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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.