Responding to the mobile computing world’s ever-increasing need for more storage in less space, SanDisk has come up with the iSSD, or Integrated Solid State Drive.
Designed to be soldered directly onto the motherboard of a smartphone or tablet computer, iSSDs will initially be available in sizes from 1GB to 64GB, all crammed into a space of 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm and weighing less than one gram. They’ll offer 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds across a standard SATA interface, according to SanDisk’s internal testing; it’ll be pretty interesting to see test results from others as people get their hands on systems built using them.
Early samples are now available for OEMs to evaluate, so hopefully it won’t be long before products using them hit retail. There’s no pricing information available at present, save that the exact prices manufacturers pay depends on how many they order. Exactly what you’d expect in other words.