Hitachi today announced worldwide availability of its Deskstar® T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar™ hard disk drives (HDDs). Delivering on the company’s strategy to expand its participation in the 3.5-inch hard drive segment as announced in April of this year, the new lines of 3.5-inch products target expanded application areas across high-capacity consumer and commercial PCs, gaming systems and digital video recorders. The new Deskstar and CinemaStar hard drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to deliver up to a half terabyte (TB) of storage capacity. The hard drives feature 7,200 RPM spin speeds and 3.0Gb/s Serial-ATA (SATA) interfaces to deliver maximum performance.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) today announced worldwide
availability of its Deskstar® T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar™ hard disk
drives (HDDs). Delivering on the company’s strategy to expand its participation
in the 3.5-inch hard drive segment as announced in April of this year, the new
lines of 3.5-inch products target expanded application areas across
high-capacity consumer and commercial PCs, gaming systems and digital video
recorders.

The new Deskstar and CinemaStar hard drives use 160GB+ per platter technology to
deliver up to a half terabyte (TB) of storage capacity. The hard drives feature
7,200 RPM spin speeds and 3.0Gb/s Serial-ATA (SATA) interfaces to deliver
maximum performance.

"Hitachi has consistently provided hard drives with superior quality and
reliability. With these new drives, which have feature-sets that are optimized
for specific applications, we will be able to further target Hitachi products
based on specific customer needs," said Jerry Kagele, executive vice president
at Bell Microproducts. "Thanks to Hitachi, we are able to provide our customers
with a broad range of hard drive products to address every application need."

Application-specific Features

Recognizing the growing consumer use of video, audio and pictures in their
everyday lives, Hitachi has optimized and targeted its hard disk drive products
for an expanded application set.

For example, the CinemaStar is uniquely optimized for streaming consumer
electronics applications with SMART Command Transport and adaptive error
recovery for optimized video streaming and picture quality, and silent-seek
acoustics for "bedroom quiet" operation.

The Deskstar products are ideal for consumer PCs and gaming systems where speed
and capacity are paramount. These drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ),
enabling fast data transfer rates and up to 16 MB cache on SATA models.

Both the Deskstar and CinemaStar drives feature Parallel-ATA (PATA) 133
interfaces, in addition to 3.0Gb/s SATA, "Thermal Fly Height Control" (TFC) to
improve data integrity; and an optional low-power mode to minimize power
requirements, enabling cooler system operation.

"The delivery of Hitachi’s Deskstar T7K500 and 7K160 and CinemaStar is testament
to our continued investment in 3.5-inch desktop hard drives. With digital media
applications continuing to be a strong driver of desktop hard disk drive growth,
our broad range of capacities and industry-leading performance provide our
customers with a competitive advantage when developing systems that span
high-capacity consumer PCs and high-end gaming systems and digital video
recorders," commented Jose Antelo, vice president and general manager, Business
Management, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

The Deskstar T7K500, Deskstar 7K160 and CinemaStar drives are shipping today
worldwide in the distribution channel and the Deskstar products are also
shipping in the retail channel.

Hitachi’s Deskstar hard drives meet the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
compliance directive issued by the European Union (EU).

For additional information, please visit Hitachi’s Web site at
www.hitachigst.com.

Technical Specifications:

Deskstar T7K500
500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
998 Mb/s max. media data rate
8.5 ms average seek time
7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
8 MB data buffer – PATA
16/8 MB data buffer – SATA
26.1 mm in height (max)
118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
3/2 platters
6/4 recording heads
350 G (2ms) non-operating shock (2 disk)
300 G (2ms) non-operating shock (3 disk)
6.0 (3 disk)/5.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
7.0 (3 disk)/6.0 (2 disk) watt idle power (Serial ATA)
3.0 (3 disk)/2.8 (2 disk) Bels typical idle acoustics
0-60 degrees C operating temperature
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

Deskstar 7K160
160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
966 Mb/s max. media data rate
8.5 ms average seek time
7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
8 MB data buffer
26.1 mm in height (max)
120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
1 platter
2/1 recording heads
350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
0-60 degrees C operating temperature
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K500
500/400/320/250 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
998 Mb/s max. media data rate
14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command
overhead)
7,200 RPM
ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
8 MB data buffer
26.1 mm in height (max)
118 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
1 platter
2/1 recording heads
300 G (2ms) non-operating shock
6.0 watt idle power (3-disk Parallel ATA)
5.0 watt idle power (2-disk Parallel ATA)
7.0 watt idle power (3-disk Serial ATA)
6.0 watt idle power (2-disk Serial ATA)
3.0 Bels typical idle acoustics (3-disk)
2.8 Bels typical idle acoustics (2-disk)
0-60 degrees C operating temperature
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

CinemaStar 7K160
160/80 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
966 Mb/s max. media data rate
14.0 ms average silent seek time (read, typical) (does not include command
overhead)
7,200 RPM
ATA-133/Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
8 MB data buffer
26.1 mm in height (max)
120 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
1 platter
2/1 recording heads
350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
4.9 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
5.9 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
0-60 degrees C operating temperature
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor