Cornice, Toshiba roll out tiny hard drives

It looks like tiny hard drives are going to be very big in 2004. Earlier in the week, Cornice announced a 1" hard drive that holds 2GBof data, and Toshiba just announced 2GB and 4GB drives that are only 0.85" in diameter. Both drives are targeted at the next generation of portable devices, including smart phones, media players, and digital cameras. Toshiba's 0.85" drive will start sampling this summer with mass production beginning at the tail end of the year, and Cornice's 1" drive will ship this quarter for less than $70/unit in quantities of 100,000 or more.
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