Seagate Starts Suing Solid State Drive Makers

SeagateLooks like Seagate is starting up the lawsuits against flash memory-based Solid State Drives (SSDs, you know, the new wonderdrives going into a lot of small laptops, such as the MacBook Air or ThinkPad X300).

A few weeks ago, we ran a story Seagate’s CEO and some interesting comments he made in regards to flash-based Solid State Drives (SSD):

Realistically, I just don’t see the flash notebook sell,” Watkins says. “We just don’t see the proposition.”

But in case flash prices continue to plummet and the flash drives really do catch on, Watkins has something else up his sleeve. He’s convinced, he confides, that SSD makers like Samsung and Intel are violating Seagate’s patents.

The New York Time’s is running a story on the lawsuit::

Seagate Technology, the largest maker of computer hard drives, made a pre-emptive strike against an emerging competitor on Monday when it filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing STEC Inc. of patent infringement.

In the suit, Seagate contends that STEC’s solid-state drive products violate four Seagate patents covering how such drives interface with computers.

STEC, based in Santa Ana, Calif., makes solid-state drives for corporations and other large enterprises, a market that Seagate executives have said the company plans to enter this year. The suit was filed in Federal District Court in the Northern District of California.

STEC had this response:

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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Rumors (Gizmodo)

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Gizmodo is running a story concerning some unconfirmed rumors about the would-be Lenovo ThinkPad X200. They are stating that the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 will have a smaller version, aka the X200.

They are stating that the X-series lineup will receive:
– HSDPA / EVDO
– 25% improved battery life
– Intel Penryn-based 6MB L2 Cache
– Larger versions – a 14.1-inch X400 and 15.4-inch X500
– DDR3 Memory
– Solid State Drives (SSDs)
– Production starting up in May

Specifically the X200:
– 12-inch (probably 12.1-inch widescreen)

Our take:

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Announced: Kohjinsha SR Series

Kohjinsha SR Kohjinsha has announced a new ultra mobile PC (UMPC) or ultraportable laptop/tablet (convertible), with a 7″ LED-backlit widescreen touchscreen display, the Kohjinsha SR series. It’s powered by an Intel A110 CPU (800MHz).

It’s height is 1.3 inches (33 mm) and it weighs around 2.42 pounds (1.1kg). Now you might be saying “that’s kind of thick and heavy for a UMPC”, but here’s the kicker: they fit a DVD Multi/Dual-Layer DVD writer into this thing. That’s pretty amazing, and a first for devices in this range.

It comes with a stylus for the touchscreen, it also has a “Quiet” or “Silent Mode” and includes a hardware button for turning off CD/DVD Drive Power.

It gets up to 7.2 hours of battery life with the large battery installed, according to Kohjinsha.

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