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Seagate Technology on Monday introduced its thinnest hard drive ever, the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD that is just 5mm thick. Initially, the drive will be available in 500GB and 320GB capacities only, but when the new 2.5”/5mm form-factor gains popularity among notebook makers, the company will likely introduce versions with other capacities.

“When we originally demonstrated this solution last September, we knew we had a truly innovative product that would empower our partners to reimagine mobile applications. The strong support from our OEM partners indicates we have delivered on our vision and look forward to a new wave of innovative solutions enabled by this revolutionary product,” said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate.

Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD with 500GB and 320GB capacities feature 5400rpm spindle speed, 16MB cache buffer, Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface, sustained 100MB/s transfer rate as well as 5.6ms average latency. Typical power consumption of the 2.5”/5mm drives is 1.4W, whereas idle power consumption is 0.47W. SED encryption is available on the 500GB capacity version.

The thin 5mm hard drives deliver up to 500GB of capacity in 25% less space than its previous-generation 7mm counterpart, freeing up valuable real-estate within portable devices to accommodate additional designed-in features such as longer-life batteries and better air circulation. Being considerably more affordable than solid-state drives, the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDDs are gaining support from various makers of notebooks and ultrabooks, including Asustek Computer, Dell and Lenovo.

The Seagate Laptop Ultrathin 500GB has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $89.

“The new Seagate Laptop Ultrathin truly raises the bar, enabling us to finally create high-capacity, thin and light laptops that consumers crave at mass-market price points they can afford. The drive’s capacity, coupled with its ultra-slim, lightweight footprint, empowers our engineers to think out of the box and create truly ground-breaking, innovative system designs – it is a win- win for both us and the consumer,” said S.Y. Shian, corporate vice president and general manager of Asus’ notebook business unit.

Tags: Seagate, HDD, 5mm

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