Samsung's hybrid drives run fast, stay cool

Samsung is developing hybrid hard drives for laptops, combining traditional spinning disk drives with flash memory, which has no moving parts, to reduce access time and battery use. The drives contain either 128 or 256 MB of flash memory in addition to the larger, standard hard drive. The flash memory is used until it's fully taxed, then the hard disk kicks in (i.e. when you start doing some serious tricks in Photoshop). Flash is enough to run most applications, keeping the disk platters still and the energy consumption down, not to mention flash is much faster to access than platter drives. Expect to see the new drives in laptops starting in 2007.