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Cornice launches smaller portable disk drive

Posted by iTech - 2006-01-04

LONDON — Miniature disk drive provider Cornice Inc. has added the “Dragon” series of micro hard drives to its range, available in 8- and 10-gigabyte storage capacities.

The company did not give the physical dimensions of the drive, but said it is 40 percent smaller than a previous hard disk drive and that the reference design that incorporates a Dragon drive is the size of a matchbook.

Cornice (Longmont, Colo.) said it expects the Dragon drives to be included in portable audio and video players, mobile phones and personal storage devices. The Dragon Series drive is priced at $85 per unit in quantities of 10,000 per year.

Dragon allows magnetic storage to be more than four times cheaper than the $80 per gigabyte retail price point of flash memory, Cornice claimed.

A personal storage reference design called “Dragon Tail”, is priced at $10,000 for the complete manufacturing design data plus 25 samples for qualification.

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