Perpindicular Recording Hard Drives from Seagate

Seagate has officially launched their 2.5-inch, 5400rpm, perpindicular recording hard drives. Available in capacities upto 160GB, the new drives (the 5400.3 series) offer several advantages over previous lineups, including larger maximum capacity and better performance. has a great overview of this new technology, including what differentiates “perpindicular recording” from traditional drive recording methods.

Flash Memory to Rival Hard Drives is carrying a story detailing plans Samsung has to start 16GB Nand Flash chip production later this year. This could definitely have an impact on ultraportables, probably starting in 2007 or thereabouts, although from the sound of things, it’s easily adapted, so it might even allow for retrofitting into existing laptops. Imagine being able to replace your current harddrive with Flash memory and increase your battery life substantially as well as adding some durability.