HGST Launches Endurastar J4K320 Automotive Hard Drive

HGST has launched its 6th generation of Endurastar automotive hard drives, the J4K320, which is rated to operate at altitudes of up to 5,500 meters, has a temperature range of -30° C to 85° C and a shock tolerance of 300 G (2 ms). The drives also include the company's patented Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) technology which "can compensate the head/media distance variations caused by altitude and temperature changes."

The J4K320 family features a 9.5 mm 2.5-inch form factor, a SATA 1.5 Gb/s interface, a single physical platter with two data heads, and is available in capacities of 80 GB, 100 GB, 200 GB, 250 GB and 320 GB.

"HGST has been working with the automotive industry for nearly two decades to develop the right hard drive products for use in cars," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "These onboard systems integrate a combination of entertainment (video, audio, radio), navigation, connectivity, security services, diagnosis and much more to help provide a seamless in-car user experience. The combination of these services, especially navigation, requires reliable and durable storage for the supporting application software, as well as the needed capacity to store end-user content. As our sixth generation automotive drive, our new Endurastar J4K320 drive family continues to deliver on the needed requirements, and provides long-term data stability and reliability for the automotive market."

The Endurastar J4L320 is currently shipping, and further information is available at its product page.

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  • Stimpack
    I'm going to be 80 years old before I can afford a car with a hard drive in it.
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  • mouse24
    Anyone know why they don't just use an SSD? I mean a car with a HDD in it and an actual use for such capacities is probably going to cost enough to make a 256gb hdds price irrelevant.
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  • smeezekitty
    I agree. Cars are expensive enough that I think they could use an SSD and not worry about shock etc.
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