SanDisk Pushes Solid-State Drives for Netbooks

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SanDisk has updated its solid-state drive modules designed for use in netbooks. The second-generation modules, dubbed the pSSD-P2 and pSSD-S2, are sized to replace a standard 2.5-inch hard drive in a netbook or other devices.

The drives now use a SATA interface between the SSD and the motherboard. The first-generation modules, introduced in mid-2008 and available last fall, relied on parallel ATA. Also unlike those first-gen modules, the pSSD-P2 and pSSD-S2 will rely on Multi-Level Cell flash technology (previously, SanDisk offered both Single-Level Cell and MLC varieties).

The second-gen pSSD will be available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities (the 32GB model will be priced the same as a 2.5-inch hard disk drive in large OEM quantities). SanDisk expects the drives to be available in February 2009.

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