Samsung officially launched its latest Spinpoint hard disk drive called the F4. What makes this 320GB HDD interesting is the design. Samsung created the F4 with a one-head platform design, which reduces the number of moving parts, making the HDD more reliable and less noisy. Samsung also released a Blu-ray combo drive.
YORK - Samsung
officially released its latest Spinpoint hard disk drive - the F4 - which
contains fewer moving parts than previous HDDs, making it more reliable and
less noisy compared to previous Spinpoint models.
a June 14 event here to highlight the company's innovations around 3D and
high-definition televisions and other consumer electronics, Samsung announced
that it had started shipping the 320GB to its OEM partners. Samsung did not
have an exact price for the Spinpoint F4 or a list of specific OEM partners.
makes the Samsung Spinpoint F4 interesting is its design more than the actual
data storage capacity. The F4 is designed with what Samsung calls a "one-head
platform," meaning the HDD only has one platter. The idea is to reduce the
number of moving parts to make the F4 HDD more reliable and less noisy.
compared to the Spinpoint F1, the F4 HDD offers 10 percent better read/write
performance and lowers the power consumption by 7 percent, according to
Samsung. The 3.5-inch Spinpoint F4 also offers 7200rpm speed rotation, along
with a SATA (serial ATA) 3.0 Gbps interface and 8MB or 16MB buffer memory.
is not the only storage maker looking to improve its HDD
at a time when the
industry is beginning to embrace solid state drives (SSDs). In May, Seagate
announced a hybrid spinning disk and SSD device called the Momentus XT
which offers a 500GB capacity in a 2.5-inch design.
Spinpoint F4 works with both Microsoft Windows-based PCs and Apple's
Mac, as well as workstations and servers.
addition to the Spinpoint F4, Samsung also released a new external DVD writer
called the SE-S084, which measures less than 1-inch thick and is 20 percent
smaller than similar DVD writers.
also launched a Blu-ray disk drive that works with PCs. The SH-B123 has 12X
read speed, which is an improvement over Samsung's last Blu-ray disk, which
offered 8X read speeds. The SH-B123 is available starting in July, although
Samsung did not release an official price.