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March 05, 2008

Samsung Ships Half-Terabyte Mobile Hard Drive for Notebook PCs

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics has announced that it is shipping the world’s first half-terabyte (500GB) 2.5” mobile hard drive – the new Spinpoint M6.

Armed with a massive 500GB capacity, Spinpoint M6 is designed to fit the industry’s standard 9.5mm height dimension and the drive is ideal for today’s slim form factor PCs, high density mobile applications and notebook computers.
Notebook PC manufacturers opt for two Spinpoint M6 drives for a total capacity of one terabyte. The drive also meets Microsoft's (News - Alert) specifications for a fast-boot device.
Samsung’s new Spinpoint M6 features a 2.5” hard drive frame measuring just 9.5mm in height, which consists of three 167GB platters. With this important feature, notebook PC manufacturers can easily integrate the Spinpoint M6 into the tens of millions of notebook PCs that ship every quarter.
Andy Higginbotham, director of hard drive sales and marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, said, “Our customers require more and more notebook storage for their data, video and music files. Our Spinpoint M6 easily fits within notebook PCs with no modification to the notebook PC chassis, giving users more storage power than ever before.”
With a Free-Fall-Sensor available as an optional feature, the Spinpoint M6 500GB hard drive features a 5400rpm spindle speed, a 8MB cache, and 3.0Gbps SATA interface. The 500GB drive can store 160,000 digital images, 125 hours of DVD movies, or 60 hours of high definition video images with the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology as well as makes it possible to improve recording stability over changing temperature ranges as the drive features Samsung’s Flying-on-Demand head technology.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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