WD Hits Highest Areal Density, 320GB Per Platter

Today Western Digital announced volume availability of their newest addition to the Caviar family of desktop hard drives, now sporting a whopping 320GB per-platter areal denisty, based on 250Gb (gigabit) per square inch platter technology.  The first drive out of the gate is a 320Gb model but higher densities are to follow...

Lake Forest, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2008 - WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping in volume its WD Caviar® family of 3.5-inch hard drives based on 320 GB-per-platter technology, the same industry-leading storage areal density that the company has been shipping in its 160 GB-per-platter (320 GB capacity) 2.5-inch WD Scorpio™ drives since October 2007.

"Our technology investments and product roadmap execution have resulted in WD shipping the industry's highest areal densities in the industry's two highest volume markets," said Hossein Moghadam, chief technology officer of WD. "Our 250 gigabits-per-square-inch technology already has been reliably serving our 2.5-inch customers, and now it will benefit customers in the 3.5 inch desktop and other product areas."

An initial WD Caviar capacity point of 320 GB is available immediately. The 320 GB-per-platter technology will be deployed across WD's desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive product lines, including additional capacity points, throughout this calendar year...

Pretty tasty to be sure but let's bulk up that cache buffer to 32MB, OK? 
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