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Hitachi, Intel Team Up To Develop SSD

December 2, 2008

Intel Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. said they will jointly develop solid state drive (SSD) memory devices, which are seen as a promising alternative to hard disk drives.

This move is a strategic shift for Hitachi, the world’s third largest hard drive maker, which has yet to make a commitment to SSD technology until now.

SSDs are being used more in laptop PCs as well as iPods and iPhones, primarily because they are better at absorbing shocks and consume less power than hard disk drives.

The agreement is that Intel will manufacture SSDs jointly developed by the two firms and Hitachi will sell the devices, with the first shipment planned for 2010.

Hitachi’s SSD business would market the devices for business-use such as in servers and computer storage systems, and it would not follow rivals like Toshiba Corp. in targeting laptop PCs and other consumer-based applications.

Hitachi is not expected to give up on hard drives, which are expected to still see growth for the growing demand of large data storage.

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