Seagate Technology plc has introduced a 2 terabyte (TB) capacity hard disk drive (HDD) that it claims is the highest density drive to be offered in a 7mm package.
According to Seagate, the thin, lightweight HDD will allow OEMs to design a new generation of mobile products, specifically notebook PCs, that is cost-effective and power efficient. The company is also working on a hybrid flash version of the device that would speed up performance significantly while keeping the cost under that of competing solid state drives (SSDs).
The HDD is 25% lighter than the previous generation of Seagate’s mobile hard drive products, freeing up space for other components in a system such as bigger batteries, more memory or better air circulation. With 2 TB of space, the drive can store 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, 240 hours of high definition (HD) video or 26 hours of 4K ultra-HD content, the company says.
The HDD is the first storage device to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—for greater areal densities, Seagate says. This mechanical firmware architecture allows for a light weight as well as low acoustics and robustness that bring new levels of drive stability when subject to intense shock and vibrations.
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