Fujitsu launches thinner 500 GB mobile SATA drives

Fujitsu launches thinner 500 GB mobile SATA drives

Just in time for smaller laptop computers and other consumer devices that require smaller hard drives, Fujitsu has unveiled two new 500 GB hard drives that are thinner, use less power and take up less space in devices than previous models.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said the 2.5-in.-wide, 5400 rpm Serial ATA drives are reduced in thickness by using two internal 250 GB storage platters rather than three 166 GB platters used in previous drives. The transfer rate for the new units is 3 GB/sec.

The new drives are 9.5 mm in height, down from 12.5 mm in the previous versions, according to Joel Ha GBerg , vice president of marketing and business development. They also consume 1.4 watts of power, making them 53% more efficient than the former generation of drives, he said.

The model MJA2 BH drive is a standard notebook-size drive , while the model MJA2 CH drive includes full-disk data-encryption capabilities for data security, using the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard.

In addition, both models are 100 percent halogen-free, which reduces the amount of hazardous materials used in their production, according to the company.

Both drives include improved resistance to drops and other physical shocks, as well as 27% faster internal transfer rates. No pricing has been announced for the drives, which will be available in the first quarter of 2009.

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