Toshiba's New 160GB 1.8-inch HDD Has Industry's Largest(1) Storage Capacity

    TOKYO, September 5 /CNW/ - Toshiba Corporation today announced
commercialization of two advanced 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDD): the
MK1626GCB offers a storage capacity of 160GB, the industry's largest in this
form factor, while the thin and light MK8022GAA has a capacity of 80GB. Both
drives are designed for mobile devices, such as portable media players.
Toshiba has started to ship the MK8022GAA, and is also shipping samples of the

    The new drives employ an improved read-write head and enhanced magnetic
layer that boost recording density, and achieve an areal density of 353
mega-bit per square millimeters (228 gigabits per square inches). The
MK1626GCB adopts CE-ATA, an HDD interface that optimizes performance in
consumer electronics applications.

    Small form-factor 1.8-inch HDDs are found in increasingly diverse
applications, from mobile notebook PCs to portable media players and digital
movie cameras. The HDD market is driven by growing demand for larger capacity
drives that can store movie files and still pictures and music data, and
support the transition to high-definition video and richer image and sound
files. The new 1.8-inch drives do just that: they are small and light and
offer unrivaled capacity that will allow storage of HD movies and countless
digital still images and music files in small personal digital devices.

    The new drives are also environmentally conscious. The MK1626GCB improves
energy consumption efficiency(2), as defined by Japanese law, to 0.002W/GB, a
33%(3) reduction. Both drives are also RoHS-compliant.

    Toshiba will feature the new drives at DISKCON USA 2007, organized by the
International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA), in Santa
Clara, California, from September 19 to 20.

    (1) The industry's largest commercially available capacity in a 1.8-inch
hard disk drive, as of September 6, 2007 (source: Toshiba)

    (2) Energy consumption efficiency is calculated based power consumption
divided by formatted capacity, as defined by Japanese law.

    (3) Comparison based on Toshiba's current 1.8-inch HDD (MK1011GAH).

    Main Specifications
    Model name                          MK1626GCB          MK8022GAA
    Formatted capacity                    160GB               80GB
    Number of platters                      2                  1
    Number of heads                         4                  2
    Average seek time                               15msec
    Interface                             CE-ATA              PATA
    Interface speed                      52MB/sec           66MB/sec
    Rotational speed                               3600rpm
    Dimensions (W x D x H, mm)      54.0 x 71.0 x 8.0  54.0 x 71.0 x 5.0
    Weight                              59g (max)          48g (max)
    Energy consumption efficiency       0.002W/GB          0.004W/GB

    Note: Hard disk capacity is calculated on the basis of 1MB = 1-million
     bytes, and 1GB = 1-billion bytes.

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