HGST announced a new family of CinemaStar 2.5-inch hard disk drives for the traditional and small form factor audio/video and consumer electronics markets. The new CinemaStar family includes the CinemaStar Z7K500, CinemaStar C5K1000, and CinemaStar Z5K500 families. The CinemaStar Z7K500 family is designed for high performance A/V streaming. This one-disk, 7mm, 7200 RPM, 2.5-inch drive promises speed and power-efficiency. The CinemaStar C5K1000 family offers capacities up to 1TB in a small footprint with its 2.5-inch form factor. This 5,400 RPM drive is also available in capacities of 750GB and 640GB. Finally, the CinemaStar Z5K500 family features a one-disk design and comes in 500GB, 320GB and 250GB capacities. This 7mm, 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch CE hard drive is quiet, making it ideal for use in a DVR. The new 2.5-inch CinemaStar family is now shipping in limited quantities.
HGST Ships A New Family Of 2.5-Inch CinemaStar Hard Drives
New CinemaStar Family Combines "Sweet Spot" 500GB Capacity, Low Power, Quiet Acoustics and High Reliability, Driving a New Generation of Traditional, and Ultra-slim and Compact DVRs,
HDD-embedded TVs, and Satellite/Cable Set Top Boxes
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 15, 2012 – HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NYSE: WDC) today announced a new family of CinemaStar™ 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) for the growing traditional and small form factor audio/video (A/V) and consumer electronics (CE) HDD markets. With continued technological advancements and increased capacities, 2.5-inch hard drives are satisfying the needs of both the traditional 3.5-inch CE market as well as the small form factor market, while allowing OEMs to design smaller, more compact A/V streaming devices.
From slim 7mm z-height 500GB HDDs to high-capacity, 2.5-inch, 9.5mm 1TB HDDs, HGST’s new CinemaStar family targets the vast majority of CE capacity needs, while providing the right balance of performance, low power and quiet acoustics for multi-stream digital video recorders (DVRs) and set-top-boxes (STBs). Now in its sixth generation, each CinemaStar drive is fine-tuned with advanced streaming technology to efficiently optimize the 24/7 recording and playback of A/V content.
The new CinemaStar family includes:
With design wins in virtually all major markets, HGST’s CinemaStar hard drive family is the storage muscle behind A/V streaming devices today. HGST CinemaStar drives offer specialized advanced features and integrated technology for high-definition multi-stream DVRs, tuner-based STBs as well as IPTV set-top boxes, DVR-enabled TVs, audio systems and video surveillance systems.
All CinemaStar drives feature HGST’s patented and innovative SmoothStream™ technology, which enables the drives to perform efficiently and provide the best viewing experience possible. The HGST SmoothStream technology supports the industry-standard ATA-7 streaming command set, and SMART command transport (SCT) provides time-limited error recovery and thermal monitoring capabilities for a longer system life. Together, the SCT protocol and HGST SmoothStream technology minimize disruptions in stream delivery by adapting buffer management behavior and error recovery timing to match the characteristics of typical streaming applications.
"Increasingly, set-top-box, DVR, and game console manufacturers are leveraging smaller 2.5-inch form factor HDDs instead of traditional 3.5-inch drives in more compact CE product designs," said John Rydning, IDC's HDD research vice president. "With 2.5-inch HDDs able to offer the capacity sweet spot for set top boxes and DVRs, IDC expects 2.5-inch HDD shipments into these applications will grow at a worldwide 2011-2016 compound annual growth rate of 21.8%."²
"The ever increasing appetite for on-demand entertainment is driving the adoption of high-capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drives into a growing number of CE applications,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "Not only is there a desire to increase the storage capacity in these devices to hold more programs, but they must deliver predictable A/V streaming performance. With our broad new family of 2.5-inch CinemaStar drives, we continue to give our customers the flexibility to select a variety of reliable and robust drives to meet their cost, performance, power or capacity requirements, while helping them to deliver smaller, more aesthetically appealing designs."
The new 2.5-inch CinemaStar family is now shipping in limited quantities. CE OEM samples are now available.
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