On September 05, 2007, Seagate held an event for bloggers, or I suppose all forms of interested media, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. They had about twenty products on display from both the Seagate and Maxtor product lines, as well as a handful of demos in order to take some of the latest items for a test run.
While many of the products were introduced at some point earlier in 2007 (such as the D.A.V.E. shown above), many have yet to reach market, and others were brand new. In between trips to the bar and stops with the hors d’oeuvre waiters, I spent some time checking out each item on display and compiled this summary of what the present and near future at Seagate looks like.
The event was held in a cozy ballroom on the thirty sixth floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. Working my way past the high tech goodies in the room, I found the view to be incredible. Situated at the southwest corner of Central Park, just above Columbus Circle, the location was definitely exclusive.
Inside, Seagate had the room separated into five main areas; one for external storage devices, one for enterprise class drives, one for portable devices, one for notebook and desktop drives, and then a large area for demos and hanging out to enjoy the view. Wide screen displays could be found turned on end throughout the room providing various presentations on the company, the drive market, and the new products (and despite what appears to be seen in the below right image, they were not running the Women's Entertainment Network, at least that I can remember).
Let's get down to business and take a look at some of the items on display. The below left image shows the Seagate D.A.V.E. (Digital Audio Video Experience). This ultra-portable, lithium ion battery powered device can provide up to 60GB of storage that can be accessed via WiFi or Bluetooth (as well as USB 2.0 on the wired side). About the size of a deck of cards, it can be accessed by digital cameras or mobile phones with the proper wireless connection, providing massive storage for multimedia content to share and enjoy on the go.
While much of the focus today is on the massive storage capacities available in desktop drives, the same advances in technology are helping the small format drives "get big", too. The Lyrion series of drives (sample shown in the above right image) brings a 60GB capacity to the 1.8" form factor. Seagate's RunOn Technology allows these drives to run 'flawlessly' despite the bumps and bruises the typical portable device might suffer in use.