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Cornice, the specialist in compact hard disk drives, will begin shipping a 4GB micro-drive later this month, the company said yesterday.

It also announced the appointment of a new CEO.

The 1in, 4GB Storage Element (SE) is Cornice's first release after resolving its legal battle with Seagate - a fight that saw it agree not to offer drives of 2GB or less. At the time of the settlement, May 2005, Cornice said it would have higher capacity parts out shortly, and here's the first.

Designed for small, mobile devices, the SE sports the latest incarnation of Cornice's CrashGuard system. Version 2 includes an auto head-latching system that's triggered when the drive is not actively seeking data or when it detects a sudden downward movement. To boost reliability and simplify the construction, the SE uses only one side of the drive's platter.

The 4GB SE ships later this month for $65 when sold in batches of 10,000 units.

Separately, Cornice said it had appointed Camillo Martino as President and CEO. Before taking on his new post, Martino was Zoran's COO, and he was hired for his insight into the digital content markets that position brought him, Cornice said. A 20-year IT industry veteran, Martino spent 14 years rising through the ranks at National Semiconductor before joining Zoran.

Martino takes over from Kevin Margenis, Cornice's co-founder. Margenis retains his role as company chairman. ®

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