Toshiba unveiled details today about their new 1.8” hard disk drive capable of storing 100GB of data. The new drive achieves this storage density through perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and an improved error correction code. A density of 240.8 megabits per square millimeter (155.3 gigabits per square inch) is quite impressive, and practical applications are countless. There is no word on pricing yet, but Toshiba has made it clear they intend to start mass production of this new drive in January 2007.
Packing larger data capacities into small form factor HDD is a must to support continued advances in the notebook PC market and to meet growing demand for personal digital media supporting high capacity audio and video applications. This latest Toshiba advance meets needs for enhanced, lightweight storage capacities and will support the development of future generations of smaller, lighter, more powerful mobile PCs.