Computex Taipei 2013 - In a move that surprised no one, Seagate today announced a new ultrathin 5mm HDD for use in slim laptops, ultrabooks and tablet devices.
The 5mm standard will start off strong this year with large OEMs and ODMs taking advantage of the 25% reduces height compared to 7mm HDDs that were all the rage just one year ago. Shown above, at the top of the pile is the new 5mm, single platter wonder. The drive sits atop 7mm and 9.5mm products.
With design wins in hand from ASUS and GIGABYTE (shown here), Seagate has this model in production already. The new product supports Seagate Secure Self-Encrypting Drive Features with on-the-fly data encryption that meets TCG Opal protocol.
The GIGABYTE tablet design shown above required an ultrathin design. Unlike the Western Digital 5mm model that we have on the test bench now, the Seagate 5mm model uses standard SATA power and data connectors.
To help drive it home Seagate brought out on of their big hitters, Banseng Teh, Senior VP & Managing Director ASUS Pacific & Japan Sales & Marketing.