IBM Takes Microdrive to 1 GB
hard drive expected to appear in digital cameras
says it's tripling the capacity of its smallest hard drivethe
IBM Microdriveto 1 GB. The drivenot just a disk, but
a complete mechanismis smaller than a matchbook, weighs less
than an ounce and will be available for less than $500, according
to an IBM press release. Limited quantities of the 1 GB Microdrive
will begin shipping in July to OEMs and distributors. Retail shipment
is scheduled for September. There will also be a 512 MB version.
says several companies have already announced plans to integrate
the Microdrive into their devices, including digital camera manufacturers
like Kodak, Fuji, Nikon and Ricoh.
current line of Microdrives ranges in capacity from 170 MB to 340
MB. It's compatible with ATA and PCMCIA specifications and offers
data transfer rates up to 4 MB per second. For
more information, visit http://www.ibm.com.
drive, about the size of a U.S. quarter, can hold 1 GB