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Hitachi starts sampling 4GB Microdrive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies started shipping qualification samples of its 4GB Microdrive to consumer product manufacturers worldwide (by the date companies, evaluating the drive are Blaupunkt, Kodak, Minolta Co., Ltd., Nikon, Olympus, Pentax Corporation, Sigma and Sony Corporation). As developer says, the one-inch diameter drive´s data transfer rate represents a 70 percent increase from the previous-generation Microdrive.

The new drive will use ultra-miniaturized components, including a new read-write head that is half the size of its predecessor and results in a 40 percent decrease in the height at which the head travels above the disk platter. The new head technology, called the femto slider head, opens up a next generation of head slider technology.

The Hitachi Microdrive 3K4 series (that is the oficial name of the drive) will available on retail shelves in major markets this November at a MSRP of $499.


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