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Samsung ending 1.8-inch HDD production?

updated 11:40 am EDT, Fri June 26, 2009

Samsung May end 1 8in HDDs

Samsung may be triggering a sudden crunch in supplies of 1.8-inch hard drives through a strategic decision, Taiwan-area notebook builders reportedly said today. They claim that the Korean company has stopped development of the ultra-mobile disks in favor of solid-state drives, cutting the number of suppliers in half. Only Toshiba is left, DigiTimes says, and it's feared that prices might go up as the remaining producer tries to control demand.

Without Samsung, a shortage or a price increase could be severely damaging to the electronics market, which depends heavily on the small but relatively inexpensive mass storage. Many ultraportables and netbooks, such as the MacBook Air and VAIO P, use 1.8-inch hard drives in their base models. Certain hard drive-based media players like the iPod classic and Zune 120 also depend on 1.8-inch disks.

Samsung hasn't commented on the assertions.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does Samsung know somethi

    Does Samsung know something? Is there a problem with getting more capacity on 1.8 drives, a wall of sorts. Or is the solid state drive that much more profitable? No company abandons a product that's still selling well on a whim.

  1. dmwalsh568

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Article is misleading

    Stopping development is NOT the same as stopping production.

    Samsung is most likely just making a business decision that no more money is going to be spent by them on pushing more bits onto those tiny platters. It makes more sense for them to put the development into flash chips for SSDs since that's where the money will be going.

    But that doesn't necessarily mean that Samsung is going to give up a profitable business....

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