Toshiba’s Super-b Drive


We are all greedy for more storage – we want bigger IPods, bigger TiVos and bigger drives in our laptops. Our friends at Toshiba seem to be willing to push the limits and cram more capacity in ever smaller drives. The company just announced a a new 1.8-inch drive that can hold between 30 to 60 gigabytes of data. The new drives are quieter, consume less power and pack more heft. Toshiba has actually set a new benchmark for areal density in the 1.8-inch HDD category at 93.5 gigabits per square inch. This has allowed Toshiba to pack 30GB of data onto a single 1.8-inch platter, an increase of 50 percent over current models, delivering drives that are ideally suited for in-demand consumer electronics products such as mobile audio players and mobile notebook PCs. I recently spoke to one of Toshiba executives and she mentioned that it all because of the consumer demand for storage. So does that mean that finally we might have a 60 GB IPoD? Not that I need it, but still the option does feel good!

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