Maxtor Announces Next Generation Atlas Hard Drive Family

Maxtor has announced it’s fourth-generation 10K SCSI hard disk drive, the Maxtor Atlas 10K IV. Maxtor also announced its plans to launch a program to deliver a 15K class drive after the Atlas10K IV reaches volume shipments. Both drives incorporate Maxtor’s proven second-generation U320 SCSI interface. The first-generation Atlas 10K III-U320 has been shipping in volume since April.

“Comparing our in-house testing to published product specifications, we come in with the best industry average seek times, and offer the fastest sustained data rate on our Atlas 10K IV,” said John Joseph, vice president of marketing for the Server Products Group at Maxtor. “These leading specifications underscore our commitment to our most demanding customers and integrators to offer a broad line of storage solutions and the most reliable hard drives in the industry.”

The Maxtor Atlas 10K IV has a class leading average seek time of 4.4msec and host sustained data rate of 72 MB/s. The Maxtor Atlas 10K IV combines this performance with capacities of 36GB, 73GB and 146GB, acoustics as low as 3.2 bels, a low profile design, a powerful 8 MB cache, and proven reliability that offers discerning enterprise customers a complete storage solution.

The Atlas 10K IV comes standard with Maxtor’s second generation of SCSI U320 interface with Maxtor’s unique adaptive active filtration (AAF). Maxtor’s leadership in SCSI and AAF technology provides customers with improved signal quality at the drive and system level, which results in lower system down time and higher ROI

Sample units of the Maxtor Atlas 10K IV will be available in Q3 2002. Volume production is scheduled for early Q4 2002.

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