Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) is now shipping the second generation of Momentus XT, its solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops The company says this is its fastest drive ever for personal computers.
The drive is now available at online retailers Amazon, Canada Computers, CDW, Memory Express, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Powering the Momentus XT drive are Seagate’s Adaptive Memory and FAST Factor technologies. Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying data usage patterns, and then moving the most frequently retrieved information to solid state memory for faster access. Adaptive Memory effectively tailors hard drive performance to each user and the applications they use, according to Scott Horn, vice president of worldwide marketing at Seagate. FAST Factor technology blends the strengths of SSDs and hard disk drives for faster access to applications, quicker bootup and higher overall system speed.
The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70% faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity, according to Horn. The Momentus XT hard drive’s Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8GB of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation.
The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. Manufacturer’s suggesting retail pricing for the Momentus XT 750GB is US$245.