02 May 2013

World's First 5 mm 2.5-inch Western Digital Hard Drive in the Philippines

WD Blue 5mm Mobile HD
Imagine slim fit, storage capacity, innovation and high performance as Western Digital a company and world leader in storage and connected-life products launched the world’s first ultra-slim 2.5-inch 5mm hard drives and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD).

This new devices are designed for integration into the slimmest and space-constrained computing environments. WD Blue™ 5 mm ultra slim hard drives and WD Black™ SSHD are first in a family of high-performance and slim drives for ultra-portable devices featuring innovative mechanical designs and solid state hybrid drive technology.

This new device redefines storage capacity with 500 GB in high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology and portability in the name of size as it still manages to keep its performance.

World's First 5 mm 2.5-inch Western Digital Hard Drive in the Philippines

Vice President of WD’s client computing business unit, Mr. Matt Rutledge states that “With the launch of our new WD Blue™ 5 mm ultra slim hard drives and our WD Black™ SSHD products, currently shipping to OEMs, WD is delivering to our customers a variety of solutions that maximize storage capacity and volumetric efficiency, as well as performance and system responsiveness, for consumers”. He further added, that “The engineering team took a clean-sheet approach with 5 mm to deliver an ultra-thin hard drive that enables a world of possibilities and applications for mobile computing and beyond”.
WD UltraSlim
The WD Blue and WD Black 5mm drives are designed to increased internal storage capacity while facilitating it to fit into smaller device slots. But as the device becomes slimmer and more portable, the more vulnerable the hard drive is to user-induced stress.

Key features

WD has anticipated these potential problems and to address that, key enablers to the 5 mm form factor was designed:

500GB SATA WD Blue UltraSlim
· Ultra-slim Form Factor – The designers was offered greater degree of chassis design freedom because of its 5mm height with compact connector. This factor reduced weight by up to 36 percent compared with the 9.5mm standard drive.

· Best-in-class Acoustics and Shock - reduces noise when the drive is in active or idle state. Respectively, the WD Blue and WD Black 5 mm drives convey exceptional operation and non-operation shock specifications with 400 G and 1000G.

· Edge Card Technology – to maximize the mechanical sway space in the hard drive and ensure shock performance WD designed the connector and board utilizing cell phone miniaturization technology.

· Edge Card Connector - features the first application of a new small form factor SFF-8784 edge connector as it receives power from and interfaces with the host I/O bus via the SATA interface connector SFF-8784.

· StableTrac™ - To reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations the motor shaft is secured at both ends, as a result, higher performance is consistent.

· Dual Stage Actuator - Leading-edge enterprise dual stage actuators provide two actuators that improve positional accuracy over the data track(s). Using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles, the primary actuator provides coarse displacement while the secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.

Price and Availability

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of PHP 3,995 with a two-year limited warranty for WD Blue 2.5-inch 5 mm hard drives, (model: WD5000MPCK). As to WD Black SSHD versions are currently shipping to OEM’s and integrators with both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA I/O technology. More information on WD Blue 2.5-inch 5 mm hard drives may be found on the company's website at http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=800#tab11.

Final note:
Say goodbye to bulky external hard drives and be into ultra slim. Be in and be the first person that carries   WD's Blue and WD Black 5mm high-end device drives. Grab yours now.

Source: WD Press Release

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