Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Samsung Releases First Hybrid HDD

Earlier today, Samsung announced the release of the first hybrid HDD's geared to work with and optimize performance of Windows Vista. Designed for use in laptops, these hard drives (with capacities of 80gb, 120gb, and 160gb) use onboard flash memory of upto 256mb to store frequently accessed files on. This tecnique eliminates the need to spin up the platters to retreive data, saving power on portable computers.

The onboard flash memory, more specificly called OneNAND Flash cache will also speed up boot time and resume time by storing the frequently used file on this cache. According to Samsung, this is expected to reduce boot time by 50 percent. It may be possible, based on how quickly the storage industry advances, that this cache will only grow in capacity as time goes on. I'm willing to bet that, in the near future, these drives will offer at least 1 gigabyte of cache, if not more.

Samsung is not the only company producing these drives of course. Hitatchi, Seagate, and Toshiba have joined forces with Samsung to develop and manufacture hybrid hard disks, calling thier industry group the Hybrid Storage Alliance. It is obvious that these drives are aimed at Windows Vista, since no other Windows can take advantage of this new technology.