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First hybrid optical drive with onboard storage uses Micron 25nm NAND

Posted: 05 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hybrid optical disk drive? flash memory?

Micron Technology Inc. announced that Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS) has chosen Micron's 25nm NAND as the flash memory solution for its new hybrid optical disk drive.

Micron's 25nm NAND process technology gives 8GB of storage in a single device. The initial portfolio of HLDS Hybrid Drives will be made available in a range of embedded flash memory capacities also consisting of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Higher NAND capacities of the hybrid drive will also be offered in future versions.

The HLDS Hybrid Drive is intended for thin and light notebooks which typically have space for one drive, and is also suitable for client applications, in which a hard drive or solid-state drive would be used for long-term storage. In these applications, the Hybrid Drive would then be used for caching and launching applications, yielding an improvement in system performance, as well as faster boot times.

Meanwhile, chief marketing officer of HLDS, YK Park says, "The second generation Hybrid Drive, embedded with Micron's industry-leading 25nm NAND, is designed to fit in the conventional ODD form factor, allowing easy replacement of a conventional ODD and providing the added benefit of onboard storage. By creating a truly hybrid storage and optical drive solution, the Hybrid Drive also provides approximately a 50 to 70 percent performance improvement when compared to a standalone HDD."

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