Hitachi has announced two new internal hard drives: the CinemaStar C5K320 and the CinemaStar 5K500.

The CinemaStar C5K320 is a 2.5in, 5,400rpm (revolutions per minute) hard drive available in capacities from 120GB to 320GB. Hitachi also announced the CinemaStar 5K500 - the company's first 'CoolSpin' drive, which Hitachi says uses an enhanced motor design to limit peak current during spin-up and enable lower continuous running power.

Hitachi says the CinemaStar C5K320 enjoys "improved Perpendicular Magnetic Recording head technology and other reliability-focused enhancements", so that's alright then. The CinemaStar C5K320 will include Hitachi's own SmoothStream software which, the company says, enhances streaming functionality in digital video applications.

The CinemaStar C5K320 also includes technology to provide time-limited error recovery and enhanced thermal monitoring capabilities, and will be available in June.

CoolSpin drives allow system builders to develop set-top boxes and DVRs that run cooler and require less power, ultimately leading to improved product reliability and lifespan, according to Hitachi. The CinemaStar 5K500 will also be available worldwide in June 2008.

"Hitachi CoolSpin drives deliver a substantial power savings over their desktop-class counterparts, simplifying CE product design and paving the way for a new class of set-top boxes and DVRs that are smaller, quieter and more reliable for consumers," said Larry Swezey of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

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Hitachi CinemaStar internal hard disk drive

Hitachi CinemaStar internal hard disk drive