Asus has been shipping Eee PC units with solid state disks since day one. But by disks, I mean little flash memory modules that you can slot into various connectors on an Eee PC motherboard. Now DigiTimes reports that Asus is working on adding standard SSDs with SATA interfaces to its Eee PC line. In other words, the same type of solid state disk used in more expensive laptop computers. The advantage for Asus is that more and more companies are starting to offer SSDs as alternatives to hard drives, which is driving down the cost. And that could eventually make it cheaper for Asus to purchase standard solid state disks. Right now, they typically cost much more than the flash memory available in an Eee PC or other low-end netbook. The advantage for consumers is that it could be much easier to upgrade the SSD or HDD on an Eee PC in the future if Asus decides to go this route. Because all you’ll need to do is pick up an off the shelf component, make sure it fits in the space Asus has carved out in the case for it, and snap it into a standard SATA connector.

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