Lexar announces USB 2.0-based ExpressCard SSDs in sizes of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB

For those looking for a cost-effective way to add solid-state storage to your notebook computer, there are a few options available to you. Transcend announced a USB 2.0-based 16GB ExpressCard SSD in early April that allows you to delve into the SSD world without opening up your notebook case.

Today, Lexar is also stepping into the fray with its own ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software. As with the Transcend card, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD is USB 2.0-based so it supports ReadyBoost in Windows Vista to help improve system performance.

"The ExpressCard standard is the ideal form factor for leveraging PC card technology and providing notebook users with a simple, more reliable way to significantly boost system performance," said Lexar's Fashid Tabrizi. "With auto-backup software, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD will be especially appealing for traveling business people, small- and home-office owners, and anyone who wants a secure, hassle-free way to backup important documents and literally add more storage to their laptop."

Lexar's new ExpressCard SSD is currently shipping in capacities of 4GB ($129.99), 8GB ($199.99) and 16GB. Pricing information was not yet available for the 16GB model at press time.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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