Hard Drive Prices Soar as Supply is Affected Due to Thailand Floods

Thailand, the beautiful South Asian country known for its tourist attractions, has been devastated by a series of floods that have lasted more than three months. More than four hundred lives have been lost, and 2.3 million people have been affected. The financial impact is estimated to be in excess of 5.1 billion USD. Last month, some of Thailand’s biggest industrial estates including Nava Nakorn, Bang-Pa-in, Hi-Tech, Factory Land, Rojana, and Saha Rattana Nakorn were flooded. Among the companies impacted were Western Digital, Toshiba, and Seagate. So far, Seagate’s factories haven’t been directly affected; however, the Dublin based storage giant is suffering from component shortages.

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Thailand is the world’s largest manufacturer of hard drives, and accounts for a quarter of the total worldwide production. After years of plummeting prices, the shortage of supply is already sending hard drive prices skywards. The prices of several of the hard drive models have already increased by more than 200%, and the situation will only get worse as we approach the holiday season.

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The road to recovery is likely to be a slow and painful one. Digitimes expects hard drive shortages to reach 19 million units in Q4. Western Digital has temporarily suspended operations in Thailand, and will not be supplying hard drives to Taiwan channels in November. Samsung, another major vendor to be impacted, will also do the same, and instead ship shipments for manufacturing its own devices. The prices might start dropping within one or two quarters, but industry experts estimate that it will take nearly a year for normalcy to return.

Toshiba Unveils The Thrive 7″ Honeycomb Tablet

Earlier this year, Toshiba announced its first tablet device – the Toshiba Thrive. It was unveiled and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Last month, Toshiba announced its second tablet device – the Toshiba AT-200 tablet at the IFA event. It had a slim waistline measuring only 7.7mm. Now, Toshiba went ahead and unveiled its third tablet device – the Toshiba Thrive 7″. This tablet is the 7 inch version of the original Toshiba Thrive tablet. It runs on the latest version of Android Honeycomb Operating System. Toshiba Thrive 7″ tablet comes with the company’s exclusive Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancement technologies. Check out the complete specs below.

This is a seven-inch tablet done right,said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. The Thrive 7Tablet is the first seven-inch tablet in the U.S. market to offer a true HD display that when combined with the selection of ports, premium audio, and a better, more robust Android experience make it a great choice for on-the-go consumers looking for a no-compromise tablet.

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Toshiba Thrive 7″ Tablet Specs:

  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16 or 32 GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • miniUSB
  • microHDMI
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Integrated GPS
  • Android Market

The Toshiba Thrive 7tablet weighs only 0.88 pounds and measures just 0.47 inches. The price and release date of this tablet will be announced later. Are you planning to buy this tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Toshiba AT-200 Tablet; Makes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Look Fat!

Toshiba has just announced a new tablet at the on-going IFA event. The new tablet has a strange name, AT200, and packs a 10.1-inch display with WXGA(1280×800) resolution.

The AT-200 is the thinnest 10.1-inch Android tablet until date, with a slim waistline measuring only 7.7mm. The tablet is also reasonably light at only 558 grams. Unlike other 10.1-inch tablets, this tablet from Toshiba is powered by a 1.2GHz TI-OMAP processor (OMAP4430 chipset), and along with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

The tablet also comes with other basic’ features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor and gyroscope etc.

The AT-200 is also capable of handling all the multimedia needs of a user, thanks to its stereo speakers and the micro-HDMI port. The tablet is also capable of recording and playing back full HD video content. The tablet will be available in various storage capacities with up to 64GB.

At the back of the tablet is a 5MP camera with an LED flash, and in the front is a 2MP one.Toshiba states that the AT-200 has a battery life of around 8 hours, which is not too shabby.

Overall, the Toshiba AT-200 looks like a sleek Honeycomb based tablet, with all the necessary ports and connectivity features in place. Hopefully, Toshiba will be sane enough to price the AT-200 competitively, and while they are at it, they might come up with a   better name for the tablet as well!

Toshiba to Launch Three Tablets in 2011; One Each For Android, Windows 7 and Chrome OS

AndroidAccording to the latest report by Digitimes, Toshiba is planning to launch 3 new tablets in 2011. What’s even more exciting, is the fact that each of the tablets will be running a different OS. Toshiba plans to launch one with the Android OS, possible Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.0 Honeycomb, one with the Google Chrome OS which is slated to launch today, and one with Windows 7.

This move should probably cover the entire potential tablet market, except for iPad fans.

Two of the tablets will have 10.1 inch displays while the third will sport a 11.6 inch panel. If I had to bet my money on it, I would say that the 11.6 inch tablet will probably be the one running Windows 7.

Toshiba will be showcasing the three tablets at CES 2011, which Techie-Buzz will be covering live.

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Toshiba Launches The AC100 Android Smartbook In India

Toshiba had announced the Android Smartbook AC100 back in June. It is one of the first Android powered netbooks which offers a nice set of hardware with the Android OS.

It was launched in the UK in September. Today, Toshiba has launched it in India as well. It is priced at Rs 18721 which is a bit pricey, when compared to other netbooks which run Windows 7 Starter and come with 1 GB / 2 GB RAM and an Atom processor. It runs Android 2.1 Eclair with a custom UI and comes with a 10.1 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. It also has a 1.3 MP camera, HDMI out, USB ports and a card reader.

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Toshiba AC100 Android Smartbook Launched

Toshiba had announced its Android smartbook way back in June and it was quite eagerly awaited by Android fans. Today, Toshiba has launched the AC100 Android Smartbook in the UK.

Toshiba AC100 Android Smartbook

The Toshiba AC100 runs Android 2.1 and has a 10.1 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a heavily customized UI by Toshiba tailored for netbook usage. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform (1 GHz Tegra 250 SoC) and has 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It has an 8 GB internal SSD and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR connectivity. A 3G version of the AC100 is also in the works. Besides these, it has a 1.3 MP webcam and an HDMI out.

The Toshiba AC100 is priced at GBP 290 ($449). With Windows 7 netbooks sporting much better hardware configurations like the Samsung N150 and the Asus EEE PC 1001P starting at $299, I doubt the Toshiba AC100 is going to be a hit, especially at this price.

Toshiba SmartPad Images Leaked

There have been many rumors about an Android powered tablet by Toshiba launching in the September – October timeframe. The 10.1 inch display tablet was supposed to run Android 2.2 Froyo and will run on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform.

Today we have more details of the “Toshiba SmartPad” — yes, that’s what it will be called. Notebook Italia has leaked some images of the Toshiba SmartPad along with some hardware details.

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It seems to have a sleek and stylish design with four touch sensitive buttons next to the display – Search, Back, Home and Menu. It also has USB ports, HDMI out and a card reader. It also has a webcam on the top of the display and two speakers. It will probably be unveiled officially at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

Source: NotebookItalia

Toshiba to launch Android Tablet in September

Toshiba Android TabletAndroid is definitely having a field day; after Samsung, Asus, Motorola, Lenovo and many others, details have leaked out today about a new Android tablet by Toshiba.

Digitimes has reported Toshiba will be launching its Android powered tablet in September or October 2010. It will be a 10 inch tablet powered by Android 2.2 and will have a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. No other details about the Toshiba Android tablet were revealed.

The September – October timeframe is going to be packed with tablet launches from many manufacturers. We will see many new Android tablet launches. Even Verizon is planning to launch a Chrome OS tablet in November. The tablet explosion is just about to begin.

Samsung 32nm NAND Chips Having Poor Write Speed Issues

Samsung, the world’s largest producer of NAND flash Chips, of late has been facing poor write speed issues with their 32nm NAND Chips. They recently shifted to 32nm manufacturing process for their NAND flash Chips. The problem is so serious that most of the SSD manufacturers have started sourcing NAND chips from other NAND memory manufacturers. Samsung has been working hard to solve the problem but have been unable to do anything till now.intel-micron-34nm-nand

Toshiba, another manufacturer of NAND flash chips, also shifted to 32nm manufacturing process earlier this year and even they faced some transition problems but unlike Samsung, Toshiba were quick to solve their problems. Even Samsung did not expect the poor write speed issue to last for so long. When a manufacturer shifts to a better and smaller fabrication process, it will face many manufacturing issues but sooner or later the benefits of a smaller fabrication process will start showing up which includes a reduction in the total cost of production along with better yields. The poor write speed issue faced by Samsung basically rules out any hopes of a price cut on the SSDs before the Holiday Season begins in the U.S.

Toshiba Unveils 2.5inch 7200RPM 500GB HDD

Toshiba today launched a new high-performance 2.5inch HDD which offers 500GB of storage on two platters and spins at 7200RPM. The form factor of 2.5inch makes this hard disk a performance oriented product for Netbooks and Notebooks. The new Hard Disks from Toshiba will be from the “PDF” line-up and Toshiba says that there is a 13% improvement in performance compared to the older 7200RPM based Hard Disks. The newer Hard Disk are also more greener as the use of certain toxic and chemical substances has been totally removed/reduced. The Hard Disks feature SATA II interface and features 16MB of Buffer memory.  toshiba

Maciek Brzeskivice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division said “This new family delivers faster overall system performance, which boosts user productivity a key differentiator that PC manufacturers can provide to commercial and consumer notebook users. As a result, we expect that 7,200 RPM HDDs will grow to more than 25 percent of 2.5-inch HDD shipments within two years.   In addition to the half-terabyte capacity, decreased environmental impact and low power consumption are also benefits, demonstrating Toshiba’s continued leadership in delivering the right solutions to meet emerging market needs.

The HDD will be available in mass volume by the end of Q3 or by the starting of Q4 of this year.