May 7th, 2013 by Josh Shaman
WD and SanDisk Announce Collaboration for WD Black SSHD
WD and SanDisk are announcing that the two companies have formed a partnership to introduce the WD Black SSHD in a 2.5-inch, 5mm form factor with flash memory from SanDisk. SanDisk will supply the SanDisk iSSD storage device for the WD Black SSHD which utilizes proprietary hybrid technology. Incorporating SanDisk's iSSD will help the WD Black that we recently announced to maintain high reliability and performance as well as low power consumption and cost. This move comes as more and more consumers are demanding ultra-slim form factor drives that require very little power for applications such as ultra-thin notebook computers.
The WD Black 5mm SSHD will come in a 500GB capacity model that utilizes 50% less volume than 9.5mm notebook drives. Coupled with WD's engineering is SanDisk's iSSD which is built on 19nm process technology.
WD Black 5mm SSHDs are now shipping to OEMs, and WD is also shipping 7mm and 9.5 mm SSHDs to OEMs.