operation.

“With a number of value-added technology features, this new 2.5-inch HDD series addresses the need for capacity and durability in mobile applications, while enhancing the overall user experience by minimizing noise from the storage component,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division. “The acoustic performance renders these HDDs nearly inaudible, which is ideal for home entertainment applications, while the durability features appeal to mainstream mobile PC users. This family of products offers a comprehensive storage solution for integration into a wide range of applications.”

Dedication to Environmentally Conscious HDDs

The new MKxx55GSX family reflects Toshiba’s ongoing commitment to enhance the environmental soundness of its products by discontinuing use of certain chemical substances and reducing carbon dioxide emissions during operation for each successive HDD generation. Toshiba has eliminated specified hazardous halogens and toxic chemicals such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), antinomy trioxide and red phosphorus across all components incorporated in the drive. In addition, the 500GB MK5055GSX achieves a 20 percent improvement in energy consumption efficiency during operation over previous generation 2.5-inch products.(2)

Series Availability

Toshiba’s new MKxx55GSX series will begin shipping in production volumes to OEMs and distributors in December 2008. More information regarding Toshiba’s line of industry-leading small form factor hard drives is available at

Product Specifications

  • Model Number MKxx55GSX Series
  • Maximum Capacity (Formatted) 500/400/320/250/160/120GB(1)
  • Number of platters 2/2/2/1/1/1
  • Areal density Up to 371.9Gb/in(2) (max)
  • Media transfer rate Up to 952.7 Mbps (max)
  • Average seek time 12 ms
  • Rotational speed 5,400 RPM
  • Buffer memory 8MB
  • Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s (and SATA 1.5Gb/s); Serial ATA Revision 2.6 (ATA-8)
  • Interface transfer rate 3.0 Gb/sec
  • External dimensions (WxDxH; mm) 69.85mm x 100.0mm x 9.5mm
  • Weight (g) Dual-platter: 102g; Single-platter: 98g (max)
  • Energy consumption efficiency Dual-platter: 0.0012/0.0015/0.0019 W/GB; Single-platter: 0.0024/ 0.0038/0.0050 W/GB
  • Shock resistance: Operating 3,920 m/s(2) (400G, 2ms); Non-operating 8,820 m/s(2) (900G, 1ms)
  • Acoustics (Bels) Idle: 2.5 (dual-platter)/1.9 Bels (single-platter); Operating: 2.5 (dual-platter)/2.0 Bels (single-platter)

Source: Toshiba Storage Device Division

World’s Highest Capacity Disk Drive with Green Policy Innovation Program and Available AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced the launch of the 2.5-inch MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/sec mobile hard drives (HDD), achieving industry leading capacity of a half-terabyte (500GB(1)), and features the highest capacity to support full disk encryption (FDE) in a 2.5-inch form factor. The new series are designed to meet the cumulative demands of notebook PCs, desktop PCs, consumer electronics and other mobile applications.

“End users are looking for reliable hard drives with the highest possible capacity,” said Mario Apicella, Director, Technology and Product Validation Services, Storage Strategies NOW, “and these new drives from Fujitsu respond to those customer requirements. In addition, the new models have very low power consumption and are manufactured with a green emphasis, which together with an unsurpassed 256-bit AES encryption capability sets a great example for the industry.”

As part of the Fujitsu Green Policy Innovation program, the new HDD series is the first for Fujitsu to be halogen-free(2) and comply with the RoHS directive, which reduces the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment. Both the MJA2 BH and MJA2 CH series provide a best-in-class read/write power consumption of 1.4W (SATA 3.0Gb/sec), a reduction of 33 percent from previous generation models. Additional product enhancements over the previous generation 5400 RPM HDD include a higher resistance to operating shock, reducing damage from accidental handling, and 27 percent faster internal transfer rates to improve overall system performance.

“We are excited to bring to market a series of hard drives that not only provide tremendous storage capacity, but also minimize the environmental impact,” said Lorne Wilson, senior vice president, sales, corporate marketing and new products group. “This new series will also be an ideal solution for customers that require an extremely secure, high capacity storage solution.”

MJA2 CH series features the same shock resistance, compact size and transfer speed while enabling the end user to add the highest security standard for data protection. Just as with the first generation model, the MJA2 CH series supports AES hardware-based FDE using the industry leading 256-bit key size, allowing the drive to provide data protection from unauthorized access by setting a password. Encryption and decryption are performed by the hardware of the drive, instead of by the computer’s CPU and memory, thereby eliminating the impact on system performance. The security credential that is used to unlock the drive is cryptographically regenerated when the correct password is received at power-on and is unattainable when the system is powered off. The MJA2 CH series is ideal for various IT applications that require the highest security standards with high storage capacity, less complexity and low cost of ownership.

Source: Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Growing Universe of Consumer Digital Content Drives Demand for High-Capacity Storage Solutions and the Need for Data Backup to Preserve Digital Memories

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today added a 400GB(1) model to its line of personal storage devices for consumers seeking high-capacity storage and backup for music libraries, home videos, personal data and other digital memories.

The new 400GB Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive can store up to either 114,000 digital photos, 105,000 MP3 music files, 177 hours of DVD videos or 47 hours of high-definition videos.(1)

Designed for all consumers, Toshiba’s personal storage line makes it easy for even digital novices to easily back up their digital content libraries with a hassle-free solution featuring award-winning NTI Shadow(TM) software. The user-friendly solution enables consumers to set back-up parameters a single time and enjoy peace-of-mind in knowing critical and cherished digital files and personal memories are protected.

“With the constant influx of cherished digital content stored on home computers, consumers are looking for a fast and easy way to protect their libraries with little to no maintenance,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division. “Toshiba’s click-free, switch-free and button-free backup solution caters to the average digital consumer — but with advanced features and high capacities that also appeal to the sophisticated technophile.”

Reliable Portable Storage for Everyone

Toshiba’s new 400GB joins the existing line of USB 2.0 Portable External HDDs available in 160GB, 250GB and 320GB capacities that offer effortless operation and mobility with automatic power via USB 2.0. The personal storage line also comes with an internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology to deliver extra protection against normal wear and tear and anti-slip footpads that help anchor the drive in place. Weighing only six ounces, Toshiba’s new external hard drive fits easily within a laptop pouch or backpack making it an ideal storage companion for travel.

Featuring a sleek and glossy finish with contemporary graphics, Toshiba’s personal storage line now adds Electric Blue and Black to the existing Carbon Grey, Hot Rod Red and Gecko Green models, making these storage companions a stylish complement to any notebook or desktop PC. Toshiba’s portable external hard drives also are perfect solutions for preserving personal data such as financial information and home office files, along with digital movie and music libraries and personal photo and video memories.

Toshiba’s new 400GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive is available at and through major retailers and online outlets beginning in October. For a complete list, please visit

Product Specifications

Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

Capacities 400GB, 320GB, 250GB, 160GB (1)

Colors Electric Blue & Black, Carbon Grey, Hot Rod Red and Gecko Green

Weight 6 ounces

Dimensions 0.65″ (H) x 3.19″ (W) x 5.0″ (L); 16.6mm (H) x 81.0mm (W) x 127.0mm (L)

Interface USB 2.0

Compatibility &System Requirements Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista, Macintosh OS X 10.3.9 or later

Available USB 2.0 Port
Inside the Box Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

  • USB 2.0 cable
  • NTI Shadow(TM) software (preloaded)
  • Quick install guide
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Certifications FCC/CE/UL approved
  • RoHS compatible
  • Designed for Windows XP and works with Vista Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later (Universal Application)

Source: Toshiba Storage Device Division

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