SanDisk Launches 32GB PC Solid-State Drive

After Intel unveiled its first Solid-State Device (8 Gigabyte 2.5-inch SATA), SanDisk has introduced a 32 Gigabyte, solid-state flash memory drive, broadening its offerings for hard-disk drive replacements in the notebook market. The SanDisk drive is compatible with most mainstream notebook designs, and follows by two months the company's introduction of a 1.8-inch SSD for ultra-portable notebooks. The new drive is available to computer manufacturers for $350 in large volume orders. Samsung Electronics also offers a 32 Gigabyte SSD.

Advantages of solid state devices over hard-disk drives include lower power consumption, cooler and quieter. The disadvantages include a higher price tag per gigabyte, and far less storage capacity. Nevertheless, SSDs have their place in the market for low-end PCs sold to poorer nations, which don't need a large capacity disk drive.

News source: InformationWeek

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Berserk87 said,
whats the read/write speed of ssd's compared to a normal 7200RPM Sata?

IIRC continuous read is a bit slower than conventional HDDs, but random access is a LOT faster.

I can see this being an option for new Toughbooks in the near future. Hell, if the speed is reasonable, I wouldn't mind having one in my desktop to store the critical bits. Working with lots of computers gets one wary of spinning disks mighty quickly, and this beats the tar out of running RAID in terms of noise, power, and physical space.

In short; I like!

Am I only the one with the dream of having SSDs on my gaming PC ? Access times must be through the roof. f laptops, when are these badboys going to be available for desktops?

Nightburn said,
Am I only the one with the dream of having SSDs on my gaming PC ? Access times must be through the roof. f laptops, when are these badboys going to be available for desktops?

Actually, you can mount a laptop SATA drive in a desktop machine. You just need a drive bay adaptor, but you can get those at any good specialist computer parts store (and by specialist I do not mean Radio Shack).

"Nevertheless, SSDs have their place in the market for low-end PCs sold to poorer nations, which don't need a large capacity disk drive. "

WTF is he talking about? This is the first I've heard someone say it's being used for low-end PCs. AFAIK, solid state storage is way more advanced and expensive...it's military-grade for crying out loud!

Exactly ... if its dearer per gigabyte, its dearer .... a 20GB standard drive might be better for low-end PCs in poorer nations.

Whats next? HDTVs for Africa?

Flash hard disk drives are used in laptops sold in developing nations. Not at 32GB models mind you, more like 1GB.

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