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Toshiba ships 200GB hard drives for cars

To meet the growing demands of the connected car
Wed Jan 23 2013, 17:49
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JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Toshiba has started supplying a mystery carmaker with its high capacity automotive hard drives to meet the growing demands of innovations in the motor industry, such as the connected car.

Though Toshiba has refused to divulge to which car manufacturer it has started supplying its MK2060GSC 200GB hard drives, it did say it is a "leading German manufacturer". Now there are only so many major German carmakers out there that specialise in the connected car, so it's not too difficult to hazard a guess. BMW? Volkwagen? Audi? But don't take our word for it.

Launched as a prototype over two years ago, Toshiba's 200GB automotive hard drives are the "highest compatible automotive drives" available for the industry today, Toshiba claims.

The 4,200RPM hard drive offers high internal data transfer rates of up to 665 Mbit/s and an average seek time of 12ms. Drivers can view map updates through satellite navigation applications, while passengers in the back can stream high definition movies and music.

"Some vehicles now even have the ability to download apps directly, to enhance the in-car experience," Toshiba said. "With these increasingly sophisticated telematics, navigation and entertainment systems, HDDs must be able to receive growing quantities of data, and Toshiba is working in partnership with manufacturers to make this a reality."

The drives have also been developed to operate in extreme environments, across a range of temperature, altitude, and vibration conditions while providing the same performance.

"Each HDD range is optimised so the disc spindle is able to withstand temperature variations of -30 to +85 degree celsius," Toshiba said. "Thanks to aerodynamic technology utilised in the magnetic head slider, it can also withstand altitude of up to 5,650m and 3G vibration tolerance."

Toshiba added that the drives also remain silent during performance in any environment. µ


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