SanDisk has unveiled a 32Gbytes flash-based hard disc drive for enterprise laptops, designed to replace slower mechanical hard drives.
The 1.8in solid state drive (SSD) is a drop-in replacement for mechanical hard disc drives and is aimed at laptop manufacturers.
The flash drive is also geared towards rugged working as a dropped laptop equipped with flash storage is tougher given that there are no moving parts in the drive.
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SanDisk’s solutions are already used by military customers, including the Israeli Defence Force.
SanDisk said the declining cost of NAND flash memory has made SSD a viable and economically attractive alternative to existing laptop memory technologies.
Eli Harari, SanDisk CEO, said, “Once we begin shipping the 32Gbytes SSD for notebook PCs, we expect to see its increasing adoption in the coming years as we continue to reduce the cost of flash memory."
He said, "When these SSD devices become more affordable, we expect that their superior features over rotating disc drives will create a new consumer category for our retail sales channels worldwide.”
Harari projected that inclusion of the SanDisk 32GB SSD in a notebook PC could increase the end-user price by around $600 (£315) in the first half of 2007.
For that, as well as a tougher laptop, users would get a faster one. SanDisk said its solution is able to boot up Windows Vista in almost half the time of a mechanical disc drive.
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