HGST is now offering the highest storage density (MB/mm3) of
any hard disk drive (HDD) today with the introduction of the
new Travelstar 5K1500 9.5mm, 1.5TB mobile hard drive.
The Travelstar 5K1500 delivers high shock protection, low
power and solid performance to meet the demands for a
variety of market segments, including notebooks, external
hard drives, gaming consoles and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The HGST three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 offers 50 percent
more capacity than currently shipping 1TB 2.5-inch 9.5mm
HDDs and 200 percent more capacity than single-disk 500GB
7mm or 5mm 2.5-inch HDDs. With better PCMark Vantage and
PCMark 7 performance than currently shipping two-platter
HGST 5,400RPM models, all Travelstar 5K1500 drives ship with
a 32MB cache buffer and 6Gbps SATA interface.
Smaller than current 15mm or 12.5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, the
Travelstar 5K1500 drive features a standard 9.5mm form
factor for simple integration into many traditional system
designs. This allows OEMs and system integrators to take
advantage of its capacity, 0.5 watt low power idle and
5,400RPM performance to deliver new power-efficient systems
for longer battery life in notebooks and other unplugged
applications. With only 2.5 bels idle, the 1.5TB Travelstar
5K1500 drive is also whisper quiet. The new Travelstar
5K1500 family offers an operating shock at 400G/2ms and
non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against bumps
and rough handling in mobile environments. A dual stage
actuator is included for track miss registration
improvements for greater data integrity and reliability.
"Contrary to popular belief, the mobile hard drive market is
not being replaced by SSDs. We continue to invest in and
serve both the traditional 9.5mm and 7mm thin and light HDD
mobile markets as they offer the best cost-per-GB,
performance and proven product reliability for
high-capacity, mainstream, Ultrabook and A/V content
creation notebook markets," said Brendan Collins, vice
president of product marketing at HGST.
The new 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 is also available in an
Enhanced Availability (EA) model, which brings together a
host of features such as high capacity, durability and low
power for blade servers, network routers, video surveillance
and other systems needing 24x7 access to data.
Travelstar 5K1500 drives are expected to ship in June. The
EA model, and the optional self-encrypting Travelstar 5K1500
model, which is designed to meet the Trusted Computer Group
(TCG) Opal Storage Security specification, are expected to
be available in 3Q 2013.