Sandisk has just unveiled a new solid state drive (SSD), designed for use in tablet PCs and ultra-thin notebooks. The new SSD comes in a package smaller than a postage stamp, and is intended to be embedded directly onto a motherboard. This will eliminate the need for a large 2.5” or 1.8” internal storage area, which could make future portable devices even thinner and more lightweight.
The new embedded SSD utilizes the SATA bus type and has reported speeds of 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential writes. This gives the drive impressive specifications for its size, but it is slower than many currently available SSDs. Also, Sandisk has not released information regarding which controller or type of memory is being used in their new drives.
The ultra compact SSD is available now to OEM partners, and can be purchased in capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB. The price of the devices is not listed as it is not a consumer product, but Sandisk has stated the price is dependent on the amount of units purchased.
With the small nature of this chip it would be easy to integrate it into devices far beyond just tablet PCs and netbooks. This could mean devices such as smart phones, digital camera and many more could someday utilize a similar storage solution. For now though, the postage stamp sized SSD has just become available, so it will still be sometime before we get a clear picture of where the industry will take this design.