There are 3 ways to integrate flash in your customers’ solutions today.
Option 2: The “Prius” approach
Use off-the-shelf hybrid disk drives (flash + disk) to upgrade notebook PCs or create differentiated whitebook PCs
Value: faster application boot and longer battery life
Focus on Vista OS notebooks today, since hybrid drives rely on Vista to achieve their performance benefits
Hybrid drives are aptly named. Just like hybrid cars, these drives straddle the fence between new (flash memory) and mature (spinning disk storage) technologies to provide the advantages of both. They’re priced more like disk drives, and perform more like flash.
Hybrid drives will expand beyond notebook PCs
In the future, hybrid drives will be available for a broader set of applications, and their performance advantage will not depend on the operating system. Today, without Vista, a hybrid drive performs just like a normal drive.
Seagate offers a hybrid drive today, the Momentus 5400 PSD.