Smaller Hitachi Microdrives

CNet reports that Hitachi is working on an embedded and non-removable version of the 1" Microdrive that is currently used in the iPod Mini.

An embedded version of the drive would trim costs and enable manufacturers to make even more compact designs.

The drive used in the iPod Mini is the Compact Flash (interface) version of Microdrive but there has been little success in utilizing it outside the Mini itself.