The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI) is one of the four detectors on board the ASTRO-H mission (6th Japanese X-ray satellite), which is scheduled to be launched in 2014. Using the hybrid structure composed of double-sided silicon strip detectors and a cadmium telluride double-sided strip detector, both with a high spatial resolution of 250 μm. Combined with the hard X-ray telescope (HXT), it consists a hard X-ray imaging spectroscopic instrument covering the energy range from 5 to 80 keV with an effective area of >300 cm2 in total at 30 keV. An energy resolution of 1-2 keV (FWHM) and lower threshold of 5 keV are both achieved with using a low noise front-end ASICs. In addition, the thick BGO active shields surrounding the main detector package is a heritage of the successful performance of the Hard X-ray Detector on board the Suzaku satellite. This feature enables the instrument to achieve an extremely good reduction of background caused by cosmic-ray particles, cosmic X-ray background, and in-orbit radiation activation. In this paper, we present the detector concept, design, latest results of the detector development, and the current status of the hardware.