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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on December 6, 2019 Permalink |
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    Gamescom 2019: Western Digital WD Black Portable Hard Drives, SSD for Gaming Announced 

    The new WD Black hard drive and SSD range

    Highlights Western Digital has established WD Black as its new gaming storage brand The new hard drives and SSDs let gamers accumulate huge game libraries You can choose between a high-speed SSD or a high-capacity desktop HDD

    Western Digital has expanded its WD Black product line to encompass a variety of gaming-related storage devices including external desktop and portable hard drives and a new portable SSD. The hard drives will also be available in variants marketed especially for Xbox One users, which will come with limited-time Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions. The new products were unveiled at the ongoing Gamescom 2019 exhibition in Germany. Five new devices in total have been unveiled, with multiple storage options available for each. Some of the new products are available immediately in some countries, while others will go on sale before the end of this year. 

    Building on the existing WD Black SN750 SSD, the new WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD announced at Gamescom 2019 is a portable external SSD available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. The company says it is the first such product to feature USB 3.2 Gen2 2×2 (20Gbps) connectivity and offers read speeds of up to 2000MBps. Gamers can have large libraries and still not have to wait through long loading screens. This SSD boasts of a five-year warranty and pricing has not yet been announced.

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    The new WD Black P10 Game Drive and P10 Game Drive for Xbox One are portable hard drives that offer up to 5TB of space for gamers who want to keep all their old favourites around but still have room for new games. Both models feature Micro-USB 3.1 ports, and both are said to be highly portable as well as durable. Transfer speeds can go up to 140MBps. The WD Black P10 Game Drive is available in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB options priced starting at $89.99 (approximately Rs. 6,155) while the WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One is available in 3TB and 5TB options starting at $109.99 (approximately Rs. 7,525) and will include a two-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. 

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    Finally, the WD Black D10 Game Drive and WD Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One are similar external desktop hard drives, available in only 8TB and 12TB capacities respectively. These both require external power and feature active cooling fans. Both models also feature two USB Type-A downstream ports to allow other devices to charge at up to 7.5A. Vertical stands are included with both models. Transfer speeds can go up to 250MBps. The 8TB WD Black D10 Game Drive is priced at $199.99 (approximately Rs. 13,680) while the 12TB WD Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One will cost $299.99 (approximately Rs. 20,520) including a three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. 

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on July 10, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Buy US Digital PSN Games in India 

    Every now and then, we have readers emailing us asking why the Indian PlayStation Network (PSN) does not accept debit cards from banks such as HDFC and SBI. While Sony has been dragging its heels on ensuring widespread support for cards issued from all Indian banks, there is a way for you to still get your digital purchases, such as PSN-only games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture  or PS

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 15, 2018 Permalink |
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    Western Digital Said to Raise Toshiba Chip Offer in Last-Ditch Bid 

    Western Digital Corp plans to raise its offer for Toshiba Corp’s prized semiconductor unit to $18 billion or more, a person familiar with the matter said, in a last-ditch effort to clinch a deal both companies consider vital.

    The US chipmaker is part of a consortium led by a Japanese government-backed fund. The group will present the new offer of JPY 2 trillion or more by Thursday, when the struggling Japanese conglomerate is due to choose a preferred bidder for its Toshiba Memory Corp unit, the world’s second-largest producer of NAND memory chips, the person told Reuters on Saturday.

    Toshiba has been favouring a rival bid from US chipmaker Broadcom Ltd, which has partnered with US private equity firm Silver Lake to offer JPY 2.2 trillion, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

    A spokesman for Western Digital had no comment. Toshiba could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Toshiba had set a JPY 2 trillion threshold for the sale as it rushes to find a buyer to cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its now-bankrupt US nuclear business Westinghouse Electric Corp.

    The offer by Western Digital, a long-time partner of the laptops-to-nuclear conglomerate’s lucrative chips division, comes as uncertainty about the make-up of the groups bidding for Toshiba’s crown jewel has increased.

    Western Digital has been seen by some sources as crucial to successful deal, as it jointly operates a key flash-memory chip plant with Toshiba in western Japan.

    At loggerheads
    But the two companies have been at loggerheads over the auction. Western Digital is pursuing an international arbitration claim that Toshiba has breached joint-venture contracts by entertaining outside bids.

    Western Digital argues that the sale cannot proceed without its consent but the US firm will drop its claim if Toshiba agrees to the new offer, the source said on Saturday.

    Toshiba is concerned an acquisition by Western Digital would run into antitrust objections from China and elsewhere as the US firm is the world’s third-largest NAND producer behind South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co and Toshiba.

    To counter those concerns, the Western Digital portion of the consortium’s new offer will be in the form of a debt purchase whereas the US firm had previously been looking for an equity stake in Toshiba Memory, the source said.

    The Japan-Western Digital consortium initially offered JPY 1.6 trillion, sources have said. CEO Steve Milligan then raised the offer to close to JPY 2 trillion on Friday in a meeting with Toshiba CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa, the source said on Saturday.

    But Toshiba expressed dissatisfaction with Friday’s bid. “Our concerns about the prospects of success for a deal were not wiped out,” a Toshiba spokeswoman said.

    That set the stage for the latest offer of JPY 2 trillion, or more.

    In Friday’s meeting, Toshiba’s Tsunakawa asked if Western Digital “could further increase the price”, the source said, adding that the US firm would modify its proposal, “to align with their thinking”.

    Western Digital’s new offer will also include a commitment to $25 billion (roughly Rs. 1,61,083 crores) in capital spending for the joint venture’s Yokkaichi facility, including building two fabrication plants, the source said.

    It will also pledge $39 billion (roughly Rs. 2,51,276 crores) for research and development and money to boost the local economy, while expanding the workforce there by five percent a year for two years, he said.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 11, 2018 Permalink |
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    Western Digital Moves to Court in a Bid to Block Sale of Toshiba Chip Unit 

    Highlights WD has sought a court injunction to stop Toshiba’s chip unit sale The court injunction details that Toshiba needs to take WD’s consent Toshiba wants to complete the deal as quickly as possible

    Western Digital Corp has sought a court injunction to prevent Toshiba Corp from selling its chip business without the US firm’s consent – a move that threatens to throw the fiercely contested auction into disarray.

    The escalation in the spat between Western Digital, which jointly operates Toshiba’s main chip plant, and its business partner follows tense last-minute jockeying by suitors for the world’s second-biggest producer of NAND semiconductors.

    According to a person familiar with the matter, the California-based firm has been left out of a new Japan government-led group being formed to bid for the unit.

    Toshiba’s “attempts to circumvent our contractual rights have left us with no choice but to take this action,” Western Digital’s Chief Executive Steve Milligan said in a statement.

    Japan Urges Toshiba, Western Digital to Get Along as Chip Spat Flares

    “Left unchecked, Toshiba would pursue a course that clearly violates these rights,” he added.

    Western Digital has filed its suit with the Superior Court of California, seeking an injunction until its arbitration case against Toshiba is heard. It is concerned about how Toshiba, the Japanese government and other stakeholders are handling the auction process, a second source said.

    The second source added it had submitted a revised bid on Wednesday that satisfies Toshiba’s requests on deal certainty and price but did not receive a favourable response. Toshiba has demanded at least JPY 2 trillion ($18 billion) for the unit.

    Sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the negotiations concerning the auction.

    Toshiba said in a statement that it was proceeding with selecting a preferred bidder for its memory unit by the second half of June as planned and hoped to reach a definitive agreement on a sale by June 28.

    Toshiba wants to complete the deal as quickly as possible to help cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its now-bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear unit and to dig itself out negative shareholders’ equity that could lead to a delisting.

    Satoru Oyama, senior principal analyst at research firm IHS, said Western Digital’s argument made sense from a common-sense point of view and that developments were moving towards a worst-case scenario for the Japanese company.

    “Toshiba has more to lose in the dispute because it is running out of time,” he said. “Toshiba and Western Digital eventually have to talk. They cannot afford to keep fighting when Samsung is taking advantage of the NAND market boom and investing massively.”

    A third source familiar with the matter said Western Digital expects to get a ruling on its injunction request by mid-July and that arbitration cases generally take 16-24 months to resolve.

    A state-backed fund, the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), has been at the centre of trade ministry efforts to forge a successful bid that will keep the highly prized unit under domestic control. But the nature of its partnerships appears to be going through drastic changes compared to just last week.

    It has been in talks with Bain Capital and the group now includes South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc, sources have said.

    INCJ was, however, also part of a proposed bid tabled by Western Digital last week that also included US private equity firm KKR & Co LP, other sources familiar with the matter have said.

    Other bidders include Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker. Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is leading a consortium that includes Apple Inc computing giant Dell Inc and Kingston Technology Co.

    The highest known bid so far is one from US chipmaker Broadcom and its partner, US private equity firm Silver Lake. They have offered JPY 2.2 trillion, sources have said.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba Says It’s Willing to Talk With Western Digital About Chip Unit Sale 

    Highlights Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute WD has sought a court injunction to stop Toshiba’s chip unit sale Toshiba flagged a net loss of $9 billion for the year ended in March

    Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate’s prized chip unit – an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder.

    The two have been feuding bitterly and Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.

    The softer tone from Toshiba comes on a day of further indignities as the crisis-wracked conglomerate saw itself demoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and estimated bigger losses for the past financial year.

    This week it chose a consortium of Bain Capital and Japanese government investors as preferred bidder for the unit, the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND flash chips. It wants to clinch a deal, worth some $18 billion, by June 28, the day of its shareholders meeting.

    Foxconn Says Pursuit of Toshiba Deal ‘Not Over’

    “Western Digital used to be a good partner, so we want to continue talks. I’m disappointed with the current dispute,” Toshiba CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa told a news conference, adding it was important that they joined forces to better compete against bigger rival Samsung Electronics.

    “We want Western Digital to jointly invest to fight against Samsung. It will be so disappointing if we can’t do so because of the dispute,” he said.

    But in a sign that tensions were still high, Tsunakawa also said Toshiba was not going to be the first to propose the US firm join the consortium and it was still considering whether to block Western Digital employees not based at the plant from accessing joint venture data servers.

    Tsunakawa also said he did not expect any changes to the make-up of the consortium before June 28.

    Western Digital’s offer had not found favour on price and because the US firm wanted to take control of the unit, he said, adding that he expected executives from Toshiba to still be running operations after the sale.

    His comments come after sources familiar with matter said earlier this week that the Bain consortium members had made resolving the dispute with Western Digital a condition of their investment.

    Representatives for Western Digital were not immediately available to comment.

    Hynix hurdles?
    South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc is also part of the Bain consortium and its membership has raised concerns that the winning bid may find it difficult to clear anti-trust reviews.

    Its presence has made Western Digital reluctant to join the group in its current form due to worries that high-level technology for NAND chips, which provide long-term data storage, could be leaked to its rival, sources familiar with the matter have said.

    But Tsunakawa said SK Hynix would not be holding any equity and would not be involved in management – an arrangement that was unlikely to raise regulatory red flags and would prevent leaks of key technology information.

    SK Hynix, which is relatively weak in NAND flash memory chips, has said it has joined the group because it sees new business opportunities. It will provide half of the JPY 850 billion ($7.6 billion or roughly Rs. 49,262 crores) that Bain plans to put up in the form of financing, sources have said.

    Earlier in the day, Toshiba flagged a net loss of around $9 billion (roughly Rs. 58,060 crores) for the year ended in March with negative shareholders’ equity of around $5.2 billion, both worse than expected on an increase in liabilities at bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse and potential legal damages.

    With negative shareholder equity confirmed, the Tokyo Stock Exchange said it would move Toshiba’s listing to the second section of the bourse from August 1 – the latest in a series of humiliating developments since December for a firm that has been in business for more than 140 years.

    Toshiba also received regulatory approval to delay filing its annual earnings by more than a month amid a prolonged accounting investigation at Westinghouse. It is the sixth time since 2015 that Toshiba has delayed an earnings filing.

    Regulators have now given Toshiba until August 10 instead of June 30 to submit the filing. Failure to gain an extension would have put the troubled company’s stock exchange listing in further jeopardy, although it still needs to dig itself out of negative shareholders’ equity by the end of this financial year to stay listed.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 5, 2018 Permalink |
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    Western Digital Resubmits Bid for Toshiba Chip Unit at Last Minute 

    Highlights WD and KKR & Co has submitted a bid to prevent the Toshiba chip unit sale Western Digital earlier sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal WD will provide debt financing to facilitate a sale as part of the bid

    Western Digital Corp said it and US private equity firm KKR & Co LP have resubmitted a bid for Toshiba Corp’s prized flash memory chip unit – an eleventh hour effort to prevent Toshiba signing a deal with its preferred bidder.

    Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has been feuding bitterly with its Japanese partner over the sale of the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips and has sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.

    Toshiba is seeking to sign a definitive agreement with a group led by the Japanese government and including Bain Capital which has offered around JPY 2 trillion ($18 billion) – by Wednesday, the day of its annual shareholders meeting.

    Western Digital will provide debt financing to facilitate a sale as part of the bid, the US firm said in a brief statement.

    It was not immediately clear if the resubmitted bid had significantly changed from its previous offer tabled earlier this month.

    A representative for the California-based firm declined to comment further while a representative for KKR was not immediately available for comment. Toshiba did not have immediate comment.

    The crisis-wracked Japanese conglomerate is rushing to sell the unit to cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear unit and to dig itself out of negative shareholders’ equity that could lead to a delisting.

    Toshiba’s board members are expected to gather and discuss whether to sign off on the Japanese government-led consortium’s bid on Tuesday.

    Western Digital’s previous bid also included state-backed fund, the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), and satisfied the JPY 2 trillion ($18 billion) minimum set by Toshiba.

    INCJ is currently part of the consortium that was chosen as the preferred bidder.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 3, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba Suing Western Digital for $1 Billion Over Chip Business Sale Interference 

    Highlights Toshiba sues Western Digital for $1.07 billion in chip unit sale damages Toshiba also said it has decided to shut out Western Digital employees Western Digital is creating a roadblock for Toshiba’s chip unit sale

    Japan’s Toshiba said on Wednesday it is filing a lawsuit against joint venture partner Western Digital.

    Toshiba is claiming JPY 120 billion ($1.07 billion) in damages, saying in a statement that Western Digital is interfering with the sale of its memory chip division.

    Toshiba also said it has decided to shut out Western Digital employees based outside the Yokkaichi chip plant from accessing information relating to the two companies’ joint venture.

    Toshiba faced shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday with no deal in hand for the sale of its prized flash memory chip unit and a long list of humiliating setbacks to apologise for.

    Scrambling to cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear unit, Toshiba had pledged to have a signed definitive agreement for the $18 billion (roughly Rs. 1,16,158 crores) sale of the unit – the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips – by the shareholders meeting.

    But the conglomerate said in a statement on Wednesday that talks with some members of the preferred bidder consortium – which is led by Japanese government investors and includes US private equity firm Bain Capital – were taking time.

    Prospects for a quick and smooth deal have become highly uncertain as Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, is vehemently opposed to a sale that does not include it and is seeking a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba Seeks Dismissal of Western Digital Injunction Request Over Chip Unit 

    Highlights WD has claimed that Toshiba breached joint venture contracts Toshiba has asked a US court to dismiss WD’s request for an injunction Toshiba is scrambling to get a deal done as fast as possible

    Toshiba has asked a US court to dismiss a Western Digital request for an injunction to prevent a sale of the Japanese firm’s chip business, saying the court has no jurisdiction and that an injunction would cause irreparable harm.

    Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has claimed that its partner has breached joint venture contracts as it pursues an $18 billion sale of the unit and is seeking an injunction to prevent any deal without its consent.

    In its filing with the Superior Court of California, Toshiba argued that their joint venture interests only cover a small portion of its flash memory semiconductor business and that the court has no jurisdiction as its primary place of business was Japan.

    Toshiba Suing Western Digital for $1 Billion Over Chip Business Sale Interference

    Toshiba is scrambling to get a deal done as fast as possible as it needs funds to cover billions in cost overruns at now-bankrupt unit Westinghouse. It is currently negotiating with a preferred bidder consortium that includes Japan government investors and US private equity firm Bain Capital.

    “Even if an agreement is reached with a bidder…if Toshiba is prevented from moving forward on implementing that transaction, the harm to an overall deal would be severe – and may well make the implementation of a transaction impossible,” said in its filing, which was made on Friday.

    Western Digital has tabled its own bid for the chip unit – the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips – but the offer has gained little traction with Toshiba, which says it raises antitrust concerns. The Japanese firm is also reluctant to engage with Western Digital as its US partner has said in the past it wants to take control of the unit.

    Western Digital Resubmits Bid for Toshiba Chip Unit at Last Minute

    Western Digital argues that an injunction will ensure that an international arbitration court will be given an appropriate opportunity to resolve their dispute.

    The court hearing on the issue is scheduled for July 14 and Western Digital has said it believes a decision could come on the same day.

    Western Digital is expected to file a response to Toshiba’s opposition before the hearing.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 22, 2018 Permalink |
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    Western Digital Says It Matched Rivals’ Bids for Toshiba Chip Unit 

    Highlights WD said it matched rival bidders’ offers to buy Toshiba’s chip unit sale Since February, Toshiba has been scrambling to sell its memory chip unit Toshiba said its preferred bidder was a consortium offering $18 billion

    Western Digital Corp said it matched rival bidders’ offers to acquire Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp’s flash memory unit ahead of a court hearing on Friday over whether to halt the auction process.

    Western Digital, in court documents filed July 7, said it has made six proposals since February, including a proposal on June 27 matching the best offer. On June 21, Toshiba said its preferred bidder was a consortium of Bain Capital and Japanese government investors offering $18 billion.

    Since February, Toshiba has been scrambling to sell its memory chip business, the second largest in the industry after Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, to cover losses from its ailing nuclear reactor division. But suitor Western Digital sued Toshiba in San Francisco County Superior Court for an injunction to stop the sale, arguing that a joint-venture it has with Toshiba at a plant in Japan means the chipmaker cannot sell without its consent.

    In a filing on July 7, Mark Long, the chief financial officer of Western Digital, said the company’s most recent offer on June 27, made with private equity firm KKR, “is in line with the highest competing bids for (Toshiba’s chip unit) that have been reported in the press.”

    The actual dollar figure of Western Digital’s offer is redacted from the document. Western Digital declined to comment. Toshiba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Toshiba has asked the court in San Francisco to dismiss Western Digital’s attempt to stop the sale, arguing that the US court does not have proper jurisdiction over a business that is based primarily in Japan and that an injunction would cause it irreparable harm. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

    Aaron Rakers, a managing director with Stifel, said in a note to clients on Sunday that the new filings suggest the two parties could reach a deal before the court hearing.

    “Given that some negotiations between (Western Digital) and Toshiba on proposed acquisition terms started over the past month, we think a resolution could be possible prior to the (July 14) hearing,” Rakers wrote.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 21, 2018 Permalink |
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    Western Digital Gets US Court Order to Access Toshiba Databases, Chip Samples 

    Highlights US court has granted Western Digital permit to access Toshiba’s database Toshiba earlier threatened to lock WD out of the shared databases It also stopped sending Western Digital chip samples

    Western Digital Corp won a temporary US court order on Tuesday saying that Toshiba Corp must allow Western Digital’s employees to access databases and chip samples as part of a joint venture with Toshiba around flash memory chip plants in Japan.

    Toshiba is scrambling to sell its flash memory business and Western Digital is among the bidders.

    In a sign of high tensions around the deal, Toshiba threatened to lock Western Digital out of shared databases and quit sending chip samples.

    Western Digital sued Toshiba in San Francisco County Superior Court saying that its joint venture with Toshiba means Toshiba must get its consent for a sale. It asked the court for two separate orders: An injunction to stop the sale, and a temporary restraining order forcing Toshiba to give its workers access to shared databases.

    A judge granted the temporary order for access to the shared databases Tuesday and set a further hearing on July 28.

    “We welcome the decision of the court, which we believe validates our position,” Western Digital said in a statement.

    Toshiba plans to appeal the ruling, which it believes essentially provides Western Digital access to technical information until the July 28, the company said in a statement.

    “This is a proceeding with many rounds and many rulings, and while we are disappointed with the judge’s ruling, it doesn’t forecast the outcome of this proceeding or those to come,” Toshiba said in the statement.

    A hearing on the injunction to stop the sale is set for Friday.

    Despite the legal tensions between them, Toshiba and Western Digital resumed talks this week. Toshiba also returned to talks with a group led by Taiwan’s Foxconn. The renewed negotiations come after a potential $18 billion sale to Bain Capital and South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc stalled out.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 16, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba Resumes Blocking Western Digital Access to Chip Joint Venture 

    Highlights Toshiba said it resumed blocking access by Western Digital to data Toshiba earlier allowed WD partial access to shared data servers WD said that it will file a brief against the decision in the coming days

    Toshiba said it resumed blocking access by Western Digital to data at their memory chip joint venture, intensifying its dispute with the US firm over the Japanese company’s planned sale of the chip business.

    Toshiba is counting on the sale of the chip business to cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its now bankrupt US nuclear unit Westinghouse, while Western Digital says any deal would require its consent.

    Toshiba allowed Western Digital partial access to shared data servers after the Superior Court of California granted a temporary restraining order earlier this month. But the Japanese company said it resumed blocking access after its petition for an appeal was accepted by the California Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

    In response, Western Digital said that it will file a brief against the decision in the coming days.

    The California Court of Appeal issued the temporary stay of the restraining order based only on a brief submitted by Toshiba, and without consideration of Western Digital’s opposition filing, the US company said.

    The next hearing on this case has been set for July 28 in the Superior Court of California.

    Western Digital has also sought an injunction to block the planned chip-business transaction, arguing that any sale required its consent.

    On July 14, the Superior Court of California postponed a decision on Western Digital’s injunction request and proposed requiring Toshiba to give the US company two weeks notice before closing the sale.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 5, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba to Build Chip Plant Without Partner Western Digital 

    Toshiba is moving forward with plans to build a new memory chip plant without partner Western Digital, another escalation of the fight over the future of their joint venture.

    The electronics maker will spend JPY 195 billion ($1.8 billion or roughly Rs. 11,275 crores) on construction of Fab 6 of its Yokkaichi semiconductor facility in western Japan, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement Thursday. Toshiba, which owns the land, buildings and the production know-how at the factory, has split investments in production equipment with SanDisk since the joint supply venture started in 2004. Western Digital acquired SanDisk last year.

    Toshiba and Western Digital are locked in a legal fight over Toshiba’s plan to sell its share of the business to make up for multibillion-dollar losses in its nuclear power operations. Western Digital argues that it has a say in the sale, as well as right of first refusal. Further legal wrangling could delay the sale to a group of preferred bidders, putting Toshiba at risk of being delisted.

    Western Digital, based in San Jose, California, needs to retain access to output from new Toshiba factories as improvements in manufacturing technology are one of the key determinants of success in the memory chip industry. Newer plants and equipment typically produce better semiconductors more cheaply.

    “If you keep going down the path and you play to its finality it may not be a good path for either company,” said Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital. “The hope would be cooler heads prevail.”

    Toshiba said the two sides are far apart on the new project.

    “Toshiba has held discussions with SanDisk over several weeks, but could not arrive at an agreement because of the vast difference in opinions over capital spending,” said Kaori Hiraki, a spokeswoman for Toshiba. “We need to boost our production capability to meet increasing demand for Nand flash.”

    Toshiba said it is spending JPY 15 billion more than originally planned, but going it alone won’t impact production or development. Installation of fabrication equipment to produce so-called 3D Nand flash will begin in December 2017 and output will ramp up to 90 percent of capacity in the fiscal year ending March 2019, Toshiba said.

    “While we are disappointed by Toshiba’s announcement, the agreements governing the JVs give us the right to participate in investments,” Western Digital said in a statement. “That is exactly what we intend to do.”

    Shares of Toshiba closed 0.8 percent lower in Tokyo Thursday, paring losses prior to the announcement. The stock is down 8.5 percent this year. Western Digital’s stock was little changed at $84.53 in New York trading.

    Toshiba clinched a preliminary agreement in June to sell its memory chip unit to a group led by the Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and other investors. The consortium of preferred bidders is offering JPY 2.1 trillion, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

    Western Digital in May invoked an arbitration clause in the business agreement, seeking to block Toshiba’s transfer of ownership of the unit to a separate legal entity in preparation for a sale. Toshiba, which has since reversed that transfer, had its lawyers send a letter demanding that the US company stop its “harassment” as it seeks to sell the business.

    The legal spat is threatening the very existence of the venture, according to people familiar with the matter. The breakup would increase the financial burden on Toshiba and reduce cost advantages that come with scale. It would also deprive Western Digital of access to advanced chips necessary to compete in the storage business.

    If Toshiba is forced through arbitration to sell its stake in their venture to Western Digital, the move could trigger the dissolution of their legal partnership, according to regulatory filings. That would cancel the supply agreement under which the US company gets chips and make it the owner of only some equipment, according to people close to Toshiba and the terms of their relationship. That equipment would be useless without other machinery and the plant itself, which would remain Toshiba’s property. Production of memory chips for Western Digital would stop, the people said.

    “Any slowdown of the joint development projects – even if temporary – could result in severe and lasting consequences,” Mark Long, chief financial officer of Western Digital, told a California court last month.

    The largest maker of flash memory chips, Samsung Electronics, is currently completing what it says is the world’s largest chip plant. Underlining the speed at which Toshiba needs to move, Samsung’s plant is already in production, even before construction is complete.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 23, 2018 Permalink |
    Tags: digital, Finalise, Japan, ,   

    Western Digital CEO Said to Be in Japan to Finalise Toshiba Chip Deal 

    Highlights WD to finalise agreement to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business The group and Toshiba aim to announce a deal by August 31 Some senior Toshiba executives had initially balked at WD’s offer

    Western Digital’s chief executive is in Tokyo to finalise an agreement to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business, ending months of dispute over the auction, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

    Toshiba is scrambling to sell its flash memory unit to cover losses from its bankrupt US nuclear business Westinghouse.

    A group including Western Digital, US private equity firm KKR & Co and Japanese government investors are offering around JPY 1.9 trillion ($17.3 billion or roughly Rs. 1,11,298 crores)) for the unit, separate sources previously told Reuters. The US firm is offering JPY 150 billion (roughly Rs. 8,785 crores) through convertible bonds, they said.

    The group and Toshiba aim to announce a deal by August 31 when Toshiba’s board meets, other people said on Monday.

    Both Western Digital and Toshiba declined to comment. A KKR representative could not be immediately reached.

    Some senior Toshiba executives had initially balked at Western Digital’s offer, but sources said on Friday that the US firm took a conciliatory tack and decided not to seek a management role in the new business and limit its stake to no more than one-third even when it converts the bonds to equity.

    Toshiba and Western Digital are the world’s second and third largest producer of NAND chips.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink |
    Tags: Analog, , Boat’s, digital, Gauge, Upgrading   

    Going Digital: Upgrading A Boat’s Analog Gauge 

    recently acquired one that had — much to his consternation — analog gauges. So in order to get his ship ship-shape, he built himself a custom digital gauge to monitor his vessel’s data.

    Restricted to the two-inch hole in his boat’s helm, trawling the web for displays turned up a 1.38-inch LCD display from 4D Systems. Given the confined space, a Teensy 3.2 proved to be trim enough to fit inside the confined space alongside a custom circuit board — the latter of which includes some backup circuits if

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Western Digital My Cloud Home Personal Cloud Storage Wireless Drives Launched 

    Highlights Western Digital has launched a new My Cloud Home storage solution It can even stream videos, movies on smart televisions The My Cloud Home drives come with a starting price of $159.99

    Data storage solution company, Western Digital has launched a new wireless cloud storage drive, My Cloud Home. The Western Digital My Cloud Home NAS storage drives breaks the design monotony of cloud server storage drives, and comes with a makeover exhibiting a slimmer look and angular pattern laid across the lower half of the front panel. The drive can access data from up to 14 different devices, in addition to user’s social media accounts and cloud services. It will be exclusively sold on BestBuy in the US at a starting price of $159.99 (roughly Rs. 10,240) for the 2TB storage variant, and it will only be sold select partners outside the US.

    The WD My Cloud Home NAS drives aggregate all the photos, videos, music, files, and other data from a number of sources like smartphones, computers, USB disks, cloud services, and social media accounts in one place. The entire contents can also be shared with family and friends on accessible devices with an Internet connection with the use of My Cloud Home app. Moreover, the app can also be used to stream content on a smart television using the Plex app.

    As for the pricing, the Western Digital My Cloud Home’s other storage variants cost $179.99 (roughly Rs. 11,520) for 3TB; $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,800) for 4TB; $259.99 (roughly Rs. 16,700) for 6TB, and $319.99 (roughly Rs. 20,470) for 8TB. They all come with a two-year limited warranty.

    “Consumers seek a way to effortlessly consolidate their growing mounds of photos, videos and other files with a solution flexible enough to accommodate content from all of today’s devices – from smartphones to computers and from drones to social sites,” said Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “Enabling consumers and professionals to master their digital lives from anywhere in the world is a priority for Western Digital.”

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Western Digital, Western Digital My Cloud Home, My Cloud Home NAS Storage Drive, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 29, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: Apologises, digital, Friction, ,   

    Western Digital CEO Apologises to Toshiba for Friction Over Chip Unit Sale 

    Highlights WD apologised to Toshiba’s CEO for strained ties Apple, Bain Capital bidding for Toshiba’s chip unit Apple concerned about pricing power if Toshiba strikes deal with WD

    The head of Western Digital apologised to Toshiba’s CEO for strained ties after it sued the Japanese company to keep their memory chip joint venture from being sold to rival bidders, according to a letter dated August 11.

    “I understand that the litigation and ongoing disputes have created significant ill will for some within Toshiba. This is regrettable and I am deeply sorry for the feelings this has created,” Western Digital Chief Executive Stephen Milligan wrote in the letter, which was seen by Reuters.

    Milligan also sought in the letter to reassure Toshiba CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa that the US firm would address any concerns that Apple, a key customer of Toshiba’s NAND flash memory chips, might have if a deal with Western Digital was struck.

    Apple has joined a rival consortium led by Bain Capital that is bidding for Toshiba’s chip unit, sources with direct knowledge of the matter have said.

    People familiar with the talks have said Apple is likely concerned about being on the backfoot in pricing power if Toshiba, the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips, struck a deal with Western Digital, which ranks No. 3.

    Representatives of both Western Digital and Toshiba said they could not immediately comment on the letter.

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  • jkabtech 5:55 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , digital, , , receiver, scanning, , walkietalkie   

    Jailbreak firmware turns cheap digital walkie-talkie into DMR scanning receiver 

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    In the last years, DMR and MOTOTRBO (a.k.a. TRBO a Motorola Solutions branded DMR Radios ) has become a very popular digital voice mode on the UHF and VHF bands and the MD380 radio is the latest cheap DMR walkie-talkie to come out of China.The question is, is it any good? The longer answer is slightly more complicated, and involves discussing the difference in price between this radio and other more expensive, but higher quality, radios. But i can tell you that a group of hams here recently purchased the Beihaidao DMR radio (also sold under brands like Tytera, KERUIER or Retevis) and have been having excellent results with them.

    Every once in a great while, a piece of radio gear catches the attention of a prolific hardware guru and is reverse engineered. A few years ago, it was the RTL-SDR, and since then, software defined radios became the next big thing. Last Shmoocon, Travis Goodspeed presented his reverse engineering of the MD380 digital handheld radio.

    The hack has since been published in PoC||GTFO 0x10 (donwload site) with all the gory details that turn a radio under $200 into the first hardware scanner for digital mobile radio. For comparison, the cost of a Motorola MotoTRBO UHF XPR 7550 DMR radio can reach $800.
    The MD380 is a fairly basic radio with two main chips: an STM32F405 with a megabyte of Flash and 192k of RAM, and an HR C5000 baseband. The STM32 has both JTAG and a ROM bootloader, but both of these are protected by the Readout Device Protection (RDP). Getting around the RDP is the very definition of a jailbreak.


    In Digital Mobile Radio, audio is sent through either a public talk group or a private contact. The radio is usually set to only one talk group, and so it’s not really possible to listen in on other talk groups without changing settings. A patch for promiscuous mode – a mode that puts all talk groups through the speaker – is now out.

    Here in the US Project 25 (P25 or APCO-25) is a suite of standards for digital radio communications for federal users,  but for state/county and local public safety organizations including police dispatch channels are using Mototrbo DMR digital standard.

    How to install the Hacked Firmware for the MD380. ( Here is a YouTube Video on the Update Process to the Jailbreak of the Beihaidao Radio)

    You need source code from https://github.com/travisgoodspeed/md380tools this download  does not ship with firmware to avoid legal trouble. Instead it grabs firmware from the Internet, decrypts it, and applies patches to that revision.

    The output files have a .img extension when unencrypted, and a .bin extension when packaged for the official firmware updater.
    If you use the Tytera Updater you need .binHere is a description of the files and procedure.* prom-public.img and prom-public.bin: patched to monitor all talk groups.* prom-private.img and prom-private.bin: patched to monitor all talk groups, private calls.* experiment.img and experiment.bin: patched to monitor all talk groups, private calls, and sideload alternate firmware.You can install any of these patched firmware files into your MD380 by using the respective .bin file with the Ty$* Turn off your MD380 using the volume knob.* Attach the Tytera USB cable to the SP and MIC ports of your MD380.* Attach the Tytera USB cable to your host computer.* Hold down the PTT and the button above the PTT button (*not* the button with the “M” on it).* Turn on your MD380 using the volume knob.* Release the buttons on the radio.* The status LED should be on and alternating between red and green, indicating you’re in flash upgrade mode.* Start the Tytera “Upgrade.exe” program.* Click “Open Update File” and choose one of the .bin files produced from the process above.* Click “Download Update File” and wait for the flash update process to finish. It takes less than a minute.* Turn off your MD380 using the volume knob.* Disconnect the USB cable from your MD380 and host computer.* Turn the MD380 back on, and you should see the “PoC||GTFO” welcome screen.

    You’re running patched firmware!

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