New FlashMate hybrid hard drive technology has been introduced that allows data to be read, even when the computer is switched off.
This enables notebook users to access content on the hard disk drive, without having to power on the computer, in order for example to listen to MP3 files, view digital pictures, access email, etc.
The technology has been developed by SST (Silicon Storage Technology), a flash memory technology business, and Insyde Software, a provider of UEFI-based firmware, BIOS, and engineering services.
FlashMate combines hardware, firmware and software in a system application subsystem that manages a notebook computer's hard drive. It is based on SST's expertise in NAND flash controllers and memory subsystem design with Insyde Software's expertise in PC BIOS, system software and power management.