SanDisk has had its share of the solid-state disk (SSD)
limelight for the first half of 2007. In January, the company announced a 1.8" 32GB SSD for
notebooks computers. In March, the company introduced another 32GB offering
-- this time in a
2.5" form-factor. The next month, Dell offered the 1.8"
SanDisk UATA 5000 in its Latitude D420 and Latitude D620 ATG semi-rugged
Today, SanDisk is grabbing headlines again with its 64GB
1.8" UATA 5000 SSD and 64GB 2.5" SATA 5000 SSD. The SSDs offer a MTBF
of 2 million hours, average access speeds of 0.11 milliseconds and average read
speeds of 67MB/sec. Both SSDs consume just 0.4 watts while at idle and 1.0 watt
when in active operation.
"Laptop manufacturers have requested more memory
capacity for systems that use the Microsoft Vista platform, which can require a
number of preloaded accessories and security suites," said SanDisk director
of SSD product marketing Doreet Oren. "Also, there is interest in
developing laptops for gaming, and the SSD is well-suited for the performance
and memory requirements of those users. Thus, by offering greater capacities on
our SSD products, we are making our products more appealing to a wider customer
SanDisk will ship engineering samples of its 64GB 1.8"
UATA 5000 SSD and 64GB 2.5" SATA 5000 SSD during the third quarter while
regular production is due to begin by the end of the year.