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Fujitsu gets more out of notebook drive

Fujitsu Computer Products of America on Tuesday said it plans to deliver a more performance-oriented hard drive family for notebook PCs.

The drive family, dubbed MHT-AH, will offer a boost in performance due to an increase in the speed at which the tiny platters that store data inside the drives rotate. The platters will rotate at 5,400 revolutions per minute (rpm). Though there are already 5,400rpm drives on the market, the new drive family offers an 8MB data buffer--a size normally seen in desktops--and 20GB of extra capacity, allowing the drives to offer better performance and greater capacity than many other drives, which may offer 80GB, but operate at 4,200rpm or 5,400rpm and store 60GB of data, Fujitsu said. The new drive family will have 40GB, 60GB and 80GB capacities starting later this quarter, the company said. Prices were not announced.