SanDisk have today lifted the lid on a new range of solid state drives that are no bigger than a postage stamp, but still boast as much as 64GB of storage space.
Measuring 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm and weighing less than one gram the Integrated SSDs (iSSD) will pave the way for smaller, lighter mobile computing devices according to SanDisk.
“The new category of embedded SSDs should enable OEMs to produce tablets and notebooks with an unprecedented combination of thin, lightweight form factors and fast performance,” said Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk. “With our embedded flash storage leadership, SanDisk believes it is uniquely positioned to deliver the ultra compact SSD solutions needed by OEMs.”
Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, solid state drives, IDC, shared Myersdorf’s enthusiasm, saying: “The ultra-thin tablet and mobile computer markets are expected to experience tremendous growth over the coming years, and new advanced platforms will introduce new requirements for storage solutions. New embedded SSDs such as the SanDisk iSSD drive, which meet the stringent size requirements of small and light devices while offering greater performance, are designed to enable OEMs to deliver an enhanced user experience in their next-generation designs.”
The SanDisk iSSD is capable of 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds and supports the SATA interface in a BGA (Ball Grid Array) that can be soldered onto any motherboard.
Expect to see these popping up in mobile phones and tablet PCs sometime soon.