Toshiba has announced the launch of its new line of high-performance 1.8-inch HDDs. With their Serial ATA interface and 5,400 RPM rotation speed, Toshiba claims that these new HDDs are 29% faster than its current offerings.

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in smallform factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today added a line of high-performance 5,400 RPM SerialATA (SATA) 1.8-inch HDDs to its product offerings for mobile PCs. Available in 120GB1 and80GB capacities, these new HDDs integrate design elements from Toshiba's flagship 2.5-inchline into its proven 1.8-inch platform to offer enhanced performance for ultra-thin and light PCapplications.

These new 1.8-inch HDDs leverage the interface architecture from Toshiba’s 2.5-inchSATA HDDs, which carry the industry certification for SATA compliance, providing seamlesscompatibility across Toshiba’s full line of SATA HDDs. The combination of 5,400 RPM spinspeeds with SATA features expands Toshiba’s market-leading 1.8-inch product lineup into thehigh-performance segment of the growing ultra-portable computing market.
Toshiba will begin mass producing its 80GB and 120GB 1.8-inch HDDs in April 2008. More information can be found here.