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Toshiba has extended its perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to smaller units aimed at laptops with a new 200 GB 25-inch drive.

Toshiba today introduced (PDF) a new 2.5-inch hard disk drive with a 200 GB capacity. The new MK2035GSS drives boast a Serial ATA II interface and are based on the company's Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology: aimed at laptops and other portable devices, the new drives bring desktop-like storage capacities to new platforms.

"As a leading partner for mobile PC manufacturers, we've listened to our customers' needs for high-capacity storage in a small form factor to enable the advanced multimedia applications and enriched usage experience that consumers are demanding today," said Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager, Toshiba SDD. "Our technology innovation in PMR has laid the foundation for delivering the industry's highest capacity and areal density in the standard mobile drive form factor. It's a win-win combination for mobile PC manufacturers who want to differentiate their offerings with features that attract high-end consumers."

The drives store data on two platters, and sport a 12 ms average seek time, a 4,200 rpm rotational speed, an 8 MB buffer, at Mean Time to Failure of 300,000 hours, and a weight of just 98 grams (3.46 ounces). Toshiba expects to begin mass production on the 200 GB models in August 2006; expect them to start showing up in laptops and other portable devices 60 to 90 days later.

News from: DigitalTrends

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I wonder if these are also 12.5mm high like the other 200GB HD or the standard 9mm to fit more machines ?

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