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Seagate To Launch SSD/Hard Drive Hybrid Storage Device

Storage manufacturer Seagate is set to announce the launch of a "game-changing" device that can more than double a computer's performance on the 26th of May during a webcast launch.

Engadget (opens in new tab) says that the storage device - which will be called the Momentus XT - will be used in Asus' ROG G73Jh gaming notebook that will be available on that day.

The drive will be available in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB models in a 2.5-inch format and will combine a 4GB SLC NAND flash chip with 32MB cache with a spinning speed of 7200rpm

If Seagate's claims are to be believed, the drive will be at least 80 percent faster than mainstream hard drives and 20 percent faster than a top of the range 10Krpm hard drive but obviously still slower than a more expensive SSD.

Engadget also mentions that the drive will be a smart one, learning about the user's pattern and may end up dynamically decreasing disk time, boot time and application load time. In other words, what Microsoft's Readyboost is there for.

Yet it will be interesting to see how these will stack against entreprise small drives like the Seagate Savvio 10Krpm which cost much more than the $133.45 at which it can be preordered.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.