Chip maker Intel and flash memory maker SanDisk have separately announced plans to develop solid state disks for use in low-cost subnotebooks.

SanDisk says its pSSD drives will be available in 3, 8, and 16GB capacities, and will feature read speeds of 39 MB/s and write speeds of 17MB/s. The company’s drives should be available in August and are designed for low cost computers.

Intel, on the other hand, will be pushing out 4 and 8GB disks soon, with a 16GB version to follow in the fourth quarter of 2008. The company’s Z-P230 SSD uses just 0.3 watts of energy, and has read speeds of 35MB/s and write speeds of 7MB/s.

There’s no word on how much SanDisk or Intel will charge for these solid state disks, or how the prices will compare to other otpions that are currently available. But as more companies start making components for low cost computers, the easier it’s going to be to keep the prices low.

[via Engadget]

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