• Toshiba announces 2.5″ 500GB hard drive

  • toshiba hard drive Toshiba announces 2.5 500GB hard drive
    Toshiba today announced a 500GB hard disk drive based on 2.5-inch form factor. The super quite and durable MKxx55GSX series is designed for notebooks, netbooks, and game consoles. According to Toshiba, the new 5,400RPM series raises bar in acoustic performances, and sports new mechanical changes in design to minimize noise emanating from the drive. Tosh claims that the drives are almost inaudible with couple of models performing close to the threshold of human hearing. And thanks to its free-fall sensor the drive provides highest level of durability, protecting data from hazardous external events. The best thing about the new 500gig drive? It offers 20% more energy efficiency compared to earlier generation models. The Toshiba 2.5″ 500GB HDD will be available from December.


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    2.5-INCH HARD DISK DRIVE WITH ULTRA-QUIET
    ACOUSTICS AND ENHANCED DURABILITY
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    “With a number of value-added technology features, this new 2.5-inch HDD series
    addresses the need for capacity and durability in mobile applications, while enhancing the overall
    user experience by minimizing noise from the storage component,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice
    president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division. “The acoustic performance renders
    these HDDs nearly inaudible, which is ideal for home entertainment applications, while the
    durability features appeal to mainstream mobile PC users. This family of products offers a
    comprehensive storage solution for integration into a wide range of applications.”
    Dedication to Environmentally Conscious HDDs
    The new MKxx55GSX family reflects Toshiba’s ongoing commitment to enhance the
    environmental soundness of its products by discontinuing use of certain chemical substances and
    reducing carbon dioxide emissions during operation for each successive HDD generation.
    Toshiba has eliminated specified hazardous halogens and toxic chemicals such as polyvinyl
    chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR), antinomy trioxide and red phosphorus
    across all components incorporated in the drive. In addition, the 500GB MK5055GSX achieves
    a 20 percent improvement in energy consumption efficiency during operation over previous
    generation 2.5-inch products. 2
    Series Availability
    Toshiba’s new MKxx55GSX series will begin shipping in production volumes to OEMs
    and distributors in December 2008. More information regarding Toshiba’s line of industryleading
    small form factor hard drives is available at www.toshibastorage.com.
    Product Specifications
    Model Number MKxx55GSX Series
    Maximum Capacity (Formatted) 500/400/320/250/160/120GB1
    Number of platters 2/2/2/1/1/1
    Areal density Up to 371.9Gb/in2 (max)
    Media transfer rate Up to 952.7 Mbps (max)
    Average seek time 12 ms
    Rotational speed 5,400 RPM
    Buffer memory 8MB
    TOSHIBA INTRODUCES HALF-TERABYTE 3
    2.5-INCH HARD DISK DRIVE WITH ULTRA-QUIET
    ACOUSTICS AND ENHANCED DURABILITY
    Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s (and SATA 1.5Gb/s)
    Serial ATA Revision 2.6 (ATA-8)
    Interface transfer rate 3.0 Gb/sec
    External dimensions (WxDxH; mm) 69.85mm x 100.0mm x 9.5mm
    Weight (g) Dual-platter: 102g
    Single-platter: 98g (max)
    Energy consumption efficiency Dual-platter: 0.0012/0.0015/0.0019 W/GB
    Single-platter: 0.0024/ 0.0038/0.0050 W/GB
    Shock resistance:
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    8,820 m/s2 (900G, 1ms)
    Acoustics (Bels) Idle: 2.5 (dual-platter)/1.9 Bels (single-platter)
    Operating: 2.5 (dual-platter)/2.0 Bels (single-platter)
    About Toshiba Storage Device Division
    Toshiba SDD, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., leads the market in the
    development, design and manufacturing of small form factor 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch hard disk drives. Toshiba SDD
    markets high-quality peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers,
    systems integrators, distributors and retailers in the United States. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the
    high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as worldwide
    leaders. For more information, visit www.toshibastorage.com.
    About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
    Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division,
    Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these
    divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; projectors; imaging
    products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and
    consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.
    TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States
    and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of
    Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and
    electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba has more than
    198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of surpassing U.S. $76 billion (FY2007). For more information on
    Toshiba’s leading innovations, visit the company’s Web site at www.toshiba.com.
    © 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks,
    registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product
    prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.
    1. One Gigabyte (1 GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A computer operating system, however, reports
    storage capacity using powers of 2 for the definition of 1 GB = 230 = 1,073,741,824 bytes, and therefore shows less storage
    capacity. Available storage capacity will also be less if the computer includes one or more pre-installed operating systems,
    pre-installed software applications or media content. Actual formatted capacity may vary.
    2. Energy consumption efficiency is calculated based on power consumption divided by formatted capacity, as defined by
    Japanese law. Compared to the previous generation 160GB MKxx52GSX product, the MK5055GSX provides a 20%
    improvement in energy consumption efficiency.
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