WD announces the Middle East launch of 160 GB-per-platter desktop hard drives

Published August 16th, 2006 - 08:20 GMT

Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC), a leading worldwide hard disk drive manufacturer, has announced the launch of the next-generation WD Caviar® Serial ATA (SATA) family of 3.5-inch desktop hard drives built on 160 GB-per-platter technology utilizing WD-designed and -manufactured recording heads. The new hard drives are now available in the Middle East markets.

This new product family incorporates ramp load technology, a proven technique in mobile-class drives that parks the recording heads when the drive is idle, powered off and spinning up. WD utilizes ramp load in its new desktop products to maximize shock robustness and minimize power consumption, enabling continued leadership in quality and long-term reliability.

“Our high density 160 GB-per-platter design with ramp load is a platform that enables WD to continue serving our customers’ growing needs for dependable, high capacity hard drives,” said Hafeez Khawaja, WD’s Senior Regional Director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. “Through its portfolio of high-performance, high-capacity drives, WD has established a strong presence in the Middle East market, and the new 160 GB-per-platter desktop drives will enable us to further strengthen our regional standing.”

The WD Caviar family of 3.5-inch hard drives delivers high performance with 7,200 RPM spindle speed, 300 MB/s transfer rate, cache sizes up to 16 MB, and Native Command Queuing (NCQ); capacities ranging from 40 GB to 500 GB; and cool operating temperatures and quiet operation, which enable customers to integrate WD products in the most demanding environments.
About Western Digital (WD):
WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users’ data close-at-hand and secure from loss.
WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.


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