Hard drives vs. solid state memory in notebook PCs
Nov 21, 2006
With notebook PCs becoming smaller, lighter, faster and more power stingy, computer makers increasingly are seeking to replace large, battery-life-eating Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) with more diminutive HDDs - as well as with more efficient Solid-State Drives (SSDs).
Notebooks represent the fastest-growing segment of the worldwide PC market, accounting for 40 percent of all PC unit shipments in 2010, up from 28 percent in 2005, according to iSuppli Corp. With slim-design, low-weight and longer-battery-life products in strong demand, notebook makers are aggressively adopting storage technologies that help them to achieve these goals.
Options for notebook makers include:
-- Using 1.8-inch HDDs, rather than conventional 2.5-inch models, cutting down the size of notebook PCs.
-- Substituting HDDs with flash-memory-based SSDs. Beyond smaller size, flash offers faster performance and lower power consumption than HDDs.
To help the PC industry to understand the implications of alternative HDD and SDD storage technologies, iSuppli on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. U.S. Pacific time will host a Webinar entitled: Flash Versus Hard Disk Drives: The Bits and Pieces of the Notebook Puzzle. Krishna Chander, senior analyst, storage systems for iSuppli will host the Webinar and address the storage impacts of smaller, lighter, faster notebook PCs.
Attendees can call in to the Webinar to hear Chander's comments and can use an Internet browser to view the presentation slides. Chander will take questions from Webinar attendees.
For more information, please visit: http://www.isuppli.com/events/default.asp?EventCode=WB