SSD SATA s SanDisk 32GB Flash Drive Available For Notebooks

SanDisk broadened its solid state
drive (SSD) product line for the portable computer market with the introduction
of a 32GB, 2.5-inch SATA interface model, compatible
with most mainstream notebook designs. Coming just two months after SanDisk
introduced a 1.8-inch SSD for ultraportable notebooks, the 2.5-inch SSD is now
available to PC manufacturers as a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives.
The vast majority of notebook computers manufactured today use 2.5-inch hard
disk drives. The SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD fits in the same internal slot as 2.5-inch
hard disks, so notebook manufacturers can switch to the SanDisk SSD without
altering their hardware designs.
The 32GB, 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD is available now to computer manufacturers, with
initial pricing of $ 350 for large volume orders.

SSD SATA SanDisk 32GB Flash Drive Available For Notebooks

SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK – News) today broadened its solid state
drive (SSD) product line for the portable computer market with the introduction
of a 32-gigabyte (GB)(1), 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) interface model, compatible
with most mainstream notebook designs. Coming just two months after SanDisk
introduced a 1.8-inch SSD for ultraportable notebooks, the 2.5-inch SSD is now
available to PC manufacturers as a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives.

"The SanDisk 2.5-inch 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. "As SanDisk continues to drive innovation
in flash memory, the per-gigabyte price of SSD storage will come down and SSD
capacity will go up. PC manufacturers and consumers will find it easier and
easier to move away from rotating hard disks to the superior experience of SSDs."

The vast majority of notebook computers manufactured today use 2.5-inch hard
disk drives. The SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD fits in the same internal slot as 2.5-inch
hard disks, so notebook manufacturers can switch to the SanDisk SSD without
altering their hardware designs.

The key benefits of SanDisk SSDs for computer manufacturers and their customers
are:

Reliability. SanDisk SSDs deliver 2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF)(2),
approximately six times more than notebook hard disks. With no moving parts,
SanDisk SSDs are also much less likely to fail when a notebook computer is
dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures.

Performance. In notebook computers, data moves to and from an SSD more than 100
times faster than data moving to and from a hard disk. SanDisk SSDs offer a
sustained read rate of 67 megabytes (MB) per second(3) and a random read rate of
7,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) for a 512-byte transfer(4). As a result,
notebooks equipped with a 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD can boot Microsoft® Windows®
Vista(TM) Enterprise in as little as 30 seconds(5) and access files at an
average speed of 0.11 milliseconds(6). A notebook using a hard disk requires an
average 48 seconds to boot and an average 17 milliseconds to access files.

Power efficiency. SanDisk SSDs have minimal power requirements, with savings
rated at over 50 percent compared with a hard disk drive — 0.9 watts during
active operation versus 1.9 watts(7). This is particularly important in
extending battery life for road warriors, enabling them to remain productive
while in transit.
Cool and quiet. Because SanDisk SSDs don’t need a motor, bearings or a moving
head mechanism, they generate much less heat than hard disk drives. SanDisk SSDs
are also completely silent, while hard disk drives always make at least some
noise during read and write operations.

"There are several reasons computer users and manufacturers should consider
SSDs as prices become more affordable," said Joseph Unsworth, Principal Research
Analyst for flash memory at the Gartner research firm. "For example, Gartner
research shows hard disk failure is tied for first place with motherboard
failure as the leading cause of overall hardware failure in notebooks, with each
accounting for 25 to 45 percent of the total(8). The higher reliability of SSDs
lowers total cost of ownership, and could be a driver for adoption of SSDs. This
is part of the explanation of why Gartner projects global consumption of SSDs in
consumer and business notebooks to leap from about 4 million units in 2007 to 32
million units in 2010(9)."

The 32GB, 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD is available now to computer manufacturers, with
initial pricing of $ 350 for large volume orders. SanDisk SSDs will be
demonstrated at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, from March 15 to 21, 2007,
in Hall 23, Stand B28, and will be featured on March 16 during the PressExpoUSA
@ CeBIT 2007 event.