updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue June 1, 2010
SanDisk intros fourth-generation SSDs for OEMs
At Computex on Tuesday, SanDisk showed off its latest solid state drives. The SSD G4 is meant to replace notebook hard drives, with the SSD P4 an OEM offering that will help notebook and tablet makers build thinner hardware. These fourth-generation SanDisk SSDs also offer twice the capacity of their predecessors, at up to 256GB and 128GB, respectively.
Both the P4 and G4 use 32 nanometer, multi-level cell (MLC) technology and are available in different shapes to accommodate notebooks and ultraportables. SanDisk can even customize the shape if necessary. Both use SanDisk's Adaptive Flash Management technology to prolong the life of the SSD.
The G4 can be had in capacities that range from 64GB to 256GB and is rated at peak 220MBps read and 160MBps write speeds. It should last for at least 160TB of writes for the 256GB model.
The P4 can be had in 8GB to 128GB sizes, and has the small mSATA mini interface. It uses advanced caching to boost burst random write speeds. Both the G4 and P4 are now being evaluated by computer builders, with production due to start in the summer; the price hinges on the number of drives ordered.