Fujitsu Revs up 80GB MHT-AH Mobile Hard Disk Drive to 5400 RPM

5/28/2003 - Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), one of the world's leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals, bolstered its mobile hard disk drive (HDD) market growth by introducing its new 80GB, 5400RPM MHT-AH mobile drive in a 2.5" 9.5mm form factor. Today's news follows the recent announcement of Fujitsu's next generation MHT series hard disk drives, the broadest range of 2.5" 4200RPM mobile HDD products in the industry.

The MHT-AH is the latest mobile hard disk drive to support Fujitsu's goal of providing increased capacity drives in a reduced form factor allowing manufacturers to look beyond traditional notebook PCs to high-end mobile and server applications.

High areal densities of up to 69Gb/in2, combined with Spin Valve GMR heads, GDT media, and MEEPRML read channel technologies enable these large-capacity hard disk drives to deliver outstanding performance. Fujitsu's new MHT-AH mobile hard disk drive also offers a 22% improvement in average latency compared to current 4200RPM products. Buffer size is expanded to 8MB, allowing for high throughput and resulting in impressive performance improvement. The FDB spindle motor technology dramatically improves non-operating shock tolerance and decreases acoustic noise. With capacities of 40GB, 60GB and 80GB, a 5400RPM rotational speed, and a 2.5" form factor these hard disk drives are big enough to hold large multimedia presentations, fast enough to run them, and small enough to fit in today's compact mobile computers, notebooks, consumer electronic devices and server applications.

"Producing a 5400RPM mobile hard disk drive with 80GB of storage capacity is a terrific accomplishment for Fujitsu and the industry as a whole," said Mark Geenen, founder of TRENDFOCUS, the leading market analysis firm dedicated to the HDD industry. "TRENDFOCUS believes the mobile HDD market will eclipse 55 million units in 2006. Cost-effectively hitting the 40GB and 80GB capacity points opens up significant growth potential in both PC and consumer electronics markets."

Fujitsu's MHT-AH series of mobile hard disk drives employ GDT (Glass Direct Texture) Media enabling nearly a 30% increase (comparing with Fujitsu's MHS series) in areal density of up to 69Gb/in2 and up to 40GB per disk while improving media resolution and noise reduction resulting in improved data integrity. Building on Fujitsu's mobile HDD technology leadership the MHT-AH series utilizes Fujitsu's fourth generation of FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) motor and Head Load / Unload mechanism with Inertia Latch technology.

"Avnet will use Fujitsu's 5400RPM 2.5" mobile hard disk drives to build reliable solutions for the mobile computing market. With an increase in storage capacity and rotational speed our customers will realize new storage applications that will improve their mobile computing experience," said Pat Cathey, president, Avnet Applied Computing, North America. "We appreciate the delicate business of manufacturing mobile hard disk drives and Fujitsu's history in the market instills confidence that our customers are receiving the most advanced solutions available today."

As a result of Fujitsu's technology leadership and innovation the MHT-AH series provides industry-leading specifications that are critical for today's mobile computing applications:

"Fujitsu's ability to introduce a market leading product in today's highly competitive environment is the combination of 35-year history in the HDD business coupled with a corporate belief in research and development," said Joel Hagberg, vice president OEM sales / product management, Fujitsu Computer Product of America. "Fujitsu's new MHT-AH mobile hard disk drives build on our success in the mainstream mobile HDD market. Fujitsu's new MHT drive offers increased capacity and rotational speed, while providing a platform for emerging interface trends for 2.5" hard disk drives."

Samples will be available in the second calendar quarter of 2003.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.

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