HGST has introduced a 2.5-inch hard drive with several features that company executives predict will make it a leading contender in several segments of the notebook market, as well as the consumer electronics market. The 4,200 rpm Hitachi Travelstar 4K120 hard drive uses new technology called Hivert (Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator) that improves power efficiency by as much as 30 percent, extending battery life by up to 20 minutes for an average workload. The set-top DVR market also can benefit from something the company calls Smooth Stream—technology developed by Hitachi to improve audio and video streaming in devices like DVRs. The Travelstar 4K120 is the first 2.5-inch drive to offer audio and video streaming. Travelstar 4K120 will be in mass production by the end of the month and available through the channel in early August. HGST would evaluate whether to develop another 4,200 RPM-based hard drive or to move to the 5,400 RPM category.

HGST has introduced a 2.5-inch hard drive with several features that company executives predict will make it a leading contender in several segments of the notebook market, as well as the consumer electronics market. The 4,200 rpm Hitachi Travelstar 4K120 hard drive uses new technology called Hivert (Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator) that improves power efficiency by as much as 30 percent, extending battery life by up to 20 minutes for an average workload. The set-top DVR market also can benefit from something the company calls Smooth Stream—technology developed by Hitachi to improve audio and video streaming in devices like DVRs. The Travelstar 4K120 is the first 2.5-inch drive to offer audio and video streaming. Travelstar 4K120 will be in mass production by the end of the month and available through the channel in early August. HGST would evaluate whether to develop another 4,200 RPM-based hard drive or to move to the 5,400 RPM category.