Hitachi-LG Show Off Second Generation Hybrid Optical Drive

bp9801 - October 7, 2010 01:12PM in Optical Drives

Hitachi and LG have teamed up before to release a hybrid optical drive and now the two companies are set to launch the second generation of the device. Hitachi-LG Data Storage is a joint venture between the two that seeks to merge an optical disk drive with flash storage, thus creating an optical drive that can also function as a solid state drive. The second generation of the Hybrid Drive uses Micron's 25nm NAND flash memory in a capacity of 16, 32, or 64GB and pairs it with a DVD or Blu-ray player. The optical drive is ideal for laptops who only have one slot for a drive since now you can expand the storage capacity, albeit in a small way. The storage space is expected to increase in later versions so it will be interesting to see exactly how big it can go. The first generation drives went for nearly $200 so hopefully the second generation can lower that price, but no mention was made if the drive would be able to be bought separately or just in a laptop.