SanDisk to Launch Z400 Range SSDs, a Cheap Alternative to Hard Drives

SanDiskZ400SsdComputex, a huge International Technology Show to be held in Taipei, Taiwan next week, will be a platform for many tech companies to show off their new products. Among them will be SanDisk, who is to announce the release of its Z400s range of SSDs. In hopes of providing a more cost effective solution to storage than the limiting mechanical hard drive, SanDisk wants to show that SSD can be a new option for OEM manufacturers. Speaking of, the company will be focusing its efforts in two different markets, traditional mainstream PC users, and embedded markets such as digital signage, surveillance, and point of sale storage capacities.

SanDiskZ400Ssd1The Z400s will come in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models in 2.5-inch 7mm, M.2 2280 and mSATA form factors (Geek). Average SSD capacities currently sit below the 256GB level, well below that level considering most folks are used to hard drives, therefore SanDisk won't be offering anything larger anytime soon. They are expected to consume 20 times less power, work 20 times faster, and have 5 times “better reliability” than regular hard-disk drives (HDDs). In write and read speeds, this comes out to 330MB/s and 549MB/s, respectively.

SanDiskZ400Ssd2We're not sure of the internal controller SanDisk will be using, but An and Tech suggests a 4-channel Marvell silicon, based on the company's history. Further, a Silicon Motion or JMicron could be a possibility, considering SanDisk's purpose is to reduce costs as much as possible. PC manufacturers, such as Intel's NUC and Gigabyte's Brix divisions, are already showing interest in using Z400s in normal environments like ATMs, grocery stores, etc. We're not sure what else they will be used for, but the SSDs will already be in mass production next month, and going into the hands of said divisions by the end of summer 2015. Pricing is also unavailable, but that shouldn't matter too much for us desktop and laptop users. Most of us couldn't handle this type of storage, nor would we have any need for it.

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