Samsung announced it is now shipping the 1TB Spinpoint MT2 internal hard drive that can be used in consumer electronics, such as DVRs, digital TVs, and other devices that support 2.5-inch drives.
The new Samsung drive is a 5,400RPM, three 33GB platter HDD that uses the SATA 3.0Gbps interface and 8MB buffer. The South Korean electronics company also included SilentSeek and NoiseGuard solutions to quiet noise output.
The Spinpoint MT2 also has 20 percent faster read/write speeds and uses 4 percent less power than rival HDDs, according to Samsung.
Samsung is promoting its HDD for storage products such as digital TVs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and similar products. The drive cannot be used in most notebooks since Samsung decided to use a very curious 9.5mm height dimension that will fit into a small number of notebooks.
“The new Spinpoint MT2 drive offers the largest capacity in what has previously been offered as an option for portable digital devices,” said I.C. Park, Samsung VP of storage marketing, in a statement. “As the total storage solution provider, Samsung is committed to offering products that features exceptional performance and value across a wide range of computing and consumer electronics market.”
Samsung is now shipping the Spinpoint MT2 HDD with 750GB and 1TB storage capacities. Pricing information on the two drives hasn’t been released.
This is an important step forward for manufacturers trying to cater to a consumer market spending more time in the living room. The use of set-top boxes, DVRs, and similar devices continues to increase, with Web-connected HDTVs also expected to significantly increase over the next five years.