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Innodisk Releases World First 1.5 gram SATA µSSDs

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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.

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    lunyone , May 26, 2013 9:05 PM
    Match these up with mechanical HD's and you have now improved your basic laptop experience at "hopefully" a minimal cost :) 
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    lunyone , May 26, 2013 9:06 PM
    When I mean match up, I mean as a cache SSD for the mechanical HD :) 
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    pckitty4427 , May 26, 2013 9:09 PM
    These will be perfect for phones and tablets.
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    Someone Somewhere , May 26, 2013 9:52 PM
    Great. So future notebooks are going to have non-replaceable storage too.
    So what happens when you get to the end of your P/E cycles?
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    Someone Somewhere , May 26, 2013 9:54 PM
    Also, phones/tablets generally don't have SATA controllers. They use something called eMMC.
    This would need whole new SoCs to be built.
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    nieur , May 26, 2013 9:57 PM
    now we will see SSD in smartphones
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    Chairman Ray , May 26, 2013 9:59 PM
    woah, technology is really moving along! I would like to know how many read/writes those are capable of.
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    Someone Somewhere , May 26, 2013 10:05 PM
    Technically smartphones already have SSDs.
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    Vorador2 , May 27, 2013 1:44 AM
    So we will finally have decent storage performance on high end smartphones?
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    tiret , May 27, 2013 1:58 AM
    dear tom's: why do I have to post a comment before i can read other comments?
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    Dede Riswan , May 27, 2013 2:25 AM
    I want it to be my next usb disk...
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    TheBigTroll , May 27, 2013 4:09 AM
    Great. So future notebooks are going to have non-replaceable storage too.
    So what happens when you get to the end of your P/E cycles?

    you dont. it takes too long to fill them up before you replace the entire rig any ways
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    Someone Somewhere , May 27, 2013 4:20 AM
    Given this stuff is almost certainly going to be TLC, if not 4 bits-per-cell, and on a very small process node, it's going to be in the sub-2000 range at a guess. Combine with a low capacity, and you are going to have a few people wiping it out. Especially if it's used as a cache drive.
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    icemunk , May 27, 2013 4:39 AM
    I can't wait to see these in tablets/smart phones
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    Firedrops , May 27, 2013 5:24 AM
    Can anyone explain how this is functionally different from a SD/microSD card?
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    Someone Somewhere , May 27, 2013 5:27 AM
    It uses the SATA interface, instead of the SD card interface. Different signalling.

    Also, it's designed to be permanently soldered to the PCB - like an eMMC chip.
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    wardwing , May 27, 2013 6:26 AM
    I'd like to see consumer mobo manufacturers add this to their products.
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    The_Trutherizer , May 27, 2013 8:08 AM
    I have felt since the invention of non-mechanical large storage media that any form factor that lets people plug single chips or arrays of these devices straight unto their motherboards make the most sense. If they solder these directly to the MB then I would suggest that they have expansion boards much like traditional PC memory that can be easily added or removed with arrays of these chips. I predict that you will be hard pressed to distinguish your RAM from your SDD not long from now.
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    dgingeri , May 27, 2013 8:52 AM
    I'd like to see this both on enthusiast motherboards and on raid controllers. Built in SSD caching. That would be a nice feature check box.
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    Spooderman , May 27, 2013 9:20 AM
    This has lots of potential if it can use SATA interfaces.
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