Toshiba has released the first 1.8" Serial ATA HDD with a capacity of 160GB. The MK1617GSG HDD features two platters and spins at 5400RPM. A single-platter 80GB model is also available, both models are aimed at ultraportable notebooks and they should be available in August.
The storage capacities offered by the 160GB MK1617GSG and 80GB
MK8017GSG mirror those of larger form factor HDDs, while reducing the
storage footprint by nearly 40 percent compared with the 2.5-inch form
factor. Combined with the new micro-SATA connector, Serial-ATA 1.5Gb/s
interface and 5,400 RPM spin speed, the MKxx17GSG series offers small and
light-weight solutions at increased data transfer rates for enhanced
performance in sub-notebook PCs.
To develop these products, Toshiba applied an extensible platform
approach that features a shared architecture base with the company's
landmark 2.5-inch HDD product line, ensuring cross-platform compatibility.
This approach allows the new 1.8-inch HDDs to leverage proven technologies,
as well as certified compliance to the Serial-ATA 2.6 specification.
Tremendous growth in the sub-notebook, thin-and-light mobile PC
category has brought 1.8-inch HDDs to the forefront of small form factor
computing, accompanied by consumer expectations for a computing experience
equal to larger-sized mobile PCs and storage capacities that rival desktop