News Bits: Fujitsu Intros 320GB Notebook Drive, Notebooks with Blu-Ray to Grow in ’08

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Fujitsu introduces 320GB notebook hard drive

Fujitsu today announced its 2.5-inch MHZ2 BH series hard drives with capacities ranging from 40GB to 320GB. The drives are designed for notebook use and will go on sale in February of next year. The new drives feature a SATA 3.0Gbps interface and have a 5,400RPM rotational speed.

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Notebooks with Blu-ray drives to have 10% market share in ’08

According to sources at Matsushita, the market share of notebooks with Blu-ray drives is expected to reach 10% in 2008 from 1% this year. Notebook manufacturers will more willing to include less expensive Blu-ray combo drives. However, sources at Quanta Storage say that the market share of notebooks with Blu-ray optical drives will still stay small because although the drives will drop in price, they will still be expensive.

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Compal dedicates team to MID development

Compal Electronics will dedicate an entire team in its PC department to Mobile Internet Device (MID) development in January of next year. The company sees a lot of potential in the idea and realizes that ultra mobile Internet access is a growing consumer want. Compal expects the MID market to grow quickly in 2008.

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Google developing online file storage service

Google is reportedly planning to start offering next year a service that will allow users to easily store files of all types on a remote hard drive. At this point the focus is primarily on integrating with Microsoft Windows, but Google has recently been working hard to allow smartphone users to access its services.

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Matias introduces iRizer notebook stand

Matias today introduced the iRizer, an ultra-slim notebook stand that the company claims helps prevent neck and wrist strain. It is height adjustable, allowing users to bring the notebook’s keyboard and screen to the most comfortable level.
The iRizer is available now from Matias.

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