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The Golden Tablet: SanDisk Cashes in on Apple’s Use of Flash Memory

Flash MemoryHawksM24 June 2010

After years of waiting, the market has gotten its tablet and the people are more than a little excited, not to mention SanDisk – the company Apple chose to make the flash memory used for its latest innovation.

Flash memory, already used in digital cameras, mobile phones, and some laptop computers, takes up less space and speeds up operation – two key drawing points for Apple when creating the iPad. But SanDisk wouldn’t be in this position today if it weren’t for the near soothsayer abilities of SanDisk founder, Eli Harari. Harari established relationships with mobile handset makers so early in the game that now almost half of the company’s revenue comes from the mobile handset market.

Being asked to make anything for an Apple product would be a big deal for any company, but with statistics being thrown around like “an iPad is now sold every three seconds” it looks like SanDisk has hit the jackpot. Morgan Stanley predicts that iPad sales will top 10 million by the end of this year – an increase from its previous projection of 6 million. And this could only be the beginning for SanDisk.

Like the iPhone for the smartphone market, the iPad is setting the bar for tablet computers. HP is set to release its ­­­TouchSmart 600 tablet PC and Sony, which already uses SanDisk flash memory in its netbook machines, and Asustek Computer will be following suit.

“If Apple does well with their products, then the whole mobile market does well,” says semiconductor analyst Dinesh Moorjani of Broadpoint AmTech, which could only mean more business for SanDisk.

Right now, solid-state drives, which use flash memory, are being positioned to replace the traditional rotating hard drives in laptop computers. Cost is the limiting factor. An SSD drive is currently priced at about $1.90 per gigabyte of flash, but Moorjani sees the pricing sweet-spot falling at about the $1 range. With prices looking to drop about 50 cents a year, he suggests that mass adoption may only be about two years away.

That’s not very long to wait for SanDisk to rein king.

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Verbatim’s Partner Blu-ray Disc Plant Announces Increase of Production Lines

Blu-ray MediaHawksM17 June 2010

As promised, the president of the Mitsubishi Chemical Infonics (MCI) plant has agreed to increase production of Blu-ray discs (BD) at its Singapore plant to keep pace with consumer demand.

A new manufacturing facility has opened production of at least two lines for the BD-R DL 50GB and BD-R LTH 2GB products. The BD-R DL production line has also been jump-started and was scheduled to begin shipping in May.

The expanded production schedule will increase the plant’s production by 300,000 discs per month, and the BD-R LTH line, alone, will increase in production from 400,000 discs per month to close to 1 million discs with a specific focus on 4x and 6x high-speed recordable products

To make the production increase possible Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd., owner of the MCI plant, has instituted technological innovations that combine the company’s inorganic recording layer technology, BD-R double-layer single-sided technology, and DVD+/-R DL double-layer technology to manufacture high-quality BD-R DL discs. The company also drew on dye media technology used on it CD-R, DVD+/-R, and DVD+/-R DL lines along and pioneering media design engineering to create a reliable organic recording dye for the BD-R LTH production line.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media is expected to announce further production expansion in the coming months.

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Aleratec to Give Away iPads for 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes

CD DVD DuplicatorsHawksM12 June 2010

The southern California developer of “Prosumers’ Choice” solutions for USB Flash, Blu-ray, and DVD/CD duplicating, Aleratec, has announced that it will be giving away two iPads, amongst other prizes, in celebration of the company’s 10-year anniversary.

Aleratec, previously known as Alera Technologies, was a pioneer of the CD duplicating industry, specializing in focused markets such as government agencies, educational facilities, and houses of worship. During the month of June, anyone who becomes a fan of Aleratec on Facebook and submits an online entry form will become eligible to win one of the sweepstakes prizes. The Grand Prize is a 32 GB iPad with Wi-Fi and the First Place Prize is a 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi.

Second through sixth place prizewinners could receive one of the following Aleratec products: a 1:1 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro HLS Standalone LightScribe Duplicator, a DVD/CD Shredder XC, and a DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus.

President and CEO of Aleratec, Perry Solomon, describes the sweepstakes this way.

“We at Aleratec are proud that we’ve been in business for ten years producing award-winning products,” Solomon said. “We want to share the celebration with our customers and friends with an exciting sweepstakes and by offering some amazing deals in the month of June.”

For more information details on terms and conditions of the sweepstakes, visit www.aleratec.com/sweepstakes.html

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Primera Blu-ray Disc Publishers Get a Speed Boost

Responding to a surge in demand for personal-use Blu-ray disc publishers, Primera, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of CD/DVD publishers, has announced the release of Blu-ray recordable drives with 12x burn speeds.

Previously only offered at up to 8x burn speeds, Primera’s Bravo Series Blu-ray disc publishers are now better able to accommodate users in some of the most in-demand personal-use fields – wedding and events videographers and low-budget filmmakers.

With this release Primera has also replaced USB 2.0 with new high-speed eSATA interface, which can reach transfer rates that triple that of USB 2.0.

“With 12x drives and eSATA interfaces, Primera’s Bravo-Series Disc Publishers are the fastest way to produce professional-quality burned and printed Blu-ray Discs,” said Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of sales and marketing.

The Bravo Series disc publishers are available in four versions with the faster burn speeds; all are capable of burning direct-to-disc, full-color printing.

  • Bravo SE Blu Disc Publisher – one disc drive, 20-disc capacity ($2,995)
  • BravoPro Xi Blu Disc Publisher – one disc drive, 100-disc capacity ($4,995)
  • BravoPro Xi2 Blu Disc Publisher – two drives, 100-disc capacity ($4,995)
  • Bravo XRP-Blu Disc Publisher – two drives, rack mountable, 100-disc capacity ($8,995)

If you need help choosing a Primera blu-ray, CD or DVD publishing system. Call one of the Gotmedia expert staff at 866-409-1090.

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