PC Briefs: Iomega, Kodak

PC Briefs: Iomega, Kodak

Iomega reinvents Zip technology

Iomega has created a 35GB rigid disk drive (RDD) technology using 6.25cm disks and Fujifilm Nanocubic coating technology, as seen in IBM’s 3592 300GB tape format. The 8.75cm form factor drive “will cost significantly less than a DDS tape drive”, according to Ulrike Tegtmeier, Iomega’s managing director for Europe. The drives, and removable cartridges, have anti-contamination sealing technology and are claimed to be eight times less susceptible to contamination than Iomega’s earlier JAZ drives. Tegtmeier said: “Back-up is seven times faster than tape and restoration takes place at disk speeds.” The compressed capacity is 70GB-90GB, depending upon the compression ratio. The drive is expected on the market by March next year, in both standalone and OEM forms. Iomega is in talks, “with established autoloader suppliers” concerning the potential adoption of the technology.

Kodak drops price of printer dock, paper

Kodak is making a play for the home printing market, announcing permanent price cuts on one of its key as well as a paper and cartridge pack. The company has knocked $200 off the RRP of its EasyShare printer dock 6000, which is now $299. The printer comes with a power cord and USB cable. The $20 price drop on the paper and cartridge pack (now $39.95) brings the print cost down to $1 per photo. The EasyShare printer dock can print borderless 10cm x 15cm photos at the touch of a button. Photos can also be downloaded onto a PC or shown as a slide show on a television. It works with all Kodak EasyShare CX/DX 6000 and LS 600 series cameras.

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