Samsung Electronics on Monday announced its new system-on-chip (SoC) that will enable relatively cost-effective making of so-called hybrid disk drives (HHD).

Samsung's SoC solution for the hybrid drive incorporates a Serial ATA interface, a hard disk drive (HDD) controller, a SDRAM controller, a OneNAND controller into a single piece of silicon. The system also includes a dual CPU core embedded to enable independent operation of the memory, HDD, and motor.

Hybrid hard drives are hard drives with conventional rotating media with the addition of flash memory cache. Whenever cache is filled with the data that the system may require, the rotating media stops, enabling faster, and more power efficient computers.

The HHD's advanced capabilities should be supported by operating system, which currently limits their support to Microsoft Windows Vista.

Samsung plans to mass produce the SoC in November.