Toshiba has released a line of hard drives designed for use in cars and embedded industrial systems.
The 2.5in, 4,200rpm SATA drives come in capacities of 100GB and 200GB, and will be used for storage in built-in navigation and entertainment systems. The drives are set to begin production in August.
Toshiba said that the units are designed to operate inside moving vehicles, and can withstand vibrations and temperatures of up to 85 degrees centigrade.
The drives operate with a 12ms seek time and a quieter 23dB noise level. The new models offer a 78 per cent improvement in transfer speeds and a 25 per cent reduction in seek times compared to the previous 80GB automotive drives, the firm said.
They will also be the first automotive drives from the company to be produced without environmentally dangerous halogens.
The new drives will target the growing market for embedded automotive systems as carmakers expand the use of onboard entertainment systems and navigation systems.
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