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WD, SanDisk to build hybrid storage drives

Posted: 09 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hybrid storage drives  SSHD  iSSD 

Storage companies Western Digital (WD) and SanDisk are collaborating to introduce hybrid storage drives, or SSHDs. The first product created by the collaboration is the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) in a 2.5-inch, 5mm form factor with flash memory from SanDisk.

SanDisk is supplying a SanDisk iSSD storage device, which is built on 19nm process technology, for the WD Black SSHD. These SSHDs are designed to accommodate integration into the market’s thinnest notebooks, the companies said.

Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, client storage solutions, SanDisk, said, “By combining SanDisk’s unparalleled flash memory expertise and technology with the hard drive know-how of WD, WD Black SSHDs offer outstanding hard drive-like capacity, and the slim form factor and the level of performance that you will only get with flash memory solutions.”

The WD Black 5mm SSHD offers 500GB of capacity, while utilising almost 50 per cent less volume than current standard notebook hard drives.

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