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Fujitsu Asia Unveils Two New SAS Hard Disk Drive Series for ASEAN and India

MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series to be available from Q1 and Q2 2009 respectively

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, November 24, 2008

Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu Asia today announced two new series of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives (HDDs) for enterprise applications.

The MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series of 2.5-inch enterprise HDDs are rated at 10,025 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 15,000 rpm respectively. The MBD2 RC series offers storage capacities of 147 gigabytes (GB) and 300 GB, while the MBE2 RC series includes 73.5 GB and 147 GB models.

The high storage capacities are realised via perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. Unlike conventional longitudinal magnetic recording techniques, in which information is stored parallel to the surface of a HDD, PMR technology aligns magnetic charges perpendicular to the disk surface. This allows a HDD to store data using smaller bit sizes, for higher storage densities and capacities.

Developed in line with Fujitsu’s Green Policy Innovation program to promote energy-efficient IT products and services, the new HDD lines set new industry benchmarks for energy efficiency and environmental conservation. In idle mode, the MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series require a maximum of 3.4 watts and 4.1 watts of power respectively – indicating industry-leading energy efficiency. The two new HDD series are also Fujitsu’s first halogen-free enterprise HDD lines, making them environmentally-friendly products throughout their entire lifecycles.

Both series conform to the new SAS-2 interface standard and support a maximum data throughput rate of 6 gigabits per second (Gbps), twice that of the original SAS specification. The two new HDD lines also provide internal data transfer rates that are 60 per cent higher than that offered by earlier HDDs from Fujitsu Asia.

“As climate change and environmental conservation emerge at the forefront of the global agenda, there has been a growing push for high-performance and high-reliability enterprise HDDs that incorporate environmentally-friendly characteristics. There has also been increasing interest in 2.5-inch enterprise HDDs that can deliver superior performance compared to their 3.5-inch counterparts. Fujitsu is responding to these twin needs with the MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series, both of which support the 6Gbps SAS-2 interface and comply with our stringent environmental policy,” said Mr Loh Chong Shing, Regional Senior Vice President of Fujitsu Asia.

With a 16MB buffer and short read/write times, the new HDD lines are ideal for mission-critical server or high-capacity storage applications requiring high data throughput, low power consumption and other benefits.

Specifications for the MBD2 RC Series

Capacity (1) 147.0 GB 300.0 GB
Interface SAS-2 (6Gb/s SAS)
Rotational speed 10,025 rpm
Avg seek time (typ) 3.8 ms (read), 4.3 ms (write)
Data transfer rate Max 600 MB/s (6Gb/s SAS)
Buffer size (2) 16 MB
Shock resistance, during operation 100 G (1 ms)
Shock resistance, non-operating 400 G (1 ms)
Voltage +5 V ± 5%, +12 V ± 5%
Power consumption when idle (typ) 3.2 W 3.4 W
Noise at idle (typ.) 2.9 bels
Dimensions (H x W x L) 15.0 x 69.85 x 100.45 mm
Weight 220 g or less

Specifications for the MBE2 RC Series

Capacity (1) 73.5 GB 147.0 GB
Interface SAS-2 (6Gb/s SAS)
Rotational speed 15,000 rpm
Avg seek time (typ) 2.9 ms (read), 3.4 ms (write)
Data transfer rate Max 600 MB/s (6Gb/s SAS)
Buffer size (2) 16 MB
Shock resistance, during operation 100 G (1 ms)
Shock resistance, non-operating 400 G (1 ms)
Voltage +5 V ± 5%, +12 V ± 5%
Power consumption when idle (typ) 3.9 W 4.1 W
Noise at idle (typ.) 3.2 bels
Dimensions (H x W x L) 15.0 x 69.85 x 100.45 mm
Weight 220 g or less

The MBD2 RC and MBE2 RC series of enterprise HDDs will be available for the ASEAN (including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam) and India markets from Q1 and Q2 2009 respectively. Visit http://www.fujitsu.com/sg or call 6512-7555 for more details.


  • [1] Fujitsu Asia Unveils Two New SAS Hard Disk Drive Series for ASEAN and India

    1GB is equivalent to 1 billion bytes, or 1,000,000,000 bytes. Usable storage capacity is actually less than this figure. Actual storage capacity may vary depending on the environment and formatting of the customer's system.

  • [2] Fujitsu Asia Unveils Two New SAS Hard Disk Drive Series for ASEAN and India

    Some buffer memory will be used by the firmware controller.

About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSW: 6702), a leader in customer-centric IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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Date: 24 November, 2008
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd