Is That a SanDisk SSD in Your Asus Eee Slate? Why Yes, Yes It Is! - HotHardware
Is That a SanDisk SSD in Your Asus Eee Slate? Why Yes, Yes It Is!

Is That a SanDisk SSD in Your Asus Eee Slate? Why Yes, Yes It Is!

When we think of SanDisk, we typically think of CompactFlash cards and other storage mediums for photography buffs (like the SanDisk Ultra SDXC memory card line). But SanDisk also dabbles in solid state drive options, some of which you'll find in Asus' upcoming Eee Slate EP121 tablets.

Asus opted to use both the 32GB and 64GB SanDisk P4 modular solid state drives (pSSD) for its new slate. These SSDs boast burst random write performance of 4KB up to 600 IOPS and sport large, non-volatile write cache technology (nCache).


"The large storage capacity and small form factor of SanDisk's P4 SSD contribute to the highly functional design and ease of mobility that the Eee Slate EP121 tablet offers," said Zing Chen, Eee Slate EP121 product manager, Asus. "Consumers can enjoy functionality of a laptop in the versatile form of a tablet."

As for other features of the Eee Slate EP121, it will come with a 12-inch high resolution screen, Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, and 10 hours of battery life.

SANDISK MODULAR SSD SELECTED BY ASUS FOR NEW EEE SLATE TABLET

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Tablet Combines Microsoft Windows 7 and SanDisk® P4 SSD's Compact Size to Maximize Productivity On the Go

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, January 5, 2011-SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that its 32 gigabyte (GB)1 and 64GB SanDisk® P4 modular solid state drives (pSSD) were selected by ASUS as the SSDs of choice for its new Eee Slate EP121 tablet computers introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The SanDisk P4 SSD fits ASUS' thin design and low power consumption requirements for its newest tablet. SSDs use flash memory technology and have no moving parts, offering improved durability that helps prevent data loss resulting from drive failure. SSD-equipped devices can run quieter, cooler and come in smaller form factors than are possible with conventional hard disk drives (HDD).

The new ASUS Eee Slate EP121 tablet offers a broad array of features that combine to create a versatile tablet that enables a productive and enjoyable consumer experience.

  • Running Microsoft Windows 7 home premium edition OS with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, the tablet is ideal for media creation and consumption for on-the-go productivity with the power of a laptop and the flexibility of a tablet.
  • With its 12-inch high-resolution touch screen, wide-view angle, thin size (312 x 207.2 x 16.95mm) and total weight of 1.16Kg, the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 is ideal for on-the-go businesspeople who need an advanced computing device that can easily be taken anywhere.
  • With no moving parts, the SanDisk P4 SSD contributes to the 10-hour battery life of the tablet, allowing consumers to operate the Eee Slate EP121 for an entire business day or overseas flight without having to recharge.

"The ASUS Eee Slate tablet is a prime example of the latest high-performance tablets that take full advantage of solid state drives," said Doreet Oren, director, product marketing, SSD, SanDisk. "Thin, highly mobile designs, strong performance, long battery life and exceptional durability are key requirements that the SanDisk P4 SSD meets and exceeds. As we continue to design and supply SSDs for the PC OEM industry, SanDisk has developed expertise in building storage components that allow manufacturers to create smaller, lighter and faster tablets."

"The large storage capacity and small form factor of SanDisk's P4 SSD contribute to the highly functional design and ease of mobility that the Eee Slate EP121 tablet offers," said Zing Chen, Eee Slate EP121 product manager, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. "Consumers can now enjoy the functionality of a laptop in the versatile form of a tablet."

The SanDisk P4 SSD includes an industry-standard mSATA interface and a Mini PCIe form factor, delivering a variety of features that complement the ultra-thin Eee Slate EP121 tablet. The P4 SSD's compact size (weighing less than 6.0 grams and measuring 30mm x 50.95mm x 3.4mm) and low power consumption (average power of . 0.18W2,3) make it well-suited to the ASUS tablet's form factor and extended battery life requirements.

SanDisk's P4 SSD can deliver greater performance to consumers through increased system responsiveness. SanDisk AFM implementation for SanDisk P4 SSD uses nCacheTM4 acceleration technology, a large non-volatile write cache technology that boosts burst random write performance of 4KB up to 600 IOPS5. nCache technology improves user responsiveness and helps prevent incidence of drive "stalling" and "hiccups."

SanDisk P4 SSDs come in a variety of form factors including mSATA mini and a BGA iSSD. The drives are available to OEMs in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB. More information about SanDisk's P4 SSD is available at: www.sandisk.com\pssd.

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