Flash and solid-state drives have been catching up to tiny, 1.8-inch traditional hard-drives in ultramobile applications over the past year or so, but Toshiba don't think spinning platters are quite outmoded yet. The company have revealed three new 1.8-inch HDDs including the industry's first 320GB unit, using unique high-density platters that permit data density of 516Gbpsi.
Each of the 3.0Gbps SATA drives spin at 5,400rpm and have 16MB of buffer memory, while there's apparently less of the high-pitched whine sometimes associated with such HDDs; in fact noise is down between 4 and 5dB over previous models. As well as the 320GB drive, there are 160GB and 250GB versions.
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