Crucial has announced the release of its Adrenaline SSD Cache Solution designed to be used as a cache drive along with a standard mechanical hard drive.
The Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution comprises of a 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, a 3.5" adapter bracket, and caching software. When paired with another drive (more commonly used with a HDD), Adrenaline intelligently places, or caches, the most frequently needed files on the SSD and keeps less frequently used files on the hard drive. This allows for users to have best of both worlds: SSD-like performance with the high capacity offered by a traditional hard drive. Crucial has not released pricing or performance expectation for this drive but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
"Many PC users are reluctant to give up their high-capacity hard drives for the performance of a solid state drive," said Robert Wheadon, worldwide senior product manager, Crucial. "Crucial Adrenaline offers these consumers an affordable bridge between hard drives and solid state drives, so they won't be forced to choose capacity over performance, or vice versa."
The Crucial Adrenaline SSD Cache drive will be backed by a limited three-year warranty and is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2012.