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November 3, 2009

Toshiba launches new 1.8-inch SATA HDDs

Claims to use 42% less power during seek operations than 5,400 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs

By CBR Staff Writer

Toshiba has launched new additions to its 1.8-inch Serial ATA HDD product line, covering a range of mobile computing applications.

The new offerings include 5,400 RPM family, offering a 320GB capacity, as well as a power-efficient, slim 4,200 RPM model with 120GB of storage for applications that require low-power consumption and an ultra-compact form factor, the company said.

The company claims that the Mkxx33GSG series, which includes 320GB, 250GB and 160GB capacities, uses 42% less power during seek operations than 5,400 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs.

According to Toshiba, the new MKxx33GSG provides speedy access to data with its 16MB cache buffer, 5,400 RPM rotational speed and disk transfer rates of up to 830 Mb/second. At 320GB, the highest-capacity model in the family can store up to either 90,000 digital photos, 84,000 digital music files or 260 downloaded digital videos.. This high-performance HDD is suitable for thin-and-light mobile PCs, mobile PCs, mini-notebooks and external add-on storage offerings.

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The company said that the new 1.8-inch HDDs can tolerate up to 1,500Gs of non-operational shock and 500Gs of operational shock, which are 50% and 25% more durable than the 2.5-inch HDDs.

Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division, said: Toshiba 1.8-inch HDDs provide a compelling solution for any application that demands extreme mobility along with the ability to reliably and quietly store large amounts of user content.

As the market demands smaller devices, manufacturers can take advantage of the 1.8-inch form factor’s small footprint, low power consumption, light weight, proven durability and volume manufacturability. With these benefits, Toshiba’s HDDs have served as the foundation for a variety of innovative consumer electronics and PC products that have continued to evolve and transform the market over the years.”

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