Super Talent announces solid-state mobile drives


— 4:22 PM on October 24, 2006

Conventional hard drives may be pushing dangerously close to the 1TB mark, but that isn't stopping companies like Samsung and TDK from developing 16 and 32GB flash-based solid-state disks (SSDs) for mobile applications. Super Talent has now joined the pack with a whole lineup of SSDs that squeeze between 4GB and 16GB of NAND flash memory into the same form factor as a 1.8" mobile hard drive, complete with a 44-pin IDE connector.

Like their Samsung and TDK siblings, Super Talent's SSDs claim lower power consumption, lower noise levels, faster access times, and greater reliability than their mechanical brethren by virtue of having no moving parts. Super Talent is even announcing industrial-grade models with aluminum casings and a supported operating temperature range (PDF) of -40°C to 85°C. All of Super Talent's new SSDs have been validated in "leading laptop computers" and will become available later this month.

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