Toshiba Corporation has announced a new line-up of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDD) adopting a serial ATA interface, including the industry's first drive of this type with a capacity of 160 gigabytes.
The new 160GB drive, MK1617GSG, and an 80GB drive, MK8017GSG, will enter mass production in August.
Toshiba�s new 1.8-inch HDDs boost interface speed to 1.5Gbps and offer a rotation speed of 5,400 rpm, faster than the current generation of Toshiba 1.8-inch HDD (MK1214GAH, parallel ATA, 120GB).
The new MK1617GSG drive is more environmentally efficient than Toshiba�s current MK1216GSG (120GB) model, and raises energy consumption efficiency, as defined under the Japanese legal standard, to 0.00281W/GB, a 25% improvement. The drive improves the maximum internal data transfer rate by approximately 17%, and supports faster data access in reading and writing that enhances overall performance.
Alongside Toshiba�s 1.8-inch HDD of 80GB and 120GB serial ATA interface drives already in the market, the new drives will provide product manufacturers with a broad line-up that supports diverse applications.
The drives come in two models, the MK1617GSG (160GB) measuring 54.0 x 78.5 x 8.0mm and weighing 62g and the MK8017GSG (80GB) with the same measures but weighing only 60g.