Innodisk has announced an absolutely tiny SSD that should still perform alarmingly well.
Innodisk has announced the world's first industrial-embedded SATA µSSD, the nanoSSD. The device itself has the controller, as well as the NAND flash memory packed into a single tiny package, and when we say tiny, we mean minuscule. The device itself is about one percent the size of a typical 2.5" SSD; it measures just 16 x 20 x 2 mm and weighs only 1.5 grams.
The nanoSSD will come in capacities ranging from 4 GB to 64 GB, have SATA3 interface through the BGA (Ball Grid Array) interface, and boasts quite respectable performance numbers. The device is said to have read speeds of up to 480 MB/s and write speeds of up to 175 MB/s. It also supports both ARM and x86 systems.
Of course, such a product will likely not be sold directly to consumers, but instead be sold straight to OEMs for embedding in ultrabooks, tablets, mobile phones and more.
There has been no word on when the nanoSSD will find its way into devices; however, Innodisk will be presenting the device at the "Onboard SATA III Single-Chip Solution - New Trend of SSD Application in Embedded Systems" seminar. The seminar will take place on May 30, 2013 at the Taipei International Convention Center.