Seagate Introduces Perpendicular 2.5-Inch Disc Drive

    June 9, 2005
    Chris Crum

Seagate Technology has announced the world’s first 2.5-inch disc drive built on perpendicular recording technology The 160GB Momentus notebook has 25% more capacity than the largest capacity notebook drive currently on the market.

Seagate also plans to roll out strong, transparent hardware-based data protection for notebook computers to prevent unauthorized access to data.

Seagate Introduces Perpendicular 2.5-Inch Disc Drive

“Mobile professionals are turning to notebooks to satisfy both their mobile and office computing needs,” said IDC research manager for hard drives, John Buttress. “They are also demanding stronger, easier to use encryption solutions to protect their sensitive information. Drive manufacturers such as Seagate that can deliver stronger security and higher capacity using technologies such as perpendicular recording will be in the sweet spot of market demand for notebooks.” NewsFactor reports:

The Momentus 5400.3, a 5,400-RPM drive, will be Seagate’s first to bring the higher capacities and performance of perpendicular recording to mainstream notebook PCs.

Next year, Seagate will extend the perpendicular-recording technology to the Momentus 7,200.1, a 7,200-RPM drive designed for mobile workstations and other high-performance, notebook-computing applications.

Perpendicular recording stands data bits on end on the disc platter, rather than flat to the surface as with existing longitudinal recording. This achieves new levels of hard drive data density and storage capacity.

Standing bits on end also improves the reliability of read-write performance in demanding environments. The Momentus enhancements come without increases in power consumption or heat generation — crucial as remote users look to work longer between battery charges and system builders seek to pack more performance in smaller notebooks.

Seagate has also introduced a bunch of other disk drives. which include an 8GB 1in drive for music players and handhelds, as well as one made for use in automobiles.

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.