Earliertoday, Seagate announced its 12GB 1-inch hard drive, the ST1.3. Theminiature drive is one of the first commercially announced drives touse perpendicular recording, and only the second drive to bemanufactured of this form factor. Furthermore, the ST1.3 uses slightlymore efficient power management than the ST1, giving an additional 30%decrease in overall power draw.
The ST1, announced earlierthis year, was an 8GB version of the ST1.3 designed specifically toreplace CompactFlash cards. Seagate expects the ST1 and the ST1.3 toreplace NAND based media in cameras and phones.
Seagate'sST1.3 will ship to manufacturers with or without a drop sensor. Withthe drop sensor, the drive heads will seize up to survive a 2000G shock-- this is the equivalent of dropping the drive 1.5 meters ontoconcrete. The NAND media that Seagate expects to dethrone canwithstand physical impacts in excess of 10000Gs, but they also do notcontain any moving parts.
Unfortunately, as exciting as theST1.3 is, Seagate estimates that they will not start shipping drives tomanufacturers until Q3'06. The price of the drive was not disclosed.
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