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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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By dcalfine on 4/11/2007 2:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
Though it would probably eat up a mess of power, could this drive be placed in a laptop? If not, could it be put in an external enclosure?

I'm not sure I understand the purpose of shrinking enterprise drives when 'enterprises' typically have more money to spend on power and need greater speed and capacity.

RE: Question
By rippleyaliens on 4/11/2007 4:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
a 200gb 2.5 drive is good, BUT, why bother....

Seagate has 2.5 inch drives with 15k support now.

ALSO, at 7200 rpm, i understand the ability to fit 16 of these in a certain servers, but with that speed, it is a hugh shortcomming.

Now if that was a 10k rpm, SATA, than yah.. it would be interesting, but not really a necessity in the enterprise market. Most servers, which would utilize this size drive, 2.5 inches, are the 1-2u babys.. IE not really suitable for a file server. lacks the disk io for a database or mail server.

Looks sweet,, but tad bit late.

RE: Question
By lplatypus on 4/11/2007 8:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Those 15krpm Seagate Savvio drives only go up to 73Gb, which costs well over $1000. The 10krpm Savvios go up to 146Gb. There's certainly space in the market for a cheaper, slower, higher capacity drive for servers/workstations in the 2.5" form factor. This corresponds to what we have in the 3.5" form factor, where 7200rpm SATA drives are used in servers where capacity/price is more important than speed.

RE: Question
By mattm52 on 4/11/2007 9:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone in this string is missing the point. It’s all about density. I worked in the rack storage industry, and to them, its all about cramming more storage in a smaller space while saving power, gaining redundancy and getting the Enterprise MTBF (Enterprise MTBF for the 2.5" is twice that of the Laptop.) Example where these drives are sought after, 1U form factor cramming 10 drives with an intelligent RAID controller. They are looking at both SAS and SATA drives for these applications, not in laptops. The other obvious application is the blade where there is very little space.

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