Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ASUS selects SanDisk SSD for ultra-thin notebook

Computex, TAIWAN: SanDisk Corp. announced that ASUS has selected the U100 drive for use in the new UX Series ultra-thin notebook. The drive’s flexible, cost-effective SATA III performance and low power consumption allows ASUS to deliver a sleek,
powerful notebook with a long battery life.

The recently announced U100 drive builds upon the successful SanDisk P4 modular SSD series, which is widely used in ultra-thin notebooks and other mobile computing platforms. The ASUS UX Series notebooks measure 0.3cm to 1.7cm thick and weigh only 1.1kg while providing remarkable performance with a SATA III SSD, Intel core CPU and Instant-On technology.

“SanDisk tailored their SSD to meet our specific needs and then helped us optimize the drive in our new UX Series notebook,” said S. Y. Shian, corporate VP and GM, notebook business unit, ASUS. “SanDisk’s U100 drive allows our notebook to achieve the thin size, fast performance and long battery life needed to produce an enjoyable user experience.”

“The ASUS UX Series notebook combines advanced features with the portability that consumers demand from a mobile computing platform,” said Kevin Conley, senior VP, solid state drives, SanDisk. “Our form factor miniaturization leadership enabled us to customize the U100 drive according to ASUS’ needs while providing high
performance and low power consumption.”

The U100 drive delivers fast SATA III performance with up to 450 megabyte per second (MB/sec)1 sequential read and up to 340MB/sec sequential write speeds. The drive’s low-power architecture allows OEMs to extend battery life while maintaining high performance. The U100 is available in a variety of form factors, including Half-Slim SATA SSD, mSATA, mSATA mini and 2.5” cased, with capacities ranging from 8 gigabytes (GB)2 to 256GB.

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