HP Kittyhawk microdrive

HP Kittyhawk microdrive

Hewlett-Packard HP3013/3014, nicknamed Kittyhawk, was a hard disk drive introduced by Hewlett-Packard in June 1992.

interface as well. The drive measured 0.4 in. by 2 in. by 1.44 in, and weighed about 1 ounce. It featured a number of unique technologies, including a built-in accelerometer that protected the hard drive from falls. Kittyhawk was claimed to be able to survive a 3-foot drop onto concrete while operating without loss of data.

Despite its remarkable characteristics, Kittyhawk turned out to be a commercial failure. It was not in demand from notebook industry due to its inferior cost per megabyte and capacity. The handheld market failed to take off in early 1990s as expected. Many potential markets, such as the video game console market, were missed due to hard drive's high production costs.

Kittyhawk was discontinued by HP in September 1994. Approximately 160 thousand units were actually sold ( compared to projected 2-year sales of 700 thousand units ). In 1996, largely due to Kittyhawk's failure, Hewlett Packard closed its Disk Memory Division and exited the disk drive business.

The story of HP Kittyhawk is described in a Harvard Business School business case "Hewlett-Packard: The Flight of the Kittyhawk", and is a case study in the book "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen.

External links

* [http://www.homebrewcpu.com/hp_kittyhawk_1_3_microdrive.htm HP Kittyhawk 1.3" Microdrive]
* [http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu/b01/en/common/item_detail.jhtml;?id=606088 Harvard Business Online: Hewlett-Packard: The Flight of the Kittyhawk]


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