IBM Shows Hard Disk Drive Might With One-Two-Three Combination

New Innovations Fortify IBM Notebook and High-Performance Desktop Drives; Opens Non-Traditional Markets

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San Jose, Calif. - 07 Nov 2001: IBM today unveiled a trio of heavyweight hard disk drive products with enhanced capabilities and industry-best features for the high-performance desktop, mobile and new blade server segments.

IBM's prizefighters include, first, the Deskstar 120GXP, the industry's lowest-power consumption 3.5-inch desktop hard drive with a 120 gigabyte (GB)1 capacity and performing at 7200 RPM. The Deskstar's enhanced offerings bring together the state-of-the-art in hard disk drive technology -- essential for supporting data-intensive multimedia applications that rely on speed and power for peak performance.

Next up: the Travelstar 60GH and 40GN family. The Travelstar 60GH, at 60 GB and 5400 RPM, is the industry's highest-capacity, highest-performing 2.5-inch notebook drive. The 40GN offers 40, 30, 20 and 10 GB capacities at 20 GB per disk and spinning at 4200 RPM. As a family, the Travelstar enables the longest battery life among leading notebook drives and maintains its "quietest" drive title with IBM's Drive Noise Suppression System continued across the new product line.

Finally, IBM introduces new 2.5-inch Travelstar models, offering enhanced availability for non-traditional applications. These industry-first models increase available hard disk drive "power-on hours"2 and are designed to meet the requirements for emerging applications such as those found in 24x7 blade server environments.

Both the Deskstar and Travelstar families are undisputed leaders in their respective segments. The drives also have low power features, which underscore IBM's company-wide commitment to low-power computing, announced last month. Furthermore, both drives have implemented IBM's antiferromagnetically-coupled (AFC) media, affectionately called "pixie-dust," across the product lines. The magnetic properties of AFC media enable higher data stability, and thus, higher areal density -- potentially tripling the industry's current areal density limits.

"We are fortifying the new generation of Travelstar and Deskstar drives to support the low-power, higher-speed, higher-capacity and miniaturization trends seen in the electronics and pervasive computing markets today," said Bill Healy, vice president, marketing, IBM Storage Technology Division. "The new drives' capacities, performance and other distinguishing characteristics underscore IBM's commitment to extend the limits of hard disk drive technology, especially as we explore ways to open new markets such as consumer electronics, removable storage and blade server."

With more than one billion gigabytes of new data generated throughout the world every year (UC Berkeley study) -- an all-time high -- the Deskstar 120GXP and Travelstar 60GH and 40GN families will be key tools in helping users successfully navigate the new digital world.

Deskstar 120GXP
IBM's Deskstar line is the industry's leader in high-capacity, high-performance desktop hard drives, backed by the IBM hallmark of service and quality. All three models of the family -- 120, 80, and 40 GB capacities -- share the same leading low acoustics, lowest power-consumption and highest shock protection benefits in its class. The new 120GXP family builds upon the success of its predecessor, the 60GXP, which was named Maximum PC Magazine's 2001 "Hard Disk Drive of the Year," announced separately today.

The Deskstar 120GXP is designed to support advanced desktop and multimedia applications such as video editing, graphic design and other storage-intensive enterprise applications. With 120 GB of storage capacity and 7200 RPM, the 120GXP doubles the capacity and areal density of its predecessor and continues its high-performance focus, enabling users to retrieve more data in less time. The Deskstar's accelerated data access time is a function of the drive's 7200 RPM -- an attribute that is quickly gaining popularity among desktop drives, with 7200 RPM already the fastest-growing segment of the desktop market. The 120GXP is also the most rugged drive in its class with the highest non-operating shock specifications.

"Avnet Applied Computing (AAC) has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with IBM," says Troy Blanchette, VP Marketing, AAC. "The Deskstar drives have been a big part of our success, providing industry-leading capacities and performance. We expect the same high level of performance, quality and reliability with this newest member of the Deskstar family."

The Deskstar 120GXP, which can now store up to 120,000 paperback novels, 184 musical CDs or 30 DVD movies3, will begin shipping to customers this month. IBM NetVista will begin featuring the Deskstar 120GXP in 2002.

Travelstar 60GH & 40GN
In the mobile/notebook hard drive category, the IBM Travelstar family includes the 60GH and the 40GN. At 15 GB per disk and a top capacity of 60 GB, the 60GH represents a 25% capacity increase over the previous generation Travelstar, but without additional power consumption. IBM enables low power consumption on the new line of Travelstar with its enhanced Adaptive Battery Life Extender (ABLE) technology, offering notebook customers the longest battery life of leading notebook hard drive on the market.

These new developments, combined with advanced areal density, noise suppression and operational shock protection technologies, give customers the highest value when compared to other notebook drives. In addition, the Travelstar 60GH and 40GN are able to provide industry-leading technology at a value price by the efficient use of components -- heads and disks -- to accommodate desired capacity points.

With a top capacity of 60 GB, the new Travelstar drive can store up to 60,000 high resolution photos, 92 musical CDs, 60,000 paperback novels or 15 DVD movies.4The 60GH and 40GN are currently shipping to customers. IBM's award-winning ThinkPad notebooks will use the new Travelstar family of high-performance, high-capacity drives.

Travelstar -- Enhanced Availability Models
The Travelstar 60GH and 40GN already deliver superior capacity, performance and power efficiency for both traditional notebook and nontraditional applications. But, IBM's new enhanced availability models also provide the capability for increased "power-on hours," making the 2.5-inch drive suitable for growing blade server environments, such as Web hosting and Internet data centers, which require high processing power in a small footprint. In addition, the closely packed processing and storage units typical of blade server environments require minimal heat emission for optimal performance, making the low-power characteristics of the 60GH and 40GN even better suited for that environment.

The new enhanced-availability Travelstar is designed to offer users the ability leave the drive powered-on around-the-clock5 and a read/write or data access rate of up 50%, a typical usage cycle for high-performance 24x7 blade server applications. This new technology especially holds promise for future blade server product offerings from IBM. The enhanced availability models will be available in all 60GH and 40GN capacities and shipping to customers in late Q4.

"As a leading designer and manufacturer of blade server products, we were impressed to find that the Travelstar -- already the top-of-the-line notebook product -- is nearly a custom-fit hard drive for our System 324 ServerBlades," said Pat Collins, president and COO, RLX Technologies. "The small footprint, reduced energy consumption, high capacity and nonstop performance are all key attributes that give the Travelstar so much more versatility than just as a laptop drive."

1 1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to storage capacity; accessible capacity may be less
3, 4 CDs at 650 MB per disk and DVD movies at MPEG-2 compression
2, 5 Refers to spindle motor operation in specified environment but is not warranty of uninterrupted operation. Users should see their point of purchase for complete warranty information.

Deskstar 120GXP
120/80/40 GB
25.4 mm in height
7,200 rpm
29.7 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
3/2/1 glass platter(s)
6/4/2 GMR recording head(s)
400 Gs (2ms) nonoperating shock (2 platter)
4.17 ms average latency
6.7 watt idle power
8.5 ms average seek time
Standard ATA-100 interface
3.0 Bels typical idle acoustics (2 platter)

Travelstar 60GH
60 GB
12.5 mm in height
5,400 rpm
28 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
4 glass platters
8 GMR recording heads
700 Gs (1ms) nonoperating shock, 150 Gs (2 ms) operating shock
5.5 ms average latency
12 ms average seek time
ATA-5 100 MB/sec Ultra DMA mode-5 maximum interface transfer rate
155 grams in weight
2.5 Bels typical idle acoustics
3.5 Bels typical operating acoustics

Travelstar 40GN
40/30/20/10 GB
9.5 mm in height
4,200 rpm
34 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
2/2/1/1 glass disk platter(s)
4/3/2/1 GMR recording head(s)
800 Gs (1ms) nonoperating shock, 200 Gs (2 ms) operating shock
7.1 ms average latency
12 ms average seek time
ATA-5 100 MB/sec Ultra DMA mode-5 maximum interface transfer rate
99/99/95/95 grams in weight
2.4/2.4/2.1/2.1 Bels typical idle acoustics
3.1/3.1/2.7/2.7 Bels typical operating acoustics

Travelstar Enhanced Availability Models
Specifications for the Travelstar enhanced availability models are the same as that of the standard models except for the following:

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