Deskstar 7K1000 and Cinemastar 7K1000 TB Hard Drives launched by Hitachi

Hitachi's latest hard drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has released Deskstar 7K1000 and Cinemastar 7K1000, which are the industry’s pioneering terabyte (TB) hard drives.

The Deskstar 7K1000 1TB is designed to cater to the requirements of customers who want to create, share, and store their digital information, while the Cinemastar 7K1000 1TB hard drive promises to offer optimized capabilities specifically designed for digital video recording (DVR) applications.

The two 1TB hard drives are targeted at two distinct application areas; Deskstar 1TB targets gaming and high-performance PCs, external storage devices, and upgrade applications, while CinemaStar 1TB is targeted at DVR applications.

According to Hitachi, they have focused on maximizing the value of the hard drive by leading the era of the ‘smart’ hard drive that includes customized features tailored for the application-set served.

“Hitachi is leading a new era for hard drives not only providing large amounts of affordable storage, but also customizing and optimizing hard drives to deliver products that are smarter, more durable, and more useful to the consumer,” said Shinjiro Iwata, Chief Marketing Officer, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Hitachi’s 1TB products promise to deliver the performance and reliability required for the digital lifestyle. The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM Parallel-ATA/Serial-ATA hard drives are built on perpendicular magnetic recording technology, which was first introduced by the company in Travelstar 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch product lines.

The Deskstar 7K1000 features SATA 3.0Gb/s and PATA-133 interfaces, ramp load design for increased shock protection, and three low-power idle modes to boost power efficiency.

The CinemaStar 7K1000 features adaptive error recovery and Smart command transport for optimized video streaming and picture quality, as well as smooth stream technology to optimize the drive for audio/video applications requiring reliable storage.

The Deskstar 7K1000 SATA version is scheduled for availability in Q1 2007 in 750-GB and one-TB capacities. The suggested retail price for 1TB capacity is $399 (Rs 17,635), or 40 cents per gigabyte (GB). The CinemaStar 1TB hard drive will be available in the second quarter.

In addition to the above mentioned TB hard drives, Hitachi has also unveiled ‘Travelstar C3K80’ a new 1.8-inch hard drive with up to 80 gigabytes (GB) of storage capacity, with features suited to the needs of consumer handheld devices.

Like the two TB hard drives, Travelstar C3K80 is also based on perpendicular magnetic recording technology. With a 30-percent increase in storage capacity, a 20-percent decrease in power consumption and shock protection, the company claims to address three most important requirements for consumer electronics, including ample room for storing music, video, and other digital content, longer battery life, and unbeatable ruggedness with 600 Gs of operating shock tolerance.

According to the company, the combination of these makes the new 1.8-inch hard drive especially suited for applications such as video-based MP3 players, digital camcorders, portable media players, and handheld global positioning devices.

The leading low-power consumption of the Travelstar is due in large part to a reduction of the disk spin-speed from 4200 RPM to 3600 RPM, which is one of the key changes in the latest hard drive. The lower RPM allows longer usage time and enables 40-percent improvement in power-on-to-ready time over previous-generation 1.8-inch Hitachi products.

The Hitachi Travelstar C3K80 has a 128KB buffer and a media data transfer rate of 288Mbps, and is already available worldwide.

Key Features of Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000:

  • Size: 3.5 inches
  • Capacities: 1 TB
    750 GB
  • Speed: 7,200 RPM
  • Interfaces: SATA 3.0 GB/s
  • Seek Time: 8.5 ms read
  • 9.2 ms write

Highlights of Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000:

  • Storage capacities up to 1 TB
  • Perpendicular magnetic recording technology
  • SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface
  • Ramp load design increases shock protection and power savings
  • Thermal monitoring and fly height control enhance reliability
  • Three low-power idle modes boost power efficiency
  • Silent seek acoustics achieve ultra-quiet operation
  • Host/drive authentication for hardware security

Key Features of Cinemastar 7K1000

  • Size: 3.5 inches
  • Capacities: 1 TB
    750 GB
  • Speed: 7,200 RPM
  • Interfaces: SATA
  • Seek Time: 14 ms read
  • 15 ms write

Highlights of Cinemastar 7K1000:

  • Storage capacities: 1 TB, 750 GB
  • Perpendicular magnetic recording technology
  • SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface
  • SMART command transport and Smoothstream technology optimize A/V streaming
  • Silent-seek acoustics for ultra-quiet operation
  • Ramp load design increases shock protection and power savings
  • Thermal monitoring and fly height control enhance reliability
  • Three low-power idle modes boost power efficiency
  • Handles up to 10 SD/HD streams simultaneously
  • Drive authentication for HDD security

Key features of Travelstar C3K80:

  • Size: 1.8 inches
  • Capacities: 80 GB
    60 GB
    40 GB
    30 GB
  • Speed: 3,600 RPM
  • Interfaces: PATA
  • Seek Time: 14 ms

Highlights of Travelstar C3K80:

  • Ultra-light, ultra-quiet, power efficient
  • Storage capacities from 30 GB to 80 GB
  • 3600 RPMs reduces power consumption
  • Fast power-on-to-ready time
  • Reliable ZIF connector
  • Slim z-height: 5 mm (1 disk), 8 mm (2 disks)
  • Industry-leading operating shock tolerance