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Hard drive wirelessly connects to cellphones

Posted: 05 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Seagate announced a new portable hard drive on Wednesday that connects wirelessly to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It's just the thing for mobile phone owners.

Available later this year, the device called DAVE (for digital audio video experience) comes in two capacities10Gbyte and 20Gbyteweighs 71g and is roughly the size of a thick credit card. Previously code-named "Cricket," the drive has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that powers the device for up to 10hrs of active use and up to 14 days in standby mode.

Under $200
Seagate said it is targeting DAVE at telecom service providers and cellphone manufacturers. Seagate expects the portable drive to hit consumer markets by Q3 at prices under $200. The company is releasing a software developer kit in March to foster third-party interoperability.

"Mobile carriers can use this technology for creating value from their investments in high-bandwidth networks," said Seagate's Patrick King in a statement. "Mobile handset manufacturers have another tool for turning the multimedia phone into the center of the mobile consumer's digital life." King is senior VP and general manager of Seagate's CE business unit.

Growth opportunity
Portable storage for cellphones is considered a growth opportunity. The number of mobile video download subscribers is expected to jump to nearly 5 million in 2010 as compared to roughly 250,000 mobile video download subscribers in 2006, or so say surveys from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Seagate said a DAVE drive can turn a mobile phone into a powerful DVR/MP3 device, giving users the ability to download a range of applications from mobile phone network video and online music to audio books and GPS data. The 10Gbyte version can hold 2,500 songs or 21hrs of video, Seagate said.

- W. David Gardner

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