Seagate touts "world's thinnest" 2.5-inch HD

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Seagate has introduced a line of ultra-thin hard disk drives for laptop and netbook computers.

The 2.5-inch Momentus Thin measures only 7mm in height - which is 25 percent slimmer than typical 9.5mm 2.5-inch laptop drives.

According to Seagate spokesperson Dave Mosley, the Momentus Thin will enable a "new breed" of entry-level thin laptops.

"Of all netbook computers available today, 90 percent feature 9.5mm 2.5-inch laptop drives because solid state and 1.8-inch hard drives are largely cost-prohibitive for this market," said Mosley.

"Thin drives promises to help computer makers differentiate on mobile-computing form factor and better compete in the fast-growing markets for thin laptop PCs and netbooks." ?

The Momentus Thin is expected to be available in two capacity points – 250GB and 160GB – and will feature 8MB cache, a Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and a 5400RPM spin speed.

The drive is scheduled to ship to Seagate's OEM and integrator partners in January 2010.
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