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Apacer’s PHFD combines PCI Express SSD with hard drive caching

We've seen a fair few attempts at making hard drive SSD caching solutions, some better than others in terms of execution. Apacer has come up with a somewhat different approach than what we've seen so far with its PHFD which is now in its second generation.

We've seen a fair few attempts at making hard drive SSD caching solutions, some better than others in terms of execution. Apacer has come up with a somewhat different approach than what we've seen so far with its PHFD which is now in its second generation.

Apacer is using a Marvell 88SE9130 or similar SATA controller with support for Marvell's HyperDuo technology. In essence this is very similar to Intel's Smart Response technology, although in this specific case, the SSD and SATA controller is on a PCI Express x1 add-in card.

At the moment, Apacer is only offering 32GB of SSD storage, but we'd presume other sizes would be made available upon request by Apacer's customers, as the PHFD is an OEM product. The SATA port on the rear of the card makes it easy to attach a hard drive and although we can't say that much about the overall performance, we would expect this to be a somewhat faster solution than an mSATA SSD connected over a SATA 3Gbps interface using Intel's Smart Response technology thanks to the higher bandwidth available over the PCI Express x1 2.0 interface on the PHFD card.

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