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Transcend brings SSDs to the ExpressCard form-factor

While most manufacturers are using the 1.8" or 2.5" mobile hard disk drive (HDD) form-factor for solid-state drives (SSDs), Transcend is going a different route with its latest offering. The company has displayed a USB 2.0-based ExpressCard SSD that is available in capacities up to 16GB.

The SSDs are Windows Vista ReadyBoost compatible, feature Error Correction Code (ECC) and wear-leveling algorithms to ensure data integrity. And thanks to the USB 2.0 interface, the SSD shows up as a regular USB flash drive in Windows.

Transcend is also bundling an ExpressCard to USB adapter with the drives for those that would like to use it externally or don't have an ExpressCard slot.

Transcend's ExpressCard SSD will be available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. Pricing and availability have not been announced, but will surely follow later this month.

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By Scabies on 4/3/2007 9:39:00 AM , Rating: 2
Readyboost? That means this thing will be wicked fast. I dont think Vista supports a readyboost file over 4gB though...

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By TomZ on 4/3/2007 12:11:40 PM , Rating: 3
You're right - 4GB is the limit. This product is stupid - imagine Joe EndUser gets it home and learns that only 1/4 of the drive is usable for that purpose.

Also, I find it pretty far-fetched to believe that ReadyBoost is going to send millions of consumers out to buy flash drives like this just for the purpose of using ReadyBoost. I really don't think the benefit is that compelling.

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By Scabies on 4/3/2007 12:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
I find it pretty far-fetched to believe that ReadyBoost is going to send millions of consumers out to buy flash drives like this just for the purpose of using ReadyBoost.

Dunno, it sold me one. Nevermind the fact that I only use it for portable storage now :)
If nothing else, it drives the standard of USB flash storage options to higher levels, since everyone wants to say their product is "Blazing-Fast Certified"

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By mindless1 on 4/3/07, Rating: -1
RE: <no subject>
By PrezWeezy on 4/3/2007 2:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
If you knew what ReadyBoost did you wouldn't be saying that. Imagine putting your pagefile completely into RAM. Albiet USB is slower than actual RAM, but that should give you some idea of the difference of ReadyBoost. I can certainly tell the difference on my PC.

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By Larso on 4/3/07, Rating: -1
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By Kougar on 4/3/2007 1:33:00 PM , Rating: 2
And who exactly is saying this product is only intended for Windows Readyboost?

RE: <no subject>
By abakshi on 4/3/2007 1:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
I assume you could make a 4GB partition for ReadyBoost and a 12GB one for regular use?

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