Fujistu Announces 160GB Laptop Drive

Fujistu announced the companyis first 160GB hard drive for laptops Monday, a 2.5-inch Serial-ATA drive that spins at 4200 RPM.

The company, which has spent more than four years developing SATA 2.5-inch drives, says the new MHV2160BT hard drive "offers low power consumption, increased capacity, high shock tolerance, and quiet operation" and also features a hardware accelerator that maximizes Native Command Queuing (NCQ) performance, "an important feature that enables the hard disk drive controller to intelligently and simultaneously queue and reorder up to 32 instructions, resulting in a significant improvement in overall hard disk drive performance."

The hard drive consumers 1.6W of power while being acessed and 0.5W while idle.

Fujistu plans to release the drive by yearis end. Pricing was not announced. At press time, the company had not yet updated its Web site with information on the drive.