IBM pushes desktop PC drive capacities to new heights

IBM pushes desktop PC drive capacities to new heights

Pushing desktop hard drives to new capacity and performance peaks, IBM has announced the release of two new hard drives scheduled for general availability in the second quarter of 1999.

The new Deskstar 25 GP IDE hard drive will be made available with four or five double-sided disk platters to deliver 25GB or 20.3GB capacities. Spinning at 5400rpm, it boasts a 5.56ms average latency and a 9.0ms average seek time.

The Deskstar 22GXP doesn't offer quite as much real density and therefore peaks out at 22GB (also available at 18GB) with five disk platters, but by spinning at 7200rpm, it is able to transfer data at a lightning quick 223.4MBps.

Nigel Matheson, IBM's manager, storage systems division, OEM, said limited quantities of the new drives will be available in Australia for evaluation in Q1, but are already shipping limited quantities to major manufacturers such as Gateway, Hewlett-Packard and Micron Electronics overseas.

He said the market has been crying for these larger drives as a result of rapid increase in multimedia usage and Internet downloading.

"Demand for the 16.8GB IDE drive we launched about six months ago has been extremely strong and the market is hungry for bigger capacities," Matheson said.

These are the first IBM IDE products to be made available with the new Ultra ATA/66 interface standard.

To be distributed to local OEM and dealer assemblers as well as retail through IBM's normal hardware channels, local pricing will not be available until the product is generally available.

"The 25 GP will be popular with end users and PC hobbyists who like to play with the latest storage intensive applications like video streaming, multimedia gaming and Internet downloading," Matheson added, "Whereas the 22GXP, which is the fastest PC drive available in the world, will be used by video editors and scientists - people who require performance as well as capacity."

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