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Toshiba Debuts 100GB Capacity 1.8 inch HD

Toshiba Corp. has debuted a 1.8-inch hard disk drive with the largest storage capacity achieved yet in its class: a whopping 100 GBs. Although this might seem unnecessarily large, such storage is becoming increasingly essential to support personal digital media applications consisting of high-capacity audio and video.

The MK1011GAH drive employs perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and an improved error correction code to secure what Toshiba claims to be the highest areal density of any 1.8-inch HDD in the market (240.8 megabits per square millimeter, 155.3 gigabits per square inch). The drive also boasts improved power consumption (0.003W/GB), ensuring a more environmentally-friendly design; and complies with the EU’s RoHS directive. Data transfer rate is 100 MB/sec.

“This latest Toshiba advance meets the needs for enhanced, lightweight storage capacities, and will support the development of future generations of smaller, lighter, more powerful mobile PC,” said the firm. “In the personal digital media market, the new drive's unrivaled capacity will support storage of multiple data sources, including home video and movies, and will bring users improved functionality.”

Toshiba will commence mass production of the MK1011GAH drive in January 2007. The drive will also be on display at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8-11. -marketnews

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