Western Digital enters miniature hard drive market

WD Miniature HD

Western Digital has announced its entry into the miniature drive market. Starting in Q2 2005, Western Digital will offer 3600 RPM 1-inch hard drives with capacities up to 6GB. They will be offered with either a standard CF II interface or will be integrated directly into new products.

“The sub-2.5-inch markets, mostly driven by massive demand for MP3 players and, in the future, by multi-function mobile phones, will be the most explosive growth areas for hard drives,” said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. “We are witnessing a global cultural revolution in portable digital entertainment. Hard-drive enabled MP3 players are already becoming ubiquitous, and by 2008, at least 8 percent of mobile phones could contain a hard drive.”

A small subsite has been set up but information is scarce right now. Presumably, as we get closer to release, more information will appear there.

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