Flash solid-state drives (SSDs) are poised to make a big impact on the mobile PC market within the next few years. SSDs are faster, lighter, use less power, more shock resistant and are completely silent in comparison to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). The only thing that is truly holding back SSDs from widespread adoption is their prohibitive costs for many consumer mobile platforms.
Hybrid HDDs look to bridge the gap by including small amounts of flash memory onto a traditional HDD. "The hard drive industry is continuously looking for ways to bring greater value to the systems in which our technology resides and to those who use them," said Joni Clark, chairperson for the Hybrid Storage Alliance in January. "Adding non-volatile memory to the hard drive brings about a host of mobility benefits that increases the value users want in notebook PCs -- longer battery life, faster response, greater system durability."
Samsung announced back in early March that it had begun shipping its new MH80 Series hybrid HDDs which are available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB and 160GB. These drives also come equipped with either 128MB or 256MB of onboard flash memory.
Samsung has now announced its Q30 15.4" notebook will feature the MH80 hybrid hard drives (256MB flash). Internal testing has shown then when compared to a HDD, the hybrid-equipped Q30 has 26% faster writes, 71% faster reads, 30% lower boot times and a 10% increase in battery life.
Besides the 80GB MH80 hybrid HDD, the Q30 also packs a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 processor, 15.4" WXGA screen, NVIDIA GeForce 7400 mobile GPU with 256MB of RAM and a Super-multi dual-layer DVD writer.
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