Seagate Launches New Pipeline HDDs

Seagate has announced two new additions to the Seagate Pipeline HD family of purpose-built hard drives for Digital Video Recorders – the Pipeline HD Mini and Pipeline HD.2.
The 2.5-inch Pipeline HD Mini hard drive is engineered specifically for use in digital video recorders (DVRs). With 160GB and 250GB capacities available, DVR manufacturers can benefit from the lower-power performance and slim form factor of these new, smaller hard drives without sacrificing capacity for their content-hungry customers. The Pipeline HD.2 is Seagate’s second generation of the Pipeline HD drive built in a 3.5-inch form factor. These new Pipeline HD.2 hard drives, available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, give home entertainment device manufacturers one and two disk, cost-optimized solutions for today’s high definition video recording applications.

Pipeline HD series hard drives achieve superior performance and operation on the three key areas of importance to manufacturers – acoustics, energy efficiency and high reliability. The Pipeline HD.2 and the Pipeline HD Mini hard drives both feature enhanced acoustics for near silent operation, coupled with 24/7 operation capabilities in extended temperature ranges common to consumer electronics applications. The Pipeline HD family also continues Seagate’s commitment to earth-friendly and sustainable products with leading low-power designs and improved usage of recycled and recyclable materials.

Operating below the range of audible sound for the human ear at just 21db, the Pipeline HD Mini and Pipeline HD.2 hard drives provide optimized acoustics for purpose-built home entertainment components. The living-room environment demands superior acoustic management to limit audible distractions during operation of DVRs and Media Center PCs, and Pipeline HD series hard drives enable designers to build the quietest home entertainment systems possible.
Both the Pipeline HD.2 and Pipeline HD Mini hard drives are made up of 50% recycled materials with 75% of the materials being recyclable. These drives also contribute to sustainable energy initiatives by achieving a 52% improvement in power savings over previous generations. The Pipeline HD Series of hard drives is also built without the use of harmful chemicals like the fire retardant bromide and is PVC free.  
Seagate’s Pipeline HD Mini and Pipeline HD.2 drives will be available in the first half of 2009.

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