SanDisk announced high-speed, next-generation SSDs for ultra-hot netbook market
SanDisk Corporation announced that it has begun shipping its next-generation flash memory-based solid state drives (SSD) for netbooks, offering high-performance components at a competitive price. SanDisk pSSD P2 and S2 employ a new technology called nCache, which improves netbook performance. The drives will be demonstrated at Computex 2009.
The SanDisk pSSD P2 and S2 drives offer 9,000 vRPM of steady state performance in addition to nCache, which goes beyond this and offers a non-volatile cache of up to 320MB to support bursts of random write commands maximizing system responsiveness. In addition, because nCache is non-volatile, the user's data is protected in the event of a power interruption.
SanDisk's exclusive nCache technology is a non-volatile write cache capable of supporting burst performance up to five times the steady state vRPM to further enhance the user experience. nCache improves user responsiveness and helps prevent incidence of "stalling" or "shuddering" often seen in first generation netbook SSDs.
"Full-featured operating systems make tremendous demands in the storage device – writing large amounts of data in fast bursts using small random transfer sizes," said Doreet Oren, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "SanDisk pSSD drives with nCache offer up to 50 times the random write performance of our first generation SSDs, delivering on the SSD promise for netbooks."
SanDisk pSSDs are also ideal for use in netbooks equipped with ARM processors like Freescale's i.MX515 device, which offers impressive performance at costs that let OEMs and ODMs meet critical price points. The processor's advanced power management features extend battery life and eliminate the need for energy-sapping fans or costly heat sinks.
Available in capacities of 8, 16, 32 and 64-gigabytes (GB), SanDisk second-generation pSSD drives are attractively priced for segments such as Netbooks, POS terminals, printers, ATMs and other applications where users need HDD functionality with improved reliability, yet want to pay only for the exact capacity that they need.