01 Nov '12, 9am

Singapore aims to spur industry with 5mm hybrid HDD

SINGAPORE--Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) has unveiled a 5mm hybrid hard disk drive (HDD) in a 2.5-inch form factor , one of the world's thinnest available, as part of a project aimed at extending the shelf life of the country's existing tech industries. Called the A-drive, it potentially could be fitted into tablets and other handheld devices to allow storage capacities of up to 1 terabyte (TB) or around 250,000 songs, and extend battery life by 30 percent, said Pantelis Alexopoulos, executive director of A*Star's Data Storage Institute (DSI). Measuring the 5mm hybrid hard disk drive (Credit: DSI) The drive can also be utilized for enterprise storage applications, reducing power consumption by up to 50 percent, and to produce slimmer ultrabooks and laptops, Alexopoulos told ZDNet Asia in an interview. "Although there have been technological improveme...

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