Monday, 13 May 2013 16:38

Thin is in thanks to WD/SanDisk collaboration Featured

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Hybrid hard drives are increasingly commonplace as a way of balancing the high performance of flash storage with the economy of magnetic disk. What's unusual about WD's approach is that it is openly working with flash specialist SanDisk.

The result of this collaboration is "the world's thinnest 2.5in solid state hybrid drives."

The 500GB WD Black SSHD (solid-state hybrid drive) is just 5mm thick compared with the usual 9.5mm notebook drive. This makes it suitable for thin notebooks and other mobile devices.

The company also makes 7mm and 9.5mm SSHDs.

"I am delighted for SanDisk to team up with WD on these exciting new hybrid products," said SanDisk senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions Kevin Conley.

"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."

WD vice president of client computing Matt Rutledge said "Working with SanDisk, WD realised 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."

The drives are shipping to OEM customers. There's no word yet about when or even if they will be offered at retail.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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