On the eve of CES 2008 we're starting to see some interesting new product announcements. Hitachi today announced the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive. The Travelstar 5K500 is available in either a 400GB or 500GB model, and spins at 5,400 rpm. The drives were developed perpendicular magnetic recording technology and come with a 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface. Other features include Hitachi-patented Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology, 400Gs of shock protection and optional Bulk Data Encryption (BDE) for hard drive level data security. “The Travelstar 5K500 was designed to address some important trends taking place in today’s notebook computing market,” said Larry Swezey, director, Consumer and Commercial HDD, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Consumers tend to think of their notebooks as less of a pure technology tool and more of a mobile entertainment device for taking large libraries of movies, music, games and pictures on the go. As a result, notebooks are now starting to ship with wide, high definition screens and large, high quality speakers for playing digital audio and video. Hitachi’s new Travelstar 5K500 responds to these dynamics with the features, design innovations and technologies that enhance the overall entertainment experience." The Travelstar 5K500 will be available worldwide in February, pricing was not announced.