Why Hybrid Hard Drives Rock…

SSDs (Solid State Drives) – fast, lean….but HOLY COW can they be expensive!! Hard Drives, by comparison, have huge storage capabilities are cheap per GB…and usually vary in speed from “meh” (5400rpm) to “Great…but still not an SSD” (10000rpm). That’s where hybrid drives (A.K.A. Solid State Hybrid Drives; A.K.A. SSHDs) come into play. Think of them as the best of both worlds. You can get SSD-like speeds with larger storage capacities…..and not go broke in the process. Stick around to learn a little bit more about hybrid drive tech.

Heritage of Innovation: A Closer Look at the Ford Fusion Hybrid

For those in the market for a new car, you might have glanced at the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Sure, it flaunts sleek lines and good gas mileage, but there’s something else interesting inside: A Dual LCD SmartGauge cluster. With it, you determine how little – or how much – data gets fed back to the instrument panel. It seems simple enough, but this elegant control scheme took a lot unconventional thinking to come together. That’s why, for this week’s Heritage of Innovation podcast, I caught up with Dave Watson from Ford and Steve Bishop from IDEO and we talked about how the two companies worked together to create the SmartGauge.
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