WD Ships Its First SSDs for Consumer Devices

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WD said that the new 2.5-inch SiliconEdge Blue drives use a native 3G-bps SATA interface to perform at a sustained read speed of 250MB per second, compared with about 100MB per second for WD's fastest 2.5-inch hard disk drive, the Scorpio Black.

Western Digital, which recently shortened its corporate identity to WD, said March 3 that it has begun shipping its first line of consumer-oriented SATA (serial ATA) solid-state drives.

WD said that the new 2.5-inch SiliconEdge Blue drives use a native 3G-bps SATA interface to perform at a sustained read speed of 250MB per second, compared with about 100MB per second for WD's fastest 2.5-inch hard disk drive, the Scorpio Black.

But that's not unexpected; all SSDs feature much faster read speeds than HDDs. The SiliconEdge Blue also represents a major improvement from WD's best high-performance desktop HDD, the Caviar Black, which reads at about 140M bps.

The SiliconEdge Blue drives also offer write-transfer rates of up to 170M bps, WD said.

The new SSDs, designed for high-end laptop and notebook computers, are available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Because they have no moving parts, the SSDs inherently have a high tolerance for drops, shock and vibration and operate silently with low power requirements.

Pricing and Availability

SiliconEdge Blue SSDs are available now through select WD distributors and resellers at the following prices: 64GB, $279; 128GB, $529; and 256GB, $999. For more information, go here.



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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