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1/20/1998

Hitachi's New Notebook Disk Drive Family Features World's Highest Capacity In Slimline Form Factor

Hitachi's New Notebook Disk Drive Family Features World's Highest Capacity In Slimline Form Factor

Jan 20, 1998 00:00 AM

Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced a new family of 2.5-in. disk drives for notebook PCs, including a 5.0 Gigabyte (GB) model that is the world's highest capacity slimline disk drive. Two additional drives, a 4.1 GB slimline (12.7 mm z-height) and a 3.2 GB model that is the company's first super-slimline (9.5 mm z-height) drive, strengthen Hitachi's position as one of the top three suppliers of disk drives to notebook computer manufacturers.

Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced a new family of 2.5-in. disk drives for notebook PCs, including a 5.0 Gigabyte (GB) model that is the world's highest capacity slimline disk drive. Two additional drives, a 4.1 GB slimline (12.7 mm z-height) and a 3.2 GB model that is the company's first super-slimline (9.5 mm z-height) drive, strengthen Hitachi's position as one of the top three suppliers of disk drives to notebook computer manufacturers.

Supported by shipment of the world's first 3.2 GB slimline drive in the first half of last year, Hitachi's share of the worldwide notebook storage market increased to nearly 10 percent in 1997 (Source: International Data Corp.). With its direct control of component production and world class assembly at facilities in Japan and the Philippines, Hitachi plans to expand manufacturing volume throughout 1998 and continue increasing its worldwide market share.

"Hitachi's strong growth in notebook PC market share will continue, fueled by the introduction of these new high capacity, high performance 2.5-inch disk drives," said Gary Galusha, vice president of hard disk drive sales for the Storage Products Group in Hitachi America's Computer Division. "Increasingly, the leading notebook PC manufacturers are turning to Hitachi for competitive technology, quality, and time to market."

Common specifications of the DK2x7 drives include average seek times of 12 ms., and 33 MB/s Ultra-DMA data transfer rates. This high performance is achieved with 4,000 rpm disk speed and a 512 kB data buffer.

Common specifications of the DK2x7 drives include average seek times of 12 ms., and 33 MB/s Ultra-DMA data transfer rates. This high performance is achieved with 4,000 rpm disk speed and a 512 kB data buffer.

7 DK237A-32, 3.2 GB, super slimline drive sampling now, volume production scheduled for February, 1998. 7 DK227A-41, 4.1 GB drive now in volume production. 7 DK227A-50, 5.0 GB drive samples available in February, 1998, with volume production in April 1988.

The Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. sells high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drives, CD-ROM, and DVD drives through its Storage Products Group. Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

The Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. sells high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drives, CD-ROM, and DVD drives through its Storage Products Group. Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

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