Flash memory specialist SanDisk has introduced a new 64GB solid-state drive that is smaller than a postage stamp, making it the smallest 64GB SSD in the world.
The new drive measures just 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm and weighs less than a single gram. It’s designed to be used with across all of the current popular Operating Systems. SanDisk’s small drive is an integrated SSD (ISSD) product that is now being tested by OEMs, with pricing expected to be absorbed and passed on to consumers later.
The serial ATA (SATA) drive itself has 160MB/s read and 100MB/s write speeds, and must be soldered onto motherboards for use.
The new SSDs will be available with storage capacities ranging from 4GB up to 64GB. It’s unknown when products using the new SanDisk ISSD will be available.
The memory maker hopes the new drives will give manufacturers the opportunity to release even thinner, more portable tablets, netbooks and other devices.
“New embedded SSDs such as the SanDisk iSSD drive, which meet the stringent size requirements of small and light devices while offering greater performance, are designed to enable OEMs to deliver an enhanced user experience in their next-generation designs,” said Seff Janukowicz, IDC SSD research manager, in a press release.
SSDs are expected to eventually replace traditional hard disk drives, but there is room available in the storage market for both products. SSDs still have a lot of growth potential, while HDDs have evolved by offering larger storage capacities and custom niche offerings.