Toshiba Revs Up New 200GB HDDs for Cars

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-15 Print this article Print

Toshiba says its 2.5-inch, 4,200 rpm SATA MK2060GSC drive is the highest-capacity automotive-grade hard disk drive now available, more than doubling the storage space of other currently available drives.

Toshiba's Storage Device Division on April 15 launched a new 200GB, single-platter hard drive designed for navigation and entertainment deployments in the automotive market.

Following a bit of research on other drives in this class, eWEEK confirmed Toshiba's claim that the 2.5-inch, 4,200 rpm SATA (Serial ATA) MK2060GSC drive is the highest-capacity automotive-grade hard disk drive now available, more than doubling the storage space of other currently available drives.

Most drives today are 80GB; two years ago, 30GB drives were considered top of the line.

Toshiba said the new drive boasts a 78 percent improvement in internal transfer rates over its own previous models and a faster seek time of 12 milliseconds.

Automotive-grade HDDs are custom-designed to endure all conditions in which vehicles operate, including extreme cold and heat.

The machinery in the disks and their protective casings are hardened so as to withstand difficult road conditions and temperature ranges from -30 degrees C to +85 degrees C, as well as high altitudes, Toshiba said.

Toshiba claimed about 75 percent of the 2009 market in this sector, according to the company's internal data. Analysts do not break out market information on automotive-sector HDDs.

As of March 2010, Toshiba said it has shipped 14 million automotive-grade HDDs worldwide.

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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