Seagate prepares for disc drive revamp

Seagate Technology gearing up for a major revamp of its disc drives, and is expected to introduce smaller physical and larger...

Seagate Technology gearing up for a major revamp of its disc drives, and is expected to introduce smaller physical and larger capacity drives in keeping with the rest of the market.

Brian Dexheimer, Seagate's executive vice president for sales and marketing, said,  "We will be making announcements in the next 30 days around the entire range: 3.5-inch to sub 2.5-inch." At the 10,000 rpm enterprise drive level, the industry should expect 73GB through to 300GB capacity levels, using the existing four-platter design.

This brings Seagate up to the same level as Fujitsu, Hitachi and Maxtor.

Seagate will also announce new 7,200 rpm drives. Dexheimer said 120GB and 300GB+ capacity points should be expected. Capacity can be higher if rotation speed is less than 10,000 rpm. So possibly a 320GB drive with an areal density level providing 85GB per platter, possibly higher.

Dexheimer also confirmed that Seagate will enter the sub-notebook arena.

Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com

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