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Quantum will soon begin volume shipments of an 18.2GB storage drive, double the size of today's largest PC market storage products.

Quantum (QNTM) will soon begin volume shipments of an 18.2GB storage drive, double the size of the next-largest PC market storage product in the 3.5-inch form factor.

Designed for data-intensive business uses, the Quantum Atlas III will also deliver a speedy new Ultra2 SCSI Low Voltage Differential interface technology that boosts the rate of data transfer as high as 80MB/sec, according to Quantum. SCSI is a technology that allows peripheral devices to quickly trade data with PCs and server computers.

Limited shipments have already begun, and manufacturers will begin receiving the high-capacity drives later this quarter. Manufacturers have already received evaluation copies, the company said.

The 18.2GB drives will go for an estimated list price of $1,620.

Rival Seagate already has 18.2GB hard disks on the market for $1,679 and $1,599 at an online reseller.

Separately, Quantum announced that it has begun shipping 4.5GB and 9.1GB hard drives with the Ultra2 SCSI Low Voltage Differential interface to industrial distributors, and that shipments to server and workstation vendors will begin later this quarter.