OCZ introduces 1.8-inch SSDs

Solid state drives are not only getting faster and more capacious, but they're also getting smaller. Memory, PSU and SSD maked extraordinaire OCZ has just unveiled two new lines of SSDs that not only slot into a 1.8-inch drive bay, but also boast the same specs as their 2.5-inch counterparts.

At the top of the stack is the 1.8-inch Vertex 2 range, which comes in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB flavours. Equipped with a Sandforce controller, the drives can perform sequential reads at 285MB/sec, and sequential writes at 275MB/sec.

The drives also feature native support for TRIM in Windows 7, and come with a standard 3Gb/sec SATA 2 interface. However, OCZ notes that you'll need a micro SATA power connector in order to fire one up.

Further down the performance scale is the Onyx line of 1.8-inch drives, which OCZ says is ideal for netbooks. Available in 32GB and 64GB versions, the Onyx drives use an Indilinx controller. As such, the quoted read and write speeds for the Onyx drives differ between the 32GB and 64GB versions, because the lower-capacity drive has fewer chips, and therefore less interleaving.

OCZ says the 32GB Onyx drive can read sequentially at 135MB/sec and write at just 70MB/sec. However, the 64GB version can read at 145MB/sec and write at a much more respectable 120MB/sec. The Onyx drives also feature 64MB of cache.

OCZ's chief marketing officer, Alex Mei, said the two new series of drives are, "designed to cater to the entire range of mobile applications." He added that the Vertex 2, "delivers the same performance as our popular 2.5-inch version in a smaller form factor for customers looking to achieve maximum performance on the go."

Both the Onyx and the Vertex drives are built with lightweight alloy casing, and the Vertex drives come with a three-year warranty, while the Onyx drives have a two-year warranty.

There's no word on pricing or availability yet, but OCZ promises that the 1.8-inch Onyx drives will be "aggressively priced" in order to make them attractive to the netbook market.