updated 07:45 am EST, Mon December 14, 2009
Momentus Thin tops at 250GB
(Updated with pricing) Seagate has quickly confirmed early talk and launched its thinnest ever Momentus hard drive. The Momentus thin is just 7mm thick, or significantly thinner than the 9.5mm and 12mm heights common to most rotating storage. Slimming down the shape lets notebook designers build thinner systems without turning to more expensive solid-state drives or lower-capacity 1.8-inch spinning disks.
The 2.5-inch wide disks still perform at typical notebook speeds with an SATA II interface, a 5,400RPM spin speed and an 8MB cache. Capacity is the only sacrifice as the reduced size limits the capacities to 160GB and 250GB versions.
Rather than sell the Momentus Thin to customers, the company is first offering the drive to OEMs and expects to ship them in January. The first systems should involve not just less expensive ultraportables but also thinner netbooks and home electronics that would previously have been impractical.
Update: Pricing for manufacturers should top out at $50 for the 250GB version.