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SanDisk chip-sized SSD could lead to fast tablets, netbooks

updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed August 18, 2010

SanDisk iSSD could lead to ultra-fast iPad

SanDisk today unveiled an entirely new class of solid-state drive that could lead to much faster portable devices. iSSD fits the entire flash memory and controller into a single, small chip but with much more speed than usual NAND flash. It competes with much larger SSDs and can hit peak read speeds of 160MB per second and writes at 100MB per second, or faster than many desktop hard disks.

The chip uses a SATA interface but can be soldered directly on to a circuit board and can take up virtually no more space than typical embedded memory. SanDisk will make the storage in capacities from 4GB to 64GB and is eager to claim that production samples are already being tested by "top-tier manufacturers." It didn't provide clues but teased equally that the iSSD will work with "all leading operating systems."

Dramatically upgraded flash memory speeds could be a significant boon to companies like Apple. It remains one of the largest customers of flash memory in the world and now needs it for more computer-like tasks with the launch of the iPad. Whether or not it would do so isn't as certain; it normally sources memory from Samsung, partly due to the Korean firm's very large manufacturing scale.

Other devices that could use the iSSD could include sufficiently large smartphones, high-end media players, smartbooks and more advanced netbooks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple steer clear of Samsung

    Samsung's track record is not too good on supplying new technology in large quantities. Just look at how phone manufacturers like HTC are having to scramble to find alternatives, because Samsung couldn't supply adequate quantities of AMOLED screens.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Apple steer clear of Samsung

    Well it's a good thing we're talking about SanDisk here then, eh? Also, just because a manufacturer might be having difficulty supplying one part in one branch of their business, like cutting-edge displays, doesn't mean they can't be a reliable supplier for an entirely different part, like memory and storage, for which Samsung *does* happen to be one of Apple's current suppliers, and more importantly one in which Apple has actually invested a significant amount of money in order to ensure a steady supply of NAND flash memory chips.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Re: Apple steer clear of Samsung

    You're right, I've got egg on my face on this one. I forgot about the original vendor (SanDisk) and went on my tirade about Samsung. I promise to reread the original article before venting next time. Doh!

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