Samsung Ships Worlds First Hybrid HDD—or Is It?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-03-07 Print this article Print

The Korean hardware maker may be the first in Asia to ship the new, energy-efficient hybrid hard disk drives, but it will get an argument from Dynamic Network Factory about being first in the world.

Samsung on March 7 shipped what it called the "worlds first hybrid hard drive" to the commercial marketplace, but it will get an argument from Dynamic Network Factory, which started shipping its own hybrid storage hard drive on Feb. 1.

Hybrid hard disks combine a standard disk drive with solid state—usually NAND flash-based—random-access memory in a design that is energy efficient.
Samsungs MH80 Series hybrid hard drive is offered in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities, said a spokesperson for the company, which is based in Seoul, Korea.
The MH80 hybrid hard drive is currently shipping to select OEM customers and will soon be available in retail and commercial outlets, the spokesperson said. Details on pricing and availability will be released soon, the spokesperson said. Optimized to work in Windows Vista-capable notebook PCs, Samsungs MH80 is a 2.5-inch hybrid hard drive with 128 or 256MB of flash memory. It combines a hard disk drive with a OneNAND Flash cache and Microsofts ReadyDrive software, offering faster boot and resume times, increased battery life and greater reliability compared to traditional magnetic media technology, the spokesperson claimed. "This is the beginning of smaller, faster disk drives that we will be seeing in the marketplace. The key point that should be emphasized is energy efficiency," Dianne McAdam, director of enterprise information assurance for The Clipper Group in Wellesley, Mass., told eWEEK. "These drives use a lot less energy than other drives. Energy costs are becoming a big concern in many data centers today—these data centers are looking to stem the rising tide of electrical costs. These disks use less power—and that is great news," McAdam said. Click here to read about the future of hybrid storage on laptops. The Samsung hybrid hard drive preserves the high densities of magnetic storage technology, while the advanced NAND flash technology lowers power consumption and offers higher reliability and faster read/write access than traditional hard drives, the spokesperson said. As a result, the drive consumes 70-90 percent less power than a traditional hard drive, which extends the battery life by 30 minutes before a recharge is needed, the spokesperson added. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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