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IBM pushes desktop drive capacities to 25GB

IBM pushes desktop drive capacities to 25GB

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 5400 rpm, it boasts a 5.56 ms average latency and a 9.0 ms average seek time.

The Deskstar 22GXP doesn't offer quite as much areal density and therefore peaks out at 22GB (also available at 18GB) with five disk platters.

Nigel Matheson, IBM's manager, storage systems division, OEM, said limited quantities of the new drives would be available in Australia for evaluation early next year.

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. The products will be distributed to local OEM and dealer assemblers as well as retailers through IBM's normal hardware channels.


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