Next comes an attempt to add the newest marvel, the miniature hard disk drive (HDD), to the cellphone.
If technological hurdles are overcome, a phone that can act as a miniature video player and store some 1,000 songs could hit the market within a year, analysts and industry sources say.
The spread of the technology, which has made possible Apple Computer Inc’s iPod music players, is expected to give a boost to makers of small HDDs such as Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd
“Demand for hard disk drives totals 300 million units a year. Cellphones sell some 500 million. The sheer size of the potential market excites disk drive makers,” said Yukihiko Shimada, an analyst at UFJ Tsubasa Securities.
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