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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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Where are the hybrid drives?
By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 6/5/2007 9:32:15 AM , Rating: 2
I thought Vista was supposed to usher in hybrid drives. At least that was the buzz a couple years ago.




RE: Where are the hybrid drives?
By TomZ on 6/5/2007 9:39:00 AM , Rating: 2
Vista does support hybrid drives, however, I don't think there is a lot of support for them since most companies will be implementing Robson (except for HP apparently). Robson is basically the same thing as a hybrid HDD, except it puts the flash on the CPU side of the SATA link, and it also allows the computer to use a standard commodity HDD.

I think hybrid HDDs are only a stopgap measure for pre-Santa Rosa laptops. There is little incentive for HDD manufacturers to invest heavily in a transitional technology like this.


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