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Computex 2010 : Sandisk Pushes SSD Capacity To 256GB

Storage specialist Sandisk has unveiled a range of solid state drives at Computex which doubles the capacity of the previous generation to a whopping 256GB.

The G4 comes with capacities ranging from 64GB to 256GB with read and write speeds of 220MB/s and 160MB/s according to the company. Sandisk quotes an average life expectancy of 10 years under normal usage.

It also comes with a special page-based algorithm called ExtremeFFS which Sandisk claims should improve random write speeds and efficiency. The product will only be available to OEMs.

As for the P4, its capacity ranges from 8GB to 128GB and is the smallest in Sandisk's SATA module form factor with dimensions of 26.80 x 30.00 x 3.4 mm. In comparison, HGST's thinnest hard disk drive is 7mm thick.

Aimed at ultra-thin notebooks, small devices and consumer electronics, the P4 range also comes with a proprietary Sandisk technology called nCache which acts as a memory buffer.

Both storage solutions are expected to be widely available by the end of the year with pricing depending on quantity ordered. Sandisk hasn't provided more details regarding performance or power consumption.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.