Seagate Technology and Western Digital Vie for Technology Supremacy

On the same day, Seagate Technology and Western Digital released news releases claiming to be the first in the industry to release drives with 60GB-per-platter 7200RPM hard disks.

Seagate's Barracuda ATA V will take advantage of 60GB platters to offer 120GB on only two disks. The Barracuda ATA V will also offer a native Serial ATA interface, which is designed to replace the Parallel ATA interface. The drive will begin shipping this month with the Ultra ATA/100 interface and 2MB of cache. A drive with Serial ATA interface and 8MB cache will be available this fall. The Barracuda ATA V will feature Seagate's SoftSonic Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor, which helps the drive operate quietly.

Also in July, Western Digital will offer WD Caviar 60GB-per-platter 7200RPM hard disks ranging in capacity from 120GB to 200GB. Like Seagate's drive, Western Digital's drives will offer optional FDB motors to ensure quiet operation in noise-sensitive environments.

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