Seagate to Announce 7mm Thick HDD at CES

Paul Lilly

Somebody's been eating their Wheaties lately, and that somebody is Seagate. How else do you explain the flurry of activity? The company recently released the world's first SATA 6Gb/s hard drive, and pretty soon, Seagate will finally make the jump into the SSD market. On top of it all, the company is planning to unveil a new 2.5-inch 640GB Momentus HDD during CES next month.

The new drive will sport dual-320GB platters with an areal density of 507Gb (that's gigabit) per square inch, which is a 29 percent increase over previous 500GB hard drives with 394Gb per square inch. It will also come with an 8MB cache buffer and spin at 5400 RPM.

But wait, that's not all. In addition to the 640GB drive, Seagate also plans to introduce the world's first 7mm 2.5-inch drive, also during CES. That's 25 percent thinner than the 9.5mm standard. So why so small? It's safe to say that netbooks are more than just a passing fad at this point, and ultra-thins are fast becoming the next must-have portable PC.

"The new slimline product allows our OEM customers to continue to reduce the thickness and weight of their notebook platforms," stated Robert Whitmore, Seagate's Chief Technology Office.

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