Seagate Technology claims that Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD offers up to 7x the storage capacity of a traditional 64GB tablet with the same power, performance and reliability of a flash device.
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD – announced on Monday – is integrated with the Seagate Mobile Enablement Kit which includes Seagate’s Dynamic Data Driver software technology.
“By empowering our OEMs with this revolutionary new technology, we have invited the industry to re-think the mobile market making this offering a true game-changer in the world of storage,” said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate.
Seagate has addressed several key areas beyond a standard laptop HDD to optimize mobile applications with the Ultra Mobile HDD and Mobile Enablement Kit.
These areas include shock management, heat and vibration and gyroscopic motion— all of which have been heavily tested to ensure the drive delivers the best experience in a tablet solution.
The software provides drive protection through the use of enhanced motion sensor and thermal monitoring algorithms to control drive access and avoid usage conditions that might harm it. The drive is so well insulated that in many cases a dropped device’s screen would break before its hard disk drive.
The Ultra Mobile HDD integrates Seagate’s own Zero Gravity Sensor providing better shock management. Incorporated power modes support the drive in sleep, standby and idle enabling it to consume as low as 0.14W and support the long battery life demanded by tablets.
In addition, its slim, rugged design allows it to be utilized in new emerging applications like convertible and detachable storage, Seagate said.
Featuring up to 500GB of capacity, it delivers the highest areal density available in a small, ultra-thin form factor while supporting over 100,000 photos, 125,000 songs or 62 hours of high-definition video and movies.
“Seagate’s new Mobile Enablement Kit will bring PC-like storage capacity to future thin and light tablet designs, and position Seagate as a potential storage solutions provider to the fast-growing tablet market,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives and semiconductors.
The Seagate Mobile Enablement Kit includes the Ultra Mobile HDD, Dynamic Data Driver software, and an optional customized reference design which allows HDD-powered tablets to transparently deliver high-capacity storage space to an end user in a mobile solution. The kit is currently designed to support the Android operating system.