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Hitachi introduces hard drives for automotive, DVR apps

Posted: 05 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hitachi? CinemaStar? C5K160? hard drive? Endurastar?

Seeking to expand its reach in the automotive and consumer markets, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies introduced two drives for automotive applications and a thin-profile 2.5-inch drive for digital video recorders.

The 2.5-inch drive, designated the CinemaStar C5K160, has a capacity of 160Gbytes. It is the first drive for digital video recorders to use the 2.5-inch form factor, according to Bill Healy, senior VP of corporate strategy and marketing for the Hitachi unit, in an interview.

"The drives are aimed at a market requiring a slim, sleek industrial design," Healy said. He added that the drive's capacity is equivalent to many 3.5-inch drives, while its design allows the use of only a 5V supply, compared to 5V and 12V for 3.5-inch drives.

The automotive drives, designated the Endurastar J4K50 and N4K50, have the highest storage capacity in automotive-grade drives at 50Gbytes, according to Healy.

The J4K50 has an operating temperature range of -30C to 85C, while the N4K50 operates at -16C to 70C. By comparison, Hitachi's previous-generation Endurastar drives had a -20C to 85C range, the company said.

In addition, the drives have a wide altitude range, with the J4K50 able to operate over -300m to 5,000m, which the company said would enable it to operate near the Dead Sea and in the Andes Mountains. The N4K50 has an upper altitude range of 3,000m.

Healy said the new automotive drives were part of Hitachi's strategy to become the leading supplier of automotive hard drives.

"What is appealing is the opportunity to adopt hard drives for new applications, to improve the automotive experience," Healy said. "We can begin to provide more meaningful datawe can show environment or road in which you're traveling, show movies and implement advanced telematics."

Both the DVR and automotive hard drives will be in production in 2007, Healy said.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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