Toshiba earlier this week announced they’d surpassed worldwide production and shipment of 25 million 1.8-inch hard drives. This form factor of hard drive is popular in consumer electronics devices such as notebook computers and MP3 players.
Toshiba’s 1.8-inch hard drives, the company said, are available in storage capacities of in 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB. In January 2006, the company shipped its second 1.8-inch HDD based on perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, delivering 80GB of capacity on a drive the size of a credit card.
“The 1.8-inch HDD is well positioned to meet the burgeoning demand for smaller form factor, significant capacity drives,” said Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager, Toshiba SDD, in a statement. “Since its introduction, Toshiba has more than doubled the capacity of the 1.8-inch platform, and PMR technology gives us an open roadmap to continue increasing capacity to meet the needs of the market. The 1.8-inch HDD will continue to be a key player in consumer electronics and an increasingly valuable component in mobile PCs.”