Fujitsu mass producing new notebook drive
Fujitsu has developed a 100GB hard-disk drive suitable for use in notebook computers and has begun mass production. The company started making the drive in late March and its entire initial output has been snapped up by notebook makers. The MHU2100AT drive has a 4200 rpm rotational speed and comes with a parallel ATA interface. Several of Fujitsu’s competitors have also announced development of 100GB drives and plan to ship them in the second half of this year. Toshiba said it plans to ship a 4200 rpm drive in the third quarter and Seagate announced two 100GB 2.5-inch drives as part of a new line-up of products. Seagate was planning to introduce a 5400 rpm drive during the third quarter and a 7200 rpm drive during the fourth quarter, it said.
Chipmakers look to nanoelectronics
Chipmakers in the US want to establish a national institute for nanoelectronics research as they approach the physical limits of current semiconductor technology, expected in about 15 years. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said its members were in talks with universities and the US federal government about creating and funding a Nanoelectronics Research Institute. The proposed institute, according to SIA, will be responsible for directing and coordinating a massive research effort to assure continued US competitiveness as manufacturers move to new production technologies. Plans of launching a nanoelectronics research center in the US come just days after the German government confirmed negotiations with local industry about establishing a similar research center in Dresden. For several decades, semiconductor manufacturers have been able to keep shrinking transistors and other electronic components to improve chip processing and storage capabilities. But to deliver continuous improvements in computers, mobile devices and consumer-electronic products, chipmakers realise they cannot endlessly squeeze more into existing complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, according to the SIA.