GS Microdrive announces 1" 2.4Gb hard drive
Today at the presentation at China International Information Technology Exhibition 2003 Chinese GS Microdrive Inc for the first time showcased its 1" 2.4Gb hard drives.
They feature Compact Flash Type II interface much resembling IBM Microdrive devices. Naturally, GS Microdrive canít use the registered Microdrive trademark, so it has named its noveltieMagicstor. Though there are no official prices yet, 2.4Gb Magicstor is expected to cost about $230-250 ($150 wholesale.)
Having launched the production late in February, by September the company plans 150,000 units/month yield. By that moment about 1.5 million devices should be available. Initial shipments will be delivered to Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, Singapore, and Malaysian OEMs. In May we should see these novelties in retail.
New 4200rpm hard drives feature two magnetic heads per disc, specific plate density making 30Gbit/inch², and provide 3.6 to 7.1 Mbps throughput. They require up to 250mA writing and up to 18mA in standby. Shock resistance makes 175G. According to GS Microdrive, it orders magnetic head, plates and chassises from Japanese manufacturers.
The company plans to announce 3.6Gb and 4.7Gb models by September and late 2003, respectively. Volume production is to be launched in October 2003 and early in 2004, respectively. GS Microdrive is also developing 1" embedded hard drives for mobile handsets.
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