Making things more power efficient and with higher capacities was not enough for Toshiba, as they have announced the world's first HDD which uses the low insertion force (LIF) SATA connectors to reduce the space they take up.
While SSDs may be the future, until the price of the technology comes down we will be being HDDs in our gadgets for some time to come. Toshiba has therefore announced its largest capacity 1.8in single-platter Hard Disk Drives which are aimed at the portable market of phones, tablets and PMPs. Toshiba did however release the MKxx33GSG series in 2009 which had a top capacity of 250GB but these were dual-platter and 8mm in height compared to these single platter devices which are only 5mm in height.
Toshiba has opted to equip the three new MKxx39GSL HDD series with LIF SATA connectors, which gains a 10 percent footprint reduction over similar devices employing microSATA. The MK2239GSL, MK2039GSL, MK1639GSL have capacities of 220GB, 200GB and 160GB respectively and are all designed to work with portable devices such as the ever growing tablet market.
While Toshiba has increased the capacity and reduced the footprint of its new HDD series, it claims that it has also made major power efficiency changes. The MK2239GSL, for example, uses 30 percent less power than previous models according to Toshiba. The lower power consumption will increase battery life, which is essential for mobile multimedia devices such as notebooks or tablets which can require a lot of battery power when viewing movies.
Each HDD also has a buffer memory of 16MB and interface transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/sec. It is claimed the new series will have a vibration robustness superior to the 2.5in form factor. The MKxx39GSL series weigh just 48g and externally measures just 54 x 71 x 5mm. The HDDs will be available in February and though Toshiba are reticent about issuing pricing at the moment though we will bring you an update as soon as we hear.