Two or so years ago, when computer hard-disk manufacturers began introducing solid-state drives (SSDs), the industry was ready for something new. These solid-state drives promised increased reliability (no moving parts), lower power consumption and more efficient storage.
Unfortunately, you couldn't store much on them. That's because they were much more expensive when compared to old-fashioned mechanical hard drives. They were slower, too.
A year or so later, second-generation drives were better. Prices started to come down and read-write speeds began to rise. Still, you had to pay a hefty premium to go solid-state (think Apple
All of this is why SanDisk's recent announcement is so interesting. The company (Stock Quote: SNDK) says its third-generation solid-state drives are not only faster than ever (and that includes faster than the fastest disk drives you can find) but prices have now come down from the stratosphere.
As for speed, these new G3s are more than five times faster than the fastest 7,200 RPM mechanical hard disk drives you can find. They're more than twice as fast as those solid-state drives that were shipping way back in the good old days in 2008. Here's the kicker: These new drives clock in at 40,000 RPM. Compare that to 7,200 RPM drives mentioned above and you begin to understand why I'm excited about all this.