Maxtor has announced a massive 11.5Gb Ultra-DMA E-IDE hard disk as part of its new DiamondMax 2880 product range.
The launch followed the news that the company has bucked the industry trend for hard drive manufacturers in posting fourth quarter profits of $23.1 million (#14.1 million).
The drive joins existing products in the DiamondMax series, notably the 8.4Gb DiamondMax 2160, which was released in October, two months before other manufacturers released similar products.
The reason for the DiamondMax series' high performance is the use of new magneto-resistive (MR) heads made by IBM. These are very small components that read and write the data on the hard drive's platters. The DiamondMax series also uses a digital signal processor (DSP) electronics architecture, partial response maximum likelihood (PRML) read channel technology, and Maxtor's own Formula4 four-platter head disk assembly.
In addition, the DiamondMax 2880 is the third generation in the series to use UltraDMA 33 compatibility, which increases the throughput of hard disks to 33Mb per second, and uses cyclic redundancy checks (CRCs) to reduce transfer errors. UltraDMA 33 has become a de facto standard over the last six months, being supported by most current motherboards.
The DiamondMax 2880 11.5Gb drive will begin shipping this month and will cost #399 for a full retail kit including cables and software.
Maxtor's profitability over the last quarter compares favourably to rivals such as Quantum, which made a loss of $32 million (#19.5 million) for the same period, and Seagate, which has announced losses and serious job cuts.
Maxtor: 00 353 12 866222.
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