SanDisk wants to replace the hard drive with affordable new mobile SSD

Z400s to feature a price point "on par" with HDDs
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Storage specialist SanDisk has launched an SSD designed to 'replace' the traditional hard drive (HDD) in mobile and embedded environments, thanks to a more affordable price.

SanDisk claims the Z400s SSD outperforms HDDs by 20 times, with five times the reliability and 20 times lower average power consumption, at a price point "on par" with HDDs.

The vendor says it brings new levels of affordability to replace hard drives in laptops and applications such as digital signage, POS and surveillance systems.

The Z400s can also withstand up to 1.7 million hours of continual use.

Despite banging on about how great the price is, SanDisk has failed to supply the price in its press release. PCR has contacted the vendor to find it out and will update this story when we hear back.

"The Z400s represents a feat of engineering that addresses the needs of two distinct markets - PC OEM manufacturers and embedded application designers," said Rizwan Ahmed, senior director of product marketing, client platform solutions at SanDisk.

"With a single architecture, SanDisk is able to provide OEMs with an affordable solution for displacing HDDs in today's cutting edge consumer devices, and help embedded application designers avoid overpaying for un-needed space, all while delivering the peak performance and high-reliability that only SSDs can supply."

The SanDisk Z400s is sampling with customers now in mSATA, 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 (2242 and 2280) form factors, in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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