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Fujitsu launches 2.5” Enterprise hard disk drives supporting 6Gb/s SAS(*1) interface

New Fujitsu Enterprise hard disk drive line with industry-leading power efficiency

December 10, 2008

Fujitsu Europe Limited today announced the launch of its two new 2.5” MBD2-RC and MBE2-RC enterprise hard disk drive series with rotational speeds of 10,025 RPM and 15,000 RPM respectively. Both are providing standard support for the 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)(*1) interface and are using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)(*2), enabling storage capacities of up to 300GB(*3) for the MBD2-RC and up to 147GB(*3) for the MBE2-RC drives. Their environmentally friendly design minimises heat generation, power consumption, and space requirements and is an ideal solution for storage applications ranging from servers to high-capacity storage systems.

Lower power consumption
As part of Fujitsu’s Green Policy promoting ecologically sound products, both new series consume only 3,4W (idle) for the MBD2-RC and 4,1W for the MBE2-RC. This represents a reduction in power usage of as much as 28 percent over current 2.5” models(*6) and up to 74 percent lower power consumption over current 3.5” 15,000 RPM drives(*6), contributing to lower energy costs for customers.

Halogen-free(*4) for a safer environment
Both new hard drive series meet recent halogen-free(*4) initiatives, which restricts the use of chlorine, bromine and their compounds in manufacturing - making them environmentally friendly across their lifecycle. Both series are also in compliance with the RoHS Directives(*5) of the European Union.

Increased data transfer speeds
Compared to current 2.5” hard drive models*6, the new MBD2-RC and MBE2-RC enterprise series improve maximum internal data transfer rates by 60 percent. By supporting the latest SAS-2, 6Gb/s interface*1 specification, both new series offer data transfer rates of up to 600MB/s between the drive and the host.

While the enterprise storage market continues to demand high-performance drives, there has been a growing push for environmentally friendly HDD designs that minimize heat generation, power consumption, and space requirements. As an alternative to 3.5” hard disk drives, which have been widely used in the enterprise market, there is increasing interest in 2.5” models that can deliver superior performance in a smaller footprint.

The MBD2 RC series will be released in the first quarter of calendar year 2009, followed by the MBE2 RC series in the second quarter.

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(*1) 6Gb/s SAS interface
SAS (Serial-attached SCSI) is a new serial interface for SCSI. Compared to the traditional parallel interface, this can achieve higher data-transfer rates. Systems comprising SAS HDDs can be connected to SATA HDDs. SAS-2 is the latest interface standard. 6Gb/s SAS is based on the SAS-2 specification, and extends the data-transfer rates from previous 3Gb/s SAS to 6Gb/s (600MB/s).(*2) Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR)This is a recording method that permits greater storage capacity than the traditional longitudinal magnetic recording method. The poles of the magnetic elements are aligned perpendicularly to the surface of the recording media(*3) One Gigabyte (GB) One GB is equivalent to one billion 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.(*4) Halogen-freeHalogen-free as defined by levels of chlorine (CL) and bromine (Br) or a compound in which they are combined reduced to be less than the standards of IEC61249-2-21:2003, as stated below: Chlorine: less than 900ppm Bromine: less than 900ppm Chlorine + bromine: less than 1500ppm (*5) RoHS DirectiveShort for “Restriction on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.” A directive issued by the European Union on February 13, 2003 that has set legal regulations for hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment to minimize risk to the environment and people in member countries. Based on the directive, as of July 1, 2006, the amount of lead, hexavalent chromium, mercury, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) is regulated in electrical and electronic equipment intended for Europe.(*6) Previous modelsThree series from Fujitsu announced May 30, 2007: MBA3, MBB2 and MBC2.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see:

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu Europe Limited

Operating in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Fujitsu Europe Limited is a market leading provider of document image scanners for professional desktop, workgroup and high volume production environments; Enterprise SCSI, FCAL and SAS, and Mobile ATA and SATA hard disk drives; high capacity external 2.5-inch drives; KVM devices including switches, CAT-5 extenders and pull-out drawers; biometric authentication sensors as well as dot-matrix printers.Established in the United Kingdom in 1981, Fujitsu Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global electronics giant Fujitsu Limited and has its head office in the UK as well as subsidiary offices in Germany, Italy and Spain.

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Date: 10 December, 2008


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