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.