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Toshiba Corp. on Monday announced that had shipped its 26 millionth automotive hard disk drive (HDD) to a German luxury car manufacturer. Toshiba has led innovation in the automotive sector since launching its first automotive-grade HDD in 2000, and is a leading vendor in the automotive storage market.

Launched two years ago, the MKxx60GSC-series 2.5” Serial ATA-interface series can withstand extreme environments including temperature, shock and altitude variations while still providing seamless performance. Each drive is optimized to handle temperature variations of -22º to +185ºF. With aerodynamic technology in the magnetic head slider, the drive series can withstand altitudes up to 18,536 feet (higher than any city in the world), and withstands up to 3G (29.4m/s²) vibration tolerance during operation.

With 200GB of storage, the MKxx60GSC series is the largest capacity automotive-grade HDD available. The drive's 4200rpm speed offers internal transfer rates of up to 665Mb/s using an average seek time of 12ms. The drive also offers silent seek operation and uses the minimum amount of power for energy efficiency with no compromise on performance.

"Cars are increasingly forming a key part of our connected ecosystem. It is essential they have the capacity to store all the data consumers want and need. As the automotive industry continues to develop a more integrated and connected driving experience, we will continue to partner with manufacturers to meet their specifications and provide the most innovative and effective storage solutions possible," said Joel Hagberg, vice president marketing of Toshiba storage products business unit.

By 2016, more than 55 million people worldwide will have Internet access built into their vehicles, according to iSuppli Corp. Sophisticated navigation and entertainment systems, smartphone and tablet integration, and Internet connectivity are all features that consumers rely on to enhance their in-car experience, and these systems depend on reliable, shock-resistant HDDs to operate. Toshiba works in partnership with premier automotive manufacturers to provide best-in-class storage devices that can withstand severe road conditions, the growing quantities of data embedded in a vehicle's systems, and users' demands for constant connectivity to stream high-definition movies and update their navigation systems simultaneously.

Tags: Toshiba, HDD

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When these OEM units fail in your car audio system, expect to pay $2,000 for a replacement head unit... or go aftermarket for $600 and buy something better and more reliable.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/23/13 07:12:04 AM]
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beenthere- why such negativism? What leads you to think the OEM HDD will fail in your car? And more importantly, why do you think an aftermarket unit will be 1/3 the price and be more reliable? Making such absurd allegations without any data to back it up is irresponsible and amounts to slander. So if you don't have anything positive to contribute, I suggest you keep your mouth shut.
0 0 [Posted by: phileasfogg  | Date: 01/23/13 08:25:47 PM]
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phileasfogg, you should keep your month shut!

It's common sense that aftermarket anything is cheaper and sometimes a lot better! Furthermore, every Toshiba notebook I have worked on has had a bad hard drive. What I mean is before I work on a computer, I always pull the hdd and slave it to my tech machine. I then run a check disc on it looking for bad sectors. 100% of the time, Toshiba's drives are BAD!!!!

You must not be a computer tech or you're a bad one. Maybe you just don't have common sense? It's the same as my navigation system in my car, Lincoln would charge me $2,500 to replace it, but I could get an aftermarket one for less than a $1,000.

BTW, I recommend Seagate Momentus XT for 2.5" drives and Seagate Constellation ES for 3.5" drives. These are a thousand times better than Toshiba!
0 0 [Posted by: bigbrave  | Date: 01/23/13 09:58:56 PM]
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