Technical specifications for the new series include a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 6.0 Gbps interface, rotational speed of 10,000 RPM, 64MB of cache, Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors for better data integrity, Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology, and a MTBF (mean time before failure) rating of 2 million hours. As for the exact power draw, Hitachi claims the drives use up 5.6 W during normal operation and 3.1 W during idle.
The company is offering the drives with or without Bulk Data Encryption for hard-drive-level data security. No pricing information was included in the announcement but the Ultrastar C10K600 drives are reportedly available now and shipping to OEM partners. The series will compete against Seagate's Savvio 10K.4 and Toshiba's MBF for a place in datacenters.