Seagate Technology has introduced its all-new Ultra Mobile lineup of hard disk drives. The new HDDs feature up to 500GB capacity, ultra-low power consumption as well as Dynamic Data Driver software technology. Seagate officially positions the novelty for media tablets, but the actual products will likely be utilized primarily for 2-in-1 and other hybrid devices.
“Coupling an ultra-thin, high-capacity HDD with software designed to optimize integration into tablets at a value-add price has allowed us to deliver a truly ground-breaking solution, enabling our partners to reimagine the mobile device. By empowering our OEMs with this revolutionary new technology, we have invited the industry to re-think the mobile market making this offering a true game-changer in the world of storage,” said Steve Luczo, president, chief executive and chairman of Seagate.
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDDs feature up to 500GB of capacity and come in 2.5”/5mm form-factor. The new drives integrate Seagate’s own zero gravity sensor providing better shock management. Incorporated power modes support the drive in sleep, standby and idle enabling it to consume as low as 0.14W and support the long battery life demanded by tablets.
Reduced power consumption and improved performance are achieved through an intelligent caching design that is implemented at the system level. As a result a mobile device using 8GB of flash and the Ultra Mobile HDD and Dynamic Data Driver software have the power consumption equal to that of a 64GB tablet and the performance equal to that of a 16GB tablet, while costing less than either.
The software also provides drive protection through the use of enhanced motion sensor and thermal monitoring algorithms to control drive access and avoid usage conditions that might harm it. The drive is so well insulated that in many cases a dropped device’s screen would break before its hard disk drive, according to Seagate.
The Seagate Mobile Enablement Kit includes the Ultra Mobile HDD, Dynamic Data Driver software, and an optional customized reference design which allows HDD-powered tablets to transparently deliver high-capacity storage space to an end user in a mobile solution. The kit is currently designed to support Google Android operating system.
The Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD will be available separately and as part of the Seagate Mobile Enablement Kit. Dynamic Data Driver software not sold separately.