Fujitsu's shipments of hard-disk drives has increased significantly during the second quarter of this year.
Mobile hard-disk drive shipments totaled l2.6 million units during the quarter, up 57 per cent on the same period last year, and enterprise hard-disk drive shipments were 1.2 million units, up 78 per cent over the year, according to the company's Fujitsu Computer Products of America unit said.
Fujitsu attributed part of its increase during the quarter to a drive it introduced as the quarter began. The 2.5-inch hard-disk drive is suitable for notebook computers and offers a storage capacity of 100GB. It was the first company to offer such a capacity in a notebook computer drive, it said when it announced general availability of the drive in June.
Demand for notebook computers is rising and thus demand for suitable drives is also increasing.
Shipments of 2.5-inch drives increased 37 per cent in 2003 from the year earlier and Fujitsu was the third-largest vendor by both shipment volume and value during the year, according to market research company IDC.
It ranked Fujitsu's 2003 market share at 16 per cent both by volume and by value.
Fujitsu recently increased automation at a factory in Thailand to allow it to increase production.