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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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Combination of DRR and HDD?
By diliff on 3/14/2007 6:54:02 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe this isn't particularly feasible but wouldn't it be possible to use a combination of DDR and a hard drive? When the PC is powered down, perhaps using a small rechargable battery it could copy the contents of the DDR RAM to the HDD and vice versa when it powers up, in a similar way to how Windows hibernates when it copies the contents of its RAM to HDD and powers down. That way you have all the benefits of frighteningly fast data access and the reliability and longetivity of a hard drive. Could it work?

RE: Combination of DRR and HDD?
By EnigmaV8 on 3/14/2007 12:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
*cough* Vista RediBoost *cough*

And how would this be different than Hybernation? It's pointless to use this method for the OS as you're still reading it into memory on boot. The only thing this method may speed up is the occational OS component load but that's negligable.

RE: Combination of DRR and HDD?
By diliff on 3/15/2007 11:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
It'd be different to hibernation because it would give you DDR speed hard drive access in general Windows usage, as opposed to merely being able to store the temporary state of Windows. I only compared it to hibernation because the theory of transfering data from RAM to HDD for longer term storage is similar, but the actual usage would be very different. It would speed *EVERYTHING* up, not just the occasional OS component load. Anything that is limited by HDD access would benefit enormously from it.

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