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SanDisk's 32GB 2.5" drive to be priced at $350

Back in early January, SanDisk introduced its 32GB 1.8" SSD UATA 5000 for notebook computers. The Flash SSD drive promised sustained reads of 62MB/sec and a 2 million hour MTBF. Today, SanDisk has announced the 2.5" SATA version of the drive.

"The SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD brings the extreme durability, outstanding performance and low power consumption of solid-state flash memory to the entire notebook computer market," said SanDisk VP Amos Marom. "As SanDisk continues to drive innovation in flash memory, the per-gigabyte price of SSD storage will come down and SSD capacity will go up. PC manufacturers and consumers will find it easier and easier to move away from rotating hard disks to the superior experience of SSDs."

The 2.5" version of the drive is slightly faster than its 1.8" sibling. It features sustained reads of 67MB/sec, has an average access speed of 0.11 milliseconds and can boot Windows Vista Enterprise in 30 seconds. This compares to 62MB/sec, 0.12 milliseconds and 35 seconds respectively for the 1.8" drive.

The 32GB 2.5" SSD SATA 5000 is available now for systems builders and is priced at $350 each for volume orders.

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RE: Nice!
By regnez on 3/13/2007 5:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
Also factor in noise and power consumption, or lack thereof for the SSD.

RE: Nice!
By hubajube on 3/13/2007 6:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how much a 3.5" version would cost?

RE: Nice!
By livelouddiefast on 3/13/2007 9:38:16 PM , Rating: 1
hopefully sometime in the not too distant future everything will drop down to 2.5 inch... save some space after giant video cards

RE: Nice!
By nurbsenvi on 3/13/2007 9:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
Good idea

RE: Nice!
By KernD on 3/13/2007 10:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
What's the point for desktop? your DVD drive is almost 6 inches wide, so the PC isn't gonna really get any smaller, but you would have less capacity in your hard drive, is that what you really want?

You might want to start by using a 3.5 inches removable storage drive, that would make a difference, anyway with high density disc like holographic storage, it's the right time to change the size since you would still gain allot of storage space with a smaller disc.

RE: Nice!
By alienbibin on 3/13/2007 11:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree with u. Its time to change the size of the removable media. The 12cm discs are a little large by today's standards. Why not mage it an 8cm disc or still smaller....

RE: Nice!
By pcmatt1024 on 3/14/2007 10:32:04 PM , Rating: 2
why not even a 5.25"? i understand with regular hdds, rotating that large of a disk is a problem. but with these that problem won't exist.

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