Western Digital rolls out SiliconEdge SSD

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are getting more and more popular these days for obvious reasons – after all, who doesn’t want superior data transfer speed as well as less bulk in their notebooks and netbooks? Well, Western Digital seems to be moving towards the SSD segment by rolling out their first consumer-oriented SSD in the form of the new WD SiliconEdge 2.5″ SSD family. For those who want speedy read and write speeds alongside high capacities, then they will be able to look forward to the WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD range, making it ideal for read-intensive applications requiring high performance and plug-and-play compatibility. More details are available right after the jump.

WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs comes in a wide range of capacities, where it can hit a whopping 256GB – still a far cry from the highest capacity hard drives, but in the world of SSDs, this is king at the moment. You will find that the SiliconEdge Blue SSDs sport a native SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface with read speeds up to 250MB/s and write transfer rates up to 170 MB/s. Being fast and rugged, WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs will be able to offer a noticeable acceleration in application performance as it delivers maximum tolerance for drops, shock and vibration along with silent and low-power operation. Sounds like the perfect addition to your new netbook, eh?

It is also interesting to note that the new WD SiliconEdge Blue product family has already passed WD’s extensive functional integrity testing procedures with flying colors. Basically, this means each WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD that comes out of the factory was already subjected to more than 250,000 hours of testing to ensure it meets the industry’s highest data integrity, reliability and compatibility standards. Capable of handling read-intensive client/consumer applications and write-intensive, 24/7 OEM applications with aplomb, WD’s new multi-level cell (MLC)-based SSDs boast patented and patent-pending technologies including advanced wear-leveling and error correction control, TRIM and NCQ (Native Command Queuing) command support. You will be able to pick up the 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models for $279, $529 and $999.