Hitachi Global Storage Technologies used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week to announce the industry's first terabyte (Tb) hard drive.
Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 will begin shipping to retail customers in the first quarter of 2007 at a suggested retail price of $399.00- or 40 cents per Gigabyte (Gb).
Hitachi also announced a CinemaStar version 1Tb hard drive, which provides optimised capabilities specifically designed for digital video recording (DVR) applications.
"The industry's first 1Tb hard drive represents a milestone that is 50 years in the making, and it reasserts the hard drive's leadership as the highest-capacity, lowest-cost storage technology," says Shinjiro Iwata, chief marketing officer at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Hitachi's 1Tb products deliver the performance and reliability required for today's digital lifestyle. The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM Parallel-ATA/Serial-ATA hard drives are built on perpendicular magnetic recording technology.
Hitachi is focused on maximizing the value of the hard drive by spearheading the era of the "smart" hard drive. Customised features have been incorporated into Hitachi's hard drives, tailoring them for the application-set that they serve.
To this end, Hitachi's 1Tb hard drives are targeted to two distinct application areas: the Deskstar 7K1000 for gaming and high-performance PCs, external storage devices and upgrade applications; and the CinemaStar 7K1000 for DVR applications.
An enterprise version of the 1Tb drive designed for lower duty-cycle, high-capacity enterprise environments is currently under evaluation at major OEM customers and is expected to be available in the second quarter.