SanDisk announced on Wednesday it has begun testing small SSDs that can be soldered directly to motherboards.
This "iSSD" approach contrasts with the prevailing method — building them into hard drive enclosures that look the same from the outside as that of an ordinary hard drive — by offering the smaller size so prized by mobile device manufacturers today.
Each iSSD measures 16 by 20 by 1.85mm, weighs less than a gram and uses the Sata interface used by conventional hard drives, SanDisk said. Its data-transfer speeds are 160MBps for sequential reading and 100MBps for sequential writing.
Capacities range from 4GB to 64GB, which sounds small for a netbook or laptop, but fine for hot-market areas such as tablets, phones or media players. In any event, the capacity will increase with time, said SanDisk spokesman Mike Wong.
The iSSD products are available for sampling by customers, and are "being evaluated by top-tier manufacturers", SanDisk said.
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