300GB laptops by February?
Get ready to offload your masses of, uh...amassed data. To your laptop, that is, as Fujitsu has just unveiled imminent availability for the world's first 300GB 2.5-inch hard drive.
|The 300GB Oobt: More interesting than this photo or its caption suggests.
Laptop space is about to be much less of a problem, as Fujitsu has recently introduced its upcoming 2.5-inch notebook hard drive that packs it in
Lovingly called the MHX2300BT, the Oobt will connect to the SATA interface, feature a spin rate of 4,200rpm, and suck down a meagre 1.6 watts when reading and writing data. It will also sport 8MB of cache.
Fujitsu will actually release this hard drive as a tangible product in the first quarter of 2007 -- or late February, to be vaguely more precise. By then, says Fujitsu, these drives will be available "... on a global basis for use primarily in multifunctional mobile PCs and digital TVs."
Hitachi has also recently let on about its slightly smaller 250GB hard drive, but that won't hit the market until the last half of 2007. Hitachi's drive, unlike the Oobt, will feature AES hardware encryption.
If the Oobt is more than a crazy stunt, other 2.5-inch hard drive manufacturers may wish to pick up pace -- lest they be left behind in a cloud of dust, with muggy eyes, pants down, and a pile of aged and redundant hard drives.
No pricing details were mentioned for the Oobt, which is to be expected for a non-existent product, but we suspect many will be gnashing their teeth while simultaneously reaching for their wallets when such information is released. The rest of us will enjoy the inevitable price drops of the existing line of smaller, de-pantsed 2.5-inch hard drives.
The Oobt can feature 300GB of storage space because it will use the perpendicular magnetic recording method of storing bits of information. In fact, Fujitsu claims the Oobt will use the second generation of this nifty storage technology.
This news is hot on the heels of that for another high capacity hard drive, as Toshiba has announced its 1.8-inch, the Gah, which will store a healthy 100GB.
Ah, there's nothing like the fresh smell of a paper launch -- Fujitsu's slogan says it best: 'the possibilities are infinite.'