January 3, 2008 - Seagate Technology joined the information versatile disc for removable usage (iVDR) consortium as a board member company.
The iVDR consortium, was formed in 2002 by technology, consumer and auto companies, including Canon Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi, Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation.
Based on the concept of a removable hard disc drive, the iVDR consortium developed the iVDR platform in order to make it an industry standard as a next generation large data platform compatible with a broad range of devices from audio/video products to PCs as well as mobile devices and automobiles.
Two specifications have been set for iVDR, one for the cartridge type designed with consideration for portability and the other for the built-in type that is embedded inside equipment.
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