Seagate has recently launched its first hybrid hard drive (HHD) to OEMs. No exact pricing was given, but a spokesmen has explicitly stated that they will be charging around a 25-30% premium.
The Momentus 5400 line will ship in 80, 120, and 160-GB capacity points with the standard five-year warranty. It also boasts 8MB of cache and 256MB of flash memory to buffer cached write requests to disk.
Although the hybrid drive technology is promising reduced boot time (average boot time will be decreased from 40 seconds to 32 seconds) and reduced power consumption (average power consumption will be cut from 0.78 watts to 0.45 watts), they don’t seem to be performing as such and apparently, Vista is to be blamed: “… they don’t know how to utilize the flash,” Melissa Johnson, a product manager for the company, said.