“Toshiba says it has become the first manufacturer to commercially release hard drives with perpendicular recording platters, an industry-wide innovation that greatly increases the amount of data a drive can hold,” Michael Kanellos reports for CNET News. “The MK4007GAL 1.8-inch drive packs 40GB on a single platter, which is the most for a 1.8-inch diameter hard drive platter to date. The platters can hold 206 megabits per square millimeter. The drive can be found in Toshiba’s Gigabeat F41 music player. Toshiba also makes drives for Apple Computer’s iPods.”
“Two configurations of the drive exist: a 40GB with one platter and a two-platter 80GB drive. Next year, the Japanese giant will insert perpendicular drives into its mini 0.85-inch diameter drives,” Kanellos reports.
Full article here.
Toshiba’s Press Release with specs here.
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