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Hitachi-LG's Blu-ray/SSD Hybrid Now Smaller

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HLDS revised its hybrid Blu-ray/SSD drive to fit into one laptop drive bay.

Monday during CEATEC 2010, Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) said that it revised the Hybrid Drive to offer higher performance and a smaller form factor for thin laptop designs. Now in its second generation, the Hybrid Drive combines a Blu-ray optical drive with flash memory--serving as a solid state disk--on one circuit board. The new Hybrid model also uses only one SATA 6 Gbps connector, and is now the size of a standard laptop drive.

The first version, seen at Computex 2010 earlier this year and officially announced back in June, wasn't quite as compact, combining the optical drive with an SSD in one shell. But unlike the new version, the first-generation model used two SATA 3 Gbps connectors and offered capacities of only 32 GB and 64 GB.

However now consumers can alter their rigs by replacing the current ODD with the new 2nd-generation Hybrid Drive. Consumers keeping their clunky hard drives can use the Hybrid's NAND solely as cache, or install programs and use the remainder NAND as cache. Then again, users can toss out the hard drive altogether and use the SSD portion as the main drive. Nevertheless, HLDS' Hybrid Drive allows manufacturers to create ODD systems with only one physical drive.

"We are very excited about the potential of this ground-breaking product," said HLDS Chief Marketing Officer YK Park. "Once Hybrid Drive is loaded in all PC products including AIO, Mini PC, and Notebook, a new solution will be provided for user classes who were previously unsure of purchasing SSD. And Hybrid Drive also enables a smaller PC foot print (under 12" tablet PCs such as the Ultra Mobile PC, for example) by removing the HDD or SSD from the motherboard and just having Hybrid Drive with SSD as its primary storage."

Micron followed up on Tuesday by announcing that its 25-nm NAND memory was used in the new Hybrid Drive. The company said that the first wave of drives will include 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities. Higher NAND capacities of the Hybrid Drive will be available in future versions.

The Hybrid Drive is expected to become available in May 2011, however HLDS did not specify pricing. AVERATEC's All-in-one PC, SHUTTLE's Slim PC, and MONEUAL's HTPC will be showcased at HLDS' booth during CEATEC 2010, all sporting the new Hybrid Drive.

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    makingoneup , October 7, 2010 12:30 AM
    I didn't realize they could fit hybrid Blu-ray/SSDs in asian chicks.
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    drwho1 , October 7, 2010 12:21 AM
    what about heat issues...
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    joex444 , October 7, 2010 12:25 AM
    "But unlike the new version, the first-generation model used two SATA 3 Gbps connectors and offered capacities of only 32 GB and 64 GB."

    "The company said that the first wave of drives will include 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities."

    Finally I can get it in 16GB!
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    makingoneup , October 7, 2010 12:30 AM
    I didn't realize they could fit hybrid Blu-ray/SSDs in asian chicks.
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    Darkerson , October 7, 2010 12:43 AM
    That has to be the weirdest combination Ive heard of yet. But I almost wasnt able to read the article due to the hot chick holding the device :p 
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    Darkv1 , October 7, 2010 12:46 AM
    This is a strange but very space efficient solution. I can see Apple offering these as an option in the MBP or even the MB Air.
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    liveonc , October 7, 2010 12:50 AM
    Why couldn't they make a hybrid HDD/SSD with one SATA 3 connector instead?
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    thillntn , October 7, 2010 12:52 AM
    just think, if m$ would just realize bluray as a format...a xbox360 could have bluray and 64 gig of storage in one.I would buy that upgrade :) .
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    littlec , October 7, 2010 12:54 AM
    liveoncWhy couldn't they make a hybrid HDD/SSD with one SATA 3 connector instead?


    Cost im assuming, such a device was probably deemed unmarketable at this point.
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    kelemvor4 , October 7, 2010 1:18 AM
    I definitely wouldn't call it ground breaking. Convenient, maybe.
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    fjjb , October 7, 2010 1:20 AM
    burning a blu ray disk will burn all your data! lol
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    JamesSneed , October 7, 2010 1:36 AM
    Could be a hit in smaller laptops. SSD for OS and a Blu-ray player taking up the same space as a DVD/Blu-ray plus you stil have space for a hard disk. I can see this selling well for cheap business class laptops.
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    eddieroolz , October 7, 2010 1:49 AM
    You know, this is a good idea now that I think of it. If the SSD is, say, 64GB then one can install Windows 7 there, without having to have two drives.
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    dalauder , October 7, 2010 2:04 AM
    I've known lots of laptop hard drives to break. Magnetic Storage just really isn't meant to be moved around constantly.

    This can be great for laptops since I don't have any problem with an 80GB HDD on mine (not primary computer)--I could get by with 32GB. It will increase reliability (& speed) and decrease weight (disk platters are heavy).

    I just wish they were looking to do this with DVD drives since Blu-Ray is mostly pointless (until they can drop media to 50 cents a disc). I dunno about you but my laptop's not for watching HD movies--that's for my TV or desktop with larger monitors.
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    Travis Beane , October 7, 2010 2:09 AM
    That's nice for saving space. Maybe we can finally get a 9" netbook with a disc drive? Please?
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    tu_illegalamigo , October 7, 2010 2:24 AM
    This would be good for an htpc appliance. I stream from a server so this combo is convenient for me. reduction in footprint and power is always good. Price points anyone?
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    littlec , October 7, 2010 2:58 AM
    dalauderI've known lots of laptop hard drives to break. Magnetic Storage just really isn't meant to be moved around constantly.This can be great for laptops since I don't have any problem with an 80GB HDD on mine (not primary computer)--I could get by with 32GB. It will increase reliability (& speed) and decrease weight (disk platters are heavy).I just wish they were looking to do this with DVD drives since Blu-Ray is mostly pointless (until they can drop media to 50 cents a disc). I dunno about you but my laptop's not for watching HD movies--that's for my TV or desktop with larger monitors.


    Except this is mostly for use as a boot drive o_0
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    nukemaster , October 7, 2010 3:00 AM
    Tu_illegalamigoThis would be good for an htpc appliance. I stream from a server so this combo is convenient for me. reduction in footprint and power is always good. Price points anyone?

    Would be very good for that
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    Milleman , October 7, 2010 4:49 AM
    I like the look of that girl. Is she added extras when purchase?
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    wribbs , October 7, 2010 5:26 AM
    I was mildly interested in owning a bluray player back when they bested hd-dvd but I no longer have any use for optical media tbh. I would imagine these two expensive technologies will combine to be very cost prohibitive. Maybe Apple can get its deep pocketed drones to buy an Ipad with it.
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    dalauder , October 7, 2010 6:05 AM
    littlecExcept this is mostly for use as a boot drive o_0


    I'm missing what you're contradicting. How does using the drive as my primary HDD and booting Windows from it conflict with using this as a boot drive?

    Do you mean that it will, in some way, be unsuitable for use as a hard drive to run programs off of it? Like bad for lots of read/write operations like a flash stick?
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