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SanDisk Reveals World's Smallest SSD, the 'iSSD'

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No, this is not Apple's SSD... unless it ends up in a Mac.

SanDisk has announced what it claims to be the world's smallest SSD. Of course, with SSDs being made up of flash memory, it shouldn't be hard to imagine just how much storage one could fit on a drive the size of a postage stamp.

SanDisk calles it the integrated SSD, or iSSD for short, and it's designed for tablet PCs and ultra-thin notebooks. The iSSD is the first flash SSD device to support the industry standard SATA interface in a small BGA (Ball Grid Array) package that can be soldered onto any motherboard, and is fast enough to use as a boot drive.

The iSSD is advertised by SanDisk as offering 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds. It measuring 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm and weighs less than one gram.

The SanDisk iSSD is available now for sampling to OEMs in capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB.

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    Ciuy , August 23, 2010 2:11 PM
    why does everything have to start with "i" nowadays
    /???
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    captainnemojr , August 23, 2010 2:12 PM
    I wonder if Apple will sue them for using "i". Either that, or it's a great marketing tactic for San Disk. "Hey Apple, I'll give you exclusive "iSSD" rights for your "i" products for i$$$$$$$$."
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    orionantares , August 23, 2010 2:46 PM
    Apple uses 'i' because they seem to think it "sounds cool." San Disk is using the 'i' in their product for a more practical reason, denoting it as an integrated drive. It's like eSATA is an external version of the SATA drive connector.
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  • 28 Hide
    Ciuy , August 23, 2010 2:11 PM
    why does everything have to start with "i" nowadays
    /???
  • 17 Hide
    captainnemojr , August 23, 2010 2:12 PM
    I wonder if Apple will sue them for using "i". Either that, or it's a great marketing tactic for San Disk. "Hey Apple, I'll give you exclusive "iSSD" rights for your "i" products for i$$$$$$$$."
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    Mark Heath , August 23, 2010 2:15 PM
    Seems like a decent idea for its usage.
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    coopchennick , August 23, 2010 2:19 PM
    64GB???! I was expecting like 1
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    nukem950 , August 23, 2010 2:19 PM
    This is really neat. It would be cool if motherboard manufacturers would all start adding these to their boards so I could backup critical data or just use it as a boot drive
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    samely , August 23, 2010 2:21 PM
    Ciuywhy does everything have to start with "i" nowadays/???

    Because the world has become a proper grammar/spelling failure. And thank you to Apple for perpetuating it.
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    dman3k , August 23, 2010 2:21 PM
    captainnemojrI wonder if Apple will sue them for using "i". Either that, or it's a great marketing tactic for San Disk. "Hey Apple, I'll give you exclusive "iSSD" rights for your "i" products for i$$$$$$$$."

    so does everything that start with "i" have to do with the fruit company now?
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    gtvr , August 23, 2010 2:23 PM
    Ciuywhy does everything have to start with "i" nowadays/???


    Remember when everything started with an "e"? Ah, the good old days.
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    Fetal , August 23, 2010 2:45 PM
    Thats a marvel.
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    JonnyDough , August 23, 2010 2:46 PM
    gtvrRemember when everything started with an "e"? Ah, the good old days.


    eWaste became a bad moniker. We have yet to start talking about iWaste, nobody wants to wear that one, even though we all make iWaste (even those of us who don't buy overpriced products from a company that tries to censor it's consumers).
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    turbolover22 , August 23, 2010 2:46 PM
    Ciuywhy does everything have to start with "i" nowadays/???


    iSee that you did not begin your post with an "i". You have been penalized for not following the rules and must sit out a minimum of 3 news articles before you can post again.
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    orionantares , August 23, 2010 2:46 PM
    Apple uses 'i' because they seem to think it "sounds cool." San Disk is using the 'i' in their product for a more practical reason, denoting it as an integrated drive. It's like eSATA is an external version of the SATA drive connector.
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    dark_lord69 , August 23, 2010 2:57 PM
    Isn't it supposed to be "i" before "e".
    Everthing use to be e this or e that now everything start with an i it's all backwards!

    All joking aside, those are pretty good read and write speeds and up to 64GB huh? That's pretty big for something so small! I think it would be cool to have a 64GB USB 3.0 SSD the size of the flash drive.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2010 3:15 PM
    As already said here, it would be GREAT if MoBos would come with such a drive on board, 64 GB would be enough for Win7 install (I think) and more than enough for Linux :) 
    So you only need to add SATA HD for the tons of musics and videos :) 
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    urlsen , August 23, 2010 3:19 PM
    Amd (or manufacturer "asus, sapphire ect..) should addopt this in the lineup of Liano apu itx motherbords.

    Would be great for htpc who have storage in nas form..
    No need for mooving part or any other parts for that matter.
    Mobo,cpu,pico psu,ram n ur done..
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    Vladislaus , August 23, 2010 3:28 PM
    captainnemojrI wonder if Apple will sue them for using "i". Either that, or it's a great marketing tactic for San Disk. "Hey Apple, I'll give you exclusive "iSSD" rights for your "i" products for i$$$$$$$$."



    Hardly because usually it has been the other way around. Apple was sued due to the names of the iPhone and iPad.
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    fayzaan , August 23, 2010 3:41 PM
    iPee'd my pants over this news! sounds epic ><
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    Trashit , August 23, 2010 4:23 PM
    If anything it should be ยตSSD (as in micro SSD). We all know that the "i" in the apple products stand for "Idiot".

    OT - Another step closer to seeing true tablet PCs and not just smart phones with larger screens. Stream media of a PC/NAS all the time is just no fun. I want my mobility and my media in one and 8gig is just a joke.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2010 4:23 PM
    Kind of looks like they are just making a SDHC that can be soldered to the mainboard.
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    wildwell , August 23, 2010 4:25 PM
    So is it an SDHC card w/ a SATA data interface called a "drive?"
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