Toshiba develops 100GB 1.8-inch iPod drive

A new hard-disk drive announced by Toshiba paves the way for higher capacity iPods. The new 100GB, 1.8-inch drive is identical in size to the 80GB drive currently used in the fifth-generation iPod, but with 25% more storage capacity.

“Toshiba plans to start mass producing the drives in January next year,” reports the IDG News Service. “The company doesn’t sell them direct to end-users but to other companies for integration into their products.

In the past device makers have typically incorporated higher capacity drives quickly into their products.”