Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD Aimed at Android Tablets
Reduced power consumption and improved performance, both hallmarks of the new Ultra Mobile HDDs, are achieved through an intelligent caching design that is implemented at the system level.Storage specialist Seagate took the wraps off its Ultra Mobile hard disk drive designed specifically for mobile devices such as Android tablets, a 2.5-inch device just 5mm thin and weighing in at a 3.3 ounces—about the same as a lightbulb. Featuring up to 500GB of capacity, the Ultra Mobile HDD integrates Seagate's own Zero Gravity Sensor to offer better shock management. Incorporated power modes support the drive in sleep, standby and idle, enabling it to consume low amounts of energy and support the long battery life demanded by tablet users. "Coupling an ultra-thin, high-capacity HDD with software designed to optimize integration into tablets at a value-add price has allowed us to deliver a truly ground-breaking solution, enabling our partners to reimagine the mobile device," Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate, said in a statement. "By empowering our OEMs with this revolutionary new technology, we have invited the industry to re-think the mobile market, making this offering a true game-changer in the world of storage." Reduced power consumption and improved performance are achieved through an intelligent caching design that is implemented at the system level. As a result, a mobile device using 8GB of flash and the Ultra Mobile HDD and Dynamic Data Driver software has the power consumption equal to that of a 64GB tablet and the performance equal to that of a 16GB tablet, a company statement claimed.
"When comparing side by side a tablet and a portable PC, today's tablets are trading off storage capacity in order to realize a thin and light form factor device and long battery life," John Rydning, IT analytics firm IDC's research vice president for hard disk drives and semiconductors, said in a statement. "Seagate's new Mobile Enablement Kit will bring PC-like storage capacity to future thin and light tablet designs, and position Seagate as a potential storage solutions provider to the fast-growing tablet market."