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Hybrid hard drives

Hybrid hard drives to offer cleaner, greener and faster data storage

Friday, March 23, 2007 by: Christian Evans
Tags: hybrid hard drives, health news, Natural News

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A new hybrid hard drive has been developed by Samsung Electronics which promises a power-saving technology revolution. Samsung claims that their hybrid unit will speed up computer boot times and consume 70-90% less power than traditional hard drive units, reducing electricity usage and related CO2 emissions from power plants.

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What you need to know - Conventional View

• The new technology combines a small flash memory chip with a traditional rotating disk drive, allowing the traditional disk to spin less frequently and use less power.

• Incoming data is recorded on the memory chip and transferred to the disk drive only when the flash memory is full.

• Computer makers seem hesitant to adopt the new technology until the Korean company can prove it is reliable.

• Seagate Electronics, the leader in the hard drive market, is developing hybrid technology to be marketed in the near future.

• Intel, a giant in the chip industry, is also developing similar technology, known as Robson, that could prove to be a worthy competitor to Samsung's hybrid hard drive.

• Samsung sold only 10% of the total hard drives shipped in 2006, ranking fourth behind leaders Seagate Technology at 33%, Western Digital at 20%, and Hitachi at 16%.

• iSuppli senior analyst Krishna Chander expects hybrid drives to take off in 2008, when hybrids will account for 15-20% of computer notebook sales.

• Notebook hard drive shipments were set to hit $14.9 billion in 2010, up from $9.2 billion in 2006.

• The desktop hard drive market, which took in $11.6 billion in 2006, is expected to shrink to $11.2 billion in 2010.

• "There is a challenge to prove the reliability of this total drive that has both flash and hard drives integrated into one," said Chander.

What you need to know - Alternative View

Statements and opinions by Mike Adams, executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center

• Computer storage devices collectively use an enormous amount of energy from the national grid, and much of the time, the hard drives are spinning for no good reason. A hybrid hard drive technology would be a welcomed improvement in the energy efficiency of data storage devices.

• Thanks to heightened environmental awareness, many technology companies are now examining ways to make their products greener (more energy efficient). Another huge issue facing the computer components industry is e-waste and the use of hazardous materials in the manufacture of computer hardware.

Bottom line

Hybrid hard drive technology promises to use less energy than current hard drives.

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