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Another vendor, Taipei-based Pretec Technology, unveiled its CFast Hypersonic, a tiny new SSD featuring read performance of up to 250 MBs per second and write performance of up to 110 MBs per second.
Hitachi-LG Data Storage, a joint–venture between Hitachi and LG to build optical drives, used Computex to unveil its HyDrive, an optical drive in which an SSD is embedded.
The HyDrive, which is expected to be available starting in August, will initially include either a 32-GB or 64-GB SSD, with models featuring capacities of up to 256 GBs expected to be available in August.
Hitachi-LG expects its HyDrive to be used in one of two ways to boost the performance of conventional hard drives via the included driver software. The entire SSD could be used as a cache for hard drives, or part of the SSD could be used to run a Microsoft Windows or Office application with the rest serving as a cache, the company said.
The first OEM for the HyDrive is expected to be Irvine, Calif.-based Moneual, which plans to use it in a new home theater PC in August. Mobile PC maker Asus is also planning to use the HyDrive on part of its Eee PC family after tests are complete, Hitachi-LG said.
The HyDrive is the first optical drive to include an embedded SSD. However, Seagate is already embedding SSDs in a conventional hard drive.