Flash vendor SanDisk has launched a cost effective solid state drive (SSD) that it claims is at a comparable price point with hard disk drives, enabling it to replace spinning disks in laptops and other applications where reliable low-power storage is required.
The SanDisk Z400s SSD is claimed to be 20 times faster than a typical hard drive while offering five times the reliability and typically consuming 20 times less power, according to SanDisk.
The portfolio is available for sampling now by hardware vendors in mSata and M.2 card formats, as well as a more traditional 2.5in Sata form factor, in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
This variety of form factors and capacities will allow system builders to replace hard drives in laptops with flash drives for no additional cost, and to deliver sleeker and lighter designs, SanDisk said.
SSDs have no moving parts, making them much less prone to failure and increasing device uptime.
"With a single architecture, SanDisk is able to provide OEMs with an affordable solution for displacing HDDs in today's cutting edge consumer devices, and help embedded application designers avoid overpaying for unneeded space, all while delivering the peak performance and high reliability that only SSDs can supply," said SanDisk's senior director of product marketing Rizwan Ahmed.
SanDisk is also hoping that the Z400s SSD will also prove low cost enough to make it an attractive component in embedded applications, such as point of sale terminals or ATMs.
The drive is able to sustain a high volume of transactions, making it well suited for embedded platforms that handle frequent transactions, and is also capable of withstanding up to 1.7 million hours of continuous use, the firm said.
The Z400s SSD has a 6Gbps Sata 3.2 host interface, and is capable of sequential read speeds of up to 549MBps and sequential writes up to 330MBps,
Random read performance is quoted as up to 33,000 IOPS and random write performance up to 62,000 IOPS.
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