Seagate has announced its latest range of hard disk drives, throwing weight behind its 7200 RPM Barracuda.
Although the Barracuda drives spin at significantly lower speeds than the 10,000rpm of rivals, Seagate is concentrating on the development of Native Command Queuing (NCQ) technology.
The process, which enables commands to be stored by an NCQ-enabled motherboard or controller and sent to the hard disk in a pre-arranged order, improves data access time by 33 per cent, according to Seagate.
In an NCQ-enabled environment, the Barracuda drive, although cheaper, is capable of matching the data input and output speed of a 10,000rpm drive.
A 160GB version of the Barracuda is currently in mass production and 250GB, 300GB and 400GB models will be available by the end of the year.
Seagate also introduced a 36GB and 73GB 2.5-inch Savvio drive for use in enterprise storage arrays.
The drives allowed more units to be housed in rack-style enclosures, and were designed to run day and night unlike notebook drives, Seagate senior manager of global channel marketing, Michael Green, said.
"Our target markets for the Savvio are high-performance storage arrays and blade servers," he said.