Hitachi LG Data Storage (HLDS) has announced the launch of a hybrid drive at Computex called the HyDrive that merges together old and new technologies; on one side, you have a bog standard optical drive (slot-in or tray, either a DVD or Blu-ray) and on the other hand, a 32GB or 64GB SSD drive.
The drive is 12.7mm thick and the first Hydrive equipped computers could ship as early as September as part of LG's Moneual range of HTPC.
Engadget (opens in new tab) reports that the company, which appears to be a sister entity to HGST and HDS, may up capacity to 256GB, swap the interface for a SATA 6Gbps and even slim it down considerably in due time (and depending on the market demand).
The aim is to get it to get it within the 9.5mm form factor by this time next year, which would open the flood gates for the product and could accelerate a move similar to what we saw on the desktop market with hard disks formats moving from 8-inch to 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch form factors.
Ultimately, it could also mean that you will end up with three drives - a standard hard disk drive, a SSD and an optical one. Or if you wish, why not RAID-0 two SSD's on your laptop and watch your performance fly.
HLDS expects HyDrive technology to add around $200 to the price of laptops or computers which will use it. That said we'd be surprised in others like Liteon or Samsung don't come up with a similar technology.