SanDisk announced two new solid state drives, the U100 and the i100, for mobile computing applications such as ultraportable notebooks and tablets. The U100 is the successor to the SanDisk P4 modular SSD, which delivers a flexible, cost-effective solution for ultra-thin notebooks; while the i100 is the world’s smallest, fastest 128GB (SATA III) BGA (ball grid array) SSD and an ideal storage solution for slim, powerful tablets and ultra-thin notebooks.
Both U100 and i100 use SATA III 6Gbps interface. SanDisk U100 is available in a variety of form factors, including Half-Slim SATA SSD, mSATA, mSATA mini, 2.5″ cased, as well as customized modules. It comes in 8GB-256GB capacities and offers up to 450MB/s read and 340MB/s write speeds. The SanDisk i100 is available in 8GB to 128GB capacities and measures only 16mm x 20mm x 1.4mm (for up to 64GB) and 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm (for 128GB). It provides a maximum of 450MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds.
The i100 and U100 drives are sampling now with volume production scheduled for Q3 2011.