I got this email from one of my friends in the industry, WD. They’re releasing some updated design for their Eco Friendly Green Hard Drives. Best Drives for those who’re budgeting on power use and being friendlier to the environment.
Expect these drives appearing at your nearest WD reseller.
WD® RELEASES WD® CAVIAR GREEN DRIVE 667 GB/PLATTER 3-PLATTER DESIGN Cooler, Quieter, Eco-Friendlier
Manila, PHILIPPINES – August 31, 2010 – WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today announced that it is already shipping the 4th generation WD Green Series, the WD20EARS (2TB) and WD15EARS (1.5 TB) drives, the highest areal density in the industry at 667 GB/platter 3-platter design, 64 MB cache. As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation. Low Power Consumption The new WD Caviar Green 2TB (3-disk) offers low power consumption than current 2 TB drives in the market. WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to the standard desktop drives with the combination of WD’s IntelliSeek™, NoTouch™, and IntelliPower technologies.
WD® is now shipping the WD® Caviar Green Drive 667GB/Platter 3 Platter Design
-IntelliPower. A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.
-IntelliSeek. Calculates optimum speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. -No Touch ramp load technology. The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
StableTrac™ The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during and write operations (2TB model only). Helps enable eco-friendly PCs By using environmentally-conscious PCs with our WD Caviar Green drives on board, large organizations with many desktop computers can minimize their carbon footprint and save real money on electricity costs. WD Green Power Technology. WD Green Power Technology™ yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives. Perfect for external drives External drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a high-capacity product with a WD Caviar Green drive, the coolest and quietest in its class.
WD® Introduces New My Passport™ AV Portable Media Drives
Advanced Power Technology
WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads. Electronic components deliver best-in-class low power consumption for reduced power requirements and increased reliability.
Advanced Format Technology
WD is changing the way data is stored on the media by offering drives with new Advanced Format Technology. This technology is being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiencies, thus enabling larger drive capacities. For more information on the WD Green Series WD20EARS (2TB) and WD15EARS (1.5 TB) drives, visit the WD website at www.wdc.com.
WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems, and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD TV are registered trademarks; My Passport is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
And here’s another video: Age of Empire’s set to return to the PC, and now has integration in GFWL to enable online multiplayer matches.
Here’s an interesting tidbit in a form of a video:
Microsoft did fold up ACES studios last year, but seems it didn’t stop them from stopping the franchise all together. After Flight Simulator X in 2007, it should hopefully be a very worthy successor to its mantle (with even more accurate city layouts!). I think my Core i7 rig in the works will play with it nicely