Hitachi, LG, Micron Combine for New Hybrid Storage Drive

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-04 Print this article Print

The new HLDS (Hitachi LG Data Storage partnership) hybrid drive with Micon's 25-nm NAND flash will be used in PCs, DVD players and Blu-ray products.

Hitachi, which partners with South Korea's LG Data Storage to make storage devices, on Oct. 4 introduced what it called the world's first hybrid NAND flash optical disk drive with its own on-board storage.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology supplies its new 25-nanometer NAND as the flash memory for the new optical disk drive, oddly enough acronymed ODD. The chip debuted last February as the result of a cooperative project with Intel.

The new 25-nm, 2-bit-per-cell chip can hold 8GB of data storage, more than 10 times the 700MB capacity of a standard CD. The chip measures a mere 167 square millimeters, making it small enough to fit through the hole in the middle of a CD.

The small size of the flash chip is a big advantage to the manufacturing process of the drive itself in that it allows designers more flexibility to fit it into the layout.

The new HLDS (Hitachi LG Data Storage partnership) hybrid drive will be used in PCs, DVD players and Blu-ray products.

The first edition of the drive will come in embedded flash memory capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Higher NAND capacities will be available in future versions.

The HLDS Hybrid Drive is designed for thin and light notebooks that traditionally have space for one drive, Micron said. It can be used for client-side applications that in the past would have employed a hard disk or solid-state drive for long-term storage.

In these deployments, the hybrid drive would be used for caching and launching applications and providing an improvement in system performance, including faster boot times.

HLDS will be demonstrating the Hybrid Drive using Micron's 25-nm NAND at the CEATEC conference Oct. 5-9 in Japan. They will begin showing up in devices later this fall.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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