Tiny Hard Drives Coming to Cell Phones

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-07-07 Print this article Print

Tiny hard drives are expected to expand storage in cell phones to as much as 2GB by next year.

As manufacturers cram many more features into cell phones, theres one glaring problem: storage capacity. So hard drive makers are looking to spin up tiny drives for wireless handsets.

"Beyond one gigabyte, a hard drive can deliver more storage at lower cost than flash memory," says John Harris, strategic marketing manager for storage-chip maker Agere Systems. A 1-inch, 2GB drive now costs about $50, he says.

Seagate recently announced a 1-inch offering, and Toshiba has an even smaller 0.8-inch drive-about the size of an SD card. Harris expects prices to continue dropping, and he predicts tiny hard drives will be the next big step for cell phones.

Putting hard drives in phones doesnt present a power consumption problem, say drive makers. Most quarter-size drives spin up quickly, dump information to a buffer, and then shut down to save power.

Cornice is working on putting hard drives into cell phones, and analysts expect to see 2GB handsets next year.

Click here for the full story from PCMagazine.
John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel