Fujitsu announces first SCSI 2.5G GigaMO drive

Fujitsu has begun sample production of its first SCSI-2 interface-equipped drive to support the 2.3G-byte version of the GigaMO format.

The new drive is expected to enter commercial production in November but is already available to OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers at a price of 60,000 yen (US$500) per drive. It is Fujitsu's second drive to support the latest version of the GigaMO format following the launch earlier this year of a version with an ATAPI interface.Fujitsu said it hopes to ship 500,000 units of the new drive over the next three years. When it launched the ATAPI version of the drive, it announced a shipment target of 2 million units of that model over the same time frame.

The GigaMO standard was developed jointly by Fujitsu and Sony Corp. and based upon its MO magneto-optical disk format. Originally supporting the storage of up to 1.3G bytes per 3.5-inch disk, the latest version of the GigaMO format can accommodate up to 2.3G bytes of data and was announced by the two companies in March this year. Like other incarnations of the MO format, it maintains backwards compatibility with all disks back to the original 128M-byte capacity version.

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