March 13, 1997 6:00 PM ET
120M-byte LS-120 drives a hit at CeBIT
By Margaret Kane

  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.

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