Western Digital today announced a new family of small 1-inch drives aimed at hand held consumer devices - such as MP3 players, PDAa, digital cameras, digital video cameras and cell phones.
"The sub-2.5-inch markets, mostly driven by massive demand for MP3 players
and, in the future, by multi-function mobile phones, will be the most
explosive growth areas for hard drives," said John Monroe, a research vice
president at Gartner. "We are witnessing a global cultural revolution in
portable digital entertainment. Hard-drive enabled MP3 players are already
becoming ubiquitous, and by 2008, at least 8 percent of mobile phones could
contain a hard drive. These are enormous new markets. It now seems likely
that 1-inch hard drive shipments exceeded 8 million units in 2004, up from
only 903,000 units in 2003. The compound annual growth rate for 1-inch hard
drives should exceed 85 percent through 2008."
WD's miniature drive entry is expected to ship in the second calendar
quarter of 2005. The 1-inch hard drive will spin at 3,600 RPM and will be
available in capacities up to 6 GB. This new hard drive will be offered with
the standard CF II interface and form factor, which enables it to fit into the
millions of currently available devices accepting CF II cards, as well as
easily integrate into future products. It will feature WD's anti-skip
technology that supports uninterrupted audio and video playback. The drive
also will incorporate WD's patent-pending advanced power management techniques
to enable the longest possible battery life.