Hitachi may well be the first to ship a 1TB hard drive.
Within hours of each other last night, both Seagate and Hitachi announced plans for their first 1TB hard drives, which will ship in the first half of this year.
However, it looks like Hitachi will be the first out of the gate with its Deskstar 7K1000 drive, as it looks set to begin shipping to retail customers during 1Q07 with a suggested retail price of US$399 ($0.40 per GB).
Seagate, on the other hand, has said that it will make its 1TB Barracuda available to the public
in the first half of 2007.
The Deskstar 7K1000 will be available in both SATA 3Gb/s and ATA133 versions, with the SATA version boasting a whopping 32MB on-board cache. Meanwhile, those wanting to buy the PATA version of the drive will have to settle for only 8MB of cache.
Hitachi's new 1TB drives use five 200GB platters that spin at 7200RPM, and they're the company's first drives to make use of perpendicular recording technology. However, it will not be the first drive to make use of perpendicular recording technology, as Seagate was first to use that technology in 3.5" drives when it launched its 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 drive last year.
Hitachi has also announced plans for a four-platter 750GB drive later this year too, although retail pricing hasn't been disclosed at this time. Both of these new high-capacity drives will make use of three low-power idle modes that will boost power efficiency (and should reduce noise levels) when the drive isn't seeking.