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Samsung Spinpoint N3U

The Samsung Spinpoint N3U is a 1.8 inch HDD with that comes with a choice of 120 GB, 160 GB, 200 GB or 250 GB capacity. The smaller-than-traditional HDD is equipped with a USB connector instead of the traditional parallel ATA or SATA, and the N3U is designed primarily for external hard drives like Samsung’s own S1 mini range. It is also compatible with manufacturers of devices that produce netbooks and music players. The HDD has up to 40% lower power consumption than a 2.5 inch…

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Samsung Spinpoint N3U

The Samsung Spinpoint N3U is a 1.8 inch HDD with that comes with a choice of 120 GB, 160 GB, 200 GB or 250 GB capacity. The smaller-than-traditional HDD is equipped with a USB connector instead of the traditional parallel ATA or SATA, and the N3U is designed primarily for external hard drives like Samsung’s own S1 mini range. It is also compatible with manufacturers of devices that produce netbooks and music players. The HDD has up to 40% lower power consumption than a 2.5 inch HDD of the same capacity, providing extended battery life for manufacturers on their devices. Because of its 3600 rpm spin speed, this HDD is has its limitations on to netbooks; as notebooks would not be able to use it (requiring a higher speed drive).

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announces its 120 GB/160 GB/200 GB/250 GB 1.8 inch hard disk drive, the Spinpoint N3U, which incorporates a native USB controller on its printed circuit board. This design results in a smaller foot print, less power consumption and optimized performance, thus making it ideal for portable external storage devices. At its highest capacity, the Spinpoint N3U stores up to 125 Gigabytes per platter for a total 250 GB data storage capacity. The N3U drive which uses a USB interface, does not require a bridge circuit unlike external hard drives in order to convert the hard drive’s PATA interface into a USB interface. It is designed to withstand a free fall drop of up to 50 centimeters and be resistant to a maximum shock incident of up to 1500G. Because it is a native USB interface device, the Spinpoint N3U eliminates points of failure due to loose cable connections and optimizes performance by eliminating the interrupt service time for the bridge board to convert PATA to USB signals. The N3U 1.8 inch drive also consumes about 40 percent less power than a 2.5 inch hard drive of an equivalent capacity. The Spinpoint N3U comes in 120-, 160-, 200- and 250-GB capacities, the disk rotation speed is 3600 rpm, and it supports a USB 2.0 interface. The drives are equipped with an 8 MB cache memory. Initial shipments to OEMs are scheduled from mid-July with a MSRP at $199.00.

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