SanDisk has revealed what it claims is the world’s smallest SSD – a postage sized chip that weighs less than a paper clip.
SanDisk has said in a statement that it’s available in capacities ranging from 4GB up to 64GB, and obviously it’s the larger capacity that’s of interest. The advantage of this SSD is not just its size but the fact that it supports a standard SATA interface using a small BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaging, making it easy to fit into existing notebook and netbook motherboards.
In fact, it’s so small it can be soldered onto the motherboard saving valuable space, which should pave the way for even thinner and lighter portables. SanDisk has even bestowed a new category name for the chip – iSSD – or integrated SSD.
This would be of no use if it was a slouch in terms of performance, but with read and write speeds of 160MB/sec and 100MB/sec respectively, it’s more than fast enough to handle full operating systems.
While 64GB is still a little limiting in real life, when this thing move to 128GB and greater, netbooks type devices should be able to kiss standard HDDs goodbye, and we, for one, won’t be weeping.