SanDisk has announced a new solid state disk with a capacity of 72GB. It will be available in Q2 2008.
Joining SanDisk’s growing portfolio of solid-state drives (SSDs) for portable computers is a slimmed-down 1.8-inch Serial ATA (SATA II) model that is aimed at a new generation of ultralight notebooks. Designed to be a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives, the new SATA drive is just 5mm thick and weighs 40 grams – about 30 percent less than a same-size hard disk drive. It uses a SATA II interface and an industry standard micro SATA connector, and consumes only .85 watts in read/write mode and .2W when idle. Availability is planned for the second quarter of 2008 in capacities of up to 72 gigabytes (GB). PC manufacturers are expected to launch the new thin and light laptops for the corporate market later this year.