It has been designed for the next generation Ultrabooks and it can provide a better price point than SSD memory drives. Although only 2mm thinner than its previous model it means that coupled with advances in batteries, OLED and Gorilla glass screens a few more millimetres can be shaved off the overall units thickness.
Power consumption is 1.4 W during seek and .48 idle so along with Intel’s new Haswell CPU’s and Atom SOC its going to help extend battery life.
With a 6Gb/s SATA data transfer rate and 100 Mb/s sustained data transfer it will handle four or more HD streams so expect to see it as part of new slimline PVR’s, TV’s and external hard disks.
It also retrofits into standard 2.5” 7 and 9.5mm hard disk bays. A version also comes with self-encrypting drive (SED) with TCG Opal protocol.
Storage Review has a comprehensive article on this drive and concluded that Seagate may not quite as fast as the WD 5mm drive but it uses a high strength steel base plate and standard SATA connector.