The hard-drive maker on Wednesday said its new series of 1-inch drives, which also come in 2.2GB, are targeted at consumer electronics devices.
"By using the same, current technologies available for the high-volume hard-drive production, the Magicstor 1-inch HDD (hard disk drive) is able to meet today's increasing demands for high-capacity handheld electronic devices such as the digital cameras, PDAs, laptops, MP3 players, handheld digital video players and other portable consumer electronics," Magicstor CEO David Wu said in a statement.
The company said it is also developing an even smaller 0.8-inch drive.
The market is slowly heating up for small disk drives, which are finding their way into Research firm IDC has predicted that the market for 1-inch drives will grow from about 750,000 shipments in 2003 to 1.5 million this year. That's still a small fraction of the overall market for disk drives.. The drives offer cheaper storage than competing flash memory technology does.
But a number of companies are competing in the minidrive arena.that measures less than an inch across. Hitachi and start-up Cornice make 1-inch drives. Hitachi's 4GB 1-inch drive is latest iPod music player. a 2GB 1-inch drive.