Toshiba's storage division has announced its first hybrid drive, combining a conventional hard disk with flash solid state disk (SSD) technology to boost performance in laptops and PCs.
Available from the end of September, the Toshiba MQ01ABD-H Series will be available in capacities of 750GB and 1TB, with 8GB of Nand flash memory to store the most frequently accessed data.
This combination enables the 2.5in drive to provide similar performance to a costly SSD, but with the larger storage capacity associated with traditional hard disk technology, Toshiba said.
The hybrid drive makes use of self-learning algorithms to analyse data access patterns and ensure frequently requested data is stored in the Nand flash to speed access, while data that is used less often will be moved back to the HDD for long term storage.
"The launch of the Toshiba hybrid drive will mean a truly different and exciting computing experience. By combining high performance Nand flash technology with HDD high capacities, consumers can now enjoy the best of both worlds," said Toshiba Electronics Europe vice president, Martin Larsson.
Pricing for the new drives has yet to be announced.
The product is the latest devices from the firm after its Storage Products division unveiled its first family of disk drives with a 1TB per platter capacity in August.
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