Sandisk has just announced the arrival of the world's smallest SSD with storage capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB and which will be part of the company's integrated SSD range of products.
The storage company said that the iSSD range will target the "fast-growing" mobile computing platforms such as tablet PCs and ultra-thin notebooks (and netbooks we presume); as expected, they won't be available to consumers directly but as an integral part of devices.
Weighing less than a paper clip and smaller than a postage stamp, the iSSD comes in a tiny Ball Grid Array and boasts support for the SATA standard, which means that it can be soldered directly on motherboards.
Sandisk also says that it is "fast enough" to use with the latest operating systems with 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds being quoted.
The advantages of having such an integrated technology are obvious and could pave the way for cheaper, more reliable and faster solid state storage as manufacturers start to integrate SSD straight on their products.
Some motherboard makers for example could choose to use an iSSD storage on their boards to provide with improved performance while adding only a small premium to the price.