Dell adopts solid-state drives in two notebooks

Following in the footsteps of companies like Samsung and Fujitsu, Dell has announced that it is now offering solid-state drives (SSD) in two of its notebooks—the Latitude D420 and Latitude D620 ATG. The former is an ultra-mobile business offering that weighs in at just three pounds, has a 12.1" 1280x800 display, and comes with an ultra-low-voltage Intel Core Duo processor clocked at 1.06GHz. As for the Latitude D620 ATG, Dell introduced that system just four months ago: it's a "semi-rugged" notebook aimed at users in construction, emergency services, the military, and law enforcement. In its top configuration, the Latitude D620 ATG features a 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 14.1" display with a 1280x800 resolution.

Dell says it is now offering a 1.8" SanDisk SSD with a capacity of 32GB as an option for both of these notebooks. The SSD adds $450 to the cost of the Latitude D420 and $300 to the cost of the Latitude D620 ATG. According to Dell, the SSD has an operating shock tolerance that's double that of mechanical hard drives. In "extreme impact testing," the firm adds, surrounding notebook hardware actually breaks before the drive. Additionally, Dell says the SSD can decrease boot times by up to 34% compared with a regular hard drive.

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