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Hitachi rocks the market with Z-Series Family hard drive

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Slim is in, regardless of the device type that you’re dealing with, and hard drives are certainly a whole lot more sexy these days compared to days of yore. Hitachi knows this and aims to usher in a brand new world with their latest Z-Series Family of hard drives, which boast the title of being the industry’s highest capacity and fastest 7mm ultra thin and light hard drives. This is clearly the future of 2.5″ drives, which will comprise of the Z-series family of Travelstar and CinemaStar drives, offering the most cost effective, space efficient storage solutions for next generation portable devices.

The whole Hitachi Z-series family of drives will come in varying capacities, maxing out at 320GB, which in the process makes them the industry’s highest capacity 7mm 2.5″ drive in a one-disk design. For the Travelstar Z7K320 drive, this is touted to be the first 7200 RPM, 7mm 2.5″ drive for high-performance compact systems and devices in the world. It has been specially optimized for audio/video (A/V) devices including personal video recorders (PVR) and set-top-boxes (STB). For those who have a penchant for security, there is also an optional self encrypting drive (SED) model that helps protect your precious data within, while an enhanced-availability (EA) model will target applications that require around-the-clock data access in lower-transaction environments.

When you think about it, the cost per gigabyte and gigabyte per cubic millimeter (GB/mm3) factor makes Hitachi’s 7mm drives the most cost-effective and space-efficient storage solutions when placed alongside solid state drives (SSD), 2.5″ 9.5 mm and 1.8″ hard drives, making them a suitable candidate that offers a compelling value proposition for OEMs and system integrators. You will be able to pick up the new Hitachi Z-series family in 160GB, 250GB and 320GB capacities with volume shipments ready to rock the market later this year. Guess we can look forward to newer devices, especially portable media players that are slimmer than ever.

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