A 1-Gbit flash memory from Samsung has been used as a buffer within a prototype rotating disk drive developed with Microsoft. The Hybrid Hard Drive is the first fully functional disk drive to combine NAND-based flash memory with rotating storage media. The hybrid disk drives are expected to cost more than conventional disk drives, but provide benefits in terms of power consumption and reliability. Hybrid drive architecture is extremely important to the future design of mobile computers. It is an advancement that will improve the performance and reliability of any computer using the Windows “Longhorn” operating system. The Samsung-Microsoft prototype is to be converted into products to be manufactured by Samsung’s disk drive division as well as other disk drive makers. Samsung expects notebook computers equipped with the hybrid disk drives to begin shipping in large quantities in late 2006.

A 1-Gbit flash memory from Samsung has been used as a buffer within a prototype rotating disk drive developed with Microsoft. The Hybrid Hard Drive is the first fully functional disk drive to combine NAND-based flash memory with rotating storage media. The hybrid disk drives are expected to cost more than conventional disk drives, but provide benefits in terms of power consumption and reliability. Hybrid drive architecture is extremely important to the future design of mobile computers. It is an advancement that will improve the performance and reliability of any computer using the Windows “Longhorn” operating system. The Samsung-Microsoft prototype is to be converted into products to be manufactured by Samsung’s disk drive division as well as other disk drive makers. Samsung expects notebook computers equipped with the hybrid disk drives to begin shipping in large quantities in late 2006.