Hybrid hard drives: Can Samsung and Microsoft invent a new market for 2007?
For about a year, Samsung Semiconductor and Microsoft have been leading the development of hybrid hard drives, with the potential of improving system performance by orders of magnitude. Samsung, the Flash memory market leader, could have a new industry all to itself. But would a mandate from Microsoft for hybrid HDD inclusion in Premium Vista computers help or hurt the company?
"These hybrid hard drives will represent the next stage of Samsung's ongoing project with Microsoft to expedite I/O throughput time by leveraging large OneNAND Flash memory caches to radically improve application performance, as well as reduce system power-up and power-down times to under one second."