SanDisk is increasing the capacity and improving the performance of its SSD product line with new drives. The SSD G4 is designed as a drop-in replacement for notebook hard drives and the SSD P4 makes it possible for manufacturers to offer even thinner netbook and tablet computers. Both drives double the capacities of the company's previous SSD offerings—the SanDisk SSD P4 offers up to 128GB and the SanDisk SSD G4 offers up to 256GB of storage. The new drives are being evaluated by top tier OEMs; High-volume production of the drives is expected in the third quarter of this year.
SanDisk Doubles Capacity and Improves Performance of Its SSD Product Lines
New Solid State Drives Ideal for Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablet Computers and Other Thin and Lightweight Computing Devices
Computex 2010, Booth #N0108, Taipei, June 1, 2010 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today introduced its latest solid state drive (SSD) products. The SanDisk® SSD G4 serves as a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives (HDD) in notebooks; while the SanDisk® SSD P4, the successor to the widely used pSSD modular drive, enables designers to offer even thinner netbook and tablet computers.
The new drives offer a unique balance of performance, high-capacity storage and long-term reliability. SanDisk SSD P4 and SanDisk SSD G4 offer up to 128 gigabytes (GB) and 256GB of storage respectively, double the capacities of the company’s previous SSD offerings. The drives are available in various compact form factors, which SanDisk can customize according to manufacturers’ specification, offering greater freedom and flexibility in how OEMs design their products. The SSDs use SanDisk’s advanced 32-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) process technology, which enables cost-competitive high-capacity storage with a tiny footprint.
“We designed our new SSDs with long-term consumer usage in mind,” said Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk. “Our drives offer faster boot times and improved system responsiveness while maintaining our uncompromising reliability standards. In addition, the drives utilize our Adaptive Flash Management (AFM) technology, which enables them to bridge the gap between demanding market requirements and increasingly challenging raw NAND flash characteristics.”
SanDisk SSD G4 Balances Fast Performance, Storage and Long-term Endurance
“Enhanced user experience and long-term reliability are two qualities of SSDs that directly impact the end-user and ultimately represent what consumers care about,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, solid state drives, IDC. “Solid state drives like the SanDisk SSD G4 that optimize around actual usage scenarios and device endurance, as opposed to sufficing solely on device level metrics, should provide a better indication of real world performance.”
SanDisk SSD P4 Enables the Emerging Tablet and Handheld Computing Market
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk SSD G4 and SanDisk SSD P4 are currently being evaluated by top tier OEMs. High-volume production of the drives is expected in the Q3 2010 timeframe with product available to OEMs at that time; pricing will depend on the quantity ordered.
Unlike conventional HDDs, SSDs have no moving parts, improving durability which helps prevent data loss resulting from drive failure. In addition, SSD-equipped computers run cooler and more quietly, consume less power and deliver faster performance than those using HDDs.
Fast Boot Demonstration at Computex Booth #N0108
Insyde Software is working with SanDisk and Microsoft Corp. to address the growing demand from consumers and PC makers to reduce boot times and operating system load times. At the SanDisk booth #N0108, Computex attendees can witness a demonstration of a notebook PC using SanDisk G3 SSD power-on to Windows Desktop in less than 15 seconds.
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