Generally speaking, we expect new technology to make things smaller, not bigger. But sometimes you've gotta buck the trend. Just two months after unveiling their 32 GB 1.8'' solid-state drive (SSD), SanDisk has launched a 2.5'' serial ATA drive with the same capacity, thus opening up the possibility of NAND-based storage on mainstream notebooks, rather than ultraportables.
SanDisk touts the usual benefits of solid-state storage: no moving parts (and therefore less susceptibility to drops and temperature variations, less heat given off, and no drive noise) and lower power requirements. For now, though, it's still a luxury item. The 32 GB drive currently sells to manufacturers for $425 and that's the large-volume price. Still, this development brings the possibility of quieter, more durable and less power-hungry laptops and media players that much closer.