Big Storage For Hitachi’s Small Drives


At a time when hard disk drives (HDD) are taking a more crucial role in
portable consumer devices, Hitachi has created the
world’s smallest hard disk drives.

Hitachi’s new one-inch Microdrive 3K8 and 1.8-inch Travelstar
C4K60, are nicknamed Mikey and Slim, respectively.

Mikey

Microdrive 3K8 Mikey

Source: Hitachi


Never mind the child-like monikers: The drives pack the storage wallop of
larger drives to help boost the capacity of smartphones, MP3 players and
handheld computers.


Microdrive 3K8 will be available with 6 gigabytes (GB) and 8GB of storage
capacity despite being 20 percent smaller and consuming 40 percent less
power than its predecessor.


Five millimeters thick, Travelstar C4K60 Slim is 30 percent thinner than its
predecessor. Yet Slim is fat on storage capacity for its size, offering a capacity of 30GB and 60GB of storage on the one- and two-disk models,
respectively.


Mikey and Slim feature a ZIF connector to ease integration in consumer
electronic devices. Both drives are also using femto slider technology for
improved shock performance and power consumption.


On the shock subject, Mikey has some interesting perks.

To protect the drive
against data loss from the inevitable dropped gadget, Hitachi has added new
extra sensory protection technology to the Microdrive.

Slim

Travelstar C4K60 Slim

Source: Hitachi


ESP immediately moves the read-write head safely away from the surface of
the disk when it detects a fall. This avoids head/disk contact, which can
cause data loss. ESP is activated during a drop of as little as four inches.


The Microdrive is also the first hard drive to offer the CE-ATA interface, which is designed to support the relationship between small-form-factor hard drives
and the handheld consumer electronic devices they are built into.

Hitachi,
Intel, Marvell, Nokia, Seagate and Toshiba are promoting CE-ATA, whose specs
include low pin count, low voltage and power efficiency.


The Microdrive 3K8 is now in limited shipping, with volume shipment planned
for October. Hitachi’s ESP technology and support for the CE-ATA interface
will be available in December.


Travelstar C4K60 will begin volume shipment of the 30GB version at the
end of the month, with the two-disk, 60GB model shipping in the first
quarter of 2006. Hitachi also plans CE-ATA support on its 1.8-inch
Travelstar line.


Pricing for the drives was not immediately available.


Given trends like the current iPod explosion and the increasing acceptance
of smartphones, Hitachi expects the drives will sell well.

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