SanDisk to Streamline Solid State Drives for Netbooks

Jun 04, 2009

Data storage specialist SanDisk announced at Computex the redesign of its solid state drives. The flash memory is intended to be quicker and more precise than the first generation.

Sandisk referred to the speed of an „nCache“ developed in house which is capable of an up to 320 MB burst performance. According to SanDisk, nCache should also enable errors in screen display to be corrected. With the first generation of SSD, such bugs appeared often, but will no longer be an issue with the new version.

The pSSD series with models P2 and S2 are said to have a speed of 9000 vRPM (revolutions per minute). As SanDisk emphasized, the development of the series with a strategic cooperation with Canonical lead to the expansion of system capabilities and an increased battery life. The system intended is the Ubuntu Netbook Remix from Canonical.
Chris Kenyon, who is responsible for the Canonical OEM, also reports that a SanDisk pSSD from the second generation with nCache is a much better option than a conventional hard disk drive with 5,400 revolutions per minute.

Since the SSDs are in the process of being negotiated over with manufacturers, SanDisk has yet to name a solid price. The 32 GB version should for OEMs is intended to cost about the same as a conventional 2.5 inch hard drive. The pSSDs are available in capacities ranging from 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB. SanDisk can already deliver products, according to its announcement.

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