WD and SanDisk to Create Solid State Hybrid Drives with Fast Flash...

WD and SanDisk to Create Solid State Hybrid Drives with Fast Flash Memory Technology


Irvine, CA—WD, a Western Digital company, and SanDisk Corporation are collaborating on hybrid storage devices that feature flash memory technology from SanDisk and hard drive technology from WD. The drives will be engineered to offer ample storage to meet consumers’ growing appetite for digital content as well as flash-enabled speed, data throughput and responsiveness—all within an ultra-slim form factor.

SanDisk is supplying a SanDisk iSSD storage device for the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), a thin 2.5-inch SSHD solution that utilizes both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry-standard SATA IO technology. The companies stated that the SanDisk iSSD would bring a balance of performance, low power consumption, cost, reliability and a compact form factor to the new SSHD.

“I am delighted for SanDisk to team up with WD on these exciting new hybrid products,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions at SanDisk. “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 Black SSHDs use WD hybrid technology to blend responsive, intelligent flash memory technology from SanDisk with high-capacity hard drives from WD. The combination is designed to offer both high capacity and a higher level of performance than traditional hard disk drives, including increased speed, instant-on and faster application launching.

“Working with SanDisk, WD realized our vision for products that combine the best of both technologies,” added Matt Rutledge, vice president of client computing at WD. “WD’s SSHDs are a significant achievement in the continuing SSHD/flash storage revolution.”

The WD Black SSHDs will accommodate integration into the market’s thinnest notebooks. The WD Black 5mm SSHD offers 500GB of capacity, while utilizing almost 50% less volume than current standard notebook hard drives (which are 9.5mm). The low profile of the hybrid drive is complemented by the small form factor of the SanDisk iSSD, which is built on 19 nanometer (nm) process technology. wd.com and sandisk.com