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November 9, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

Exchangeable cartridge disk drive specialist SyQuest Technology Inc, Fremont, California claims that its SQ1080 microstorage system is the world’s first PCMCIA removable hard disk cartridge drive for palmtops, notebooks, pen-based computers and personal digital assistants. The 1.8 SQ1080 takes an 80Mb or 60Mb rugged 1.8 cartridge – also made by SyQuest, and is claimed to offer the lowest cost per Megabyte of all PCMCIA storage options when multiple cartridges are added – $1 or less per Megabyte compared with $50 per Megabyte for Flash memory cards. The SQ1080 has a 32Kb buffer and average access time of 16mS. The 80Mb cartridge has a sustained transfer rate of 1.6M-bytes per second, the 60Mb is rated at 1.3M-bytes per second. A Type III PCMCIA interface is required on the computer. OEM pricing for the drive is estimated at under $300, for the cartridges $40. Samples now, volume only in mid-1994.SyQuest also has a 270Mb 3.5 removable Winchester cartridge drive, the SQ3270, backwards-compatible with the company’s 105Mb cartridge with average seek time of less than 13.5mS. Cartridges are expected to go for under $80. It draws 4W and runs off a single 5V supply. Samples with AT interface now at $465; no date for volume.

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