Toshiba claims its 2.5-inch drives feature high storage density, decreased energy consumption, a better signal-to-noise ratio and produce less heat when compared to slightly larger 3.5 HDDs. The drives are suitable for a variety of applications including laptop and mobile computers, video recorders, gaming consoles, external storage devices, converged TVs, media editing suites and printers.
Along with the introduction of this high-capacity drive, Toshiba also announced a high-end 7,200 RPM performance drive class, which provides a capacity of up to 200 Gbytes.
To help protect its drives, Toshiba developed a freefall sensor option available with certain models. The freefall sensor is equipped with accelerometers, which will respond to a 10-inch or greater fall and trigger the heads of the drive to retract from the platter and lock down in a data-safe position.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.