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2.5-inch HDD offers 'highest' areal density

Posted: 20 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba? SDD? 200GByte? 2.5-inch HDD? perpendicular magnetic recording?

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) has introduced a 200GByte 2.5-inch HDD based on advanced perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. The company claimed its second-generation PMR offering has the world's highest areal density at 178.8Gbits/inch and the highest capacity in the standard 9.5mm mobile PC format.

The 200GB dual-platter MK2035GSS is Toshiba's first PMR drive to incorporate tunnel magneto-resistive recording (TMR) head technology. The new 2.5-inch HDD weighs 98g and incorporates the Serial ATA II interface with native command queuing, enabling faster data transfer rates and improved technical performance, the company said.

"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," said Scott Maccabe, VP and general manager, Toshiba SDD. "Our technology innovation in PMR has laid the foundation for delivering the industry's highest capacity and areal density in the standard mobile drive form factor. It's a win-win combination for mobile PC manufacturers who want to differentiate their offerings with features that attract high-end consumers."

Using Toshiba's 200GB 2.5-inch HDD, Toshiba said mobile PC manufacturers can create value with end consumers by providing enough capacity for gaming, video, music and other multimedia applications, positioning these mobile PCs as viable desktop replacement options.

Toshiba will start mass production for the MK2035GSS HDD in August 2006.

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