Samsung, Toshiba Unveil Drives

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-06-12 Print this article Print

Samsung and Toshiba introduce their largest storage disk drives yet, Samsung with two new 400GB desktop/server drives and Toshiba with a 200GB drive for laptops and notebooks.

Samsung and Toshiba on June 5 introduced their largest storage disk drives yet—Samsung with two new 400GB desktop/server drives and Toshiba with a 200GB drive for laptops and notebooks.

Samsungs SpinPoint T133 Series disk drives are aimed at small businesses and the home-user market.

"Utilizing 133GB per-platter technology, these best-of-breed [drives] open up a new arena for Samsungs storage products from the enterprise to external storage to NAS [network-attached storage] applications," said Albert Kim, Samsungs national sales manager of storage systems, in San Jose, Calif.

The SpinPoint T133 drives—the parallel ATA HD400LD and the SATA (Serial ATA) HD400LJ—feature SATA technology including SATA Native Command Queuing and Device Initiated SATA Power Management, with 3.0G bps I/O transaction capabilities, Staggered Spin-up Support and an optional ATA Streaming Feature Set.

Each drive is shipping at a retail price of $195.

Toshibas dual-platter MK2035GSS drive is the companys first PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) drive to incorporate TMR (tunnel magneto-resistive recording) head technology, a company spokesperson said. The 2.5-inch hard drive weighs in at a mere 98 grams.

Toshibas second-generation PMR drive features high areal density at 178.8G bits per square inch and the highest capacity in the standard 9.5mm mobile PC format, the company spokesperson said.

"Our technology innovation in PMR ... is a win-win combination for mobile PC manufacturers who want to differentiate their offerings with features that attract high-end consumers," said Scott MacCabe, vice president and general manager of Toshiba Storage Device Division, in Fremont, Calif.

Mobile PC manufacturers can use the 200GB hard drive to provide enough capacity for applications, MacCabe added. Toshiba will start mass production for the new drive in August 2006. No pricing information was available.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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