SanDisk ready to roll out new Solid State Drives


SanDisk is a well known name when it comes to flash memory, and this time round the company decided to spice up the SSD market with a couple of new products – we’re talking about the P4 and G4 models. The former will succeed the widely used pSSD modular drive that enables designers to roll out ever slimmer netbooks as well as tablet devices, while the latter will function as a drop-in replacement for hard drives in notebooks. Expect both models to offer decent performance as well as all the benefits of a SSD compared to a hard drive without breaking the bank. More on both the P4 and G4 right in the extended post.

The new drives are touted to offer a unique balance of performance, high-capacity storage and long-term reliability. For the SanDisk SSD P4, it will max out at 128GB of storage space, while the SanDisk SSD G4 has a maximum capacity of double that amount – we’re talking about a cool 256GB here. Either way, the capacities stated are double those of the company’s previous SSD offerings which goes to say how serious SanDisk is in rolling out the next generation of consumer level SSDs. These drives can ship in a variety of compact form factors, which SanDisk is able to customize according to manufacturers’ specification, resulting in greater freedom and flexibility where OEMs are concerned when it comes to designing their products. These SSDs will use SanDisk’s advanced 32-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) process technology that offers cost-competitive high-capacity storage with a tiny footprint.

The SanDisk G4 will come in capacities from as small as 64GB all the way to the aforementioned 256GB, where it offers sequential read/write speeds of up to 220 and 160MB/sec, respectively. With those figures, you will be able to enjoy fast boot times, enhanced system responsiveness and space needed to easily handle storage-intensive data such as videos, photos, music and games. Not only that, the SanDisk SSD G4 offers Long-term Data Endurance (LDE) of 160 terabytes written (TBW) for a 256GB drive, which is suitable for over 10 years of PC usage (we’re talking about an average figure here), so make sure you migrate all of your data to a new platform before changing your computer just to be safe. Expect both drives to hit the consumer market in various devices sometime before the year is over.

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