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High Performance Server Class Disk Drive packaged in a reduced size form factor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000023841D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-31

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Current high performance server class disk drives used in the enterprise and workstation environment are all packaged in a standard 3.5" form factor. The devices currently available all require approximately 12-19 Watts of operational power. Recording technology has advanced to the point that the available capacity on a 3.5" device far exceeds the needs of most customers and applications. Therefore, a trend has developed in the industry of producing devices with fewer heads and disks. Based in this, what is proposed is a device of server class performance and reliability, but packaged in a much smaller volume. The capacity offered would be reduced from that available in 3.5" servers, which reduces the required operational power. Specifically, what is proposed is a serve class drive configured to 2.5" form factor (100 mm x 70 mm). A variety of Z height can be accomplished (9.5 mm, 12.7 mm, 15 mm for example) by varying the number of disks used. The capacity and operational power of such a device is roughly ½ of traditional 3.5" servers.