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SanDisk joins the Flash SSD arena

DailyTech reported yesterday that Samsung developed a new 50 nanometer 16Gb NAND flash memory chips that provide 100% faster read speeds and 150% faster write speeds. The announcement sparked a lot of interest from consumers looking for larger and faster offerings than Samsung's current 32GB Flash SSD drive.

SanDisk today entered the SSD fray with a 32GB drive of its own. The 1.8" SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 drive uses patented TrueFFS flash management technology and has a 2 million hour MTBF. The drive has no moving parts, so it is completely silent and weighs less than traditional 1.8" mobile hard drives. The drive also consumes 0.4W of power when active, versus 1.0W for a traditional mobile hard drive.

When it comes to performance, the SanDisk SSD Ultra ATA 5000 offers sustained reads of 62MB/sec and can complete random reads at 7300 IOPS (512-byte file size). The drive can boot Windows Vista Enterprise on a notebook in 35 seconds and has an average access time of 0.12 ms.

“Once we begin shipping the 32GB SSD for notebook PCs, we expect to see its increasing adoption in the coming years as we continue to reduce the cost of flash memory.  When these SSD devices become more affordable, we expect that their superior features over rotating disk drives will create a new consumer category for our retail sales channels worldwide,” said SanDisk CEO Eli Harari.

SanDisk leveraged technology from its acquisition of M-Systems in developing its new SSD drive. SanDisk gained a wide portfolio of 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5" SSD drives when it acquired M-Systems.

SanDisk’s new SSD Ultra ATA 5000 drive is currently available to OEMs and is expected to add $600 to the price of a new notebook computer in the first half of 2007. That figure is expected to drop as the year progresses.

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to each their own
By lufoxe on 1/4/2007 12:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think this will be the end all for platter based hard drives... look how long it's taking to phase out the floppy (which still isn't gone yet). I think where this will make it's big advancement is in the realm of notebooks, and let's not forget our handy dandy MP3 players. Imagine a flash based Zen Vision, instead of a HDD based. As for the advances... I hope they keep it up, and try to get the write speed faster, then it will be a no brainer.

RE: to each their own
By Brandon Hill on 1/4/2007 1:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
Still isn't gone? How many OEM computers/notebooks come standard with a floppy?

I haven't used a floppy in at least 4 years...probably longer

RE: to each their own
By Spivonious on 1/4/2007 1:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
I keep my floppy drive around in case I need to transfer some documents to a computer that's not on my network. I just don't see the point in getting a 512MB flash drive to store a file that's 300K.

And pretty much all office computers still come with floppy drives.

RE: to each their own
By Brandon Hill on 1/4/2007 2:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
You can get a 1GB flash drive for free after rebate these days. 2GB flash drives are easily $15 - $20 after rebate.

They're easier to transport and everyone uses them.

RE: to each their own
By ninjit on 1/4/2007 2:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say a USB port is more ubiquitous than than a floppy drive these days.

And even for a tiny 300kb file, transfer to a USB stick is faster and simpler than using a floppy

RE: to each their own
By namechamps on 1/4/2007 3:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
You keep floppy disc around plus include a floppy drive on each PC just to avoid having to use a $10 USB drive?

Since every single PC today has USB wouldn't using a cheap drive make a lot more sense than keeping floppy drives plus buying ancient media and worrying about that media dieing at random times?

RE: to each their own
By sdsdv10 on 1/4/2007 4:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
You can get a 30GB Creative Zen Vision:M for ~$200-220 total, or a 30GB Apple iPod for ~$240. That means the 30GB HDD is adding what, maybe $40-60 US to that price of the unit. Do you really think that 32GB flash drives will be down to this price range anytime soon? I don't, so for large capacity players standard harddrives will be the order of the day for at least another one to two year.

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