Solid-state drives, the flash memory devices that can replace traditional hard drives, are taking a step away from their roots.
SanDisk announced on Wednesday it's begun testing small SSDs that can be soldered directly to motherboards. This "iSSD" approach contrasts with the prevailing method--building them into hard drive enclosures that look the same from the outside as that of an ordinary hard drive--by offering the smaller size so prized by mobile device manufacturers today.
Each iSSD measures 16x20x1.85mm, weighs less than a gram, and uses the SATA interface used by conventional hard drives, SanDisk said. Its … Read more