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Maxtor Corp. is continuing its drive to court cable operators at the National Show, demo'ing several new storage products that literally think inside and outside the box.

Maxtor will be showing off demos of hard drive integrations with box makers Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

The Motorola demo will feature a 120-Gigabyte Maxtor QuickView hard drive running inside a DCT 6412 HD box, while the S-A demo will include an internal hard drive version and an external 300 GB QuickView Expander drive attached to an Explorer 8300 multiroom set-top/DVR.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Maxtor said Time Warner Cable would soon offer a QuickView Expander drive to its DVR customers. And demand among cable operators for such products "is starting to pick up," said Gordon Paulus, senior marketing manager for Maxtor's electronics products. "What we typically see is that end users will have a DVR in the home anywhere from three to six months before they realize that they need more storage, particularly in a multi-user family environment. And then if you have high-definition programming, that trend seems to shorten down to anywhere from one to three months."

It also will be showing off the new features of the QuickView 300, a drive featuring a new audio-video caching algorithm that can better deal with multiple streams coming into the set-top box. In the past, the drive would have to wait for commands from the host box to either read or write streams.

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