HighPoint Makes Marvell's "HyperDuo" SSD-HDD Concept Real

HighPoint, a maker of add-on storage controllers, unveiled on Thursday a new controller that can merge the advantages of a solid-state drive (SSDs) with benefits of hard disk drives (HDDs). The card is based on a recently announced HyperDuo technology by Marvell and is the first of its kind.

Marvell's 88SE9130 chip - which powers High Point's RocketHybrid storage controllers - uses intelligent algorithms to automatically pin hot data files and directories to a Serial ATA SSD while enabling all data to be safely stored on a larger capacity Serial ATA HDD. As a result, end-users can plug an SSD and an HDD to the card in order to obtain better performance while retaining maximum storage space and ease-of-use. HighPoint names such storage solution as a HyperDuo Virtual Drive. HyperDuo Virtual Drives are capable of delivering up to 80% of the SSD’s performance boost, with 100% of the HDD’s capacity, according to the Marvell and HighPoint.

“HighPoint has developed a comprehensive series of SAS and SATA 6Gb/s storage solutions with Marvell storage IC’s. The new RocketHybrid Series HBA’s powered by the Marvell SMART HyperDuo technology is another milestone in HighPoint’s long history of providing high performing and low cost storage solutions for mass-market adoption” said Dr. Michel Whang, president and chief executive officer of HighPoint Technologies.

HighPoint will initially offer RocketHybrid 1220 and 1222 Serial ATA-600 controllers for PCIe 2.0 bus. The RocketHybrid 1220 provides two internal SATA ports; RocketHybrid 1222 provides two eSATA ports for use with external disk enclosures.

The 88SE9130 features two operation modes Safe Mode and Capacity Mode. Safe Mode provides optimal data protection by mirroring data on SSD to the hard disk for maximum resiliency, while Capacity Mode combines SSD and HDD capacity together for the most cost-effective configuration. In both modes, consumers see the same single drive volume (Local Disk C) as they do today for maximum simplicity and zero change to their daily computing habits.

HighPoint’s RocketHybrid HBA’s are set to be available from a world-wide network of distributors, retailers and solution providers in February. Pricing is unknown.