Press Release Summary:
CinemaStar(TM) C5K320/5K500 lets system builders develop STBs, DVRs, and media center PCs with low-power, quiet storage. Offered in 120-320 GB capacities, CinemaStar C5K320 is 2.5 in., 5,400 rpm HDD that utilizes PMR head and SmoothStream(TM) technologies. It has 0.55 W idle and 1.8 W read/write power ratings as well as 2.4 Bels typ idle acoustics. Featuring CoolSpin(TM) technology, CinemaStar 5K500 is 3.5 in. HDD with 500 GB capacity as well as 2.7-3.2 W and 2.2 Bels idle characteristics.
Original Press Release:
Two New Hitachi CinemaStar Hard Drives Coming Soon to a Home Theater Near You
New "CoolSpin" Technology Delivers Quiet and Power-efficient Storage for Digital Video Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 28, 2008 - As Hollywood prepares to release its latest summer blockbusters, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies proudly introduces two new stars of its own: the CinemaStar(TM) C5K320, a 2.5-inch hard drive with up to 320 GB capacity and the CinemaStar(TM) 5K500, a 3.5-inch hard drive with 500GB of storage capacity and new CoolSpin(TM) technology to deliver high levels of power efficiency and quiet operation for digital video applications. CoolSpin drives use a low-power motor design, which requires less power to spin up the drive than most 3.5-inch hard drives. The low-power profile of these new drives enables the use of more cost-effective power supplies, which lowers energy costs for consumers.
Hitachi's new CinemaStar hard disk drives are optimized for use in today's advanced home theater systems, providing high-capacity storage for set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and media center PCs. With customized features, capacity and cool operation, the new CinemaStar drives usher in a new generation of consumer devices that store more hours of video, run more quietly and use less power.
The CinemaStar C5K320 is Hitachi's latest 2.5-inch, 5,400 RPM consumer electronics hard drive with available capacities from 120GB to 320GB. In addition to improved Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) head technology and other reliability-focused enhancements, the new drives include Hitachi SmoothStream(TM) technology to enhance streaming functionality in digital video applications. The CinemaStar C5K320 also includes technology to provide time-limited error recovery and enhanced thermal monitoring capabilities.
CinemaStar C5K320 is offered with silent-seek acoustics for ultra-quiet operation. Hitachi continues to provide low-power leadership and cool-running operation to make the C5K320 an ideal choice for DVR applications. This third generation compact CinemaStar drive expands the Hitachi product lineup to provide manufacturers with more energy-efficient options for next-generation compact DVR designs.
The CinemaStar 5K500, Hitachi's first CoolSpin drive, uses an enhanced motor design to limit peak current during spin-up and enable lower continuous running power. With CoolSpin, Hitachi was able to achieve just the right blend of performance, power management and acoustics for digital video applications. CoolSpin drives allow system builders to develop set-top boxes and DVRs that run cooler and require less power, ultimately leading to improved product reliability and lifespan.
"Hitachi CoolSpin drives deliver a substantial power savings over their desktop-class counterparts, simplifying CE product design and paving the way for a new class of set-top boxes and DVRs that are smaller, quieter and more reliable for consumers," said Larry Swezey, director, Consumer and Commercial HDD Marketing and Strategy, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
The CinemaStar 5K500 and C5K320 drives have been built on mature design platforms for proven reliability. The new hard drives bring together the following CE-specific features and benefits:
o Silent seek acoustics for "bedroom-quiet" operation
o Low power idle for cooler system operation and greater host-product reliability
o Wider temperature range to support warmer operating environments, especially in confined spaces like entertainment cabinets
o Smart Command Transport and adaptive error recovery for optimized video streaming and picture quality
o Thermal fly height control for improved error rates in varied temperature conditions.
"The digital video recorder market continues to experience robust growth. Shipments of disk drives for personal video recording applications are expected to grow at a 2007-2012 CAGR of 14%," according to John Rydning, Research Director for hard disk drives at IDC 3. "As well, consumers are seeking more hours of video recording capacity as they increasingly switch to high-definition content. Hitachi's new CinemaStar disk drives hit the mark for delivering higher recording storage capacities while enabling cool, quiet, and low-power PVR operation."
The CinemaStar 5K500 delivers 500GB of storage capacity, which translates to 250 standard definition feature-length movies, 125,000 four minute songs or 250 video games 1. The CinemaStar C5K320 is available in multiple capacities, ranging from 120- to 320GB.
500GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
3.2 watt idle power (performance idle)
2.7 watt low power idle (enhanced mode with head unloaded)
2.2 Bels typical idle acoustics
929 Mb/s max. media transfer rate
185 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
8 MB data buffer
Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
4 recording heads
1.2M hours targeted Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) 2
26.1 mm in height (max)
70 G (2ms) operating shock
350 G (2ms) non-operating shock
0 to 70 degrees C operating temperature (top cover temperature)
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor
320/250/160/120 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
1.8 watt read/write power
0.55 watt low power idle (enhanced mode with head unloaded)
2.4 Bels typical idle acoustics
729 Mb/s max. media transfer rate
250 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
8 MB data buffer
Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s
4/3/2/2 recording heads
9.5 mm in height (max)
400 G (2ms) operating shock
1000 G (1ms) non-operating shock
5 to 65 degrees C operating temperature (top cover temperature)
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor
The CinemaStar 5K500 and C5K320 are both expected to be shipping worldwide in June 2008.
About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies develops advanced hard disk drives to store and preserve the world's valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, Hitachi GST enables users to fully engage in the digital lifestyle by providing high-value, high-capacity storage in formats suitable for the office, in the home or on the road. With vertically-integrated research, design and manufacturing capabilities, Hitachi GST delivers leadership technology and quality to its global customer-base.
With approximately 33,000 employees worldwide, Hitachi GST offers a comprehensive range of hard drive products for desktop computers, high-performance storage systems and servers, notebooks and consumer devices. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.hitachigst.com.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at www.hitachi.com.
One GB is equal to one billion bytes. Accessible capacity may be less.
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1 Actual storage may vary depending on the compression rate applied. Capacities may not be combined.
2 MTBF estimate based on hard drive usage in a typical consumer electronics/surveillance product environment. For more details, please contact your local Hitachi sales representative.
3 IDC, Worldwide Hard Disk Drive 2008-2012 Forecast and Analysis: Shrugging Off Storage Technology Challengers, Doc. #212331, May 2008
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