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Samsung Starts Shipping 'World's First Hybrid Disk Drive'
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Thursday, 08 March 2007 07:08
Samsung Starts Shipping 'World's First Hybrid Disk Drive'
by Bithika Khargarhia - March 8, 2007 - 0 comments
The Money Times

World leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., on Wednesday announced that it has started shipping its much-awaited hybrid flash/hard drive to the commercial marketplace, providing computer and other equipment makers with a option to save power consumption and cut boot time.

The MH80 Series hybrid hard drive, which according to the company is the "world's first hybrid hard drive" that mix conventional magnetic storage with flash memory, will be available in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities.

The 2.5-inch hybrid hard drive that features up to 160 GB in hard disk technology combined with as much as 256 MB of flash memory incorporates a standard hard disk drive with solid state OneNAND Flash cache and Microsoft's ReadyDrive software, under which the flash memory acts as a temporary random access memory enabling the number of disk accesses to be cut.

With such a combination, the drive offers faster boot and resume times, increased battery life and higher reliability and faster read/write access compared to traditional magnetic media technology. The drive consumes 70% to 90% less power than traditional rotating storage drives, the Seoul, Korea based Samsung said.

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