Seagate has released a new ultra-slim notebook hard drive.
The company said that the new Momentus Thin line of drives would be just 7mm thick, significantly thinner than the previous 9.5mm thick 2.5in hard drive models.
"The Momentus Thin drive promises to help computer makers differentiate on mobile-computing form factor and better compete in the fast-growing markets for thin laptop PCs and netbooks," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and product line management.
Seagate said that it plans to offer the new drives primarily for use in ultra-slim notebooks. The company is offering the drive in either a 160GB or 250GB model at 5400 RPM.
With the thinner drives, Seagate is looking to appeal to manufacturers that would have to otherwise use more expensive solid state drives (SSD) or 1.8in hard disk models. While vendors have increasingly looked to use SSDs in both notebook and desktop models, the cost of those drives has kept SSDs out of much of the market.
The rollout of the Momentus Thin comes just days after Seagate made its first foray into the SSD market with a line of drives for high-performance servers and blade systems.
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