Fujitsu expects to begin shipping a 200GB hard drive for laptops in the third quarter of this year, it said Monday.

The drive could be available in computers for end-users within the year.

The current highest-capacity 2.5in drive from Fujitsu can accommodate up to 160GB. The new model drive will have a Serial ATA interface and is primarily aimed at entertainment and multimedia laptops, which often need a large storage area for video files.

Drives similar to that announced Monday, with 2.5in diameter recording platters, are typically used in laptop computers and some consumer electronics products. Fujitsu is an aggressive competitor in the market. It has succeeded in expanding its market share for 14 consecutive quarters, according to figures from the company.

The market for laptop PCs and non-IT products, such as music players and digital video recorders, is expected to see strong growth over the next few years and will become a focus of Fujitsu's efforts in the hard-disk drive space, the company said in January this year.

The 2.5in laptop PC hard-disk drive market was 81 million units in 2005 and is expected to grow past 150 million units in 2008 to 210 million drives in 2010, the company estimates. In the same period the desktop PC drive market, which has been a mainstay of Fujitsu's drive business, is expected to contract from 240 million units in 2005 to 190 million units in 2010.