SanDisk Unveils World’s Fastest Solid-State Drive
According to the company, the G3 Series of SSDs clocks in at 40,000 vRPM and will have an anticipated sequential performance of 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write speeds. The G3 SSDs will also provide a Longterm Data Endurance (LDE) of 160 terabytes written (TBW) for the 240GB version, sufficient for over 100 years of typical user usage.
SanDisk’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for its Solid State Drives (SSD) Business Unit, Rich Heye said, “SanDisk’s G3 SSD has met the demand of a 120GB SSD at less than USD$250 with an exceptional user experience. Three key features developed by SanDisk enable this new design: a new SSD algorithm called ExtremeFFS allows random write performance to potentially improve by as much as 100 times over conventional algorithms; reliable 43nm multi-level cell (MLC) all bit-line (ABL) NAND flash; and SanDisk’s new SSD controller, which ties together the NAND and the algorithm.”
Designed as drop-in replacements for hard-disk drives (HDDs) in notebook PCs, the initial members in the SanDisk G3 family are SSD C25-G3 and SSD C18-G3 in the standard 2.5″ and 1.8″ form factors respectively, each available with a SATA-II interface. Available in capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB, the unit MSRPs are USD$149, USD$249 and USD$499, respectively.
The SanDisk G3 SSDs will be available to this market in mid 2009, in a 2.5″ PATA configuration expressly for this purpose. In addition, the SanDisk G3 SSDs will be available on sandisk.com for do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts. “An SSD upgrade improves the user experience like nothing else you can do to a computer.” Heye concluded.