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Singapore’s A*STAR improves efficiency of data centres

Anuradha Shukla | Nov. 2, 2012
The data storage institute launches 5mm hybrid hard drive in a 2.5’’ form factor.

Singapore's data storage institute A*STAR is improving the efficiency of data centres with the launch of the world's thinnest 5mm hybrid hard drive in a 2.5'' form factor.

Named the "A-Drive," the new launch has the ability to store more than 250,000 songs in its 5mm thin frame.

It can provide capacities of up to 1 TB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with 32 GB Solid State Drive (SSD), and can easily fit into tablet devices. This feature not only expands its storage space but also extends its battery life by up to 30 percent.

A*STAR's new launch is also designed to overcome challenges related to the expensive, flash-based SSD, and the conventional HDD for the consumer and business industry.

"We have managed to fit an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thinner, cheaper, and faster design, and we think the consumer and enterprise impact will be significant," said Dr. Pantelis Alexopoulos, executive director of  Data Storage Institute (DSI), a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Changing consumer and enterprise landscape

DSI's "A-Drive" is ideal for tablets, ultrabooks, and future data centres and is expected to change the consumer and enterprise landscape in the coming days.

A cheaper alternative to the SSDs currently used in ultrabooks, the "A-Drive" can be extended for enterprise storage applications, reduces power consumption by up to 50 percent, and delivers better optimisation of the already limited rack space.

The "A-Drive" was officially launched to commemorate the Data Storage Institute's (DSI) 20 years of R&D in the area of data storage capabilities.

DSI collaborated with multinational corporations and local companies, such as Seiko Instruments, Miyoshi, and Unisteel, to develop key components for this product.

"Our capabilities today have been the result of two decades of collaboration with industry partners around the world. This has enabled DSI to develop groundbreaking solutions like the 'A-Drive'. We look forward to future partnerships as we continue our drive towards new innovations that will shape the data storage landscape," added Dr. Alexopoulos.


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