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Hitachi Ships Three New Hard Drives, Broadens Application Focus

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced worldwide availability of its Deskstar T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar hard disk drives (HDDs). Delivering on the company's strategy to expand its participation in the 3.5-inch hard drive segment as announced in April of this year, the new lines of 3.5-inch products target expanded application areas across high-capacity consumer and commercial PCs, gaming systems and digital video recorders.

The new Deskstar and CinemaStar hard drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to deliver up to a half terabyte of storage capacity. The hard drives feature 7,200 RPM spin speeds and 3.0Gb/s Serial-ATA (SATA) interfaces.

Recognizing the growing consumer use of video, audio and pictures in their everyday lives, Hitachi has optimized and targeted its hard disk drive products for an expanded application set.

For example, the CinemaStar is optimized for streaming consumer electronics applications with SMART Command Transport and adaptive error recovery for optimized video streaming and picture quality, and silent-seek acoustics for "bedroom quiet" operation.

The Deskstar products are designed for consumer PCs and gaming systems. These drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ), enabling fast data transfer rates and up to 16 MB cache on SATA models.

Both the Deskstar and CinemaStar drives feature Parallel-ATA (PATA) 133 interfaces, in addition to 3.0Gb/s SATA, "Thermal Fly Height Control" (TFC) to improve data integrity; and an optional low-power mode to minimize power requirements, enabling cooler system operation.

The Deskstar T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar drives are shipping today worldwide in the distribution channel and the Deskstar products are also shipping in the retail channel.

Deskstar T7K500 specs:

  • 500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 998 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 8.5 ms average seek time
  • 7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer PATA
  • 16/8 MB data buffer - SATA
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 3/2 platters
  • 6/4 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock (2 disk)
  • 300 G (2ms) non-operating shock (3 disk)
  • 6.0 (3 disk)/5.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 7.0 (3 disk)/6.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 3.0 (3 disk)/2.8 (2 disk) Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

Deskstar 7K160

  • 160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 966 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 8.5 ms average seek time
  • 7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K500

  • 500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 998 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command overhead)
  • 7,200 RPM
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 300 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 6.0 watt idle power (3-disk Parallel ATA)
  • 5.0 watt idle power (2-disk Parallel ATA)
  • 7.0 watt idle power (3-disk Serial ATA)
  • 6.0 watt idle power (2-disk Serial ATA)
  • 3.0 Bels typical idle acoustics (3-disk)
  • 2.8 Bels typical idle acoustics (2-disk)
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K160

  • 160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
  • 966 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command overhead)
  • 7,200 RPM
  • ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 8 MB data buffer
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1 platter
  • 2/1 recording heads
  • 350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
  • 4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
  • 5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
  • 2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 0-60 degrees C operating temperature
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

Source: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

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