CeBIT 2013 | Seagate announces 3rd generation SSHDs for notebooks
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Last week Seagate informally disclosed its plans to cease production of 2.5-inch 7,200 RPM hard disc drives. In an apparent shift from HDDs to SSHDs for high-end notebooks, the company has officially announced its third generation of solid-state hybrid drives.
Seagate is currently offering two versions of its new 2.5-inch SSHDs simply called Laptop and Laptop Thin. The first version is 9.5mm high, has 1 TB of storage space and a price tag of $99. Meanwhile the thinner drive is only 7mm high, has a capacity of 500 GB and will cost $79. Both drives come with 8 GB of MLC NAND and a 5400 RPM hard disc drive.
The company claims storage performance is up to 40 percent faster than previous generations and “up to 5 times faster than a standard 5400RPM notebook hard drive.” Seagate also states that a Windows 8 notebook will launch in under 10 seconds. According to the press release Dell and Lenovo are already on board to incorporate the drives into next-generation products.
Seagate will also be offering its first-ever desktop SSHDs consisting of a 7200 RPM HHD and 8 GB of MLC NAND. They will be available in capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB, and priced at $99 and $149 respectively.