Here we have an in-car accessory that won't ask you to take more of your attention from the road. The Toshiba MK2060GSC hard-disk-drive will be available later this year in 100GB and 200GB flavors for OEM entertainment systems. About the only spec that could be considered so-so is the 4,200-rpm rotational speed, but otherwise it will perform beyond your car's limits: it can be used in temperatures from -22 Fahrenheit to 185, from 999 feet below sea level to 18,645 (but you can take it up to 39,600 feet when not in operation) and it's able to survive a 300-g shock.

Right now, for example, hard-disk-drive systems with 50 total gigabytes of storage only have around 20 gigabytes left over for your own digital goodies once the navigation system and peripherals have been taken care of. With at least 100GB on tap from the Toshiba, that opens up your library possibilities enormously. We don't know why you'd need more music and movies stored in your car unless you have a Peterbilt in your garage, but we don't get paid to ask those kinds of questions, so we won't... There's a press release after the jump if you're really into hard disks.

Just one more thing: how much longer until solid-state drives completely take over such purposes?

[Source: Engadget]
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Toshiba Introduces Highest-Capacity Automotive-Grade HDD to Support Demand for Advanced In-Vehicle Storage

200GB Small Form Factor HDD Sets a New Industry Standard, Targeting the Increasing Capacity Needs of In-Vehicle and Industrial Applications

IRVINE, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today strengthened its position as the world's leading manufacturer of automotive-grade HDDs by introducing a new HDD with 200 gigabytes(1) (GB) of storage capacity in a single-platter design.

The 4,200 RPM SATA MK2060GSC is the highest-capacity automotive-grade HDD available and provides vehicle systems manufacturers with the high-capacity storage needed to improve telematics, navigation and entertainment systems, particularly as these systems are being designed to communicate with information and content sources outside the car. This high-capacity automotive storage line will enable carmakers and aftermarket vendors to deliver an improved in-vehicle user experience, while enhancing driver safety.

This introduction builds on Toshiba's existing automotive product line. As of March 2010, Toshiba has shipped 14 million automotive-grade HDDs to the worldwide market, and had 75 percent global market share(2) for shipments in 2009, according to the company's internal sales data. In addition, IDC has forecast that more classes of automobiles will increasingly offer factory in-dashboard infotainment systems that provide audio, video and a variety of navigation information to passengers beginning in model year 2012(3). Consumer desire for multimedia applications and navigation systems integrated into cars has fueled demand for high-capacity HDDs, ensuring migration of these applications beyond the premium vehicle market and into the mainstream.

The MK2060GSC targets telematics and infotainment applications, in which proven performance and capacity are critical. This product line represents a significant innovation in commercial automotive-grade HDD technology, as it doubles the maximum storage capacity available. Other technical benefits to systems manufacturers include a 78 percent improvement in internal transfer rates compared to equivalent products on the market, as well as a faster seek time of 12 milliseconds and extremely quiet "silent seek" operation of 23dB. These features make the MK2060GSC ideal for multimedia, navigation and in-vehicle video recording applications, which require a combination of high storage capacities and rapid data recall.

In addition to its high capacity, the MK2060GSC offers exceptional reliability. This HDD can withstand altitude variations of -300 to 12,000 meters during non-operating and -300 to 5,650 meters while operating, as well as operating temperatures of -30 to +85°C. The new HDD also delivers high levels of operating shock resistance and enhanced vibration resistance. Consequently, telematics systems manufacturers deploying this product in high-quality cars can be confident their products will function normally, despite extreme environmental conditions.

"The next generation of automobile infotainment, connectivity and location-awareness applications will require more innovation and undoubtedly higher storage capacity," said Scott Wright, product manager for Toshiba Storage Device Division. "Our commitment to sustain continued advancement in this product category continues to position Toshiba as the leader for storage components. We are ideally positioned to provide vehicle systems manufacturers with the high-quality, reliable storage technology they need to capitalize on an evolving market opportunity."

In addition to the MK2060GSC, Toshiba also debuts the MK1060GSC as part of this automotive-grade product series, offering 100GB of storage capacity. All of Toshiba's automotive-grade HDDs are suitable for use in many industrial applications requiring extended temperature tolerance. Continuing Toshiba's commitment to reducing environmental impact, these HDDs are fully compliant with RoHS regulation and are halogen-free.

Information and Availability
Toshiba's MKxxGSC series will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2010 for industrial distribution and OEMs. These HDDs are currently being sampled to selected partners for qualification. For more information on Toshiba's line of industry-leading small form factor hard drives, visit www.toshibastorage.com.