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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 mindless1 on 3/15/2007 3:58:46 AM , Rating: 2
The 62MB/s speed is very suspicious, that it coincides with a realizable throughput over ATA66 technology. This leads one to wonder if either:

A) The flash could've done more if it wasn't ATA66 tech kludged to an SATA output.

B) It's not really 62MB/s, it would be akind to saying USB2 has 480Mbit/s sustained *on paper*.

The real question is not one of whether it's 62MB/s though, we can't really expect that to matter much because to realize much difference isolated from other system bottlenecks it would depend on very large files with limited processing, a target application where 32GB is still a bit limiting and in other apps, that $300 price premium over a mechnical 32+GB HDD buys a lot of DDR2/3 memory which for caching purposes on smaller files, still destroys it performancewise. Remember that the best performance from any hard drive is to not use it, no matter solid-state or mechanical it's still the bottleneck to many tasks if any file is read more than once per system power cycle.

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