It makes your SD card look fat.
CES 2011 may be the best known convention on earth, with over 120,000 attendees from more than 130 nations. Products, keynotes and demos unveiled this during the show will go on to dominate the headlines for weeks, if not months. And then we have Storage Visions.
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This little convention pre-empts CES every year. It is much smaller- no more than a couple hundred attendees in all. But the companies who come to show their wares here are anything but small. SanDisk, Imation, Micron- huge names in the storage industry, are all here with their latest line-up of hard drives and solid state drives.
I stopped by the SanDisk booth to get a look at their new tablet PC storage solution. The integrated solid state drive (iSSD) is roughly the size of a postage stamp. It can hold up to 64 GB (with 16 and 32 GB being more common) and will ship out in Q1. While this drive would work fine soldered into a laptop or desktop, SanDisk's focus here is on shipping to tablet manufacturers. They had three tablets out on display (including an HP Slate) that all used other models of SSD chip.
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Actually holding the iSSD in my hand (or rather between my fingers) was a bit of a trip. It feels a little thinner than a SD card, and it's significantly smaller all around. It brags 160 MB/s read and 100 MB/s write speeds and weighs just .83 grams. These things are so small that (given the know-how) you could solder one in to pretty much any tablet out there. They take up almost no space and have an average power draw of just .18 W.