Culver City (CA) - Samsung has announced a 2.5-inch form-factor drive with 160 GB of capacity. Samsung PR reps told TG Daily that the SpinPoint M5 is indeed a single platter design which would make it the reigning density champion of the 2.5-inch market.
Designed mainly for notebooks and consumer electronics, the M5 spins at 5,400 RPM and uses a 1.5 Gbps SATA interface with 8 MB of cache memory. Samsung says parallel ATA drives will be available in May.
Samsung has also announced a 200GB 2.5-inch hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM. The SpinPoint M1 also uses a SATA interface by is meant for high-performance workstations, servers and RAID arrays.
The Samsung SpinPoint M5 will begin mass production next week. The company is already planning a two-platter 250 GB version of the drive.
Yesterday TG Daily reported that Dell was shipping its Aurora m9700 and XPS 2010 notebooks with 250 GB drives. Interestingly enough, Dell reps told us that those 250 GB drives are from Samsung, but Samsung officials say the drives are still in development.