According to several sources close to the hard drive industry, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers.
We have spoken to a lot of people out here in Taipei about this industryâ€™s direction and one thing is becoming clear: SSDs are going to be affordable in the next 12 to 18 months.
Because of this, hard drive manufacturers are starting to get a little worried about what marketshare SSDs might eventually take away from themâ€”especially where performance is more of a concern than storage capacity.
And thatâ€™s exactly what Western Digitalâ€™s Raptor line is all about.
The new drive will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor, in that itâ€™ll be a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing built around it. Details are incredibly light at this stage, given that the product is still in development, and we donâ€™t even have a release timeframe at the moment.
However, our sources said that the drive will be â€˜silentâ€™ â€“ thatâ€™s the last thing I would have expected from a drive with platters spinning at 20,000 RPM. Western Digital is apparently working on silencing the beast by improving the housing technology, which will now not just act as a heatsink, but also as a noise cancelling device. Weâ€™d also hope that the drive enclosure has some vibration dampening technology as well, because thatâ€™s also likely to be a problem given the high spindle speeds.