Hybrid, encrypted Hitachi drives coming next year

Seagate announced its Momentus 5400 FDE.2 hard drive with full-disk encryption support earlier this week, and it’s now Hitachi GST’s turn to unveil its plans for future mobile hard drives. The company’s mobile hard drive strategy head, Larry Swezey, says Hitachi also has hybrid and encrypted hard drives in the works, scheduled for next year.

Hitachi has been hot on Seagate’s heels this year, being the second hard drive manufacturer to announce a mobile hard drive with perpendicular recording technology a few months ago. In the first half of 2007, Hitachi plans to introduce perpendicular mobile hard drives with capacities up to 200GB and spindle speeds of 7200RPM. The company will follow up with 5400RPM models with capacities up to 250GB in the second half of the year. On the desktop, Hitachi intends to hit the 1TB mark some time in 2007.

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