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Toshiba Transforms Mobile Storage with 1.8-Inch, 5GB PC Card Hard Disk Drive

  • 11 November, 2003 16:33

<p>Toshiba Transforms Mobile Storage with 1.8-Inch, 5GB PC Card Hard Disk Drive</p>
<p>- Credit Card-Sized Drive Provides Immense Removable Storage Capacity for Type II PC Card Format -</p>
<p>SYDNEY, 11 November, 2003: Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, expands its industry-leading 1.8-inch hard disk drive (HDD) line with the 5GB Type II PC Card HDD. The new drive packs high capacity into a PC Card format, providing additional portable storage and increased mobility for notebook PC users.</p>
<p>“Everything is better with a hard drive in it,” said Matt Codrington, Product Marketing Manager of Toshiba’s Storage business unit. “Building on Toshiba’s established leadership in the 2.5-inch hard disk drive market, we are helping to write the next chapter for the storage industry with our powerful 1.8-inch family.”</p>
<p>The new 5GB PC Card HDD offers mobile computer users the highest capacity available in a sub-2.5-inch form factor and the most cost effective solution especially when compared to other small-footprint HDDs. Boasting the industry’s highest area density per platter at 21.1 gigabits per square inch, the 5GB HDD’s powerful, lightweight design makes it an ideal “bridge” device for sharing data between systems such as two notebooks, a notebook and digital camera or other digital gear. The new drive also functions as an external hard disk drive with robust back-up storage capabilities for large multimedia files and presentations.</p>
<p>The data back-up capacity is equivalent to 3,472 floppy disks or more than 7 CDs, and the 1.8-inch line’s low power consumption makes it an ideal choice for mobile users concerned with battery conservation. With a sleek design measuring 5mm high, 54mm wide and 85.6mm deep and weighing in at 55 grams, Toshiba’s new 5GB HDD has a smaller footprint than a credit card and is lighter than a traditional pager.</p>
<p>Compatible with any Type II PC Card slot, Toshiba’s 1.8-inch PC Card eliminates the need for and the hassle of carrying data from multiple diskettes or CDs while on the road. The rugged design and reliability of Toshiba’s 1.8-inch HDD line offers the right capacities to meet today’s increasingly diverse range of storage needs. In addition to storing large files, it also serves as a “bridge” device to transfer digital data from electronic equipment with PC Card slots – such as high-end digital cameras – to computer systems where editing and file sharing can take place.</p>
<p>In addition to the 5GB drive (MK5002MPL), Toshiba’s 1.8-inch family also includes a 2GB PC Card hard drive (MK2001MPL) for applications requiring data back-up capacity equivalent to three CDs of storage. Both 1.8-inch PC Card HDDs are 100 percent plug-and-play compatible, support data transfer rates of up to 20MB per second and can withstand non-operating shock of up to 1000g. Toshiba also offers a 1.8-inch 5GB embedded drive (MK5002MAL) to serve the non-PC appliance and emerging applications markets.</p>
<p>Pricing, Availability and Warranty</p>
<p>Toshiba’s 5GB 1.8-inch Type II PC Card HDDs are now available. The recommended retail price for the new 5GB 1.8-inch PC Card is $499 with a one-year warranty, and it can be purchased through Toshiba’s network of channel partners. Further information available on Toshiba’s Web site – www.isd.toshiba.com.au. The 1.8-inch HDD family is compatible with all notebooks and devices with a PC Card slot, as well as desktop computers with a PC Card adapter.</p>
<p>Product Specifications: 5GB 1.8" PC Card HDD</p>
<p>Model No.: MK5002MPL</p>
<p>Capacity: 5GB</p>
<p>No. of platters: 1</p>
<p>No. of heads: 2</p>
<p>Average seek time: 15ms</p>
<p>Data transfer rate: 93-125Mbit/sec</p>
<p>Rotational speed: 3,990 rpms</p>
<p>Dimensions (WxDxH): 54mm x 78.5mm x 5mm</p>
<p>Weight: 55 grams</p>
<p>Interface: PC Card ATA 68pin AT (ATA-2 through ATA-5)</p>
<p>Track/mm (TPI): 41.6K</p>
<p>Bit/mm (BPI): 507K</p>
<p>Shock: Non-Operating: 1000g</p>
<p>-ENDS-</p>
<p>About Toshiba</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba</p>
<p>Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information
Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Caroline Hendra Annette Horst
Howorth Communications Toshiba Australia Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 9904 4533 Ph: 02 9887 6021
Email: pr@howorth.com.au Email: ahorst@toshiba-tap.com</p>

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