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Computex 2011 | SanDisk shows off 100-series of SSDs

New series, including the iNAND Extreme series, will be specifically designed for ultraportable notebooks, tablets, and smartphones starting this summer

SanDisk at Computex 2011 showed off its new line of SSDs aimed at tablets, notebooks, and smartphones. Called the 100-series, the lineup is the successor to the SanDisk P4 SSD series and will be split accordingly to which applications they have been designed for. All models will have the SATA III interface.

First up is the U100, designed for thin-and-light notebooks. This series can offer read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s and 340MB/s, respectively. According to PCWorld, these speeds are over double the performance of the SanDisk P4 drives. The U100 will come in sizes ranging from 8GB up to 256GB and will be featured in the upcoming Asus UX Series of ultrathin notebooks.

Meanwhile, tablets will be receiving the i100 line, which will be able to offer the same read speeds as the U100 but with slower write speeds at 160MB/s. The i100 will range from 8GB up to 128GB in size.

SanDisk has also updated its iNAND lineup to include an “Extreme” series. At only 12mm by 16mm by 1mm, these iNAND Extreme chips will fit into phones and equivalent-sized electronics with ease. Read and write speeds will come at 80MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively, which is fast enough to accommodate smooth HD and 3D video recording/playback. The iNAND Extreme edition will come in 16GB and 64GB variations.

The 100-series and iNAND Extreme series are currently on schedule for mass production this summer.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)