Press Releases


Feb 14, 2011


  • SanDisk SSD P4 mSATA module allows OEMs to design mobile computing products with an ideal combination of performance, storage capacity, durability and size
  • Supports Acer Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet for high-performance mobile computing in a slim form factor

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 14, 2011-SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that Acer has selected the 32-gigabyte (GB)1 SanDisk® SSD P4 modular solid state drive for use in its Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet. SanDisk SSD P4's combination of capacity, size, speed and reliability offers a compelling storage solution for OEMs who design high-performance ultra-thin notebooks and tablets.

The SanDisk SSD P4 fits Acer's thin design and low power consumption requirements for its newest tablet. Solid state drives (SSDs) use flash memory technology, and with no moving parts SSDs offer improved durability that helps prevent data loss from drive failure. SSD-equipped devices generate less noise due to their fan-less design and come in smaller form factors than are possible with conventional hard disk drives (HDD).

"The SanDisk SSD P4 is designed for thin, high-performance productivity tablets such as Acer's Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet," said Kevin Conley, senior vice president, solid state drives, SanDisk. "As the tablet and mobile markets converge, cost-effective modular SSD solutions from SanDisk allow OEMs to create high-quality products that are tailored to their customers' needs."

"The Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet is designed for optimum versatility in an ultra-portable tablet form factor. The docking keyboard, optimal ergonomics with superior touch experience provides ease-of-use both on the go and at your desk," said David Lee, AVP, mobile computing business unit, Acer Inc. "The SanDisk SSD P4 module meets Acer's tablet design requirements for stability, speedy access and low-power consumption for running seamless flows of pervasive mobile Internet applications."

The new Acer Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet offers the functionality and ease of use that consumers demand in a high-performance mobile computing platform, and combines touch-screen user-friendliness with the comfortable experience of a physical keyboard. The tablet comes with a docking device that includes a full-size chiclet keyboard, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options. Thin and light, the 10.1-inch Hi-Def tablet will run on the next-generation AMD platform and is equipped with dual Hi-Def webcams for picture, video, chat and videoconference.

The SanDisk SSD P4 includes an industry-standard mSATA interface in a Mini PCIe form factor, delivering a variety of features that complement the Acer Iconia Tab Windows 7 tablet. The 32GB SanDisk SSD P4's compact size (weighing less than 6.0 grams and measuring 30mm x 50.95mm x 3.4mm) and low power consumption (average power of . 0.18W2,3) make it well-suited to the Acer tablet's form factor and extended battery life requirements.

The SanDisk SSD P4 can deliver greater performance to consumers through increased system responsiveness. Backed by SanDisk's Adaptive Flash Management (AFM) implementation, SanDisk SSD P4 uses nCacheTM acceleration technology4, a large non-volatile write cache technology that boosts burst random write performance of 4KB up to 600 IOPS5. nCache technology improves user responsiveness and helps prevent incidence of drive "stalling" and "hiccups."

The SanDisk SSD P4 is available in a variety of form factors such as mSATA mini and also includes the SanDisk integrated solid state drive (iSSD) in a BGA form factor. These drives are available to OEMs in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB. More information about the SanDisk P4 SSD is available at:\pssd.

About SanDisk
SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.

1 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
2 While running MobileMark and average (typical) power.
3 Assumes DIPM (Device Initiated Power Management) is enabled.
4 nCache™ acceleration technology is a large Non Volatile Write Cache, a unique feature in SanDisk SSD P4 that improves random write performance and ensures an improved user experience. Studies show that modern operating systems mostly access the storage device using 4k access blocks. The cache is filled during these small write commands and emptied during idle time when the host is not accessing the drive, with no risk of data loss. For a typical everyday use, the write performance that the users see is the nCache (burst) high performance, and not steady state (sustained) SanDisk SSD P4 performance. Based on IOmeter 4k random write test.
5 Based on I0Meter 2003.12.16 benchmark measurements where SanDisk P4 SSD is tested as a secondary device.

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