Western Digital Teams Up with SanDisk for Solid State Hybrid Drives

SanDisk and WD Join Forces for Consumer SSHDs

by Anton Shilov
05/07/2013 | 06:13 PM

Western Digital Corp. and SanDisk Corp., two global leaders in hard disk drives and NAND flash storage, on Tuesday announced that the two companies are collaborating to introduce hybrid storage devices that feature flash memory technology from SanDisk and hard drive technology from WD.

 

“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,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of client computing at WD.

SanDisk is supplying a SanDisk iSSD single-chip storage device for the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), the world’s thinnest 2.5” SSHD solution, which utilizes both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA IO technology. The SanDisk 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 offers 500GB of capacity, while utilizing almost 50% less volume than current standard notebook hard drives (which are approximately 9.5mm). The low-profile of the solid state hybrid drive is complemented by the extremely small form factor of the SanDisk iSSD, which is built on 19nm process technology, the world's smallest and most advanced semiconductor manufacturing process. The WD Black 5mm SSHDs are shipping to OEMs. WD is also currently shipping to OEMs ultra-slim, 7mm and 9.5mm SSHDs for portable devices.

“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, 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,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions at SanDisk.