Seagate today announced that its Momentus 7200.3 hard
drive, the company's first 7,200-rpm, 320GB hard drive
for mobile computing, now powers Dell XPS laptop PCs and
will be available soon in select Alienware laptops.
Seagate's new 2.5-inch
hard drive delivers up to 320GB of capacity and combines
a Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with 7200-rpm
spin speed and a 16MB cache. The drive also is
offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor
technology, to help prevent drive damage and data loss
upon impact if a laptop PC is dropped. The sensor works
by detecting any changes in acceleration equal to the
force of gravity, then parking the head off the disc to
prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as
little as eight inches.
The Momentus 7200.3 hard drive is designed for a wide
range of systems including mainstream notebook PCs,
workstations, and small form factor desktop PCs. Offered
in 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 250GB and 320GB capacities, the
2.5-inch drive could also be used as an upgrade hard disk for notebooks.
The hard drives are also lean on power
consumption, allowing notebook users to work longer
between battery charges, and are virtually inaudible
thanks to Seagate?s SoftSonic fluid-dynamic
bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load technology.
Seagate Showcase Video Library
In related news, Seagate announced it will introduce
its Seagate Showcase storage solution, a new series of
products that extends the storage capacity of
Digital Video Recorder (DVR).
Seagate also said that the Showcase family of
products will be designed to be compatible with
Motorola's e-SATA capable high-definition
(HD) digital video recorder (DVR) set-top portfolio.
The new Showcase products will provide television and
movie fans with the ability to store even more shows. With initial capacities up to
1TB, consumers will be able to keep up to 200 hours of
additional HD movies or 1,000 hours of additional
standard definition television.
Plug-and-play capability, via standard USB 2.0 or eSATA
connection, makes setup easy.
Seagate is working with Motorola to deliver
external storage solutions for DVRs.
Seagate Showcase products are scheduled to be available
for purchase on the Seagate website beginning in the
third calendar quarter of 2008.