Seagate readies 120GB 1.8" hard drives

— 4:20 PM on August 14, 2006

In an interview with BusinessWeek, Seagate CEO William Watkins has revealed that his company is prepping 1.8" hard drives with 60GB and 120GB capacities for the fourth quarter. The relevant portion of the interview is as follows:

We have a whole new product refresh coming up that drops our cost structure quite significantly that will allow us to be highly competitive. And we have this new opportunity in 1.8-inch drives, which is starting to grow for handheld video. Apple's (AAPL) iPod is one, but there are a lot of people putting out handheld video devices. We did not have a drive for that business that will come in capacities of 60 and 120 GB, and so we will have one in the December quarter and we think that will be a nice little driver for us. We feel a whole lot better about things than Wall Street does right now.
This statement looks like less than subtle hint that Seagate might end up providing 120GB hard drives for a potential iPod line refresh. Watkins also talks down flash storage, saying he told Samsung, Toshiba, and Hitachi, "If you believe in flash so much, then sell me your hard-drive business"—none of them agreed, he says. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.
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