200GB Fujitsu notebook drive gets perpendicular

The Inquirer reports that Fujitsu will begin shipping a 200GB MHV2200BT 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive later this year. The drive features a 1.5ms track-to-track seek time, 1.6W power consumption, and a hardware accelerator designed to improve Native Command Queuing performance. It also uses perpendicular recording technology to offer greater storage capacity than traditional 2.5" designs. Where current "longitudinal" drives store bits in magnetic fields that lay flat on the drive surface with the poles end to end, perpendicular drives switch the magnetic fields upright with the poles facing up and down, allowing more bits to be packed into the same horizontal space. This can significantly increase storage density, and should allow for 1TB desktop drives by 2007. In the meantime, the MHV2200BT is expected in the third quarter of this year.
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