Lexar Media has announced plans to release 32GB and 64GB Solid State Drives (SSDs) for laptops in 2.5in form factors in Q1 this year. The drives will be released under the Crucial brand, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Solid State Drives use non-volatile flash memory to store data, rather than a hard disk drive mechanism. As a result, there's no spinning motor, which results in improved performance and lower power consumption. Lexar also claims that SSDs produce less heat and have lower weight than hard drives.

The downside is that SSD capacities hold only a fraction of the amount of data that hard drives can hold. The larger of the two SSDs that Lexar plans to release can hold less than one-fifth the amount of data as the largest hard disk drive mechanism available in the same form factor.

Lexar also plans to release an external 2.5in storage kit, designed to provide an external home for raw SSD mechanisms. It includes a USB 2.0 external drive enclosure, 3.5in drive bay with SATA interface (for PC-compatible desktop computers) and 5.25in bracket for internal installation (again, on a PC-compatible computer).