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
and 59 grams
respectively. Toshiba has also bumped up the maximum cache size to 8MB for
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.
quote: Toshiba has also bumped up the maximum cache size to 8GB for increased performance.