Toshiba introduces new 80GB SATA automotive-grade hard drive
Toshiba also does storage devices just in case you didn’t notice, and this time round they have rolled out the first 80GB SATA automotive-grade hard drive to keep company its existing line of ruggedized and temperature-enhanced storage solutions that are specially meant for in-car navigation and infotainment applications. This will be the seventh generation automotive-grade hard drive also known by its more obscure model number MK8057GSC. Toshiba also scores a first with its release, since it is the debut of a SATA interface storage device to complement their current line of PATA products that are available in 40GB, 60GB and 80GB capacities. With SATA interface, it is a snap to migrate to the latest automotive systems with its ability to reduce signal-line complexity, simultaneously supporting faster top-end data transfer rates versus Parallel-ATA (PATA) based HDDs.
It is hoped that the introduction of SATA will play a pivotal role in delivering next-generation automotive infotainment applications and sophisticated navigation systems. With more than 10 years worth of experience in collaborating with top notch automotive manufacturers and system providers, you can be sure their MK8057GSC SATA hard drive is more than capable of meeting whatever challenges thrown at it. This model will feature an operating altitude specification of 5,500 meters and supports an operating temperature range of -30 degrees to 85 degrees Celsius. The MK8057GSC is also pretty tough in keeping your data secure, being able to withstand operational shock of 300G, providing a rugged and dependable storage solution for automobiles operating through extreme temperatures and terrain.
Currently, samples of the new Toshiba 80GB SATA automotive-grade HDD are available to automotive OEMs and aftermarket suppliers, whereas volume production will begin in spring next year. Guess we won’t see any automotive systems using this SATA hard drive till well the middle of 2009 then.