Next Generation 5mm Hybrid Hard Disk Drive

A*STAR Data Storage Institute recently announced one of the world’s thinnest 5mm hybrid hard drive in a 2.5inch form factor. I kid you not. Got Picture Got Talk.

It is not easy to make a Hard Disk so thin. The biggest challenge is reducing the thickness of a Hard Drive without compromising on its performance and stability. To achieve a reduction in size, DSI researchers developed a proprietary axial field motor which runs smoother, quieter, more efficiently, lowering power consumption by up to 70% yet at a fraction of the cost of a SSD.
The A-Drive represents the next generation of storage innovation providing capacities of up to 1TB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with 32 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). This potentially allows the A-Drive to store over 250,000 songs in its 5mm body. With its slim form factor, the A-Drive could fit into tablet devices and expand its storage space while extending battery life by up to 30%. The A-Drive will also be a cheaper alternative to SSD currently used in ultrabooks, offering the same instant-on capability at a larger storage capacity.
In addition, the A-Drive can be extended for enterprise storage applications, reducing power consumption by up to 50%, resulting in greener and more efficient data centres with better optimisation of the already limited rack space.

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