updated 02:45 pm EST, Thu March 5, 2009
Samsung EcoGreen F2EG
Samsung on Thursday announced the 1.5TB EcoGreen F2EG hard disk. The 1.5TB version is the first from the F2EG family and uses the company's Eco-Triangle technology to reduce power, heat and noise via a design that cuts down the amount of moving components. The low-platter count of the drive, which splits the storage over three 500GB platters, also means less wasted energy use versus four- and five-platter drives. Versions with 500GB and 1TB of space will also cut down on power.
Samsung claims the Eco-Triangle design makes the F2EG drives 40 percent more efficient in idle mode and 45 percent more economical in reading and writing mode than similar drives from competitors. All five available disks -- there are versions of the 1TB and 1.5TB drives with 16MB and 32MB buffers -- feature a 3GBps SATA interface.
The F2EG family of drives is now available to computer and storage device manufacturers; the 1.5TB hard drive is also shipping for public use with a $149 price.