Western Digital start deliveries of the drive 5mm

Sunday, April 28, 20130 comments

WD Blue and WD Black, the first 2.5-inch drive and 5mm thick, are collected from the OEM. The first devices to be equipped with these new solutions will come on the market in the fall

Western Digital has announced the start of deliveries of solutions WD Blue and WD Black, hard disk drives and 2.5-inch SSD characterized by a thickness of just 5mm compared to standard measures 7mm and 9.5mm mobile storage units.
Matt Rutledge, vice president of Client Computing business unit of Western Digital, said: "With the launch of our new hard drive WD Blue 5mm and our SSHD WD Black, currently shipping to OEMs, WD is offering its customers a range solutions that maximize storage capacity and volumetric efficiency, as well as performance and system responsiveness for consumers. "
The solutions of the family Blue are characterized by the presence of a single platter 500GB, 16GB of DRAM and cache interfacca SATA-6Gb / s. At the moment are not available, however, the specifications of the solutions WD Black, but should be similar to those of the family Blue with the difference of the presence of a quantity of NAND flash memory.
The construction of storage units 5mm thick implies the adoption of certain design features. To this proprisito will signal the StableTrac technology, which provides for the anchorage of the motor shaft at both ends to reduce vibrations and stabilize the rotation of the plate, and the technologyDual Stage Actuator, which includes the presence of two actuators to improve the 'accuracy of head positioning on the track data with the primary actuator, electromagnetic type that places "grossly" (something still fractions of a millimeter ...) the head on the track data while the secondary actuator, piezoelectric type , takes care of position with greater precision.
The first products equipped with the new drive will arrive on the market during the autumn by Acer and Asustek and it will be a very good chance of Ultrabook-class solutions. The availability in volumes of storage devices with a thickness of 5mm is instead planned for 2014.
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