Samsung Introduces Hybrid Drive With Flash Memory
Samsung Electronics is planning on unveiling a prototype hard drive that can improve system performance and extended battery life for laptops, as said by the company this past Thursday.
As the name says "Hybrid Hard Disk Drive" which includes flash memory storage space in addition to the usual magnetic disk storage. The flash memory acts as a storage buffer, holding data until it's full and only then writing the data to the disk.
This cuts down on the amount of disk activity — typically the new drive spins only a few seconds every 10 or 20 minutes — which means battery life is extended by between 8 percent and 10 percent, according to Samsung's measurements.
There is additional performance benefits as the data stored in the buffer can be read by the PC much faster than if it had to be pulled of the hard disk. On booting up the PC with this hard drive you should see startup times between 8 seconds and 25 seconds, Samsung said.
Two prototype versions of the drive will be on display at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle next week. The prototypes will have either 128MB or 256MB of flash memory. Samsung expects to begin delivering sample drives to customers in the third quarter and to start shipping in volume in January next year.
Microsoft is building support for hybrid drives into Windows Vista under the name ReadyDrive.
Windows Vista which will be available to business customer around the end of this and to consumers in January of 2007.