Seagate Shipping 8 GB Microdrive

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There are several handhelds and smartphones out now with built-in hard drives, giving these devices more Storage capacity than previous models in these categories.

However, most of these top out at a fairly low capacity when compared to what is available in a laptop. For example, palmOne’s new LifeDrive has 4 GB of built-in storage.

However, Seagate has announced an 8 GB 1-inch hard drive designed for use in mobile devices and CompactFlash cards.

This mini hard drive will let users store about 200 hours – or 4,000 songs — of music.

Seagate’s RunOn Technology improves performance while in a high-vibration environment, such as jogging. The ST1 Series supports low-power modes, and the drive’s time-to-ready is just 1.2 seconds.

This isn’t an announcement of a product that will be available much later, as often happens with memory cards. Seagate is already shipping limited quantities of the ST1 Series to select OEM customers.

“Our Storage innovations are driving the infusion of exciting new capabilities into applications of all kinds, from the home to the office to the road and beyond,” said Seagate president and CEO, Bill Watkins.

Thanks to GeekZone for the tip.

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