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Seagate Technoogy, the world's largest producer of hard disk drives (HDDs), on Friday unveiled the world's first hard disk drive with 1.5TB capacity. The new product features four platters with record capacities.

The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB (1500GB) hard drive features four 375GB platters, another world's record. Like other leading-edge Seagate HDDs, the novelty sports 7200rpm motor, 16MB or 32MB of cache as well as NCQ technology. The new hard disk drives are designed for Serial ATA-300 interface.

Like all large capacities HDDs, the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB utilizes platters featuring perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR).

"Organizations and consumers of all kinds worldwide continue to create, share and consume digital content at levels never before seen, giving rise to new markets, new applications and demand for desktop and notebook computers with unprecedented storage capacity, performance and reliability. Seagate is committed to powering the next generation of computing today with the planet’s fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable storage solutions," said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, personal compute business.

Shipments of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB are set to begin August 2008. Pricing is yet unknown. The 7200.11 family also features capacities of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB with cache options of 32MB and 16MB.

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