Thursday, June 9th 2011

Samsung Electronics Unveils Terabyte Hard Drive for Notebooks

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced its 500 gigabyte per platter, one terabyte internal hard disk drive, Spinpoint M8 for use in mobile computing applications such as notebooks. Samsung's Spinpoint M8, which consists of two 500 gigabyte platters, provides users with one terabyte storage space. The form factor support the 9.5mm height to comfortably fit in mobile computing applications.

The high density was achieved by utilizing advanced format technology (AFT), which raises the data storage density per unit area, enabling efficient and convenient data storage. A reduced number of components such as disks and heads also contribute to approximately seven percent increase in operation speeds and eight percent decline in power demand.

The dual-platter Spinpoint M8 operates on a high-performance 3 gigabits per second SATA interface, provides an eight megabyte buffer memory and incorporates EcoSeek and NoiseGuard features for minimal noise levels. A redesign of the overall structure ensures enhanced shock resistance to protect the disk from physical fracture and data loss.

Samsung's C.H. Lee, vice president of storage strategic marketing said, "The new Spinpoint M8 line-up supports the ongoing growth curve for high density data storage densities, especially as it raises the bar to exceed terabyte density levels in the mobile computing space.” Spinpoint M8 is currently in mass production and available worldwide with the 1TB drive at an MSRP of $129.00.
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15 Comments on Samsung Electronics Unveils Terabyte Hard Drive for Notebooks

#1
xBruce88x
Awesome! would like to see it with 16mb cache though. I'm assuming it runs at 5400rpm?
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#2
Wile E
Power User
Sweet!!!!! 1TB for my PS3, here I come!

Anyway, I thought Samsung was quitting the hard drive business.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Wile E

Anyway, I thought Samsung was quitting the hard drive business.
Where have you heard that?
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#5
bostonbuddy
meh TB ssd's can't be more then 2 years away
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#6
inferKNOX
What happened to Samsung having sold off the HDD division to Seagate?
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#7
RejZoR
by: bostonbuddy
meh TB ssd's can't be more then 2 years away
They already aren't. It's just a matter of price which is, well, astronomical...
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#8
seronx
Don't forget AFT increases performance of the HDD @ the same rpm

by: RejZoR
They already aren't. It's just a matter of price which is, well, astronomical...
1TB by December will be $1 per GB if everything goes well with the new tech 19nm(20nm)/TSV(aka TSS)
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: bostonbuddy
meh TB ssd's can't be more then 2 years away
You already have 960 GB SSDs priced at around $2,000.
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#10
seronx
by: btarunr
You already have 960 GB SSDs priced at around $2,000.
Bad example(most of those products are on an expensive process or simply Enterprise based)

Well Newegg has a 512GB SSD at $906 which is $1.77 per GB


which is November 29, 2003($1.7-2.0) HDD price

to get in the buy able price area
December 24, 2004($.7-$1.0)
^ SSD comps will have to get there soon
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#11
KieranD
That is terrible news that Samsung sold its hard drive business to Seagate. I use an old Samsung F1 but the F series drives and the spinpoints where always top drives.

Seagate are okay but Samsung was usually top dog along with WD.
Years ago Seagate also bought another drive manufacturer i liked, Maxtor.

I read about this new drive on another site, its got 500gb platters so its really good compared to the 3 platter drives they normally use.
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#12
MikeMurphy
Excellent. $130 isn't too bad, either.
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#14
Xajel
I'm still waiting for Hybrid 2n1 HDD's

not regular hybrids, but an 2.5 HDD that is both SSD and regular platter HDD in the same package... connected using one SATA connector and appears as two seperated drives ( SSD + HDD )... ofcourse duo to the natural of SATA, the drive must have a special chip to split the SATA to the two drives...

120GB for OS and app's... 500GB for data ( and could have 8GB for cache as Hybrid )... the platter 500GB will be in standby most of the time as the OS will mostly use the SSD in most time.. and when it needs the platters it will use the 8GB cache first...
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#15
suraswami
by: btarunr
You already have 960 GB SSDs priced at around $2,000.
That is so cheap :p
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