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Western Digital and SanDisk Team Up For New SSHD

Hard Drive Giants Western Digital is teaming up with Flash Drive Giants SanDisk to build the ultimate Hybrid Drive


In popular culture, the teaming up of two well-known brands often leads to an exciting outcome. In basketball when James and Wade teamed up the combination led to an NBA title. Entertainment writers and bloggers alike still swoon over Jolie and Pitt as a couple. Moviegoers and critics get excited when Oscar winners like De Niro and Pacino are cast in the same movie. The same can be said for the technology industry, where Western Digital and SanDisk are teaming up to create a new line of Solid State Hybrid Drives.

On May 7 leaders would be combining their expertise in creating a new line of storage devices. This new series of storage drives will combine Western Digital’s proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA technology with SanDisk’s reliable and low-power Flash technology.

Two Giants come Together

Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions for SanDisk, relates the two companies excitement over the new combination; “By combining SanDisk’s unparalleled flash memory expertise and technology with the hard drive know-how of WD, WD Black SSHD 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 new line of WD Black SSHDs will come with up to 32GB of NAND flash, which will combine with the platter drive storage to offer up to 500GB of total storage in the drive. Design specifications list the Black SSHD at a super thin 5mm while providing the 2.5” laptop standard size. The drive will also come with the SATA 3 standard that will use the SATA connector or the new edge card connector, which eliminates the need for separate power connections. WD also indicates that the design of the new Black SSHD will occupy 50% less volume than the industry standard notebook drives used today.

A new option for reliability

The announcement of the WD Black SSHD provides a new option for reliability and brand recognition in the device storage market. While price points have yet to be announced, the new drive series should be expected to take the market by storm and become a serious contender for use in new and existing systems alike.

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