Hard Disk Drives, Credit Card Size

HOW SMALL CAN THEY MAKE A HARD-DISK DRIVE? EVERY

few years someone sets a new record. The current champion: Maxtor Corp. The San Jose (Calif.) disk-drive maker has introduced a new hard-disk drive that fits into a Type II PCMCIA cartridge--about the size of a thick credit card. To squeeze a disk drive into the card, Maxtor uses new digital signal-processing chips that halve the chip count and a fluid-filled motor that doesn't require ball bearings.

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