Hitachi Limited Unveils New HDD

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Thursday, October 7, 2010

TOKYO, JAPAN (GaeaTimes.com)- In a latest development Hitachi-LG Data Storage announced a new hybrid drive that will offer better performance despite a small form factor. It is meant for use in laptops. The drive is in its second incarnation and blends a latest Blu Ray Optical drive and flash memory which in the end works as a solid state disk. This new drive makes use of a single SATA 6 Gbps connector and has the dimension of a standard laptop disk drive. The first prototype of this drive was unveiled at Computex 2010 a few months back but that was not really compact. Its capacity was limited to 64 GB as well.

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The good thing about the Hitachi hybrid drive is that the users of laptops can change their current optical drive with this speedy hybrid drive and obtain the benefits. Those who prefer to retain the hard drive of their laptop can still use the Hybrid drive’s NAND as cache. However, they can also use the SSD part of the drive as their main hard drive. Hence the customization options offered by the new drive are numerous. YK Park the Chief Marketing Officer of HLDS said that it is a ground breaking technology product. The drive can also be used in All In One computers that are fast becoming popular among users. HLDS has not said anything on the cost of the rive as yet but it is expected that the drive will be sold from the first quarter of 2011.

Hitachi-LG Data Storage is a collaborative venture between Korea based LG and Japanese giant Hitachi and it was set up in the year 2000. It started operating in 2001.

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