Marvell Weds Solid-State Drives and Hard Drives

Marvell Develops HyperDuo SSD-HDD Controller

by Anton Shilov
01/04/2011 | 08:19 PM

Marvell, a leading designer of various controllers and system-on-chips, has developed a controller that can combine benefits of solid-state drive and hard disk drive in one system. The 88SE9130 controller 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.    


"Our leadership in SATA technology products is reaffirmed with milestones like today's launch of the 88SE9130 SATA controller powered by HyperDuo. Through close integration with our partners, the 88SE9130 enables industry-leading performance levels at ultra-low product and energy costs," said Alan Armstrong, vice president of marketing for the storage business group at Marvell Semiconductor.

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.

The 88SE9130 brings automated and integrated SSD acceleration technology to the mainstream consumer technology market, especially with high-end desktops and laptops, home NAS and set-top boxes and host bus adapters. These capabilities are being further maximized through the support of technology providers across all elements of SATA technology, including Western Digital for hard disk drives; Asrock, Asustek Computer, Gigabyte  and Microstar International for motherboards; Micron for SSDs and more.

Using industry-standard benchmarks, such as PCMark, on consumer desktop machines, Marvell has demonstrated the 88SE9130 HyperDuo solution can achieve 80% of the performance of a SATA SSD while storing all data on a traditional large capacity SATA HDD.