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Hitachi Introduces Cinema Range of Hard Disks
Posted on 4-Apr-2006 21:39 by H Willan. | Tags Filed under: News.

Hitachi Introduces Cinema Range of Hard Disks
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is announcing a new product line that gives Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and set-top box customers a dedicated high storage capacity solution that's optimized for consumer electronics: the 3.5-inch CinemaStar hard disk drive.

The CinemaStar 7K500 and CinemaStar 7K160, are based off Hitachi's 3.5-inch Deskstar platform and are expected to be available in early third quarter of 2006.

The CinemaStar has the following CE-specific features and benefits:
  • Silent seek acoustics for "bedroom-quiet" operation
  • Low power idle for cooler system operation and greater host-product reliability
  • Wider temperature range to support warmer operating environments, especially in confined spaces like entertainment centers
  • Smart Command Transport and adaptive error recovery for optimized video streaming and picture quality
  • Thermal fly height control for improved error rates in varied temperature conditions

    The CinemaStar 7K500 series is available in 250, 320, 400 and 500 GB of storage capacity, while the CinemaStar 7K160's one-disk (single platter) design offers 80 and 160 GB of capacity.

    Both drives have Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors for quiet operation, 14ms seek time, 7,200rpm rotation, 8MB of cache, 0-60 degrees C operation temperature, ATA-133/SATA 3.0Gb/s interfaces and a 3.5 form factor.

    Idle acoustics for the 7K500 series is 3.0/2.8 Bels vs the 7K160s 2.5.

    The 7K500 has a slightly fastter maximum transfer rate of 998 Mb/s vs the 7K160s 966Mb/s.

    Also, the 7K500 has 6/5 watts of idle power use with PATA, vs 7/6 watts in SATA mode. The 7K160 has 4.9 watts for its PATA interface vs 5.9 watts for the SATA.

    Both drives meet the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance directive issued last year by the European Union.

    Hitachi will offer the 3.5-inch CinemaStar product line as a companion product to the Deskstar. The Deskstar line will be targeted at mainstream PCs, workstations and lower-cost/low-duty cycle server applications.

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