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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies officially launched along with four new hard drive series

Today Hitachi, Ltd. posted the official press release about forming the new San Jose-based Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) by merging hard disk divisions of Hitachi and IBM.

Actually, its not that new information except for the specified aims: HGST plans to release the industry-broadest hard disk lines for all segments from consumer 1" to server-class 3.5" solutions. Currently the new company has 5 development centers in USA in Japan, 8 production facilities in 7 countries, including USA, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Mexico, China and Thailand. The staff totals for about 21.5 thousand people.

But thats only the beginning. Newly-born HGST has as once posted a number of press releases about new hard disk solutions.

First, the company announced plans to release 4Gb 1" Microdrive solutions with expected availability in the Fall of 2003. These novelties will utilize the improved Pixie Dust Media and feature CompactFlash Type II interface.

The next novelty from HGS 3.5" 15,000 RPM high-performance server-class hard disk drive — Hitachi Ultrastar 15K73, utilizing Pixie Dust, antiferromagnetically coupled (AFC) media and fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors.

Ultrastar 15K73 specifications:

  • 73.9, 36.9 Gb
  • 1" in height
  • 15,037 rpm
  • 31 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 5/3 glass disk platter(s)
  • 10/5 GMR recording head(s)
  • 250 G/2ms non-operating shock
  • 15 G/11ms operating shock
  • 2 ms average latency
  • 3.9 ms average seek time
  • 960 Mbits/sec maximum internal transfer rate
  • 77.2 Mbytes/sec maximum sustained data transfer rate
  • Ultra 320 SCSI and 2 Gb FCAL
  • 750 weight in grams
  • 3.6 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 4.2 Bels typical operating acoustics
  • About 12W energy consumption
  • Expected availability: Q1 2003

The next one is new 2.5" Travelstar A4K20 hard disk drives, designed specifically for automotive applications, with the expected availability in Q2 2003.

Travelstar A4K20 specifications:

  • 20 Gb capacity
  • 70mm width, 100mm depth, 9.5mm height, 107 grams weight
  • 4,200 rpm
  • 1 glass disk platter
  • 2 GMR recording heads
  • -20 degree Celsius to 85 degree Celsius operating temperature
  • -40 degree Celsius to 85 degree Celsius non-operating temperature
  • 100G/11ms operating shock
  • 800G/1ms non-operating shock
  • 2.4 Bels acoustic noise at idle
  • ATA-5 (ATA 100) pin compatible
  • Fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors

Finally, the new 1.8" Travelstar Compact Series C4K40 suited for a variety of mobile applications. Initially, Travelstar Compact Series C4K40 will be bundled with adapters for usual 2.5" form-factor.

Travelstar C4K40 specifications:

  • 20/40 Gb capacity
  • 1-platter — 7mm height, 47 grams weight
  • 2-platter — 9.5mm height, 62 grams weight
  • 4,200 rpm
  • 67 gigabits per square inch
  • 1/2 glass disk platter(s)
  • 2/4 GMR recording heads
  • 300G/2ms operating shock
  • 1,000-1,200G/1ms non-operating shock
  • 1.8-2 Bels acoustic noise at idle
  • ATA-5 (ATA 100) pin compatible
  • 29.9 MB/s data transfer rate
  • 7.1ms latency time
  • Expected availability in April 2003

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