April 11, 2007 in Computing News

SAMSUNG Develops SpinPoint M5 Hard Disk Drive Series for Consumer Devices


Seoul, Korea - April 11, 2007 : Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information
technology, today announced its new 160GB hard drive using 2.5" disks.
Capacity of the single-disk platform ranges between 60 and 160GB, while
a dual-disk model is under development that will provide up to 250GB of
storage space. Samsung has already shipped test samples of the SpinPoint
M5 Series to OEM vendors and plans to begin mass production in mid-April.



The SpinPoint M5 series utilizes perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)
technology, and the disk drive design has been optimized to allow ultra-precision
adjustment of the head parking ramp position for high-density recording.



"The 2.5" hard drive market is registering double-digit annual
growth, and we expect at least a twenty-percent growth increase in 2007,"
said Hyung Keun Park, executive vice president and general manager of
Samsung Electronics' Storage System Division. "With hard disk drives
rapidly moving beyond PCs to include consumer electronics, we will provide
customers with a new lineup of products with the highest available capacity
and the best performance to enable new applications."



The 250GB model to follow will greatly expand the storage capacity of
mobile products, in step with the surging growth of multimedia content
and the rapidly changing mobile environment. The weight of the 160GB hard
drive has also been reduced by approximately 4% from 98.66g to 94.83g,
helping manufacturers to lighten their finished products.



The M5 Series has been developed specifically for portable consumer electronics,
where the key to success lies in controlling noise, vibration and power
consumption. Samsung's SpinPoint M5 hard drives are fifteen-percent quieter
and use five-percent less energy than other models with the same storage
capacity. The low-noise, low-power features are attractive to notebook
PC or tablet PCs users.



The new SpinPoint M5 hard drives feature a 5,400rpm spin rate, 1.5Gbps
SATA interface and 8MB cache memory. PATA models will be added to the
lineup in May.



About Samsung Electronics

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digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company
sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately
138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of
five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor
Business, Telecommunication Network Business, and Digital Appliance Business.
Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics
is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and
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