Hitachi announces Fibre Channel drives

Posted on December 01, 1997

Hitachi announces Fibre Channel drives

Possibly being the second to market with native Fibre Channel drives, Hitachi America recently announced plans to ship FC-AL drives sometime next quarter. Fujitsu has announced plans to ship Fibre Channel drives sometime in the first half of next year.

Hitachi`s OEM drives are also available with Fast SCSI-2, Ultra SCSI, and Ultra2 SCSI interfaces, with capacities of 9.1GB (model DK329H-91, low-profile) or 18.2GB (model DK319H-18, half-height).

Specs include a 7,200-rpm rotation speed, average seek times of 7.5msec, average latency of 4.1msec, and internal data transfer rates of 13.5MBps to 21.8MBps. Standard buffer size is 512KB; optionally, 2MB. OEM samples of the SCSI versions of the drives are available this month. Contact Hitachi America Ltd. at (415) 589-8300, www.hitachi.com.