Toshiba Begins Mass Production of .85 Inch Hard Drives
Toshiba is putting its .85 inch micro hard drives into volume production by the end of the year, ahead of schedule according to the company. Toshiba's tiny hard drive is the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor.
The drive announced earlier this year, will initally be available in in 2GB and 4GB capacities. The drive, is a quarter of the size of Toshiba's 1.8 inch hard drives (which is used in the Apple iPod and other products) and uses roughly half the power. The 2GB version has dimensions of 3.3 x 24 x 32 mm and weighs less than 10 grams.
“Hard disk drive technology has migrated from the computer to digital music players to mobile phones and other portable gadgets that require meaningful storage capacities in a pocket-size form factor,” said Amy Dalphy, manager, HDD business unit, Toshiba SDD. “Toshiba continues to lead and enable the market by expanding storage possibilities with gigabytes of capacity packed into a tiny hard disk drive that fits on your fingertip.”
The 0.85-inch HDD is expected to boost the functionality of a new generation of products, including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras, camcorders and external storage devices. Toshiba initially plans to introduce capacities of 2GB and 4GB, and anticipates achievement of even higher densities in the 0.85-inch form factor.
Palm OS Cobalt 6.1 already includes native support for FAT formatted hard disk drives.
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