According to senior vice president and general manager Jim Welsh, the drive is the result of an increasing demand for drives that consume less power while generating less heat and noise. He says that applications such as DVRs, media servers and centers as well as surveillance systems often demand constant operation.
The drive is said to run on the brink of human hearing and features many technological enhancements, including SilkStream, IntelliSeek, IntelliPower, IntelliPark and Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWL). The 2TB flavor of the AV-GP features 32MB cache, a maximum buffer to host of 3Gb/s, an internal transfer of 110MB/s and an average latency of 4.2ms. The WD20EVDS is now available with an MSRP of $299.99.