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SanDisk now shipping rugged G3 SSD

Posted 24 February 2010 13:01 CET by Randomus

SanDisk is now shipping its G3 solid state drive product to retailers in the United States, opening the door for further SSD adoption.

The SanDisk G3 SSD is promoted as a “compelling alternative to a 7,200 RPM HDD” with two different storage capacities.  The drive is available with 60GB or 120GB storage, and features 220MB/s read and 120MB/s write speeds.

“Our rugged drive enables a superior customer experience by delivering extended endurance and fast performance in a resilient SSD design,” said SanDisk VP of retail product marketing, in a statement.

The drive ships with SanDisk’s ExtremeFFS flash management system and can support up to 80 terabytes of data written to it.

MSRP is $229.99 for the 60GB and $399.99 for the 120GB model, with retailers expected to begin offering the drives soon.

SanDisk, known for its flash-based storage products, has been a strong supporter of SSD.  The company has made numerous SSD announcements, and its G3 line appears to be a rugged version of a normal SSD drive. Ideally, a company using the product will be able to reduce maintenance costs as the drives are able to withstand more than regular HDDs.

SSDs have remained a niche product for a small number of consumers, but their usage continues to increase in popularity.  Sony introduced a quad-SSD notebook, while Super Talent debuted its SandForce line of SSD products.  Seagate also entered the SSD market and will work with LSI on a new line of PCIe SSD products.

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