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IBM Ships Deskstar 180GXP

Drive offers 25 percent performance boost over predecessors By Dave Nagel
IBM has started shipping the latest model in its Deskstar line of ATA hard drives. The new Deskstar 180GXP offers new features that boost the drive's performance up 25 percent over previous Deskstar models and also bumps capacity up to 180 GB.

The new drive offers what IBM calls "tag 'n' seek" technology, which is a method of controlling commands sent from the host processor to the hard drive for a 25 percent performance increase. The drive uses a 7,200 RPM mechanism and a cache size four times larger than its predecessors, up to 8 MB.


Aside from the 180 GB version, IBM also offers lower-capacity models, including 30 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB and 120 GB. They offer 592 Mbits per second internal transfer rate and an 8.5 ms or 8.8 ms average seek time. Pricing was not available at press time. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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