Hitachi announced today volume shipment of what the company describes as the industry?s highest-capacity, highest-performing notebook hard drive with data encryption technology.
The 200-gigabyte (GB), 7200 RPM Travelstar 7K200 cpmes with optional hard-drive level "Bulk Data Encryption" technology from Hitachi.
Dell and Alienware will be the first to offer the Travelstar 7K200 on select systems.
In addition, despite the higher motor spin speed, the 7200 RPM Travelstar 7K200 offers comparable power consumption, heat emission and acoustics to its 5400 RPM counterparts.
Hitachi will also offer 7200 RPM performance in an enhanced-availability version. The Travelstar E7K200 is designed for applications that require 24x7 data access.
Hitachi believes 7200 RPM 2.5-inch hard drives will account for 40 percent of all notebook hard drives shipped in 2010, representing a 25-percent compounded annual growth rate since 2005. Today, 7200 RPM products represent roughly 10 percent of total 2.5-inch shipments. The Travelstar 7K200 uses Hitachi's third-generation perpendicular magnetic recording technology.