Hitachi-LG has unveiled it next generation hybrid optical drives with flash-based storage. The new hybrid drives use use Micron’s 25nm NAND flash memory in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB capacities and have been combined with DVD and BLu-Ray players.
The next generation drives have been designed with laptops in mind allowing space savings where only one drive slot is available, allowing PC makers to bring out optical-drive-equipped systems with only one drive.
The HLDS hybrid drive “provides a comprehensive mass storage and removable media solution for PCs, DVD players, and Blu-ray products,” Micron said.
The device pictured above is a 12.7mm slim DVD-RW tray style drive.