Friday, September 12, 2008

Toshiba Announces 240GB 1.8" hard drive

The storage business continues to amaze me. Toshiba has now announced a 240GB 1.8" hard drive. This tiny device is the kind of thing that shows up in MP3 players and other types of consumer electronics. The usual size of a hard drive in a typical laptop is 2.5" so, obviously, this thing is really small.

Toshiba will be shipping these drives soon so you'll probably see devices using them during the upcoming Holiday shopping season. From the Toshiba website:

Toshiba, the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), continues to deliver innovative storage solutions with the addition of a new series of PATA 1.8-inch HDDs. The new single-platter (80GB/120GB) and dual-platter (240GB) 4200RPM HDD models deliver the highest capacity along with leading areal density for integration into portable media players, camcorders and ultra-mobile PCs.

The 1.8-inch MKxx31GAL HDD series uses a new mechanical and firmware design for enhanced durability, making the drives well suited for slim-line mobile gadgets and PC applications. Design elements incorporated in the MK2431GAH optimize power efficiency to new levels with a 33-percent overall improvement in energy consumption efficiency** over Toshiba's previous generation two-platter, 160GB, 3600RPM 1.8-inch model.

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