SanDisk has launched a solid state drive that it says will be fitted to sub-$250 PCs, including Intel’s Classmate line of PCs aimed at school use in developing countries.
The USB module is planned to ship in 2GB to 8GB variants, and is intended as a alternative to hard disk drives, that will be cheaper than even the smallest disk drives, will consume less power, and will be more rugged.
It will be powered by flash memory, which according to SanDisk will provide more than sufficient performance for low-cost PCs. The 2GB modules will be significantly cheaper than even the smallest hard disk drives, and more durable, SanDisk said.
Future generations of the device are likely to be cheaper still, the memory maker said. The device will begin sampling in the next 30 days and ship in volume in the fourth quarter. SanDisk said it is its first product to feature patented multi-level cell (MLC) technology, which it said doubles storage densities and so significantly cuts costs.