Samsung Electronics has announced its one terabyte (TB) F1 series hard disk drive (HDD), which features the highest recording density in a 3.5-inch HDD using only three disks. The new Serial ATA 3.5-inch F1 series drives are designed to be a large capacity, low power and high performance solution for enterprise applications, personal video recorders, desktop PCs or external storage, said the company.
Samsung's F1 drives employ proprietary technologies to achieve low power consumption and high performance. Quiet operation is ensured via Samsung's NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies, which reduce overall noise and vibration emanating from the drive, claimed the company, while optimized electronics and power saving modes reduce power consumption and resulting heat dissipation, making the F1 the coolest operating 1TB drive on the market.
PMR recording with Samsung's Flying on Demand (FOD) head technology ensures improved recording stability over changing temperature ranges. Samsung's drive offers a higher predicted reliability versus competitive drives that require five disks to achieve similar capacities, noted the company.
The F1 series drive features a 334GB per-platter capacity, a 7200-rpm spin speed, a 32MB cache, and up to a 1.2 million-hour MTBF. The F1 series offers high reliability for enterprise requirements and is optimized for RAID applications. It features a SATA 3Gb/s interface with NCQ and additional SATA features. The F1 series offers improved performance with SHOS based firmware, vibration tolerance with a rotational vibration sensor and lower power consumption with an optimized SOC.
Samsung's SpinPoint F1 series is currently shipping with a US$399 MSRP.