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Seagate, Solid State Drives in 2008

Seagate will introduce drives across a range of products including desktops and laptops, offering a variety of storage capacities, as stated by Seagate representative Woody Monroy.

Solid state disks, or SSDs, use flash memory instead of magnetic disks for information storage. Flash memory is a type of non-volatile memory, which means that the chip has the ability to retain stored information even when it stops receiving power. Other types of memory, such as DRAM, lose their information once the power supply is interrupted.

SSDs offer a number of advantages over conventional disk-based storage drives: they are lighter, consume less power and are more robust, making them ideal for use in mobile and portable devices. They are also more expensive, but the price difference is narrowing as the cost of flash memory itself is also getting cheaper.

Seagate also manufactures hybrid storage drives, in which the use of flash memory is combined with magnetic disks. The Seagate Momentus 5400 PSD drive stores the most frequently accessed data in flash memory rather than on disks, thereby improving read time and speeding up computer startup time, according to the manufacturer.

Drives are intended for use in laptop computers and are available in capacities up to 160GB as indicated on the Seagate website.

Seagate will use the new flash storage drives to augment its product line in certain applications, while predicting an increase in demand for its hybrid storage drives.