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.