It might seem like an unusual combination to many folks, but Hitachi-LG has unveiled its HyDrive optical disk drive/solid state disk (OD/SSD) at Computex. The goal of this design is obviously to reduce the space requirements for compact systems such as notebooks. The current model offers 32GB or 64GB of NAND flash memory and also offers a Blu-ray drive. The SSD boasts a read and write speed of 175MB/sec and 60MB/sec respectively. Both the SSD and Blu-ray drive are connected through a SATA II connection and the company claims that it can be 30 to 60 percent faster than a rotating hard drive for booting up and loading applications. The HyDrive will be launched in August 2010, and though there isn’t any official information on its price just yet, it has been hinted that it could increase the price of a standard notebook by about $200.
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