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Samsung releases its first hybrid hard drives

While Fujitsu may have snagged the headlines on Monday for its 7200RPM 160GB SATA/300 2.5" hard disk drive (HDD), Samsung is looking to make a few headlines of its own with the availability of the world's first hybrid HDDs. Samsung new MH80 Series hybrid HDDs will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB and 160GB.

Samsung new MH80 HDDs will be fully compatible with Windows Vista and will offer OneNAND Flash onboard in capacities of 128MB or 256MB. The onboard flash allows for up to 50% faster OS boots, quicker resume times and increases in battery life of up to 30 minutes.

"As a leader in both hard drive and flash memory technologies, Samsung brings to market a unique hybrid hard drive that is sure to revolutionize the notebook computing experience," said Albert Kim, National Sales Manager, Storage Systems for Samsung Semiconductor. "The MH80 hybrid hard drive provides the ideal solution for two major issues that notebook PC users continually face: faster boot and resume performance and extended battery life."

Samsung claims that the MH80 Series offers five times the reliability of traditional HDDS while consuming 70-90% less power.

Hopefully, Samsung's claims will pan out in real world testing. Internal testing by Lenovo engineers has shown that hybrid HDDs aren't all they're cracked up to be.



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Nice
By zephyrprime on 3/7/2007 3:30:19 PM , Rating: 5
Nice but they gotta put in a reasonable amount of flash like 1GB instead of the piddling 128-256MB they used. Come on. Flash is cheap. Samsung - do better!




RE: Nice
By VIAN on 3/7/2007 4:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
I would've expected at least 1GB as well. This article doesn't even say the price of these new drives either, but I doubt it's going to be cheap.


RE: Nice
By codeThug on 3/7/2007 6:16:11 PM , Rating: 3
They gotta dump their old stock somewhere.

Can't just have it hanging around the warehouse...


RE: Nice
By SquidianLoveGod on 3/7/2007 6:41:32 PM , Rating: 2
Its still early days yet, I wouldn't be surprised if 1gb showed up eventually.


RE: Nice
By TomZ on 3/7/2007 9:34:59 PM , Rating: 3
I'd guess the decision for 256MB was the "sweet spot" in terms of performance versus cost. After all, the HDD and laptop markets are highly competitive and cost-sensitive, so I'm sure that they had to be careful that the delta cost isn't too much.


RE: Nice
By kmmatney on 3/7/2007 10:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Good point - HDDs are pretty dirt cheap already. Even adding a $10 flash chip could make the drive less competitive.


RE: Nice
By TomZ on 3/8/2007 9:09:48 AM , Rating: 3
I came across the Microsoft presentation that says that in their tests, for Vista 256MB is the optimum cache size:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/b/9/5b970...


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