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Maxtor To Ship 15,000 RPM SCSI Drives

Company also announces high-capacity ATA drives By Dave Nagel
Maxtor today announced a new 15,000 RPM drive in its line of Atlas SCSI hard drives. The company has also introduced new, higher-capacity internal ATA drives with capacities ranging up to 320 GB.

The new Atlas 15K is a 15,000 RPM hard drive featuring an Ultra320 SCSI interface and MaxAdapt, a technology designed to enhance system performance. It offers average seek times as fast as 3.2 milliseconds and up to 75 MB per second sustained data rates.

The Atlas 15K will be available initially in capacities of 18 GB, 36 GB and 73 GB. They will be available early in 2003. Pricing has not yet been announced.

On the ATA front, Maxtor has also introduced a new line of drives called MaXLine II. The new 5,400 RPM (MaXLine II) and 7,200 RPM (MaXLine Plus II) models are targeted toward network storage and will be available in capacities up to 320 GB. Maxtor says the drives also offer a mean time to failure (MTTF) rate of about 1 million hours.

The MaXLine family includes the 5400-RPM MaXLine II, designed for capacities up to 320 GB and the 7200-RPM MaXLine Plus II, designed for capacities up to 250 GB. Both feature the Maxtor Fast Drive UltraATA/133 interface for data transfer speeds up to 133 MB per second.

Limited qualification units of the parallel ATA versions of Maxtor MaXLine II and MaXLine Plus II are now available, with volume units to be available in the fourth quarter. Qualification units of the MaXLine II and MaXLine Plus II with serial ATA will be available later this month, with volume shipments scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2003. These new drives will sell for $299.95 to $399.95.

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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

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