Pinnacle Micro has launched Western Digital’s WD Caviar family of 3,5-inch hard drives based on 320Gb-per-platter technology.

The newer technology supersedes the successful 160Gb-per-platter  (320Gb capacity)  2,5-inch WD Scorpio drives the company has been shipping since October 2007, says Shane Hutchinson, Pinnacle Micro’s Western Digital product manager.
He says Western Digital’s (WD) technology investments and product roadmap execution has resulted in WD shipping the industry’s highest density areal densities in the industry’s two higher volume markets.
Hossein Moghadam, chief technology officer at WD, adds: “Our 250 gigabits-per-square-inch technology has already been reliably being serving our 2,5-inch customers, and now it will benefit customers in the 3,5-inch desktop and other product areas.”
The 320Gb-per-platter technology has been deployed across WD’s desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive product lines – including additional capacity points – throughout 2008.
The WD Caviar family of 3,5-inch desktop hard drives delivers high performance with a 300Mbps transfer rate, cache sizes up to 16Mb, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), and cool operating temperatures and quiet operation – enabling customers to integrate WD products in the most demanding desktop and external storage environments.