Samsung has announced a new hard drive to cater to the 1.8-inch external HDD market. The Spinpoint N3U comes in capacities of up to 250GB and instead of adding a bridge circuit board to convert the PATA interface to USB, the new drives integrate the USB controller right on its printed circuit board.
With no conversion of interface, the N3U drives consume less power, give better performance and also reduce the chances of failure due to loose cable connections.
The Spinpoint N3U drives come in storage options of 120-, 160-, 200- and 250-GB, supports USB 2.0 interface, 3600RPM, 8MB cache memory and can withstand drops up to 50cm and shock incident up to 1500G.
The drives will start shipping to OEMs from mid-July for around $199.