Seagate Technology, one of the world's largest makers of hard disk drives, on Tuesday said that it would greatly simplify its product lineup early next year by eliminating Barracuda LP-series of "green" drives with 5900rpm spindle speed. In addition, the company will use 1TB platters across the board for its Barracuda and Barracuda XT drives, which will simplify manufacturing and customer qualifications.
The simplification of the Barracuda family comes as Seagate begins volume shipments of its 1TB-per-disk Barracuda hard disk drive (HDD). Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green/LP drives in February 2012. Seagate analysis shows that its new Barracuda drives have a nearly identical power-consumption profile as energy-efficient desktop drives but deliver much higher performance. Barracuda XT, Seagate’s fastest desktop hard drive, will be folded into the new Barracuda family and re-emerge, in name, as the company’s desktop solid state hybrid drive.
The new Barracuda 3.5" hard drive family features a Serial ATA-600 interface, 7200RPM spin speed and up to 64MB of DRAM cache to deliver high performance across all capacities. Seagate’s SmartAlign technology, a feature of Seagate’s Barracuda Green drives, will continue to ship with the flagship Barracuda drives to help the hard drive industry segue from the current 512-byte sector standard for hard drives to the new 4096-byte sector size. The new 4K standard enables the use of stronger error correction algorithms to maintain data integrity at higher storage densities and capacities. Capacities of the family range from 250GB to a massive 3TB.
The new Barracuda family makes it easier for consumers to find the product they need and reduces costs for Seagate’s original equipment manufacturer and distribution channel customers by reducing the number of product qualifications and amount of inventory they need to manage, according to Seagate.
“A simpler desktop drive product family is exactly what Seagate customers are asking for. The new Barracuda family reflects the reality that end-users want a full range of hard drive capacities and as much performance as we can give them to help manage and store massive amounts of digital content. In addition, our OEM and channel customers want to reduce overhead costs by having fewer product lines to qualify and manage in their inventory,” said Scott Horn, vice president of marketing at Seagate.
The new Barracuda hard drive are set to be available first at online retailers Amazon, CDW, Newegg and TigerDirect.