IBM heeft onlangs in een press release haar nieuwe generatie IDE harddisks aangekondigd: de 60GXP serie. Er zullen in totaal drie modellen komen, een 20, 40 en 60GB versie. Deze 7200rpm ATA-100 schijven maken dus gebruik van platters van elk 20GB en krijgen voor de rest dezelfde specs mee als de hogere 75GXP serie, een 2MB buffer en 8,5ms seektime. In december kunnen we de eerste exemplaren in de winkels treffen:
IBM today announced a new, enhanced generation of its record-setting desktop ATA drives, the Deskstar 60GXP. This new drive handles a wide range of advanced desktop and audio/video applications. The 60GXP features enhancements such as low acoustics, reduced power and tagged command queuing. These improvements make the new 7200 RPM desktop drive ideal for traditional desktop applications as well as for low-cost routers, entry-level servers and switches.
The Deskstar 60GXP stores 20 gigabytes (GB) of data per disk, a 33 percent increase per disk over the previous generation. A single drive can now store the equivalent of 50,000 paperback novels (about 10 million pages) or 3,000 hours of CD-quality music. The drive offers a maximum media data rate of 494 megabits per second (Mb/s) and 8.5 milliseconds (ms) average seek time. This supports higher quality digital audio and video storage, superior digital content creation capabilities and significantly faster processing for multimedia and Internet applications.
IBM's ongoing improvements to its Deskstar products have produced the lowest acoustics of any 3-disk, 7200 RPM drive, 3.1 Bels. A unique 3-layer top cover and ceramic spindle motor bearings enable this leading low acoustic level. The Deskstar 60GXP's lower power dissipation leads the industry with 6.7 watts idle power. Lower power means less cooling, extended system life and greater reliability. The Deskstar also provides the highest non-operational shock tolerance, 400 G for two disks, minimizing the impact of mishandling. This is accomplished, in part, by IBM's unique load/unload mechanism that moves the heads off of the media surface during power-off protecting the user's data. IBM's unique TrueTrack* servo insulates the drive from system vibrations, ensuring accurate write and read operations.