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Top DVR makers opt for Seagate hard drives

Eight digital video recorder (DVR) manufacturers will use hard drives from Seagate Technology which are based on a standard for...

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Eight digital video recorder (DVR) manufacturers will use hard drives from Seagate Technology which are based on a standard for streaming video under development.

Toshiba, Thomson, Sony, Pioneer, Pace Micro Technology, Nokia, Motorola and Echostar Communications will use Seagate's new consumer electronics hard drives in their DVRs, Seagate said.

The drives are based on the ATA/7 (advanced technology attachment) standard for streaming video. PC hard drives store and access data in fragments, which can impede the smooth playback of video content. Seagate said the new standard provides a way to emphasise video streaming over error checking activities characteristic of PC applications.

The Technical Committee T-13 of the International Committee on Information Technology Standards is working on completing the specifications for the ATA/7 standard.

Seagate also improved the power consumption and lowered the noise level of the consumer electronics drives to satisfy the needs of the consumer electronics market.

Sales of DVRs such as the ones manufactured by TiVo have been growing as consumers latch on to the ability to pause and replay live television, and to program their DVRs to record television shows without struggling with the VCR remote control. Seagate believed its new hard drives are applicable to consumer electronics devices such as video game consoles.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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