Hitachi Global Storage Technologies joins Seagate and Western Digital with two new hard disk drive families optimized for storing audio and video content.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies unveiled two new hard
drive families specifically optimized and fine-tuned for the audio/video
market on Jan. 4.
Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,
the new CinemaStar families will be available as both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives.
The CinemaStar 5K2000
family is a 3.5-inch drive and will be available in 2TB
and 1.5TB capacities, and the CinemaStar C5K750
family is a 2.5-inch drive
available in 500GB, 640GB and 750GB capacities, Hitachi said.
The consumer-electronic-optimized hard drives are intended
for AV use such as in digital video recorders, IPTV set-top-boxes and video
surveillance products, Hitachi said. Multiple form factors allow DVR
manufacturers to broaden their product offerings while sticking with the same
drive family, according to the company.
"DVR capacity constraints are becoming more acute with
the ever-increasing appetite for on-demand entertainment and the desire to
store, and never delete, recorded TV shows and movies," said Brendan
Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi Global Storage
The C5K750 is capable of storing up to 187 hours of
high-definition video or 750 hours of standard video, compared to the 5K2000's
500 hours of HD video and 2,000 hours of standard video, said Hitachi. In music
terms, that is equivalent to 188,000 four-minute music files on the C5K750 or
500,000 on the 5K2000.
Competitors have already come out with drives optimized to
store audio and video, such as Western Digital's WD RE4-GP
and Seagate Technology's Barracuda line
. Like the competitor drives, the new Hitachi drives
also feature low power consumption and quiet performance. The latter feature is
particularly critical for drives being used as DVRs and video surveillance
The smaller C5K750 CinemaStar comes in the 375GB per platter
design and is the first consumer hard drive to use Advanced Format technology,
which increases storage capacity and improves error correction capabilities,
according to the product datasheet. Advanced Format increases the physical
sector size on the drive from 512bytes to 4,096 bytes. According to the
specifications, the drives have SATA 3G bps connectivity and an 8MB buffer.
Available in three different capacities ranging from 500GB to 750GB, the small
drive consumes 0.5 watts when idle and 1.5 watts during read/write operations. The
C5K750 is nearly silent at 2.3 bels when idle.
The C5K750 is designed for digital video recorders,
set-top-boxes, portable video players, high-end audio systems, and DVR-enabled
televisions, according to Hitachi's product page.
The larger 5K2000 drives uses the 667GB-per platter design,
have a SATA 6G bps interface and 32MB of buffer memory. Also quiet, at 2.4
bels during operation, the drives draw only 4.2 watts when idle.
The CinemaStar 5K2000 are specifically designed for use in
HD DVRs, DVD and HDD recorders, DVR-enabled televisions, home security video
centers, and media centers, according to Hitachi's product page.
Both CinemaStar drive families include specialized features
such as SmoothStream for consistent data streaming, SMART Command Transport for
time-limited error recovery and thermal
monitoring, Coolspin for cooler and quieter operation using less power, and HiVERT
for better power efficiency.
Hitachi said the drives are already being shipped worldwide,
but pricing information was not available.