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SanDisk Intros SSD, New Memory Cards

Berlin —SanDisk announced the uSSD 5000 solid-state drive (SSD) and two new memory cards at IFA this week.

SanDisk’s uSSD 5000 SSD is a USB module designed to be embedded directly onto the motherboard of low-cost PCs as a hard disk replacement. The uSSD 5000 supports such operating systems as Microsoft’s Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded for Point of Service and Windows CE, as well as Linux. It is expected to be available in capacities from 2GB to 8GB.

This is the first SSD product from SanDisk to be offered with the company’s multi-level cell (MLC) technology. MLC technology doubles data-storage capacities in the same physical space as single-level cell (SLC) technology, resulting in significant cost savings, said SanDisk in a release.

SanDisk also introduced two new capacities in its SanDisk Ultra II line: a 4GB SDHC Plus card and an 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo card.

Both cards offer fast read and write speeds of 10MBps, and the 4GB features SanDisk’s patented Hinge Lock technology.

The 4GB Ultra II SDHC Plus card has a suggested retail of $79.99, and the 8GB Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo card has a $159 suggested retail. Availability of both cards is scheduled for October.