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Western Digital and Sandisk Teams Up for Innovative Solid State Hybrid Drives

Western Digital and Sandisk Teams Up for Innovative Solid State Hybrid Drives

Guys, two huge companies in the digital world are joining forces. Western Digital, provider of the best-in-class hard drive technology, is collaborating with SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory storage solutions, to introduce hybrid storage devices that feature best-in-class flash memory technology.

The SanDisk iSSD storage device, (product of SanDisk) will be supplied for the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), the world’s thinnest 2.5-inch SSHD solution, which utilizes both Western Digital proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA IO technology. SanDisk’s iSSD brings an elegant balance of performance, low power consumption, cost, reliability, and a compact form factor to this SSHD, which will offer ample storage to meet consumers’ growing appetite for digital content as well as flash-enabled speed, data throughput and responsiveness – all within ultra-slim form factors.

The WD Black 5mm SSHD which offers 500GB of capacity is complemented by the extremely small form factor of the SanDisk iSSD, which is built on 19 nanometer (nm) process technology, the world’s smallest and most advanced semiconductor manufacturing process. The WD Black 5mm SSHDs are shipping to OEMs. Western Digital is also currently shipping to OEMs ultra-slim, 7mm and 9.5mmSSHDsfor portable devices.

Kevin Conley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of client storage solutions at SanDisk said,

I am delighted for SanDisk to team up with WD on these exciting new hybrid products. By combining SanDisk’s unparalleled flash memory expertise and technology with the hard drive know-how of WD, WDBlack SSHDsoffer outstanding hard drive-like capacity, and the slim form factor and the level of performance that you will only get with flash memory solutions.

On the other hand, Matt Rutledge, Vice President of client computing at Western Digital said,

Working with SanDisk, WD realized our vision for products that combine the best of both technologies. WD’s SSHDs are a significant achievement in the continuing SSHD/flash storage revolution.

Well, combining those two powerful devices would only mean high capacity and a higher level of performance than traditional hard disk drives.  And this higher level of performance would definitely result in more improved PC user experience including increased speed, instant-on and faster application launching.

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