Seagate launches 640GB notebook driveBy Justin Mann
Seagate pushed out a new device in the Momentus line today, introducing a 2.5" 640GB drive. Aimed at notebooks that need mass amounts of storage, the 5400RPM drive uses a 2-platter design and sports 8MB of cache, making it at an impressive addition to their mobile storage lineup.
They aren't the first to have a 640GB notebook drive, with Western Digital beating them to the punch by several months. Both drives have comparable specifications, so there's nothing spectacular about Seagate's release. We can expect the Momentus 5400.7 to sell for around $120, comparable to the Western Digital Blue Scorpio.
These two vendors are now the only ones to offer 640GB 2.5" drives. Will others move in as well, or instead reach for the loftier goal of 1TB? As demand increases for higher-capacity SSDs, we must wonder if SSDs or traditional disks will be the R&D priority for this year.