Samsung delivers hybrid notebook hard drives
According to a report by DigiTimes, Samsung has become the first hard drive maker to ship 2.5" hybrid hard drives for notebooks. The drives are part of a new MH80 series, and they include 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB models. Each drive comes with either 128MB or 256MB of integrated OneNAND flash memory, which can be used as cache thanks to the ReadyDrive functionality built into Windows Vista. When Samsung demonstrated its first hybrid hard drives last year, the company boasted that its OneNAND flash memory was able to hit read speeds of 108MB/s and write speeds of 18MB/s, and that hybrid drives using the memory could shrink system boot times by up to 25 seconds and increase notebook battery life by as much as 10%. DigiTimes now quotes Samsung data that says the MH80 hard drives can cut boot times by 50% and increase battery life by 30 minutes in a ReadyDrive-enabled system.