The IT world has an inverted obsession with size compared to the rest of the world: it’s got to be small, small, small. So this should please all of us bespectacled geeks...
The 0.85in micro drive from Toshiba is the teeniest, weeniest moving parts storage media yet and looks like something out of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. It weighs less than 10g, comes in capacities of 2GB and 4GB and operates at 3.3V. A spin rate of 3,600RPM is not too shabby and the tough little things can purportedly withstand 1000G of operating shock as well.
Now, while the obvious connotation is smaller MP3 players since they are the 2005 obsession, the other clear target market for this is last year’s obsession: mobile phones.
Yup, convergence looks ready to take its latest step (Samsung has already shown off the 3GB SCH-i300 which we looked at in our special Samsung report from CeBIT earlier this month). Could the mobile phone soon be ready to swallow up the likes of the Zen Micro and iPod mini? Well, probably not until they get a killer interface and give us time to get used to the idea. Both of which could take a while!
As far as time scale goes, Toshiba has caught everyone off guard with its 0.85 inchers. Initially announced last year, the drives were not expected until the second half of the year. Instead, mass production is already underway and April will see 20,000 to 30,000 units roll out, with production said to intensify exponentially in subsequent months.
Incidentally, just because we’d like to see some hardcore phones off the back of this, doesn’t mean we don’t want diddy MP3 players as well. We’re greedy, you see?