Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS), announced HyDrive, the world's first solid state drive (SSD) embedded ODD. HyDrive is going to be available in August 2010, installed on the Family PC 102 series from Moneual.
The SSD capacity will be 32GB and 64GB for the 1st generation and up to 256GB with the 2nd generation, which will be ready for mass production in March 2011 and have even faster SSD performance moving from SATA3.0Gbps to the SATA6.0Gbps interface.
HyDrive performance stands to reach its full potential on performance notebooks such as the ASUS N61DA, delivering data handling capabilities currently unavailable to consumers worldwide.
HyDrive enables a total storage solution on the PC using the advantages of three storage device types – conventional hard drives, solid state drives and optical drives – without added space on the motherboard and modification of system architecture limited to replacing the existing ODD. Only HyDrive enables this through an identical framework to that used in conventional ODDs.
HyDrive offers hard disk drive (HDD) performance boosting in two ways. One is through using the entire SSD as a cache by the HLDS filter driver. The other is by having Windows and Microsoft Office applications installed and the remaining capacity serve as a cache.
Having 32GB of SSD suffices in accommodating Windows and Microsoft Office applications, offering consumers the enjoyment and stress-free experience of PC usage with pure SSD speeds.
HyDrive also enables a smaller PC foot print (7-9″tablet PCs such as the Ultra Mobile PC, for example) by removing the HDD or SSD from the motherboard and just having HyDrive with its SSD as primary storage.
HyDrive can offer users 30-60% faster booting, shutdown and application loading on the optimized hardware of the ASUS N61DA.