IBM lays down 75 gigs of whoop-ass

Just a couple of days after Maxtor announced their 5,400 RPM, 60 gigabyte drive, IBM has one-upped them on two fronts. Today they issue a press release announcing the 75GXP, a 75 gigabyte, 7200 RPM drive. Obviously, this beats Maxtor not only in capacity (using IBM's now-familiar "we can do 5 platters and you can only do 4" method) but in rotational speed as well.

The drive will feature a two megabyte buffer and an 8.5ms average seek time, and according to IBM, it is the first drive (along with a 5,400 RPM IBM offering) to support the new ATA/100 spec, allowing burst transfer rates of up to 100 MB/s.

As if all this isn't enough, the things have new technology to reduce seek noise, and the platters are made of glass. If you "just gotta have" one of these new toys, they're apparently shipping to OEM's now, and will be shipping in full volume next month. If you want to read more, here's the ZDNet story that pointed me to the IBM press release.

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