Fujitsu continued its impressive growth with its mobile hard disk drive family, reaching an all-time high in shipment volume during the October-December period. An early leader in advocating Serial ATA (SATA) technology, the HDD manufacturer also revealed remarkable gains in the ongoing transition to SATA. Nearly 75% of all Fujitsu mobile units shipped within this timeframe featured the SATA interface.
During the fourth quarter, Fujitsu also maintained its status as the second largest enterprise hard disk drive supplier. The company currently provides a comprehensive family of enterprise products, including hard disk drives in 10K and 15K spindle speeds that feature 2.5" and 3.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and 2Gbps and 4Gbps Fibre Channel (FC). SAS technology is also ramping up steadily, representing over 40% of Fujitsu enterprise shipments.
In addition, Fujitsu publicized two landmark achievements that will significantly impact the industry. In November 2006, the company announced a breakthrough in thermal assisted magnetic recording that will enable the implementation of one Tb/in2 recording technology, which in turn will allow for the development of higher capacity products.
In December, Fujitsu followed this news by introducing the world's first 300GB 2.5" hard disk drive. The groundbreaking mobile HDD is the company's second generation product engineered using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and its third ultra-high capacity model, and will similarly address market demand for products featuring increased storage capacity. The 300GB HDDs will be well-suited for the audio/video computing market, particularly gaming, video editing, audio recording and DVR functionality, as well as for the high-end personal computing markets.