Feeds

Hitachi launches Blu-Ray-SSD hybrid drive

HyDrive is go

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Hitachi is launching HyDrive, a Blu-ray drive with an embedded solid state drive (SSD), and working with AMD and ASUS to deliver notebooks using it.

The part of Hitachi doing this is Hitachi LG Data Storage (HLDS) and the idea is to use the 32GB or 64GB as a place to store Windows and system applications and get the SSD benefits of 30 to 60 per cent faster booting, application load and shutdown times. The 32GB version has space for this with some left over as a cache.

HLDS HYDrive

Alternatively the HyDrive can be used purely as a cache with a filter driver from HLDS populating it with active data.

The HyDrive can be used in conjunction with a PC's normal hard disk drive or, HLDS says, on its own in netbooks and tablet form-factor devices with no need for flash on the motherboard. The drive is 12.7mm thick, though, which ought to limit its tablet use.

Whichever design is used the HyDrive can play CD, DVD and Blu-ray media and write CD and DVD media.

The HyDrive has a 3Gbt/s SATA interface with the 6Gbit/s SATA interface coming in March 2011 along with a capacity upgrade of up to 256GB of flash. The flash reads up to 175MB/sec and writes at up to 60MB/sec with 512k blocks but only 6MB/sec with random 4k blocks.

The optical drive reads Blu-ray at 4.8x 21.6MB/sec, DVD at 8x 11MB/sec and CD at up to 24x 3.6MB/sec. It writes DVD at up to 8x 11MB/sec and CD at 24x 3.6MB/sec.

HLDS claims HyDrive will offer improved media readability with smooth and seamless playback of discs in poor condition due to scratches and fingerprints. It says there is much more to come with the next generation HyDrive.

HLDS has been working with AMD, ASUS and MONEUAL on the product's development and launch. Niles Burbank, the senior product manager for AMD’s Platform Solutions, said AMD's "8-series chipsets have both the required hardware and driver support for HyDrive, including SATA port multiplier support, which enables combined optical and solid state functionality".

Seagate launched a hybrid SSD + hard drive last week, the Momentus XT. Flash technology pricing has dropped low enough to be affordable in hybrid drives, Seagate and HLDS hope, but is not yet low enough to replace the mass storage spinning disk part of such drives.

HyDrive is going to be first available in August 2010, installed on the Family PC MN 102-O from MONEUAL. ASUS plans to launch the first-generation HyDrive on its Eee Top range, and the second generation HyDrive on the N61DA performance notebook after testing HLDS samples. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.