Thursday, November 6th 2008

Seagate Invests $100 Million in a New SSD Line-up

Hard drive king Seagate officially confirmed today that it is investing as much as $100 million in a very own line-up of Solid State Drives. Seagate's CEO, Bill Watkins said:
We'd love to have an SSD range, that's why we're investing (as much as $100m), as there are a lot of things that we like about them. But there are also some problems.
The new line-up Seagate is building will try to overcome some of the problems current SSDs have. At present we're aware of SLC (single layer chip) and MLC (multiple layer chip) SSDs, and we know that the latter is cheaper but has reliability issues. Seagate will try to create a new technology that combines both single-layer cell (SLC) and multi-layer cell (MLC) tech, making better, faster and cheaper SSDs, the drives we all want.
Seagate's senior vice president of global marketing Pat King also revealed that the company is working on a network attached storage solution for the home. Unfortunately, that's all the information we have. Hopefully this new line-up will be a big step in the SSD industry.Source: Pocket-link.co.uk
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6 Comments on Seagate Invests $100 Million in a New SSD Line-up

#1
Kreij
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Wasn't it Seagate who not to long ago said no to SSDs as they felt it wasn't the the future of storage?

Just wondering ;)
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cool_recep
by: Kreij
Wasn't it Seagate who not to long ago said no to SSDs as they felt it was the the future of storage?

Just wondering ;)
You mean it was not the future of storage?

And yes i remember that news. BTW i am sure seagate has already produced thousands of SSDs... :D..
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Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: cool_recep
You mean it was not the future of storage?

And yes i remember that news. BTW i am sure seagate has already produced thousands of SSDs... :D..
Yes, thank you. fixed my post.

I love how a tune can quickly change when dollar$ are involved :D
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#4
jbunch07
jbunch doesn't care what seagate thinks, jbunch thinks that the future of storage is SSD :)

jbunch has spoken.

lol I'm just kidding. Hopefully they invest the money well and turn out some great SSD breakthroughs I mainly want to see affordable, large capacity SSDs soon. :)
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#5
qwerty_lesh
Kreij, your right, and to elaborate on what was said all those many months ago, CEO Bill whatshisname from Seagate, hinted that Seagate would start sueing SSD companies for 'supposed' patent infringments if the SSD market got too competitive, this shows how companies are more then happy to change their tune when they foresee profit loss... they flip-flop more then a slinky.
on the SSD topic, atm SSD really only has potential in certain computing areas, im not only referring to enterprise, but also for home use, I don't see SSD being 'all round' viable untill they work out a process that makes these things have a longer life span, for uses such as Media playback and other Read-only uses, SSD is already perfect (abeit Price) but for uses such as OS disks and anything that requires alot of writes, its still not a suitable technology :
sure hope that changes soon. otherwise mechanical hdd's will still be a winner for the home use segmant imo, aslong as you treat them with care, supply the right environmental conditions (right temperature, humidity) you can still write to them near infinatly.
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Mussels
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SSD will become dominant in laptops and micro PC's (think intel atom desktops) for hte lack of noise/vibration.

They'll spread to the HTPC crowd, and then the high performance SLC models will start taking over the the enthusiasts who love their raptors.

It'll be 3-5 years before they beat mechanical drives for storage space, as opposed to speed.
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