GoFlex external hard drive with interchangeable interface

[CES 2011] Seagate is announcing  Certified  GoFlex Storage System, its certification process to qualify products that will feature GoFlex drive slots, the program  aims to certify both slot-based devices and third-party external storage modules. First introduced in May of 2010, the GoFlex family of products is the first hard drive to offer the ability to use it with multiple interfaces (e.g. USB, eSATA, FireWire), thanks to its interchangeable connectors and cables. With this initiative, Seagate hope to motivate third-party manufacturers to integrate GoFlex slots in their devices, so the GoFlex ultra-portable drive becomes a detachable storage module, eliminating the need for cables and connectors. GoFlex ultra-portable drives are standardized on the new SATA USM specification, a standard to accept a complete, powered external storage device into consumer electronic devices. At CES, several manufacturers will showcase a number of concept products featuring the new Certified GoFlex Storage System, including a television, a notebook, a desktop PC, plug computer DVR and docking station. The companies developing these devices include Antec, GIEC, Hi-Sense, Ionics, and Thermaltake.

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