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.