SanDisk intros speedy 32GB solid-state drive

After Samsung, TDK, and Super Talent, SanDisk has now joined the growing number of companies that have announced 1.8″ flash-based solid-state drives. Introduced earlier today, SanDisk’s new 1.8″ SSD offers 32GB of capacity and can provide sustained data read speeds of 62MB/s. That’s a good deal speedier than Samsung’s and TDK’s SSDs, which have maximum read speeds of 57MB/s and 33.3MB/s, respectively. In fact, SanDisk claims that its new product is even faster than conventional mobile hard drives: a 1.2GHz Core Duo ULV-based notebook using the new SSD can boot Windows Vista in 35 seconds, the company says, while the same laptop with a conventional hard drive takes 55 seconds. SanDisk does expect notebooks based on the SSD to cost around $600 more than their hard drive-based counterparts, though.

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    • inphobia
    • 13 years ago

    I’m wondering why it’s taking so long for these to get into SAN boxes. 15k fc drives do 180 IOPS, these do 7000 IOPS (granted, for reading, but they won’t do worse that the current scsi tech when writing either – most likely better). smaller form factor, much lower power usage & high MTBF all while costing the same as FC drives. This will make databases fly.

    • sigher
    • 13 years ago

    It’s nice they are working on it and brings hope for the future, and especially now that several manufacturers will also release hybrid drives, but you are right, too expensive as of yet for the capacity offered.

    • Folk
    • 13 years ago

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      • indeego
      • 13 years ago

      Because traditionally the write speeds of these devices has been much slower than the readg{<.<}g Look at USB keysg{<.<}g

    • moose17145
    • 13 years ago

    personally i think it will be nice when they start making these in 3.5″ sizes for desktops (in the future of course). Solid state would go a long way to improve hard drive reliability and could potentially end up having higher storage capacities in the future too. For laptops though it will be nice for battery life, especially since your getting increased performance for less power.

      • Perezoso
      • 13 years ago

      3.5″ form factor is going the way of the dodo.

      • Beomagi
      • 13 years ago

      yup – i actually get better battery life playing movies off flash cards instead of my hd.

    • Freon
    • 13 years ago

    I’d be interested in an apples to apples comparison. Adword is great, but let’s see how these really do.

    • Perezoso
    • 13 years ago

    SanDisk bought M-Systems, one of the pioneers in solid storage. This is just a cheaper, non-industrial-grade version of mSSD.

    §[< http://www.m-systems.com/site/en-US/Corporate/PressRoom/PressReleases/2006/NR061119.htm< ]§ §[<http://www.m-systems.com/site/en-US/Products/IDESCSIFFD/IDESCSIFFD<]§

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    mmmm water cooled passive ventialted case with raid-0’ed 32 gigs of solid state love.. fanless video card …

    expensive.. but quiet…

    • liquidsquid
    • 13 years ago

    Think “shock and vibration” advantages, power savings, then performance. I think these should be integrated on to the motherboard as the primary OS drive and critical files holder, while a conventional HDD is used for files and temp files.

    Then if PRAM ever comes along, we will laugh at the good old days of booting from mechanical devices.

    -LS

      • fantastic
      • 13 years ago

      I remember booting the entire OS from ROM chips on very old computers. Also embedded computers have disk on a chip flash RAM. In other words it’s not really new.

      It is, however very attactive. They need to refine and improve the devices and density a bit before I jump for SSD. Hybrid drives will drive (pun!) down the price of SSDs. I can’t believe how slowly hard drive manufactureres have added to cache sizes on current disk drives. We’re up to a whopping 16 MB of RAM and I’ve got 2GB of system RAM. I guess they’re depending on that system RAM and the OS to cache through it though…

      The target market probably has deeper pockets than me too. 😉

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    Imagine saving 20 seconds a day in waiting time (apart from booting.)

    Easily justifiable to those where time is much less available than moneyg{<.<}g

      • sigher
      • 13 years ago

      Do such people exist? or are you being sarcastic.
      I’m guessing the latter.

        • indeego
        • 13 years ago

        I’m being 100% serious. In the executive realm, where speed and reliability is vastly more important than graphics or glitz, these things matter. I work for people who bill by the hour, in the hundreds.

        Remember it’s not just an improvement in boot, it’s an improvement in caching, general Disk I/O, etc. This will greatly improve performance for people on laptops (i.e., most people.)

        I will certainly be looking at these after a few months of release… It’s much more worth it than a $600 vid cardg{<.<}g

    • Lord.Blue
    • 13 years ago

    Sure it will be more expensive, at least for a while, and after the manufacturing matures, the smaller drives will become less and less expensive, and with each decrease in circuit width, take up less and less room while still offering the same or better performance and storage. A win-win situation for mobile storage.
    An example to look at would be USB flash drives, when they first came out, 256MB ones were HUGE(storage wise), and now we have ones that are 16GB taking up the same ammount or less room(physically).

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