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64GB 1.8" UATA 5000 SSD and 64GB 2.5" SATA 5000 SSD
SanDisk doubles the capacity of its solid-state disks

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 notebooks.

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 base."

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.

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ssd's will be the big storage buzz at computex
By fc1204 on 6/4/2007 10:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
i think everyone believe flash ssd's will start eating notebook storage in the next 2-5 years (double-digit %). it will be interesting to see what some of the flash storage makers come out with in the next 12 months to help realize what the analysts are forecasting.

consumer ssd's will be like consumer hdd's in the 80's for about 5 years and then the market share will be defined thereafter... be interesting to see if intel kicks samsung over as the top flash maker after the dust settles after ssd's...

RE: ssd's will be the big storage buzz at computex
By defter on 6/5/2007 3:00:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think it will be hard for Intel kick anybody in the flash market considering that they just sold their flash business.

I don't think that SSDs will replace HDDs anytime soon. Currently, they are still 10 times more expensive and their read/write speeds sucks. Come on, even an ordinary HDD can achieve 65-70MB/s transfer rate these days. Sure, low access time is nice, but at that price I would expected excellent (>>100MB/s) read/write speeds.

By derdon on 6/5/2007 9:13:13 AM , Rating: 2
65-70MB/s is actually pretty cool.
The best 7200RPM heat monsters and power eaters for notebooks still achieve only close to 60MB/s maximum while needing 4 Watt on load. Better models with much less performance still need up to 2 Watt on load.

RE: ssd's will be the big storage buzz at computex
By TomZ on 6/5/2007 9:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
Come on, even an ordinary HDD can achieve 65-70MB/s transfer rate these days.

Not true, most mobile drives have average transfer rates in the 25-45 MB/s range.

Some drives may "peak" at 55MB/s, however, that is just for the first few GB of the HDD. Flash HDDs, however, have the same high transfer rate for the entire drive.

Flash HDDs really earn their place in the market due to their lower power dissipation and higher reliability.

Also, remember these are really an early generation of flash HDDs. I think you will see higher transfer rates in newer drives. There is no reason really that flash HDDs can't have performance near that of the SATA link itself, which I think may have been your original point.

By defter on 6/5/2007 10:03:25 AM , Rating: 2
I was talking about HDDs in general. Desktop HDDs can easily achieve 65-70MB/s.

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