3TB HDD with 1TB per platter technology
14 August 2012
Toshiba re-enters 3.5in form factor HDD market with new range of drives.
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE), Storage Products Division has announced its first family of HDDs with a 1TB per platter capacity. The new range will deliver high capacity of up to 3TB with uncompromised performance for PCs and consumer electronic applications such as gaming PCs and external HDDs. A video stream model will also be available for set–top boxes and digital video recorders.
Consumers are becoming data hoarders and it’s estimated that last year alone 3.6 billion song downloads were purchased. Growth in video consumption means that the global market for set top boxes is now 228 million devices annually; a figure that doesn’t include the fact there is also an increased trend towards consuming content on other ‘connected devices’ such as games consoles, computers and tablets.
Original equipment manufacturers need the storage to match this ever increasing demand. The DT01ABA range provides up to 3TB of capacity with a spindle speed of 5,940 or 5,700 RPM. This combined with the 6Gb/s SATA for higher data transfer speed and 32MB cache buffer, means that even terabytes of data can be accessed quickly.
These will be the first Toshiba products to demonstrate new technologies acquired from the takeover of Western Digital’s 3.5in HDD manufacturing equipment and related intellectual properties earlier in the year. The new range of drives uses 4KB Advanced Format, to fully utilise valuable disk real estate and deliver 1TB per platter.
Throughout its 25 years in the European storage market, Toshiba has demonstrated on-going commitment to environmental responsibility. As such, the new drives boast low power consumption when idle, with spindle speed dropping to 5940 RPM (maximum). Not only this, but the HDDs will also utilise quiet seek operation to decrease noise to only 25 dB.
“OEMs don’t want to have to choose between capacity and performance. In the face of this data deluge it’s essential that they have high capacity storage devices to meet their requirements. The DT01AxA range offers 3TB of capacity in a high performance drive, that doesn’t drain power resources,” said Martin Larsson, Vice President, Toshiba Electronics Europe. “We pride ourselves on being able to offer storage devices to meet our customer every requirement. The new DT01AxA range further cements Toshiba’s position as the only vendor to develop and supply a complete storage product line up of SSDs and 2.5in and 3.5in HDDs.”
The DT01ABA300 (5,940 RPM), DT01ABA200 (5,700 RPM) and DT01ABA150 (5,700 RPM) boast capacities of 3TB, 2TB and 1.5 TB respectively. DT01ABA300V, DT01ABA200V and DT01ABA150V are the video streaming optimised models. The 7,200 RPM drives will be available as DT01ACA300, DT01ACA200 and DT01ACA150, at 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB respectively. The video streaming range will include the: DT01ACA300V, DT01ACA200V and DT01ACA150V.
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