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IBM shows tiny disk drive
September 9, 1998: 9:04 a.m. ET

New microdrive, size of a large coin, is aimed at portable electronic devices
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NEW YORK (CNNfn) - International Business Machine Corp. unveiled the world's smallest and lightest hard disk drive Wednesday.
     The computer giant's new microdrive is about the size of a large coin, weighs less than an AA battery and can store over 200 times more data than a floppy disk.
     Its small size and high performance make the microdrive suitable for use in portable electronic devices, including still and video digital cameras and handheld or "companion" PCs.
     "We are seeing tremendous market interest for the high-capacity and low cost per megabyte microdrive," Bill Healy, an IBM general manager, said. "It fills a gap that is not being addressed by any other technology right now."
     Unlike other portable storage formats such as flash memory, microdrive uses hard disk drive technology to store information.
     Compared with similarly-sized solid-state memory cards based on flash memory semiconductor technology, the new 340 megabyte microdrive device has a much lower cost per megabyte and can hold five times more content.
     IBM's microdrive will allow data to be shared among different handheld devices, such as notebook computers, digital cameras and printers.
     Microdrive already is compatible with some devices made by Canon Inc. and other companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Hitachi and Minolta, are looking into integrating the drive into future products.
     Microdrive will become available in mid-1999.
     Share of IBM (IBM) gained 6-9/16 to 125-15/16 on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. Back to top

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