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Hitachi joins the perpendicular ranks in mobile storage

While Fujitsu and Seagate have both announced mobile hard drives based on perpendicular recording technology for quite some time now, Hitachi is just now getting around to it. The company has today announced its new 2.5”, 5400RPM Travelstar 5K160 series. The new Travelstar drives will be available in capacities of 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB. The drives feature a 11ms seek time, 8MB of cache and are available with either an IDE or SATA interface.

Hitachi is also boosting the reliability of their mobile drives with an alloy combination and layer-deposition process to resist corrosion, a new PMR write head to reduce error rates and write data bits with greater fidelity, and an iridium-manganese-chromium (IrMnCr) alloy read-head to offer twice the field reliability of competing drives. From the press release:

"What we've achieved with the Travelstar 5K160 is a credit to our technical teams' methodical, single-minded approach to excellence, which we adopted from the start of the PMR development process," said Hiroaki Nakanishi, CEO, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Our mission was to deliver PMR technology when it's of the highest value to our customers, which is when the transition from longitudinal recording would be seamless in all regards, including reliability, performance, volume ramp and cost. By all measures, that time is now."

Hitachi's Travelstar 5K160 series will hit store shelves in the third quarter of this year.




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Typo
By das mod on 5/15/2006 1:40:22 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Hitachi Lanches Travelstar 5K160 Mobile Hard Drives


Lanches ????

do you mean "Lunches" or "Launches"

:P




RE: Typo
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/15/2006 1:43:20 PM , Rating: 3
The typo was actually corrected before you even posted this ;)


RE: Typo
By das mod on 5/15/2006 2:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
actually, i was pressing "post comment" but the page failed to display, i waited a few seconds to avoid double posting, so by the time the page displayed my post, the typo had been corrected already. Good call tho.


zzzzz
By Souka on 5/15/2006 5:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
Hard drive launches are boring.....larger capacity is about all that is changing now....

cant' wait for the "hybrid" or solid-state drives to start rollin gout.....that is news....




RE: zzzzz
By Zoomer on 5/15/2006 8:37:15 PM , Rating: 2
What do you want from a hard drive?

Similarly, you can say the same for ram:

Ram is boring, larger capacity and newer standards are all that is!

Or sound cards....no wait that's almost a monopoly!


RE: zzzzz
By Zoomer on 5/15/2006 8:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
What do you want from a hard drive?

Similarly, you can say the same for ram:

Ram is boring, larger capacity and newer standards are all that is!

Or sound cards....no wait that's almost a monopoly!


funny...
By Samus on 5/15/2006 2:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
I thought Seagate had a patent on perpendicular recording technology.




RE: funny...
By shadowzz on 5/15/2006 2:49:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually a platter company that has the patents.

And even if some company has the patents, its not like the other companies can't use them, they just have to pay a royalty


We can do better
By Anemone on 5/15/2006 9:02:54 PM , Rating: 3
160 @ 7200 with 512mb or 1gb of Flash onboard.

Big wishlist? Maybe, but it can be done. Let's see some serious innovation not these piddling increases.

:)




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