Western Digital on Wednesday announced a new line of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that use a SATA 3GBps interface. The SiliconEdge Blue SSD is a consumer focused drive meant for use in both portable and desktop computers.
The SiliconEdge Blue SSD come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, with list prices of $279, $529 and $999, respectively. The company claims 250MBps read speeds and 170MBps write speeds.
The SiliconEdge Blue SSD uses multi-level cell, or MLC technology which is typical for consumer SSDs as it offers higher capacity and a lower price than single level cell, or SLC, memory popular in enterprise-class applications for its higher reliability.
Speaking of SLC, WD also announced a higher-end SSD product line today that uses that technology. The SiliconDrive N1x isn’t being marketed to end users, rather it is designed for “embedded system OEM applications.”