STORAGE VENDOR Sandisk has announced an update to its I-NAND Extreme embedded flash drive (EFD) for use in devices running the Intel 22nm Bay Trail Atom SoC that was announced at IDF last week.
Speaking at a briefing during the launch on Thursday, Sandisk VP for EMEA Pascal de Boer said that the "new enhancements" include an update to the drive's flash memory architecture that "improves multimedia synchronisation speeds and operating system responsiveness ", bringing low-power flash memory storage to mobile devices, namely tablets.
Sandisk's I-NAND Extreme drive will be available in capacities of up to 128GB, offering sequential write/read speeds up to 45/150 MBps and random write /read speeds up to 800/4K IOPS.
"[The I-NAND extreme] enables outstanding user experiences, from smooth streaming of HD1 video, to fast synchronisation with data in the cloud, to quicker application launching," de Boer said.
"It allows developers to introduce the next wave of highly responsive tablets that offer richer entertainment, graphics, and more productive business applications."
The storage firm is sampling the I-NAND Extreme to mobile device manufacturers for use in future Android and Windows 8 tablets which feature Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3000 processors.
Intel launched two Bay Trail SoC processors at IDF last week, the Atom Z3600 and Z3700, which aim to improve tablet performance by up to two times over Intel's earlier Clover Trail Atom chips. µ
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