10 May 2013

WD and Sandisk: Two Leaders of Drive Solutions Team UP to Create Innovative Drives

Ever heard of Western Digital and SanDisk? Probably YES! If case you are not, Western Digital or NASDAQ (American Stock Exchange short for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations): WDC company and is leader of storage industry and very popular with external hard drives and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), leader in flash memory solutions. And i'm pretty sure, some of you used SanDisk.

These two companies now partner to create an innovative solid state hybrid drives.
In a Press Release, WD and Sandisk collaborated to create a HYBRID Storage device. Western Digital is best in hard drive technology,while SanDisk is best in flash memory technology. Just imagine how cool and innovative these leaders to create ONE hybrid: Flash Memory and Hard Drive Type?

So how can be?
It was stated that SanDisk will supply SanDisk iSSD™ storage device for WD Black™ solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), probably yet promised world’s thinnest 2.5-inch SSHD solution.
  • SanDisk ISSD has an elegant balance of performance, lower power consumption , costs, reliability, durability, effectiveness, and compact.
In which consumers(like us) would really appreciate this kind of technology. Like me, i want a hard drive or flash memory drive that is fast, high data throughput and fast response.

As Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager of client storage solutions at SanDisk said:

“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, WDBlack SSHDsoffer outstanding hard drive-like capacity, and the slim form factor and the level of performance that you will only get with flash memory solutions.”
“Working with SanDisk, WD realized our vision for products that combine the best of both technologies,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of client computing at WD. “WD’s SSHDs are a significant achievement in the continuing SSHD/flash storage revolution.”
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 19 nanometer (nm) 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 9.5mmSSHDs for portable devices. 

About WD Black Solid State Hybrid Drives 

Western Digital Black SSHDs use WD hybrid technology that blends and balances:
  • responsive, effectiveness, reliability
  • intelligent flash memory technology from SanDisk with high capacity hard drives from WD. 
With that, users will experience great performance with the improvement of speed, app response and instant on and app launching.

This WD Black SSHD made to integrate market's thinnest notebooks. And it offers 500 GB capacity that utilizes 50%  less volume THAN current netbook hard drives (9.5mm).
With device volume being a key concern for PC manufacturers who want to design slimmer devices, the WD BlackSSHDs are designed to accommodate integration into the market’s thinnest notebooks. The WD Black 5mm SSHD offers 500GB of capacity, while utilizing almost 50 percent less volume than current standard notebook hard drives (which are approximately 9.5mm).

About WD 

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information. 

About SanDisk 

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for commercial and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk's innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk's diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solidstate drives (SSD) for the computing market. SanDisk's products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.

SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

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