While we start seeing first samples of 7 mm thin 2.5" HD in shops, Intel considers that it is still too tick for the future that the founder imagine built on Ultrabook.
Intel wants to go fast, and the new format will be defined and frozen by the end of 2012. Plate-based HD manufacturers will have to find the way to save 28% in height to align with the new format. This will most likely imply using thinner plate and smaller reading/writing head. In addition, it will require the development of a new connector, defined by Intel as "in form-factor SATA host interface. Intel is very optimistic and predicts that such drive will reach 1 TB capacity by 2015...
With such specifications, SSD manufacturers will be the first to be able to offer such products by 2013. The only company that would be happy of such move, will be Toshiba as tis a long and standing experience for developing and producing 1.8" plate-based HD that have by default 5 mm height, found in iPod Classic.
Les disques dur 2,5" deviennent plus fins