Seagate launches 80GB drives

The new drives are the sixth-generation of the company's U series, which are usually used in devices including high-volume PCs, personal video recorders, game consoles and audio jukeboxes, Seagate said in a statement.

The new drives have 40GB of space on each of two platters, featuring internal transfer rates of 54.5MB per second, an 8.9 millisecond seek time and a 2MB cache, Seagate said in a statement.

The 5400 rpm (revolutions per minute) 80GB U series can store up to 120 hours of television-quality video, Seagate said.

Alongside the standard drive, Seagate also launched the U Series CE, specifically created for consumer electronics devices. The CE (consumer electronics) drive is designed for acoustic performance, using fluid dynamic bearing motors instead of ball bearing motors, reducing idle acoustics to 27 decibels. This makes it preferable for acoustically sensitive applications, Seagate said.

The standard 80GB U series drive is currently shipping to distributors in the US for $US229, but the street price will probably be a little below that, John Paulsen, manager of Seagate's product communications said.

The U Series CE drive is currently available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Paulsen said. Seagate does not discuss prices on its OEM products, but the CE drive will be "close in price" to the standard U series, Paulsen said.

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