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Imation Selects Toshiba 2GB 0.85-Inch Hard Disk Drive For Use in Its Micro Hard Drive; World's Smallest HDD Brings High-Capacity Storage to Unique Mobile Device

IRVINE, Calif., Jul 06, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), today announced that Imation (NYSE:IMN), a world leader in data storage media, has designed Toshiba's 2GB 0.85-inch hard disk drive (HDD) into the company's new Micro Hard Drive, a device developed for consumers that need ultra portable and reliable ways to access, store and transport important information. The Micro Hard Drive from Imation will be available by mid-July.

Heralded as the world's smallest hard disk drive in the 2005 Guinness World Records(TM) Book, Toshiba's 0.85-inch HDD is the first drive to provide multi-gigabyte storage capacity in a sub-one-inch form factor, enabling unprecedented capacity for next-generation mobile devices, including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras, camcorders and external storage devices.

"Imation's Micro Hard Drive would not be possible without the inclusion of Toshiba's 0.85-inch HDD, which was selected for its high capacity, compact size and durability," said James Ellis, general manager, global product strategy, Imation. "We understand the evolving needs of today's mobile users, and have designed a product that accommodates their unique needs and appetite for storage. We are proud of this accomplishment and are excited to deliver the industry's first product featuring Toshiba's 0.85-inch HDD."

With a current capacity of 2GB and 4GB planned for mid-year, Toshiba's 0.85-inch drive delivers enhanced storage to smaller, lighter, more efficient consumer products. Toshiba is also pioneering Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), and will incorporate this technology to reach capacities of 6GB to 8GB on the 0.85-inch HDD by 2006.

"Imation has built a must-have device with important features that business travelers, students and other consumers will be adding to the top of their holiday gift lists," said Scott Maccabe, vice president and general manager, Toshiba Storage Device Division. "Toshiba's small form factor HDDs make devices like this possible through innovative storage technology that pushes the limits on size and capacity never before seen by the HDD industry."

For more information about Toshiba's 0.85-inch HDDs, visit www.harddrives.toshiba.com.

0.85-inch HDD Target Specifications

Capacity                                           2GB(a)
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No. of platters                                     1
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No. of heads                                        1
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Rotational speed                                 3,600rpm
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Voltage                                            3.0V
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Dimensions (HxWxD)                           3.3 x 24 x 32 mm
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Weight                                        Less than 10g
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Shock                                           Operating:
                                                  1,000g
                                              Non-Operating:
                                                  2,000g
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Operating Temperature                         0-65 degrees C
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(a) Toshiba defines a megabyte (MB) as 1,000,000 bytes and a gigabyte
(GB) as 1,000,000,000 bytes.

About Toshiba Storage Device Division

Toshiba SDD, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., leads the market in the development, design and manufacturing of optical disk drives and small form factor 0.85-inch, 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk drives. Toshiba SDD markets high-quality peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors in the United States. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as worldwide leaders. For more information, visit www.sdd.toshiba.com.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three divisions: Digital Products Division, Digital Solutions Division and the Storage Device Division. Together, the three divisions provide mobile products and solutions, Internet access plans, communications, storage and imaging products and services. Products include industry leading portable computers, projectors, DVD/CD recordable products and hard disk drives for computers, telephony products, digital imaging systems, wireless solutions and services.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $52 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.toshiba.com.

SOURCE: Toshiba Storage Device Division

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