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Hitachi-LG Debuts HLDS Hybrid Optical Drives

Hitachi and LG unveiled its 2nd-gen of HLDS hybrid drive, designed for use in smaller form factor devices such as ultraportable notebooks. It’s an evolution of the HyDrive concept that HLDS showed off earlier this year, but with today’s announcement, Micron is the supplier of the NAND flash components. The first run of these drives will come with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of memory.

“The success of Micron’s 25nm NAND flash memory has driven yet another innovative application. The HLDS Hybrid Drive breakthrough is another example of Micron NAND flash technology’s impact on everything from digital cameras and MP3 players, to smartphones, tablet PCs, and now hybrid ODDs,” Kevin Kilbuck, director of marketing for Micron’s NAND solutions group said.

HLDS will be showing off the first PCs equipped with this drive at CEATEC 2010 in Tokyo this week, including the Averatec all-in-one, Shuttle Slim PC, and Moneual home theater PC.

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