Laptops are getting thinner with each new generation, and if that trend is to continue, component manufacturers have to step to the plate with slimmer parts. Toshiba seems up to the challenge. The company just unveiled its first two platter 7mm HDD series for notebooks. Toshiba's new MQ02ABF line comes in 750GB and 1TB capacities, both with a 5400 RPM spindle speed in a 2.5-inch form factor.
"The MQ02ABF series fulfills our customers' desires for a high capacity 7mm form factor HDD required for today's thin and light laptops," said Don Jeanette (PDF), senior director of product marketing at Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit. "We continue to focus on delivering a wide range of storage devices that enhance the computing experience, and we believe this newest addition to Toshiba's HDD product line will deliver the features our customers need."
These new drives measure 69.85mm (W) by 100mm (D) by 7mm (H) and weigh 99g. Other specs include a 12ms average seek time and SATA 3Gbps interface. The drives won't win any performance benchmarks, but they do offer lots of capacity in a thin profile. We expect to see these drives show up in lower cost laptops.