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Seagate plans $180 million research complex at former Solyndra site in Fremont
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/1/13 | George Avalos

Posted on 03/02/2013 8:58:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom

Seagate Technology on Friday unveiled a $180 million cutting-edge research and development complex at the former Solyndra solar factory in Fremont, a site the company will use to invent next-generation disk drives. Up to 600 people could work at the facility, depending on product demand, Seagate executives said.

"It's a big deal to be keeping high-tech research and development jobs in Silicon Valley," said Mark Re, a Seagate senior vice president and R&D executive. "This is going to be a state-of-the-art facility."

Late Thursday, Seagate installed a huge sign with its name and logo on the side of the 411,000-square-foot complex

Earlier this year, the company paid $90 million for the onetime solar manufacturing center, which became available after the sudden collapse and bankruptcy of Solyndra, a onetime high-flyer in the solar industry.

Seagate intends to spend another $90 million to $100 million over the next couple of years to install R&D equipment.

"We will be researching next-generation technologies at this plant," Re said. "We operate in a nanotechnology environment and we need state-of-the-art infrastructure."

Seagate is one of only three disk drive makers worldwide, along with Western Digital and Toshiba, and its efforts to invent the disk drives of the future are driven by global demand for larger and larger chunks of data storage.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: capitalism; crony; seagate; solyndra
Good Riddance to bad HUSSEIN RUBBISH!! The REAL economy with REAL companies making REAL products that REAL consumers want to BUY with their OWN money is taking over for the failed Hussein campaign contributors with their bogus scams. May this be only the first of many replacements of HUSSEIN's crap with real companies and real jobs.

Maybe some of the drive technology coming out of this new facility will find it's way into a highly reliable FR server farm someday.


Solyndra's old headquarters in Fremont on Kato Road next to Interstate 880.

1 posted on 03/02/2013 8:58:50 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Seagate must of got a great deal, I can't see any other reason to do business in California, Silicon Valley be damned.
2 posted on 03/02/2013 9:02:46 AM PST by DAC21
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Too bad they chose to settle in a business unfriendly state. They must have considered the equipment ready clean room space a bargain.


3 posted on 03/02/2013 9:04:06 AM PST by soycd
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
A chip fab?
4 posted on 03/02/2013 9:05:07 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

At least a real business is moving in there and setting up shop.


5 posted on 03/02/2013 9:17:34 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: DAC21

I wonder how much this “NEW CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY” company will cost us.


6 posted on 03/02/2013 9:22:03 AM PST by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: Tupelo
I wonder how much this “NEW CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY” company will cost us.

Not even 0.01% of what Solyndra cost us. Silicon Valley companies generally frown on government R&D contract research. These are truly private sector companies.

7 posted on 03/02/2013 9:27:10 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

8 posted on 03/02/2013 9:29:14 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Tupelo
I wonder how much this “NEW CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY” company will cost us.

UGH! That's what I was thinking. I hope they aren't reaching their fingers into our pockets for this. If they are, I hope they die a miserable death. Enough of this crony capitalism crap. We've been robbed enough.

If this business is totally private, I say kudos to them, and I hope they're a huge success. If so, they could become a role model for other, new American companies to follow.

9 posted on 03/02/2013 9:33:46 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: DAC21

They damn well better be researching non-moving storage of any mechanical capacity. If they don’t they are dead meat.


10 posted on 03/02/2013 9:38:55 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
SSDs? Still can't beat moving storage for capacity and cost.

Never thought that disk drives would be this big and more importantly, cheap. Disk drives are very reliable, too.

11 posted on 03/02/2013 9:44:33 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Drove by there two weeks ago and saw the for sale sign gone.
Was wondering if the building was sold, now I know.


12 posted on 03/02/2013 9:47:25 AM PST by A message
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To: DAC21

Gotta wonder what kind of a tax deal they got. Had to be some sweetheart deal under the table.


13 posted on 03/02/2013 9:50:55 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: dhs12345

You can marvel at the height of efficiency, storage and value of moving storage all you want to. It will not be part of the future. Sorry.


14 posted on 03/02/2013 9:55:59 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
More US Taxpayers' hard-earned monies circling the 'Green Energy" toilet bowl:


15 posted on 03/02/2013 9:59:11 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Seagate is one of only three disk drive makers worldwide, along with Western Digital and Toshiba

Haven't rebuilt or upgraded a computer in some time. Is Maxtor gone?

16 posted on 03/02/2013 10:09:26 AM PST by Starstruck (I need a 30 round magazine because liberal whine gives me a buzz.)
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To: Gaffer
Wonder when Moores law will no longer apply. Still chip level storage has its limitations of density and longevity. I admit that I am not up on the technology, though but flash devices had a limited number of writes and a 10 year life. Chip storage technology uses the same ECC process as in hard drives.

I worked in the storage industry a few years ago. Back when a full rack cabinet held 8GB. Lol.

Just my observation and maybe in line with your point — who needs 2TB? The average consumer can get by with at max 500GB. So maybe SSDs will become more compelling for consumers. They certainly consume less power and are ideally suited for mobile computing.

Those who need large capacity are those who want to keep and stockpile large amounts of information, i.e., the federal government.

17 posted on 03/02/2013 10:34:06 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: Starstruck

Seagate bought Maxtor a few years back.

Real estate is at a premium in the San Francisco Bay Area, with Intel, Apple, Google and Facebook headquartered here. Seagate wants to be near the big players.

Seagate has a large building in the same complex with Apple right now, but is loosing market to non-spinning memory suppliers.


18 posted on 03/02/2013 10:44:25 AM PST by caltaxed
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To: caltaxed

I have 2 of SG’s 1TB drives and mirror them. They sure take a long time to wake up. Otherwise decent though.

But the battery life in a laptop with a SSD is astronomically longer than one with a HD.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 10:58:06 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: dhs12345

SSDs are also slower than discs by at least an order of magnitude. They’ll catch up eventually because there are limits over how fast a disc can spin before it disintegrates but that’s probably several years away.


20 posted on 03/02/2013 11:08:51 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: dhs12345
who needs 2TB?
Who could possibly need more than 640k RAM?

Those who need large capacity are those who want to keep and stockpile large amounts of information, i.e., the federal government.
Or people who collect movies, music and/or photographs.

21 posted on 03/02/2013 11:12:46 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: DAC21

First - look at my name - I live here.

Seagate has a building a couple blocks away from the Solyndra building. They are already here, so moving to a new location isn’t going to be a stretch for them.

Nice to see the building will be occupied - even though it went for about 1/6th of its cost.


22 posted on 03/02/2013 11:35:00 AM PST by fremont_steve
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To: Gaffer

I’ve worked in the valley for 30+ years. One thing that has repeatedly been true is that rotating media always wins for density and cost/bit.

A few years ago I worked on a nanomachine based storage technology. It was like a disk-drive on a chip, i.e. they had recording media on the chip, and used nanomachines to move lots of read/write heads over the media. They coudn’t get the densities they needed to even compete with flash.

Flash, etc doesn’t replace rotating media because it wears out eventually - much quicker than rotating media anyway.

So I believe you’re going to see drives much as they exist today for the foreseeable future.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 11:38:45 AM PST by fremont_steve
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To: Squawk 8888

500GB is ample for most people. I do professional videos and transfer uncompressed. So, my needs are greater. I put all of my videos and my parents videos on a 2T disk RAID 0 set.


24 posted on 03/02/2013 7:44:39 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: fremont_steve
Good analysis.

You would have thought that rotating mag media would have seen its end years ago. But they keep coming up with ways to pack more bits into the same space. At some point, you'd think that they would reach the limits of the physical/magnetic properties but there seems to be no limit. Lol.

25 posted on 03/02/2013 7:53:39 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Squawk 8888

Wow. I didn’t realize this. They were pitching them at the computer store the other day. They claimed that they were faster.

They are basically NAND flash, correct? Read access is pretty fast. Write access, slow. Definitely not ideal for replacing your basic w/r hard drive. You could probably put the read only part of the OS and apps on an SSD and then w/r on a standard hard drive. Boot would be faster.


26 posted on 03/02/2013 8:01:26 PM PST by dhs12345
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