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SanDisk offers its second generation embedded SSDs to customers

SanDisk is one of the big players in the NAND flash market, and it cannot pass up an opportunity to cater to the exploding netbook market and need to replace hard disk drives (HDDs) with solid state drive (SSDs).

SSDs today are dominated by two different types of NAND flash. The more expensive drives use faster, longer-lasting single level cell (SLC) memory while multi-level cell (MLC) flash can be found in more mainstream SSD offerings from the likes of OCZ and Super Talent. MLC-based SSDs don't often offer the write speeds or cell endurance of SLC-bases SSDs, but their price/GB is much more competitive.

Given that SanDisk is trying to target the budget netbook market with its latest product, the Gen 2 pSSD, it has opted for the more cost effective MLC solution. The new Gen 2 pSSD drives are built using 43nm technology and are available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

"Netbooks represent the fastest growing PC segment in 2009 and 2010 yet widespread adoption of SSDs in netbooks has been limited by speed, capacity and cost constraints," said SanDisk SSD general manager Richard Heye. "With the significant improvements in performance, capacity and low pricing, these SSDs are a perfect fit for the exploding netbook market."

SanDisk's second generation pSSDs use a SATA interface instead of the older PATA interface for faster transfer speeds. They will also be priced competitively with competing 2.5" HDD offerings according to SanDisk.

SanDisk’s new SSDs will first be made available in February of this year.

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By semo on 1/7/2009 4:25:47 PM , Rating: 5
no performance stats, no prices, no oem support list and no availability date (vaporware?).

i'm all for ssd coverage and hype but not like this.

RE: awful
By TomZ on 1/7/2009 4:48:29 PM , Rating: 3
These are OEM components, not end-user products. You are not the target market for these components - HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, etc. are.

RE: awful
By Alexstarfire on 1/8/2009 1:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
And why does that mean that we shouldn't have those specs available anyways? I'm not sure about you but I like knowing when I'm getting shafted on the price. And also, if these perform worse than HDDs then that's also good to know, because then the only reason to get them would be battery life... assuming that it uses less power of course.

RE: awful
By semo on 1/8/2009 2:50:04 AM , Rating: 2
no oem support list
how do you know it is hp, dell, lenovo, asus, etc. if those oems aren't mentioned in the article?

and still no availability dates, which in the bad old dates of garphics card paper launches meant vaporware

RE: awful
By InTheEyeOfTheBeholder on 1/8/2009 5:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, dammit, what about the old laptops/desktops? I want a SSD to replace my IDE hard drive. Anything above 40g would do, and it would help save electric even more with my NEC PowerMate ECO.

Fantastic - MORE budget offerings
By MikeMurphy on 1/7/09, Rating: 0
RE: Fantastic - MORE budget offerings
By bldckstark on 1/7/2009 5:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm running Win 7 at home. I'm kinda impressed with it. Uses 1/3 less RAM, CPU load is lower, runs much snappier than Vista. It seems to be light enough to run on my Acer netbook, but I will wait for the RTM version before I try that.

By icanhascpu on 1/7/2009 5:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
I dont really think using less ram is a good thing anymore. Vista uses alot of RAM because its keeping stuff cached, and only gives it up when you need it for something else.

By hadifa on 1/7/2009 8:28:59 PM , Rating: 3
... Uses 1/3 less RAM ...

Let me make a guess. MS updated windows 7 binaries from VISTA to hide the storage cache memory from the user and show up the RAM allocated to cache as being free.

Everyone is happy now and a complex problem solved, next!

RE: Fantastic - MORE budget offerings
By icanhascpu on 1/7/2009 5:14:34 PM , Rating: 1
Vista nor windows 7 will install well on a 16GB drive. Vista wont even start the install.

XP can install on less than 300MB however

By Alexstarfire on 1/8/2009 1:14:12 AM , Rating: 3
That my friend is a simple lie. I have Vista installed on a 10GB partition and this is using the regular install disc, no vLite modifying was necessary.

By HavocX on 1/7/2009 9:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why do we still get the same explanation every time about how MLC means low speed? Have the writers missed that a good controller can make a MLC solution really fast as Intel has already shown us.

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