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500Gbyte mobile hard drive ships for laptops

Posted: 10 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:500Gbyte? 2.5-inch drive? mobile HDD? laptop computers?

The world's first 500Gbyte, 2.5-inch mobile HDD has begun shipping to PC makers and OEMs, Samsung Electronics reported. The new Spinpoint M6 will help manufacturers build laptop computers that can store ever-expanding data, video and music files. The new drive means that laptop computers with dual-drive configurations can now have 1Tbyte of storage capacity.

Other vendors
Last week Fujitsu said it would begin shipping a 500Gbyte, 2.5-inch disk drive in its MHZ2 BT series at the end of May. That drive will be 12.5mm in height. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is also expected to ship a 500Gbyte disk drive starting as early as this month. Some of the manufacturers announced 500Gbyte drives at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.

IDC forecasts that the demand for 2.5-inch hard drives will reach 203 million units this year, up 20 percent from 2007.

Drive specs
The new Samsung drive consists of three 167Gbyte platters in a 2.5-inch drive frame measuring 9.5mm in height, the standard for most notebook computers. It features a 5400rpm spindle speed, 8Mbyte cache and 3Gbit/s SATA interface with an optional free-fall sensor that protects data in the event the computer is dropped. Samsung says the built-in Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology allows the drive to store 160,000 digital images, 125hrs of DVD movies or 60hrs of high-definition video images.

Samsung also announced that it would begin shipping to key OEMs this month its new Spinpoint MP2 250Gbyte, 2.5-inch hard drive. With a 7200rpm rotation speed, the premium drive is designed for high-performance notebook PCs, workstations and blade servers.

The Spinpoint M6 has a MSRP of $299.

Samsung is one of the exhibitors in the IIC-China 2008.

- Rick Whiting

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