Buffalo announced today that it is launching a series of solid state drives (SSDs) that address the needs of users with older machines--namely those old-school notebooks without SATA connections. Arriving in a 2.5-inch form factor, the new SHD-NHPU2 line will instead offer Parallel ATA (Ultra ATA/133 UDMA mode 6) support and a USB 2.0 jack located in the back.
Along with 64MB of buffer cache, the drives are capable of up to 101.3MB/s through the PATA connection. As for storage capacities, the new SHD-NHPU2 line will be offered in three delicious flavors: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The 32GB model will cost consumers around $250, $360 for the 64GB version, and $630 for the 128GB version.
The drawback--at least for now--is that the SSDs are hitting the Japanese market. Still, it's only a matter of time before the SHD-NHPU2s line eventually hit stateside--at least through Newegg or other online venues.