Toshiba has launched a range of 2.5in hard drives aimed at enabling 24/7 operations in industrial environments.
The SATA MK1060GSCX and PATA MK8050GACY models run at 4,200rpm and have a rugged and temperature-resistant design.
The 100GB MK1060GSCX has an average seek time of 12 milliseconds, and an interface transfer rate of 1.5Gbit/s.
The 80GB MK8050GACY features 16 milliseconds seek time and a 100Mbit/s transfer rate. Both have dimensions of 69.85mm x 100.0mm x 9.5mm and are designed for round-the-clock operation.
Both drives are suited for use in manufacturing and processing plants, where devices operate continuously without the benefit of climate control, Toshiba said.
However, they may also be used in kiosks, digital signs, security devices and ATMs, where dependability is critical for storage systems, the firm added.
The MK1060GSCX has an operating temperature between -30 and +85 degrees Celsius for 24/7 low duty operation, while the MK8050GACY works between -20 and +75 Celsius.
The hard drives also have an operational altitude range of -300 to over 5,000 metres, and have been optimised to withstand higher levels of vibration when compared to standard mobile grade models.
"The reliability and performance of today's hard drives continue to expand the applications for digital storage technologies beyond traditional PC and datacentre computing," said Martin Larsson, vice president of Toshiba Europe's storage device division.
"By extending the operational ranges and availability life-cycles of these new drives, Toshiba is able to provide systems designers with reliable, cost-effective, high-capacity storage that meets the design and business requirements of a variety of non-PC systems applications."
The drives will be available from December for industrial distribution and original equipment manufacturers. Prices have yet to be confirmed.
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