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Sandisk launches SSD line for netbooks

Jun 5, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Flash memory pioneer SanDisk launched a line of SSDs (solid state disks) aimed at ultra low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) and “netbooks.” Due in August, the pSSD line includes 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB models boasting claimed read speeds of 39MB/s and streaming write performance of 17MB/s.

SanDisk pSSD
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The pSSDs use less expensive, higher-capacity multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash, as well as more reliable, traditional, but lower capacity single-level cell (SLC) NAND, according to SanDisk. However, the company's currently available datasheet lists only MLC-based parts in the new pSSD product family. SLC-based parts appear to remain available in its older uSSD line, which shipped last Fall.

The new pSSDs uses parallel ATA (PATA) interfaces to conserve power in mobile devices, the company says, and can be used to store both operating system files and user data. They support both Linux and Windows XP, the OSes most popular in miniature notebook products.


The pSSDs are being fabricated in Yokkaichi, Japan. SanDisk says it will share the output with its long-time partner, Toshiba Corporation. Availability is expected in August. Samples are on display at SanDisk's booth, M320, in Nangang Exhibition Hall.

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