Hitachi Announces Energy Efficient and Quiet CinemaStar Hard Drives, Shows Trippy Tera Era Video


The divide between desktop computer and home theater PCs continues to shrink, fueling the demand for both larger and quieter hard drives. With this in mind, Hitachi announces two new hard drives the company claims will "deliver low power and quiet acoustics for digital video applications."

CinemaStar 7K1000.B

The CinemaStar 7K1000.B comes in capacities ranging from 160GB on up to 1TB and utilizes Hitachi's CoolSpin technology. Drives equipped with CoolSpin use a motor speed Hitachi says makes it the "industry's quietest, most energy-efficient 3.5 inch hard drives" on the market. Other features include:

  • Drive mechanics designed for continuous 24x7 operation
  • Silent-seek acoustics
  • Three low-power idle modes
  • Smart Command Transport and SmoothStream technology for uninterrupted audio and video streaming
  • Expanded temperature range suitable for fan-free DVRs
  • Better shock protection
  • Thermal monitoring
  • Optional Bulk Data Encryption (BDE)
  • Perpendicular magnetic Recording (PMR)

All CinemaStar 7K1000.B drives spin at 7200RPM with the 1TB model capable of holding up to 247 hours of MPEG-4 encoded high definition video.

CinemaStar 5K320

Hitachi wasn't as forthcoming with its details regarding its CinemaStar 5K320 drives, but did say it also features the company's CoolSpin technology. Capacity will top out at 320GB, and both CinemaStar series boast a 1.2 million hour mean time between failure (MTBF).

Look for the new drives to begin shipping worldwide in August (7K1000.B) an September (5K320). No word yet on pricing.

Tera Era

In other news, there appears to some serious spiking going on in Hitachi's water cooler, as evidenced by the company's trippy Tera Era video . Enjoy!

Image Credit: Hitachi

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