Samsung announced it's working on a more power efficient version of the STORY Station external hard drive, this tweaked model would require just 0.09W, significantly less than the 2.5W it currently consumes. The new Samsung STORY will ship next month in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.
According to its maker, this low power need makes the 3.5-inch drive cut down on indirect CO2 emissions and enables it to meet the requirements for the European Union's EuP (Energy Using Products) Directive for Standby Regulation, effective January 2010.
"User requirements for external hard drives now include eco-friendliness and lower power levels in addition to performance, reliability and exceptional design," said C.H. Lee, vice president, Storage sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung's STORY Station, which has been praised for its appealing external-drive design, takes a huge step forward in setting the stage for the timely introduction of environmentally-conscious hard drive technology."