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Samsung announces new SpinPoint drives for the enterprise market

Although Fujitsu may be looking to solid-state storage (SSD) to replace 1.8" hard disc drives (HDDs), the market for fast 2.5" HDDs is still alive and well. Just last month, Fujitsu and Seagate announced 160GB 2.5" hard drives spinning at 7200RPM. Samsung has today upped the ante with a 2.5" enterprise 7200RPM HDD that boasts a capacity of up to 200GB.

The new SpinPoint MP1 Series utilizes perpendicular recording to achieve a density of 100GB per platter. The MP1 Series will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and 200GB and will support cache sizes of 8MB or 16MB.

All utilize a Serial ATA 3.0Gbps interface and feature native command queuing (NCQ). The drives also feature a rotary vibration controller (RVC) to protect drive from vibration and shock and are available with a free-fall sensor.

Samsung says that the MP1 series is designed for use in workstations, RAID servers, and blade servers. No pricing has been announced, but will likely be available closer to its May 2007 mass production date.



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RE: The Internet is for Porn
By Mitch101 on 4/11/2007 12:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
Denser platters provide possibly higher data rates not smaller. There are a lot of factors when talking about drive performance. While platter densities can help so does head/rotational latency, interface, and rpm to name the most major of the factors.

Raptors do so well because of how fast the heads can get to the data on the drive yet thier density is much less of nearly all drives on the market. The 10K rpm also helps. Put a raptor against most of the drives out there today in random R/W and it will eat drives with twice the platter density.

Were comparing 2.5" 7200 rpm to 3.5" 15,000RPM drives.


RE: The Internet is for Porn
By teddy6 on 4/11/2007 1:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
Higher RPM drives use smaller platters, so comparing "platter density" is an apples to oranges comparison. Current 7200RPM drives do have higher areal densities than the raptor and other high RPM drives, but the differences isn't as great as first appearance, and it should be noted that the 150GB Raptor is more than a year old. At release, its areal density was quite competitive. A mythical Raptor with four 3.5" platters would have a capacity in the low 400GB range. The only drive currently "available" that has twice the areal density of a Raptor is the 1 TB Hitachi drive that you can't buy without a Dell computer. Nothing else is really even close.

"Were comparing 2.5" 7200 rpm to 3.5" 15,000RPM drives."

3.5" is only a reference to the form factor, not the platter size. 3.5" 15k drives have platters roughly 2.5-2.7" depending on the manufacturer.


RE: The Internet is for Porn
By Mitch101 on 4/11/2007 2:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yup what I failed to convey is that while the platters are smaller the platter density is the same on most today now that they are using perpendicular technology.

Essentially this is nothing more than todays 3.5" form factor 7200rpm drive using a smaller platter. Hence less data space because of the lack of surface area.

I would imagine because of the reduced platter size they can easily slap on ENTERPRISE because of the reduced vibration a larger platter could have.

But its nice to see what I would consider to be a 7200rpm laptop drive come along.


RE: The Internet is for Porn
By grenableu on 4/12/2007 7:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
I got to agree. Who would put a 7200rpm drive in a server? Even 10K drives are getting squeezed out in favor of 15K.


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