We were expecting Seagate to lift the wraps on its 7mm thick thin hard drive next month during CES, but we guess the HDD maker just couldn't wait. Rather than wait a month, Seagate today announced the Momentus Thin drive, which the company claims is the "world's thinnest 2.5-inch hard drive" designed for ultraportables and entry-level laptops.
"The Momentus Thin drive promises to help computer makers differentiate on mobile-computing form factor and better compete in the fast-growing markets for thin laptop PCs and netbooks," said Dave Mosley, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management at Seagate. "Seagate is committed to helping its OEM and system integrator partners meet market demand for thinner laptop PCs and plans to expand storage capabilities for thin laptops as demand for these slimmer models continues to grow."
At just 7mm in height, the thin drive is 25 percent slimmer than traditional 9.5mm, 2.5-inch laptop hard drives. Seagate's Momentus Thin is so far available in 160GB and 250GB capacities, both of which come with an 8MB cache buffer, SATA 3Gb/s interface, and a 5400 RPM spindle speed.
Seagate says it will begin shipping its new drives to OEM and integrator partners in January 2010.