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SanDisk unveils tiny SSD for netbooks

iSSD is smaller than a postage stamp

Solid state drives just got a whole lot smaller. Memory maker SanDisk introduced a new super compact memory chip that is smaller than an average postage stamp and lighter than a paperclip.

The new chip based solid state drive (SSD), which SanDisk has named an integrated SSD (or iSSD for short), measures just 16 by 20 by 1.85mm and weighs less than a single gram. The memory firm detailed that the iSSD chips will be available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB and has been developed with the growing mobile market in mind, making it perfect for devices such as smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin netbooks.

Due to the chip having no moving parts or pin connectors SanDisk envisions that the iSSD will be soldered directly onto motherboards of future devices, with them claiming that their little chips are more than capable of running operating systems such as Mac OS X and Windows 7 with little hassle.

SanDisks iSSD boasts a read speed of 160MB per second, with write speeds coming in at 100MB per second.

The firm's iSSD chips are currently available to manufactures for sampling, with specific costs not being specified.


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