LS-120 technology, which allows a standard-size floppy disk drive to store up to 120MB, is making a splash this week at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.
OR Technology Inc. announced its new a:drive, an LS-120 drive capable of reading and writing to 1.44MB disks as well as 120MB drives. The drive can be installed in standard bays used for floppy drives. The FD-2120A will be available in the third quarter, with an estimated street price of $149.
Imation Corp., meanwhile, said it was releasing a new software package, the LS-120 Performance Accelerator, which uses data caching and buffering to improve performance. The software is scheduled to ship in April.
Also today, Vobis AG unveiled plans to integrate LS-120 drives in its Highscreen commercial PC line in late spring, while Mitsubishi Electric Corp. introduced an LS-120 drive for notebooks. (See story.)
Separately, Hitachi America Ltd. announced it will ship samples of its new DK226A-32 hard drive in April. The drive, which will costs $595 for an evaluation unit, can store up to 3.24GB and has an average seek time of 12ms.