Toshiba reveals new 40GB, 80GB 1.8" hard drives

Toshiba has announced its new family of 1.8" hard drives which are 10% smaller than its first generation perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) HDDs. With the new 80GB model, a total of 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video or 3,000 photos can be stored.

The two new models introduced, the 40GB MK4009GAL and 80GB MK8009GAH, are both 4200RPM units which feature an areal density of 134 gigabits per square inch. Given their reduced footprint, the 40GB and 80GB drives now measure 54x71x5mm and 54x71x8mm respectively. The drives weigh in at 48 grams and 59 grams respectively. Toshiba has also bumped up the maximum cache size to 8MB for increased performance.

The new drives are expected to further strengthen Toshiba lead in the 1.8" hard drive market where it has over 86% marketshare. The drives are expected to be available in a wide variety of consumer electronic devices including digital audio players, portable media players, GPS devices and digital camcorders. In fact, one device is already using the new 80GB drive.

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