Seagate announces regional debut of SSHD kit

Solid state hybrid drives said to deliver hard-disk capacities at solid-state speeds

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Seagate announces regional debut of SSHD kit Seagate claimed its SSHD technology is up to five times faster than a standard 5400RPM notebook hard drive.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 13, 2013

Storage solutions vendor Seagate Technology has announced it will begin regional shipments of its third-generation of solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) products, a technology designed to deliver speed while keeping capacities up and costs down.

Leading the portfolio are the Seagate Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs as well as the all-new Seagate Desktop SSHD.

Seagate Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs

"Boasting solid-state drive (SSD) speeds and hard-disk drive capacity, the new Seagate Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs are the most affordable way to increase laptop performance," said Seagate.

"With storage performance up to 40% faster than previous generations, the Laptop and Laptop Thin SSHDs can add as much as 30% to total system performance - regardless of the processor inside the system. These products also enable system builders to build high-performance, high-capacity systems, including new thin and light laptops, at mass-market price points."

Seagate claimed its SSHD technology is up to five times faster than a standard 5400RPM notebook hard drive. According to the storage specialist, it is possible to boot a laptop in less than 10 seconds with the combination of Windows 8 and SSHD technology. It said that PC Mark Vantage tests show every action related to getting information from storage is faster: booting, loading files and applications, and running computer-based tasks.

With 1TB of capacity available, the Laptop SSHD provides the space needed to download, store and stream rich media content such as gaming or high-definition video without sacrificing performance or responsiveness, Seagate said. With a 500GB option measuring 7mm high, the Laptop Thin SSHD can be incorporated into most ultra-thin laptop systems.

"With these new drives it's like adding a turbo-charge to your PC, without having to sacrifice capacity, at a price that's easy on your wallet," said Scott Horn, Seagate's vice president of marketing.

New Seagate Desktop SSHD

"With the Seagate Desktop SSHD, users can now experience SSD-like performance while enjoying the capacity of a desktop hard drive, all at a fraction of what a similar size SSD costs," said Seagate.

The Desktop SSHD is said to enable a desktop system to boot in seconds, rather than minutes and run resident applications faster. According to Seagate, the Desktop SSHD will perform up to four times faster than other desktop HDD-based storage alternatives, as measured by PC Mark Vantage benchmark software, regardless of the CPU inside.

"Using Seagate's own breakthrough Adaptive Memory technology to identify and store only the most critical data a system needs to go fast, the Desktop SSHD serves up high-performance without a high price tag," the company said.

The Seagate Desktop SSHD features up to 2TB of capacity and 8GB of NAND Flash, allowing acceleration of the most commonly used PC applications, according to Seagate.

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