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Seagate claims that its 500GB will offer the performance of a 16GB SSD

When it comes to devices like consumer tablets, we've all just grown accustomed to the use of fast and reliable onboard NAND flash for our storage needs. The use of NAND makes sense because of the performance and inherent robust nature of the storage medium when used in a highly mobile (and sometimes dropped) tablet.
However, using NAND flash isn't exactly cheap, so most tablets that we see these days top out at either 128GB in consumer devices or 256GB for professional devices. Seagate, a company that is deeply invested in producing HDDs, is maneuvering to extend its reach into the booming tablet market with new storage solutions.
The company is introducing its new 2.5" Ultra Mobile HDD that is only 5mm thin and weighs 3.5 ounces. Seagate says that this new HDD will offer 500GB of space (with an 8GB flash buffer), while offering power consumption that mirrors a 64GB SSD and performance that matches a 16GB SSD.
Naturally, Seagate says that its 500GB Ultra Mobile HDD solution would be cheaper than either the aforementioned SSDs.

Seagate's 500GB Ultra Mobile HDD (pictured on the left)
“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,” said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate. “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.”
While the idea of getting 500GB of storage space with SSD performance at a lower price point sounds intriguing, we also have to realize that this is still a 2.5" form-factor device in a slimmer package. That means that the footprint of the drive will still take up a lot of real estate within the tablet's chassis. And that extra space gobbled up by the drive's packaging will mean less space for things like the internal battery.

Source: Seagate

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RE: Impossible
By FITCamaro on 9/10/2013 10:33:12 AM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't exactly call my 3TB hard drives obsolete technology. SSDs are still a long way from offering extremely large capacities at prices most people can afford. Today you can either buy a 256GB SSD or a 3TB hard drive for $130ish.

RE: Impossible
By Reclaimer77 on 9/10/2013 3:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
SSD's are gaining ground at an incredible rate. Hard drives are really reaching a plateau as data density increases become more difficult.

Think about it, the first commercial 1TB drive was in 2007. So in about seven years we've only been able to increase that to 4TB. There's also been no significant gains in various other performance factors. HDD makers are reduced to cramming platter after platter into the same form factor, because there's nothing else they can do to remain competitive.

The only caveat HDD's have left is large capacity, and they won't have that too much longer. They've been surpassed in every other metric, which is why I referred to them as obsolete. They are certainly still useful, I have a few large ones too for media storage.

RE: Impossible
By ritualm on 9/10/2013 6:07:37 PM , Rating: 2

A single 960GB SSD right now costs some $600+ before taxes. During a sales event.

That $600 before taxes can buy me either 3x 4TB 3.5" HDDs OR 5x 2TB 2.5" USB3 external HDDs. And this is while we're dealing with an effective HDD duopoly.

Keep pratce.

RE: Impossible
By Reclaimer77 on 9/10/2013 7:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
A single 960GB SSD right now costs some $600+ before taxes. During a sales event.

So what?

SSD's have only been on the market for a handful of years. Do you understand that? I remember paying that much for hard drives with capacities in the MEGABYTES!

Does a Ferrari cost the same as a Toyota? Sure if you take the same money as an SSD you can buy a bigger hard drive. But that's telling only half of the story.

Weren't SCSI drives and Raptor HDD's more expensive than slower hard drives of their era? Yeah, I rest my case. There's ALWAYS been a premium on performance, SSD's are no different.

And this is while we're dealing with an effective HDD duopoly.

Yes, today. In about 5 years the HDD will be done, over. It will have no niche left.

So yeah, I'm "seriously". It's only taken SSD's a handful of years to reach acceptable cost/performance/storage levels. Compared to HDD's, which took - what - 20 years?

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