Western Digital Corp a Delaware corporation was founded in 1970. The Company is a developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage solutions that enable consumers, businesses, governments and other organizations to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. The Company's product portfolio includes hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs). The HDDs are primary storage medium for digital content, with the use of solid-state storage products. The Company's products are marketed under the HGST, WD and G-Technology brand names and operate its business through subsidiaries. Its HDDs provide non-volatile data storage, which means that the data remains present when power is no longer applied to the device. Its SSDs use semiconductor, non-volatile media, rather than magnetic media and magnetic heads, to store and allow fast access to data without any moving parts. The Company through its subsidiary delivers high performance 10,000/15,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) drives targeting server and storage system OEMs, enterprise capacity drives for bulk storage applications for both hyperscale cloud customers and OEMs, helium sealed 6 terabyte (TB) products that improve capacity and other dimensions of total cost of ownership, mobile drives for the notebook, PC and gaming markets, and a G-Technology line of branded products for professional audiovisual users. In addition it delivers a line of SSDs for the high end of the performance market that includes 2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) (SAS) drives as well as Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) SSDs for the server market and embedded flash solutions. It also designs, manufacturers and provides hard drives for range of digital storage uses, from PCs and data centers to home video recorders and home network storage devices; and also packages these hard drives into consumer appliances, which offer portable, desktop and personal cloud storage for accessibility from anywhere and sharing functionality, as well as provide media playing devices to simplify enjoyment of personal content on televisions. The Company's Enterprise storage products consist of HDDs and SSDs for performance enterprise and capacity enterprise markets. Its enterprise storage solutions include performance drives which are optimized for performance applications. Within performance drives it offers factor drives which provide high capacity storage for data storage systems, and small form factor drives which provide a range of capacity and performance levels for use in enterprise servers, supporting high volume on-line transactions, data analysis and other enterprise applications. The Company also offers Client: Desktop and Notebook PCs including Client compute solutions consist of HDDs for desktop and mobile PCs, Branded Product Solutions consist of HDDs embedded into WD-, HGST- and G-Technology-branded external storage appliances with capacities ranging from 500 GB to 24 TB and using interfaces such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0, external SATA, FireWire, Thunderbolt and Ethernet network connections, and Consumer Electronics Solutions used in DVRs, gaming consoles, security surveillance, systems, set top boxes, camcorders, multi-function printers and entertainment and automobile navigation systems. The components of the hard drive are a Head-Disk-Assembly (HDA) and a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA). Its Competitors include Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SanDisk Corporation, Seagate Technology LLC and Toshiba Corporation. The Company is subject to a variety of U.S. and foreign laws and regulations in connection with its operations and relating to the protection of the environment, including those governing discharges of pollutants into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances, and the cleanup of contaminated sites.
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