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Seagate unveils a hard drive for tablets, shuns SSDs

Lucas Mearian | Sept. 10, 2013
The drive offers up to seven times the capacity of typical tablet SSDs

Seagate said that what sets its new 5mm drive apart from its past mobile HDDs is its shock management, heat and vibration and gyroscopic motion capabilities, all of which have been "heavily tested to ensure the drive delivers the best experience in a tablet...."

The Ultra Mobile HDD integrates Seagate's own Zero Gravity Sensor, which detects when a device is falling or being jostled, and temporarily pauses drive operations to protect mechanical parts.

"Incorporated power modes support the drive in sleep, standby and idle, enabling it to consume as low as 0.14 watts, and thereby support the long battery life demanded by tablets," Seagate said.


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