The world's biggest hard drive manufacturer, Seagate has announced its plans to introduce its first solid state drives in 2008. Although missing the first train that delivers SSDs Seagate will have an entire armada of flash-based drives to conquer both the desktop and notebook segments. |
Seagate has already made the first steps in the flash word by releasing hybrid drives that combine the aging spinning platter with a high-capacity flash chip that helps lower power consumption and access time. Solid state drives will go all the way and negate the need for platters and will rely solely on flash memory chips, lowering power consumption still and offering enhanced reliability. Still, although with advantages, SSDs still have to overcome the cost factor that currently keeps them from being in high demand.