Apple lines up for Toshiba's new 60GB drive

Toshiba Corp. is planning to launch a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive in the coming months and has already found a customer in Apple Computer Corp., the company said Wednesday here at the Computex 2004 exhibition in Taipei. The drive will enter mass-production during July or August and represents a jump in the storage density of Toshiba's 1.8-inch drives, said Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba Digital Media Network Taiwan Corp.'s hard disk drive division technical department.

Toshiba's current highest capacity drive, which is a 40GB model, includes two disc platters, each capable of holding 20GB of data. In the new drive, this capacity will be increased to 30GB per platter. Ahead of the launch, Toshiba has been showing the drive to customers and has already received an order from Apple, Lee said. Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple for use in the iPod, which is manufactured by Taiwan's Inventec Corp. The iPod is available in three models with 15GB, 20GB, and 40GB capacity hard disk drives. Apple's new iPod Mini, which was launched earlier this year, uses a 4GB capacity 1-inch hard disk drive from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc.

News source: InfoWorld

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