March 13, 1997 1:45 PM ET
Mitsubishi takes the LS-120 drive on the road
By Margaret Kane

  Mitsubishi Electronics America Inc. today introduced a version of its LS-120 floppy drive for notebooks that will give portable machines access to 120M bytes of storage.

The drive is essentially the same size as a standard 1.44M-byte drive and can accept both types of disks. Because it uses the same interfaces as a standard floppy drive, manufacturers would be able to replace the drives with a minimum of work.

"Notebook computer users will no longer need to carry two drives with them - one for high capacity and another for 1.44M-byte operation," said Tadashi Hasegawa, manager of worldwide floppy drive manufacturing, in a release.

Samples of the drives will be available to OEMs in June, with volume production slated to begin in July. The samples will cost OEMs $120 each.

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