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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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Physically too large
By Madzombie on 6/5/2007 1:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Those drives must have a lot of empty space inside them, as 64GB of flash memory should take up considerably less space than a 1.8" HDD. Micro SD cards come in sizes up to 4GB, so a 64GB SSD drive should be manufacturable that is the size of 16 micro SD cards. They should push for a new form factor that is bigger than current camera cards to allow greater storage capacity yet is much more compact than the hard drives they are aiming to replace. Actually, there is already a form factor that meets these requirements: it's called Compact Flash. If they made compact flash sized cards with sata interfaces then we'd see some real progress.




RE: Physically too large
By mindless1 on 6/5/2007 5:13:29 PM , Rating: 2
Compact Flash already had ATA support, quit looking to the future as if there was any reason you can't do it today except for price or choice.


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