SanDisk Releases 64 Gigabyte Solid State Drives

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Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007, 12:28
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On Tuesday, SanDisk announced at Computex Taipei 2007 that it had supplemented its line of solid state drive products with with addition of a 64 gigabyte unit available in 1.8″ and 2.5″ sizes. The drives operate on the SATA protocol and can be dropped in as replacements for most laptop computers.
According to DigiTimes, the new units are capable of two million hours of mean time between failures (MTBF), approximately six times the length than notebook hard drives thanks to the device using no moving parts.
Though still in the works and considered an “early adopter” technology, solid state drives are becoming popular for their durability and ability to stand up to stressors such as a sudden drop or extreme temperatures. The drives themselves are also able to start up almost immediately and provide better access speeds than those found on a conventional hard disk drive. SanDisk has stated that their solid state drives can transfer data at rates of 67 megabytes per second, readily outperforming a standard hard drive featuring moving parts.
The drives themselves consume far less power during active and idle operation than a conventional hard drive, thereby extending battery life, noted SanDisk.
SanDisk has currently released the new hard drives to manufacturers interested in incorporating them in their products. The company currently plans to offer 64 gigabyte engineering samples in the third quarter of the year with mass production planned before the end of the year.


sandiskfile.jpg
On Tuesday, SanDisk announced at Computex Taipei 2007 that it had supplemented its line of solid state drive products with with addition of a 64 gigabyte unit available in 1.8″ and 2.5″ sizes. The drives operate on the SATA protocol and can be dropped in as replacements for most laptop computers.
According to DigiTimes, the new units are capable of two million hours of mean time between failures (MTBF), approximately six times the length than notebook hard drives thanks to the device using no moving parts.
Though still in the works and considered an “early adopter” technology, solid state drives are becoming popular for their durability and ability to stand up to stressors such as a sudden drop or extreme temperatures. The drives themselves are also able to start up almost immediately and provide better access speeds than those found on a conventional hard disk drive. SanDisk has stated that their solid state drives can transfer data at rates of 67 megabytes per second, readily outperforming a standard hard drive featuring moving parts.
The drives themselves consume far less power during active and idle operation than a conventional hard drive, thereby extending battery life, noted SanDisk.
SanDisk has currently released the new hard drives to manufacturers interested in incorporating them in their products. The company currently plans to offer 64 gigabyte engineering samples in the third quarter of the year with mass production planned before the end of the year.

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