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Fujitsu launches 200GB SATA mobile drive albeit with a 4200RPM spindle speed

Fujitsu has announced that it has developed a new 200GB 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive for mobile applications. The MHV2200BT is the world's first 200GB mobile drive and features a 4200RPM spindle speed, best-in-class power consumption, whisper quiet operation and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

"Fujitsu has focused heavily on R&D to establish itself as the leader in the 2.5" SATA hard disk drive space," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "We delivered the industry's first 2.5" SATA hard disk drive in January 2004, the 160GB 2.5" offering slightly less than a year ago and now, with the MHV2200BT, we have again illustrated that we are committed to being a leader in this market."

Fujitsu is expected to start shipping the new MHV2200BT in the third quarter. Pricing has not yet been announced. Fujitsu stated during CES that it expected to use perpendicular recording to reach 200GB by the end of 2006 and it looks as though they have hit that mark.

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Not alway about speed
By OrSin on 3/28/2006 1:43:54 PM , Rating: 2
When I think a moble device I will take quiet over speed.
Your right 4200 is slow, but its fast enough for AV applications. I would perfer a quieter laptop with a 200GB drive then a noisey one with a 120GB drive. Its all about what you use it for.

RE: Not alway about speed
By sprockkets on 3/28/2006 1:44:49 PM , Rating: 1
Higher density = less spindle speed

RE: Not alway about speed
By NFS4 on 3/28/06, Rating: 0
RE: Not alway about speed
By SunAngel on 3/28/06, Rating: -1
RE: Not alway about speed
By bobobeastie on 3/28/2006 5:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
What? Where is this pun you speak of? Does it involve the sense [possible sic] of vision and photoshop?

RE: Not alway about speed
By Samus on 3/29/2006 2:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
i guess the morons in here don't understand area-density physics, which is quite simple.

what it means is a 4200rpm 200gb drive will probably have the same sustained transfer rate of an 80gb 7200rpm drive.

sure, the access time might be lower, but we're talking the difference of 1-2ms. there are tiny platters we're speaking of.

RE: Not alway about speed
By TomZ on 3/28/2006 1:59:28 PM , Rating: 2
OrSin is right - you can't just look at RPMs to determine performance. Performance is a function of RPMs, density, and number of platters. Therefore, it is possible that a 4200RPM drive's performance could match that of another vendor's 7200RPM drive. You have to look at the rest of the specs, not just RPM.

As others have pointed out, lower RPMs usually also reduce noise and power consumption.

Also, SATA NCQ can also reduce noise and power consumption, which is why this is a good feature for laptop drives.

RE: Not alway about speed
By codeThug on 3/28/2006 6:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to be forgeting about rotational latency. Higher RPM drives do exhibit greater performance in this manner, regardless of density.

RE: Not alway about speed
By TomZ on 3/28/2006 9:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's true - the seek time will be longer. But the transfer rates could still be good, and NCQ could also help improve random seek performance relative to PATA drives.

I'm not saying that I think this drive will be a stellar performer - but I don't think it is necesssarily going to be dog slow either. Remember, there are some 5400RPM IDE drives out there that outperform some 7200RPM drives.

RE: Not alway about speed
By FoxFour on 3/28/2006 8:02:11 PM , Rating: 2
The Raptor pretty much proves that RPM is more important to overall hard drive performance than density...

I love marketing...
By Souka on 3/28/2006 10:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
I just love marketing terms.... like "best-in-class power consumption,"

Best in class??? How many other 200gb notebook drives are there? Oh yeah... they could also say, "worst in class power consumption" but I suppose it would turn off people.


200gb? no thanks. I much better like my 2x 160gb Seagate drives in my new company provided T60 (model# 2623D3U)...2ghz Pentium M does just fine with Premiere and Photoshop thank you very much....

RE: I love marketing...
By Lonyo on 3/29/2006 6:40:13 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe "class" doesn't mean specific hard drive size (200GB) but means "large hard drives" including, possibly, such drives as your 2x160GB Seagate drives. Possibly.

RE: I love marketing...
By TomZ on 3/29/2006 9:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
"Class" probably means 2.5" HDDs for laptops.

It's not a big stretch of the imagination to think that this drive, due to its new technology and low RPMs, could have lower power consumption than most other mobile drives. I'm only speculating on this, however, since I have not seen any specifications.

not good times
By DarthPierce on 3/28/2006 1:39:03 PM , Rating: 1
Ok, admittedly a 200 gg notebook drive is sweet..... but come on...... 4200 RPM! that's outrageous.

I've had a 7200 RPM notebook drive for over 15 months.... why would they release a new "premium" 4200 RPM drive? it's crazy.

RE: not good times
By granulated on 3/28/2006 3:39:16 PM , Rating: 2
Density is what really matters.

7 years ago, the best 7200 RPM IDE drives could sustain a data rate of approximately 12MB's a second (if i recall correctly). Now look where we are !

just an opportunity
By Anemone on 3/28/2006 9:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
4200 rpm just means there is an opportunity for someone to do better. I'd still take a 100 7200 over this, but pushing density is very definitely useful, so it's not exactly a waste of effort.

They should have at least hit 5400 though. Kind of curious why not, as in what technical limitations they might have been facing.

Does this mean that all the 160-220 high density drives are all going to be rotationally slow? We need a mobile raptor. Ok well anyway, be nice to see both density and higher speeds.


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