SanDisk has released a 2.5in solid state drive for laptops that holds 32 gigabytes.
The Serial ATA interface model will be compatible with most notebook designs, and the 2.5in drives will work as a drop-in replacement for regular hard disk drives.
"The SanDisk 2.5in SSD brings the extreme durability, outstanding performance and low power consumption of solid-state Flash memory to the entire notebook computer market," said Amos Marom, vice president and general manager of the Computing Systems division at SanDisk.
He predicted that as Flash memory becomes more popular, the per-gigabyte price of SSD storage will come down and SSD capacity will go up.
The release comes just two months after SanDisk introduced a 1.8-inch SSD for ultra-portable notebooks.
SanDisk said SSDs were more reliable, working for an average of two million hours between failures and lasting approximately six times longer than notebook hard disks.
The lack of moving parts means that SSDs are also less likely to fail when a notebook computer is dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures.
Data is also transferred 100 times faster than to a hard disk and SSDs use around 50 per cent less power.
The 32GB, 2.5in SanDisk SSD costs $350 for companies placing large volume orders.
Intel has recently unveiled smaller capacity SSDs and Apple is currently working on a laptop that uses an SSD drive.
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By Matt Chapman on Mar 15, 2007 11:57AM