Seagate announced their new Cheetah 15k.6 hard drives today, with availability planned for the first quarter of 2008. These new drives are available in capacities of up to 450GB and feature transfer rates of up to 164MB/s.
Built for the most demanding transaction-intensive enterprise servers and storage systems, the Cheetah 15K.6 is the highest-performance hard drive ever in a 3.5-inch form factor, with a 28% increase in sustained data transfer rates compared to its previous generation drives.
Using second-generation perpendicular recording technology and available in capacities of 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB, the new Cheetah 15K.6 provides an unprecedented blend of storage capacity and performance. Add to this the highest 3.5-inch hard drive reliability in the industry at 1.6 million hours MTBF (0.55% AFR), a choice of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces, and a five-year limited warranty, and the Cheetah 15K.6 hard drive becomes the clear choice for mission critical 3.5-inch SAN, NAS, and other transactional processing and internet applications.
The Cheetah 15K.6 includes Seagate PowerTrim technology which dynamically optimizes drive power consumption at all levels of activity. With PowerTrim technology, the Cheetah 15K.6 delivers the highest performance in its class without increasing power consumption. The Cheetah 15K.6 lowers idle and
operational power requirements from its prior generation – as much as 61% in watts/GB – while increasing overall sustained data transfer rates by 28% at 164MB/sec.