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SanDisk announces 2.5-inch Ultra SSD

New series provides a theoretical 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write, starting at 60GB capacities for $129

In a press release Tuesday, American manufacturer SanDisk announced its new lineup of notebook-ready solid-state drives.

Called the Ultra SSD, the drive can “extend the life of desktop and notebook PCs, and offers greater performance, durability and power efficiency than a hard disk drive,” according to its press release.

The Ultra series offers up to 280MB/sec read and 270MB/sec write and supports up to 3Gb/sec over the SATA interface.

For comparison’s sake, the recently launched Intel 320 Series provides read and write speeds of 270MB/sec and 220MB/sec, respectively, while the more enthusiast oriented Corsair Force Series 3 achieves 550MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively. The latter drive takes advantage of a faster 6Gb/sec interface in combination with a SandForce controller.

The new SanDisk drives come in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities for $129, $219 and $449, respectively, and are available now for consumers in the U.S.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)