Up until now both tablet makers and end users have been satisfied with NAND Flash storage for their slates, but hard disk companies want to change that. In fact, Seagate wants to downright start a revolution with its new ultrathin hard disks.
The company believes its thin and light solutions may be a sufficient enough incentive for tablet makers to make tablets with these high capacity hard disks.
HDDs are often described as being too large and vulnerable to shocks, what with the constant jostling that most media tablets have to go through. No matter that second argument does not apply to laptops that are also moved around a lot, but their hard disk drives are fine.
Anyway, this has led to tablet getting NAND chips with varying storage capacities — everything from 8 GB, 16 GB, 3 GB or 64 GB, even 128 GB and 256 GB in some rare instances.
Seagate, however, believes it is time for the consumer tablet market to make the jump to HDDs.
The company has just introduced the Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD, a drive that comes with a mere 5mm of thinness, and weight of just 94 grams (3.3 ounces). And impressively, it provides tablets with 500 GB of storage space.
A SATA 6.0 Gbps interface (SATA III) and platter rotary speed of 5,400 RPM round up the specifications. And while this means that performance will be slower than on flash, but the company has introduced a new caching technique via software to remedy this.
More impressively however, Seagate claims that this Ultra Mobile HDD is strong enough to survive falls that would crack the tablet screen.
Considering the way the tablet market is heading, the day when slates start using solutions like these may not be that far off in the future. Power users, at least, will be pleased with this new development.