Western Digital announced that its solid-state hybrid drives (SSHD) will not become available in new notebooks until 2014.
Western Digital’s its 2.5/5mm form-factor hybrid hard drive (HHD) products will likely miss design window opportunities with leading personal computer makers this year, the company’s management revealed during a conference call with financial analysts. Before innovative computer components are integrated into high-volume PCs, they have to pass validation process and be 100% ready for mass production. Unfortunately, it looks like WD’s SSHD’s will not be ready for qualification by mid-year, when PC makers will finalize their designs for the back-to-school (BTS) season. As a result, while WD will initiate production of solid-state hybrid drives in 2013, only some PCs will actually employ them.