Today Western Digital is taking the covers off a brande new 2.5″ hard drive: the Scorpio 250GB. The drive features a 5400 RPM spin rate, 8MB of cache and a 12ms seek time making it one of the fastest mobile hard drives on the market. It also uses WD “WhisperDrive” technology to allow the disk to run quieter than competing products, a benefit to notebook users everywhere.
The Scorpio 250GB does use perpendicular recording technolgy and is now about to fit 125GB on each platter of the 2.5″ hard drive; a new high as far I can tell in the consumer HDD segment.
Western Digital “IntelliSeek” technology is also implemened in the drive; it enables the HDD To use less power than previous models by smoothing out the head movement between read tracks on the disc, avoiding the quick, jerking movements that are typical and that WD claims use much more power.
WD SHIPS INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST CAPACITY MOBILE HARD DRIVE FOR NOTEBOOKS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES
New 250 GB WD Scorpio™ Drives Are WD’s Second Generation Employing Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Technology
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – May 21, 2007 – Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its 250 GB WD Scorpio™ 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The drives employ perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive and have WD proprietary features that make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cool operating temperatures.
“The 2.5-inch market continues to be a major focus for WD, and this 250 GB WD Scorpio drive represents our second-generation PMR platform,” said Jim Morris, WD’s vice president and general manager of notebook storage. “The WD Scorpio 250 GB hard drive is a direct result of the significant investments WD has made in proprietary head technologies as well as significant system level feature innovation. With the introduction of our latest-generation WD Scorpio drives, WD continues to offer mobile computing and portable storage customers the same outstanding quality, reliability and performance that have earned the company a leadership position in the desktop PC market.”
According to market research firm, IDC, adoption of PMR technology in mobile 2.5-inch hard drives will sustain an increase in the average capacity shipped close to the average growth rate of 32 percent for the past five years. The firm states that by 2011, shipments of mobile 2.5-inch hard drives will more than double 2006 shipment volumes.*
Demand for 2.5-inch hard drives continues to increase at a rapid pace, driven by notebook computers, portable storage devices and consumer electronics products. Users of these applications need high capacity drives to manage storage-hungry content. WD Scorpio drives deliver the performance and features to meet demands that are specific to notebook PCs and portable storage devices, such as WD Passport® portable drives: quiet operation, high shock tolerance and low power consumption.
The new WD Scorpio drive further expands the company’s breadth of 2.5-inch mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points ranging from 40 GB up to 250 GB.
WD Scorpio Exclusive Features
WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield it one of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available. Leading-edge ShockGuard™ technology combines firmware and hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and platter surface to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.
Another unique WD Scorpio 250 GB feature is its IntelliSeek™ technology, which proactively calculates an optimum seek speed to eliminate hasty movement of the actuator that produces noise and requires power, which is common in other drives. With IntelliSeek, the actuator’s movement is controlled so the head reaches the next target sector just in time to read the next piece of information, rather than rapidly accelerating and waiting for the drive rotation to catch up. This smooth motion reduces power usage by more than 60 percent compared with standard drives, as well as quiets seek operation and lowers vibration.
For a demonstration on IntelliSeek, visit the WD Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/flash/index.asp?family=intelliseek.