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Hitachi and Seagate unveil 6GB hard drives, Apple offers iPod mini

Miniature hard drives achieved new heights: Seagate officially unveiled 1" 6GB ST1 solutions followed by Hitachi GST (Global Storage Technologies) with 1" 6GB Microdrive 3K6 products and cut prices for 4GB drives (unveiled in August 2003).

Hitachi new drives will have CF Type2 and IDE interfaces and are to support 33MB/s read/write speed. Other features include 3,600 rpm, 12ms average seek, 18dB noise, 200G operating and up to 2000G non-operating shocks.

In North America Hitachi novelties will cost $300.

At the same time Apple offered new iPod mini with 6GB storage that will cost just $250. The company may be using Seagate drives that are cheaper than similar products from Hitachi (perhaps, due to lower shock limits).

Sources: PC Watch, Mobile Mag and InfoSync

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