Virgin Electronics looked for the smallest possible internal hard drive when its engineers were working on the recently announced Virgin Electronics Player 5GB. The small mp3 and wma player is only 3.1 ounces, but it packs a 5GB storage capacity.
The company decided to use a Seagate ST1 model, a 5GB 1-inch hard drive that features RunOn Technology and G-Force Protection. RunOn Technology solves the problem of inconsistent music playback while in a high-vibration environment, such as jogging, and G-Force Protection protects drive against shock from mishandling.
The hard drive has a time-to-ready in 2 seconds, weighs only 19 grams (2/3 ounce) and supports ATA Flex & Compact Flash-compatible interface. All this with a 2MB built-in cache memory.
"For the Virgin Player, we looked at several hard drive options, but decided that the Seagate ST1 Series offered the best value for our consumers," said Joe Sipher, senior vice president marketing, Virgin Electronics. "Using the Seagate ST1 Series 5GB drive allowed us to offer more songs to our customers at a competitive price. The Seagate ST1 Series also differs from other hard drives because its RunOn Technology helps ensure reliability -- and our customers' satisfaction."
The ST1 Series is a family of embedded one-inch hard drives for handheld music players, digital still and video cameras, PDAs, handheld video players and other handheld consumer electronics devices. ST1 Series drives enable device makers to enhance their products with rugged, high-capacity storage.