The hard drives with the new technology will be mass produced sometime in August

Hard drives are continuing to become bigger, faster and more efficient compared to just a few years ago.  Toshiba today announced that it has a new 2.5-inch hard disk drive that can store 200GB of information on a hard drive that uses perpendicular magnetic recording technology.  Although Seagate launched its 7200.10 desktop drives with perpendicular magnetic recording ahead of schedule back in April, Toshiba's MK2035GSS contains two platters that can hold 178.8 gigabits per square inch.   

The official Toshiba press releases claims the hard drive will have the world's highest areal density at 178.8 gigabits per square inch.  Because magnetic lines of flux go vertically across instead of laterally across, users are now able to get the same volume of magnetic dipoles that are packed into a smaller surface area.  This helps users because there is much higher areal density for the same signal-to-noise ratio. 

"As a leading partner for mobile PC manufacturers, we've listened to our customers' needs for high-capacity storage in a small form factor to enable the advanced multimedia applications and enriched usage experience that consumers are demanding today," sasid Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager, Toshiba SDD.

Toshiba hopes to begin mass producing the new hard drives sometime in August.  The MK2035GSS is currently on display at Computex 2006, which is taking place in Taipei, Taiwan.  To read the press release, click here (PDF).

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