HGST has just announced that it has shipped 100 million Travelstar Z-series drives. These are 7mm 2.5-inch drives, which were specially designed for ultra-thin mobile devices. Accompanying this news is also the official announcement of a new 1TB Travelstar drive.
“The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market’s broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment.”
The 1TB variant, Travelstar Z5K1000, will offer a spin rate of 5400rpm, 32MB cache and will use the standard SATA 6Gbps interface. The drive weighs just 95g. With the 1TB Travelstar drive, OEMs will have greater flexibility and freedom in designing their products.
However, HGST is not the first to introduce a 7mm thick 1TB drive, that distinction actually goes to its parent company Western Digital, which announced its 1TB WD Blue drive earlier this year at Computex.