Toshiba announced development of 0.85-inch HDD, the first hard
drive to deliver multi-gigabyte data storage to a sub-one-inch form factor.
Toshiba expects to start sampling the new drive in summer 2004 and to start mass
production in autumn 2004, at an initial monthly production capacity of two to
three hundred thousand units. With the new drive, only a quarter the size of a
1.8-inch drive, Toshiba achieves a smaller, lighter, high capacity storage
medium in which low power consumption is complemented by high performance. The
drive will have an initial capacity of 2 to 4 GB, and deliver enhanced data
storage to smaller, lighter more efficient products. Toshiba expects the new
drive to bring the functionality and versatility of HDD to a wide range of
devices, including mobile phones, digital camcorders and external storage
devices, and to follow the company’s 1.8-inch HDD in inspiring manufacturers to
develop new applications.