Hitachi announces CinemaStar hard drives
Following its announcement of Deskstar
T7K500 and 7K160 hard drives with high-density platters, Hitachi
Global Storage Technologies has also announced new CinemaStar
T7K500 and 7K160 3.5" desktop drives optimized for Digital Video
Recorder (DVR) systems and set-top boxes. Built with the same "160GB+"
platters as the Deskstars, the CinemaStars will also offer the same
7,200RPM spindle speeds, capacities, and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA transfer rates and Native
Although their specifications are similar to those of desktop Deskstars, CinemaStars will only be available with 8MB of cache. Their seek times are close to 65% slower than those of the Deskstars, as well. Those slower seek times could help the drives achieve what Hitachi claims are silent seek acoustics, though. The drives also boast lower idle power consumption and are optimized for warmer environments like cramped home theater PCs. CinemaStars are expected in the third quarter of this year, likely in the
same time frame as their Deskstar siblings. Thanks to DailyTech
for the tip.