Seagate heeft vandaag een nieuwe serie UltraATA/66 schijven aangekondigd. Hier heb je een stuk uit de press release (waar vooral veel onzinnig marketing geblah in staat):
Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE: SEG) today extended its leadership in disc drives optimized for low-cost computing devices with the introduction of its third generation of "U-series" disc drives, the world's first family designed specifically for use in entry-level home and business computers as well as home electronics. The new models extend the award-winning "U-series" by doubling capacity to as much as 17.2 Gbytes and significantly improving performance. The U8 includes the latest in drive component technology, including GMR heads, Seagate G-Force Protection and the Ultra ATA/66 interface, delivering greater value to sub-$700 PCs.
[blaah] Given Seagate's vertical integration and internal technology development resources, the Company is able to offer the "U series" of disc drives at very competitive prices. With WinBench performance expected to match that of traditional mainstream 5,400-rpm drives, the U8 offers the industry's most outstanding value proposition.
Leveraging Seagate's exclusive, proven G-Force Protection, the U8 can withstand up to 350 Gs of shock when not operating and up to 63 Gs of shock when operating -- the best in the industry and perfect for the rigors of OEM and reseller integration activities and for home and business environments. This breakthrough in shock tolerance was enabled by leading-edge internal drive enhancements and external shock protection components such as the U8's soft SeaShield cover.
The U8 also ships with Seagate's highly-praised DiscWizard software, dubbed by PC World the "best installation software and ... the easiest of the software packages to use."
The U8 will be available with capacities of 17.2, 13.0, 8.4 and 4.3 Gbytes. Evaluation units of the U8 are now shipping, with volume OEM availability in September.