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400GB hard drive makes Hitachi the capacity king.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch ATA hard drive, the 400GB Deskstar 7K400. The new drive has been designed for audio video (AV) and ATA nearline environments, where large capacities and a lower per-gigabyte cost are key requirements. A new industry-standard AV feature set makes the drive well-suited for use in high-end digital video recorders (DVRs) that are designed to record substantial amounts of high-quality digital programming.

"Extremely high capacity disk drives are more essential now than ever with digital video recording coming into the mainstream," said Jose Antelo, general manager, 3.5-inch Consumer and Commercial HDDs, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "We are now in a position to extend our consumer electronics portfolio to include the high-end device segments, most notably the nascent market for high-capacity DVRs."

Hitachi has designed the Deskstar 7K400 to address the growing demand for high-capacity DVRs. The drive is the first to include a new industry-standard AV feature, known as Streaming Command Set. The AV feature is designed to enhance streaming functionality in digital video applications. Streaming Command Set integration optimizes the drives for storing and retrieving digital video content on a DVR. Hard drives are key to enabling technology that will drive future growth of the DVR market.

Yankee Group, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, predicts that DVRs will be found in approximately 24.7 million homes by the year 2007. High definition television (HDTV) broadcasts are among the many factors that are driving the need for additional DVR storage capacity. 8.7GB of storage is required for each hour of broadcast HDTV recording. In addition to its substantial capacity, the Deskstar 7K400's 7,200 rpm performance is also well-suited to meet the rigorous demands of HDTV recording.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Date:Mar 29, 2004
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