updated 08:49 pm EST, Mon March 4, 2013
Company has no SSD product line; will likely focus on hybrid drives
Over the weekend, information surfaced that Seagate is ceasing production of 7200RPM 2.5-inch drives before the end of the year. Models affected by the move are the Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT. The company cites the rise of SSDs as the reason for the production stop.
Tech enthusiast site Anandtech notes that "7200RPM mobile hard drives have always been a premium product and are mostly found in high-end laptops or built-to-order configurations" and adds that "the market for faster hard drives has quickly faded away because users seeking for performance have opted for SSDs instead of 7200RPM hard drives."
The company is likely to focus on hybrid drives, similar to the Momentus XT, and add more NAND capacity to the solution. Currently, Seagate does not have a consumer SSD product line.