Storage concerns on mobile devices are about to be addressed if Hitachi has anything to say about it. The company plans to cram 200 GB of storage in a 2.5-inch form factor running at 7,200 RPM in the first half of 2007. The impacts to hard-drive based consumer electronics and mobile computing devices are staggering. Imagine your full digital audio library on a single device with room for high-quality videos, an abundance of apps, plus an operating system (or two). Additional enhancements on the drives include the potential for hybrid drives to add fast flash memory and for hardware-based drive encryption.
Hitachi will leverage perpendicular recording technology to fit the bits and bytes on the puny platters, but they’re not stopping with the 200 GB model. In the second half of next year, Hitachi expects to up the capacity to 250 GB, albeit on a slower 5,200 RPM drive. Here we’re getting excited with some UMPCs that have up to 80 GB of storage; hey Samsung: any thought to moving away from the 1.8-inch drives and finding way to squeeze a 2.5-incher in the next UMPC model?