updated 09:55 am EST, Wed November 1, 2006
Hitachi 250GB Laptop Drive
Hitachi revealed today that it plans to dramatically increase both the capacity and speed of laptop drives in the coming year. The company says that it will introduce new models in its 2.5-inch Travelstar range that peak at 250GB of storage while still operating at reasonable speeds, according to the company. The increase is the direct result of Hitachi's own perpendicular recording technology, which allows for far more bits per platter and increases both the density of the drives and access times for their data. The 250GB model is expected to rotate at 5,400 RPM and will launch in the second half of 2007; current models at this performance level reach only 160GB. Hitachi also said today that it would ship a 7,200 RPM, 200GB mobile hard drive in the first half of 2007 that outperforms by a wide margin the 4,200 RPM models featured in recent laptops from Alienware and Apple. The company further predicts that it will be shipping 750GB drives for portables by 2010 thanks to perpendicular recording.