SanDisk today announced they’re releasing a 32GB, 1.8-inch solid state drive (SSD) as a drop-in replacement for the standard mechanical hard disk drive. The drive will be costly, SanDisk said it will cost $600 more than a regular hard drive — meaning about $800 – $1,000. SanDisk will be demoing the drive and talking more about it at the CES show in Las Vegas next week.
SanDisk 32GB 1.8" Solid State Drive (view large image)
Why is SSD better?
There’s a few reasons solid state flash is superior to the traditional hard drive that uses a mechancial head to read data from a platter:
- Fewer moving parts so less hard drive failures
- Lower power consumption, consumes 0.4 watt during active operation compared to 1.0 watt of regular hard drives
- Faster access to data, sutained reads of 62 MB/s. In some burst instances an SSD can be 100 times faster than a mechanical hard drive
SanDisk indicated that using that a drive loaded with Windows Vista Enterprise fully booted in a very fast 35 seconds. Of course, these numbers are all in house benchmarks quoted by SanDisk so they need to be taken with a grain of salt. All the same, it’s great to see the largest flash memory manufacturer moving into the notebook space to provide drives. The costs are high for SSD at the moment, but more competition and innovation will drop those prices.
The 32GB SanDisk drive is available immediately to manufacturers (OEMs), there is no indication as to whether the drive will be sold through consumer channels.